Missouri Health Professions Consortium
Medical Laboratory Technician Program
Medical Laboratory Technicians occupy an essential function 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 areas of:
- Hematology and Coagulation
- Clinical Microbiology, Parasitology, Mycology and Virology
- Clinical Chemistry and Urinalysis
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. 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 Missouri Health Professions Consortium (MHPC) Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) Program is coordinated through Moberly Area Community College and is offered through the following community colleges:
- Mineral Area College (MAC)
- Moberly Area Community College (MACC),
- North Central Missouri College (NCMC),
- State Fair Community College (SFCC), and
- Three Rivers College (TRC).
The MHPC MLT Program admissions process does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, national origin, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, marital or parental status, or the presence of a non-job-related condition or disability.
Students interested in the MHPC MLT Program are admitted to the community college on the same basis as other students, but admission to the college does not guarantee admission into the Associate of Applied Science degree program in Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT). Students in the MHPC MLT Program register for all MLT courses through the “home campus” at which they have applied and been selected for MLT program admission. General education courses may be taken at the home campus or transferred to the home campus from another institution (transfer students should check with an advisor or the home campus registrar’s office for course equivalencies).
The MHPC MLT Program curriculum includes:
- virtual classroom instruction (3-5 days/week, fall & spring semesters)
- Taught by MACC and TRC faculty and is broadcast to the MLT virtual classroom that can be accessed through a high-speed internet connection using web-based instructional formats.
- on-campus laboratory instruction in Mexico or Poplar Bluff as designated (maximum three separate times, fall & spring semesters each)
- Face-to-face centralized laboratory sessions that requires travel to MACC or TRC campus during designated times to participate in group lab sessions. These visits may require overnight stays in lodging at the student’s expense.
- off-campus clinical rotation component (3-5 days/week, fall, spring and summer)
- Takes place in a clinical setting in the “home campus” area of each student. Students should be prepared to drive a minimum of one hour each way to their clinical affiliate location.
After all classes and clinical requirements are completed within the MHPC MLT Program, students graduate from their home campus. The MHPC MLT Program is full-time only, with courses offered in a specific sequence. Each summer, an average of thirty students are selected to begin the program in the fall. The professional year of the program (MLT coursework) is designed to be completed within 12 months beginning in August and ending the following August.
MLT courses must be completed with at least a >78% or “C” while also maintaining an overall 2.5 GPA or higher in order to progress to the MLT coursework of the next semester. The program may involve student study groups as a required and critical element, and students in the class move through the entire degree sequence as a cohesive group or cohort. Once admitted into the professional year of the program, withdrawal from a course is equal to withdrawal from the program.
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. Graduates have an 86% pass rate on the ASCP certification exam over the past 3 years.
The MHPC MLT program is an active accredited program with the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).
The curriculum includes the following:
- Training in phlebotomy
- Lecture (didactic) in various disciplines of laboratory science
- Practical training in the student laboratory
- Individual rotations through clinical departments of our affiliates
- Written and practical examinations throughout the curriculum