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Program Competencies

MHPC Medical Laboratory Technician Program

In developing the MHPC Medical Laboratory Technician program, the curriculum was designed with specific goals in mind. Upon successful completion of the program and initial employment, graduates should be able to demonstrate entrance-level competencies in the following major areas of professional practice:

  • Collection, handling, preparation, and storage of biological specimens for laboratory analysis;
  • Performance of technical analyses on body fluids, cells, products, and organisms;
  • Recognition of factors that affect procedures and results and take appropriate action within predetermined limits;
  • Ability to operate basic laboratory instrumentation;
  • Performance of quality control measures on instrumentation and technical analyses;
  • Recognition of and adherence to clinical laboratory safety policies;
  • Ability to troubleshoot instrumentation and technical analyses;
  • Ability to perform preventative and corrective maintenance on basic laboratory equipment and instrumentation;
  • Ability to recognize when to refer instrumentation problems to the appropriate sources;
  • Demonstration of professional conduct with patients and health care workers both within and outside the laboratory;
  • Demonstration of effective interpersonal communication skills;
  • Demonstration of knowledge of the relationship of laboratory findings with common diseases processes;
  • Demonstration of knowledge of reporting patient results using a laboratory computer information system;
  • Recognition of the need for continuing education in professional practice and action on that recognition.

Entrance-level competencies will be acquired in the following coursework through didactic presentation and laboratory or clinical experience. The program coursework is designed to show student progression of knowledge and skill.

MLT 150 Introduction to Laboratory Methods
MLT 210 Immunology (with clinicals)
MLT 220 Clinical Chemistry and Urinalysis
MLT 250 Hematology and Coagulation (with clinicals)
MLT 260 Phlebotomy (with clinicals)
MLT 270 Immunohematology (with clinicals)
MLT 280 Clinical Microbiology (with clinicals)
MLT 290 Parasitology, Mycology, Virology
MLT 291 Clinical Hematology and Coagulation Practicum
MLT 292 Clinical Chemistry Practicum
MLT 293 Clinical Microbiology Practicum
MLT 294 Immunohematology Practicum

 

MLT 150: Introduction to Laboratory Science Methods-

  1. Demonstrate safety measures necessary for clinical laboratory and phlebotomy skills.
  2. Demonstrate math skills to ensure safety and quality control.
  3. Describe the elements of professional and ethical behavior related to the role of the Medical Laboratory Technician.
  4. Summarize the professional processes of certification and accreditation.

MLT 210: Immunology-

  1. Explain the immune process of the human body.
  2. Correlate laboratory testing in immunologically mediated diseases in lecture and laboratory.
  3. Demonstrate safety and organizational skills necessary for functioning in a clinical laboratory.
  4. Monitor quality control in all laboratory procedures.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to determine diagnosis and treatment of patient illness or disease.

MLT 260: Phlebotomy-

  1. Demonstrate safety measures necessary for clinical laboratory and phlebotomy skills.
  2. Demonstrate skills to ensure safety and quality control.
  3. Describe the elements of professional and ethical behavior related to the role of the phlebotomist within the laboratory.

MLT 250: Hematology and Coagulation-

  1. Analyze cellular structures found in blood in normal and disease states.
  2. Perform manual and automated testing procedures in both hematology and coagulation.
  3. Differentiate normal and abnormal values within parameters of normal hematology and coagulation.
  4. Demonstrate safety and organization skills necessary for functioning in a clinical laboratory.
  5. Monitor quality control in all laboratory procedures.

MLT 280: Clinical Microbiology-

  1. Differentiate the microorganisms, parasites, and medically important fungi frequently encountered in the clinical laboratory.
  2. Select appropriate media for microorganism identification and sensitivity studies.
  3. Demonstrate safety and organization skills necessary for functioning in a clinical laboratory.
  4. Monitor quality control in all laboratory procedures.

MLT 290: Parasitology, Mycology, Virology-

  1. Explain how specimens for parasites, mycology and virology are collected, preserved and identified.
  2. Differentiate between common parasites, viruses, molds, yeasts and dimorphic fungi.
  3. Compare the physical factors governing fungal growth and the types of media used to cultivate them.
  4. Demonstrate safety and organization skills necessary for functioning in a clinical laboratory.
  5. Monitor quality control in all laboratory procedures.

MLT 270: Immunohematology-

  1. Analyze the blood group antigens and antibodies on the red blood cells.
  2. Perform compatibility testing.
  3. Evaluate adverse effects of blood transfusion therapy.
  4. Demonstrate safety and organization skills necessary for functioning in a clinical laboratory.
  5. Monitor quality control in all laboratory procedures.

MLT 220: Clinical Chemistry and Urinalysis-

  1. Analyze the chemical constituents in the human body associated with health and disease.
  2. Relate the chemical components to the diagnosis of disease and effectiveness of treatment.
  3. Demonstrate safety and organization skills necessary for functioning in a clinical laboratory.
  4. Monitor quality control in all laboratory procedures.

MLT 291: Hematology and Coagulation Practicum-

  1. Analyze cellular structures found in blood in normal and disease states.
  2. Perform manual and automated testing procedures in both hematology and coagulation.
  3. Differentiate normal and abnormal values within parameters of normal hematology and coagulation.
  4. Demonstrate safety and organization skills necessary for functioning in a clinical laboratory.
  5. Monitor quality control in all laboratory procedures.

MLT: 292: Clinical Chemistry Practicum-

  1. Perform manual and automated testing procedures in Clinical Chemistry.
  2. Evaluate various methods, procedures, and instrumentation in the Hematology and Coagulation laboratory.
  3. Demonstrate safety and organization skills necessary for functioning in a clinical laboratory.
  4. Monitor quality control in all laboratory procedures.

MLT 293: Clinical Microbiology Practicum-

  1. Perform manual and automated testing procedures in Microbiology.
  2. Evaluate various methods, procedures, and instrumentation in the Microbiology.
  3. Demonstrate safety and organization skills necessary for functioning in a clinical laboratory.
  4. Monitor quality control in all laboratory procedures.

MLT 294: Immunohematology Practicum-

  1. Perform manual and automated testing procedures in Immunohematology.
  2. Evaluate various methods, procedures, and instrumentation in the Immunohematology laboratory.
  3. Perform manual and automated testing in Urinalysis and Body Fluids.
  4. Evaluate various methods, procedures, and instrumentation in Urinalysis and Body Fluids.
  5. Demonstrate safety and organization skills necessary for functioning in a clinical laboratory.