Program Mission Statement, Philosophy and Outcomes
MHPC Medical Laboratory Technician Program
In keeping with the mission of the Missouri Health Professions Consortium (MHPC), the Medical Laboratory Technician program has been developed to meet the increasing demand for highly competent medical laboratory technicians in rural and underserved areas of Missouri. The purpose of this associate degree program is to prepare selected individuals to provide accurate and reliable diagnostic testing results to the citizens of Missouri. We educate and prepare laboratory generalists, to have the knowledge, skills and professional behaviors that are necessary to be eligible to apply for the national certification examination as well as meet employer expectations in the community service area.
Upon completion of the MHPC Medical Laboratory Technician Program, the graduate will be eligible to sit for the ASCP-BOC certification exam. Upon passing the exam, graduates will be recognized nationally as Medical Laboratory Technicians.
Graduates of the program will have experience in and be qualified to provide laboratory services to patients in many different healthcare settings, including, but not limited to, hospitals, clinics and physician offices. The MLT program has a 100% job placement rate for its graduates within 6 months of completion of the program.
Below are the program outcomes expected of every graduate:
- Demonstrate knowledge of laboratory professional practice by providing safe, effective and accurate laboratory test results while maintaining patient confidentiality.
- Utilize established laboratory procedures taking into consideration the application of scientific principles, technical skills for operation and maintenance of laboratory equipment, and relationship of laboratory findings to disease states to ensure appropriate patient diagnosis and treatment.
- Employs professional conduct and communication skills with patients, families, laboratory personnel, healthcare team members, and the community as a medical laboratory technician.
- Participate in professional development activities valuing the importance of continuous learning in laboratory medicine.
- Comply with Federal, OSHA, and laboratory safety procedures for the well-being of the patient, healthcare team, self and community.