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Program Competencies

Medical Laboratory Technician

In developing the Moberly Area Community College (MACC) 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 Laboratory Methods and Management (with laboratory)
MLT 210 Immunology (with clinicals)
MLT 220 Clinical Chemistry
MLT 230 Urinalyis and Body Fluids (with clinicals)
MLT 250 Hematology (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 Practicum
MLT 292 Clinical Chemistry Practicum
MLT 293 Clinical Microbiology Practicum
MLT 294 Immunohematology Practicum

Phlebotomy: MLT 260

Syllabus – Lecture Objectives
Skills Checklist

  • Collection and handling
  • Patient services, such as communication and privacy
  • Safety
  • Specimen quality issues
  • Sources of error

Hematology: MLT 250 and MLT 291

Syllabus - Lecture Objectives
Skills Checklist

  • Specimen collection and handling
  • Instrumentation, methodology, physiologic theory
  • Disease states
  • Correlation of test results
  • Quality control
  • Safety
  • Reporting results

Hemostasis: MLT 250 and MLT 291

Syllabus - Lecture Objectives
Skills Checklist

  • Specimen collection and handling
  • Instrumentation, methodology, physiologic theory
  • Disease states
  • Quality control
  • Correlation of test results
  • Reporting results

Microbiology: MLT 280 and MLT 293

Syllabus - Lecture Objectives
Skills Checklist

  • Specimen collection, handling, preparation, and storage
  • Staining, media and incubation requirements
  • Morphology, biochemical and/or serological reactions
  • Evaluation and interpretation of cultures and identification of organisms
  • Principles of methods
  • Disease states and correlation of patient information
  • Antibiotic patterns
  • Instrumentation
  • Quality control
  • Safety
  • Reporting results

Immunology: MLT 210

Syllabus - Lecture Objectives
Skills Checklist

  • Specimen collection and handling
  • Immunologic and physiologic theory
  • Principles of methods
  • Disease manifestations and clinical correlations
  • Quality control
  • Instrumentation
  • Reporting results

Immunohematology: MLT 270 and MLT 294

Syllabus - Lecture Objectives
Skills Checklist

  • Patient and donor collection, handling, storage, and preparation
  • Principles of methods and resolution of problems
  • Immunologic genetic theory
  • Disease manifestations and clinical correlations
  • Quality control and problem solving
  • Reporting results

Clinical Chemistry: MLT 220 and MLT 292
Syllabus - Lecture Objectives

Skills Checklist

  • Specimen collection and handling
  • Physiologic theory
  • Principles of methods
  • Disease manifestations and clinical correlations
  • Instrumentation, theory and troubleshooting
  • Quality control
  • Safety
  • Reporting results

Urinalysis and Body Fluids: MLT 230

Syllabus - Lecture Objectives
Skills Checklist

  • Specimen collection, handling, storage, and preparation
  • Physiologic theory
  • Principles of methods
  • Disease manifestations and clinical correlations
  • Quality control and problem solving
  • Safety
  • Reporting results

Parasitology/Mycology/Virology: MLT 290

Syllabus - Lecture Objectives

  • Specimen collection, handling, storage, and preparation
  • Principles of methods
  • Quality control
  • Organism characteristics and disease manifestations
  • Safety

Professional Responsibility: MLT 150 and all other MLT coursework

All Skills Checklists include Affective Objectives. At Orientation, MLT students review the MLT Program Handbook that covers continuing education and professional conduct

  • Continuing education
  • Professional conduct
  • Leadership
  • Laboratory information system use and record keeping