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Medical Laboratory Technician

Academic Plans

Philosophy

The philosophy of the Medical Laboratory Technician program embraces the concept that all people have dignity and worth.  Each individual should be afforded the opportunity to achieve goals in the vocation of his/her choice.  The program is designed to serve the needs of those who wish to enter the field of clinical laboratory science on the technician level.  Training is open to all adults 17 years of age or older (including handicapped, disadvantaged, or unemployed) who meet the requirements of the program and those specified by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences.  The code of medical ethics as prescribed by the American Medical Association, American Society of Clinical Pathologists, and American Society of Medical Technologists is adhered to during all phases of instruction.

Mission Statement

The mission of the MLT program is to prepare the student at entry-level competency for gainful employment as a medical laboratory technician. Integral to this purpose is assisting students in the development of the technical skills and knowledge necessary to perform in the clinical laboratory.

Program Goals & Competencies

Associate in Applied Science in Medical Laboratory Technician (Program specific)

Upon completion of the Medical Laboratory Technician Program, the graduate should be able to:

  1. Perform laboratory tests in all areas of the clinical laboratory.
  2. Maintain laboratory materials and equipment.
  3. Prevent and detect technical errors.
  4. Solve problems as they occur in the clinical laboratory.
  5. Carry out an established quality assurance program.
  6. Demonstrate professionalism.
  7. Follow established clinical laboratory safety guidelines.
  8. Demonstrate responsibility for his/her own behavior and dependability towards required duties.
  9. Follow all institutional policies.
  10. Apply the principles of medical ethics.
  11. Demonstrate professionalism.
  12. Demonstrate a satisfactory working relationship with peers and clinical instructors.
  13. Exhibit enthusiasm and initiative towards all subject areas.
  14. Recognize his or her own limitations and seek help when necessary.

Program Description

The Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) program provides students with the opportunity to acquire the necessary skills to work under the supervision of a registered clinical scientist or pathologist in a clinical laboratory, hospital, or other health agency.  It is a 2-year Associate in Applied Sciences degree program.  

The MLT student learns to collect specimens from the patient and perform laboratory tests in all areas of the clinical laboratory to include immunohematology, clinical chemistry, hematology, microbiology, serology and urinalysis.

Students enrolled in the MLT program must achieve a minimum grade of “C” in each of the clinical laboratory technician courses to progress in the program.

Upon completion of the program, the graduate is eligible for the national certification examination as a medical laboratory technician to be MLT(ASCP).

KCTCS Certificates are available in Physicians Office Laboratory and Phlebotomy and can be earned in the first and second semesters of the program.

Looking for scientists interested in medicine

Medical Laboratory Technicians are an essential part of the health care team. They perform tests critical to the diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up of disease processes. If you like laboratory testing, this program is for you. It leads to jobs in health care or research in all kinds of fields. You must be accurate, dedicated, skilled, and self-motivated.

How do I learn what to do?

You collect patient samples and conduct tests in blood banking, chemistry, hematology, microbiology, serology, and urinalysis. You learn lab theory and lab practice and use these skills to help doctors analyze diseases.  Check the academic plan for more information.

student at microscope
What should I know going into the program?

MLT requires an aptitude for science and mathematics. The potential student must also possess the desire to serve others and demonstrate the highest degree of integrity, honesty, confidentiality, and responsibility.

What certificates or degrees can I get?

Certificates

  • Physicians Office Laboratory
  • Phlebotomy for the Health Care Worker

Degrees

  • Associate in Applied Science 

The pass rate on the national MLT(ASCP) certification exam, which all graduates of the MLT program at Henderson Community College are eligible to take, for the past 5 years is 93%.

What do I do with the certificate or degree?

MLTs work in hospitals, clinics, doctors' offices, research facilities, public health centers, veterinary offices, colleges, industry, and the armed forces. Graduates may transfer their credits toward a bachelor’s degree in Medical Technology (Clinical Laboratory Sciences).

Websites of interest:
ASCP
AMT
MLT Education Portal

How much will I earn?

Check salary.com to learn more about salaries in this field of study.

Accreditation

The Associate in Applied Sciences at Henderson Community College’s MLT Program is accredited by: 

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018
Phone:  773-714-8880
FAX: 773-714-8886
Web Page: http://www.naacls.org
Email: info@naacls.org

Phlebotomy Certificate

A phlebotomy certificate can be obtained either through the MLT program, the Medical Assisting program, or independently. This certificate provides a student with the basic skills and practice to be able to perform phlebotomy. The certificate can be obtained through completion of MLT 101, PHB 151 and PHB 152 for those interested in MLT or a student can take MAI 120 and PHB 152 if interested in the Medical Assisting program. A student can also obtain a certificate by completing PHB 170 and PHB 152. With any of these plans, the phlebotomy certificate can be earned in one semester. Job opportunities are available in hospitals, doctors' office laboratories, and private medical labs.

Phlebotomy Program Brochure

The certificates are KCTCS certificates and are not accredited by NAACLS.

For more information contact:

woman in white lab coat sitting at desk  Randa Hawa, MHSA, BS, MT(ASCP)
Professor
MLT Program Coordinator
Arts & Sciences Building, Room 103
270-831-9714