Medical Laboratory Technician
Medical Laboratory Technicians (also known as Clinical Laboratory Technicians) occupy an essential niche on the healthcare team. This group of professionals focuses on laboratory specimens and techniques that provide physicians with test results for medical decisions. The breadth of knowledge needed to function in this profession includes phlebotomy, immunology, hematology, clinical chemistry, immunohematology or blood banking, clinical microbiology, urinalysis and body fluids, and molecular methods.
As a Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) student, your education is experiential and cooperative, an internship, an apprenticeship, and job shadowing. In seven MLT classes, you attend lectures at the Advanced Technology Center in Mexico, Missouri, are employed in student laboratory activities, and acquire skills in the clinical laboratories of affiliates. The last semester of your training is a nine-week intensive period spent at clinical sites.
The MLT program prepares you to assume responsibility in various laboratory settings, medical or non-medical, clinical diagnostic or research, hospital or reference laboratories.
The MLT program culminates in an Associate of Applied Science degree. All potential students must take the prescribed general education classes, which ideally can be completed in two semesters. Medical Laboratory Technician courses may only be taken after students have successfully completed prerequisite courses. Completion of the MLT-specific courses will take two semesters and a summer.
Core classes in this program study human diseases and laboratory tests that identify them. Students learn to operate equipment in medical laboratories and perform a wide range of procedures. Classroom lecture and clinical instruction emphasize proper specimen collection and handling, understanding test procedures, safety, quality control, acquisition of technical skills, and troubleshooting techniques. To successfully complete an MLT course, students must score >78% or “C” in both the classroom lecture and clinical components.
When students have successfully completed the Medical Laboratory Technician program, they will be eligible to take the American Society for Clinical Pathology certification examination. Granting the degree is not contingent on passing the registry examination. MACC graduates have a 94% pass rate on the ASCP certification exam over the past 3 years.
MACC’s MLT program is an active accredited program with the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).
The curriculum includes the following: