Program Curriculum and Competencies

Curriculum

The MHPC MLT Program curriculum includes:

  • virtual classroom instruction (recorded, asynchronous lectures)
    • Taught by MACC faculty, with an average instructor to student ratio of 1:18, 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 as designated (maximum three separate times)
    • Face-to-face centralized laboratory sessions, with an average instructor to student ratio of 1:7, that requires travel to MACC Mexico 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, with an average instructor to student ratio of 1:1, 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 11 months beginning in August and ending the following July.

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.

The curriculum includes the following:

  • Orientation
  • 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


Competencies

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
MLT 220 Clinical Chemistry and Urinalysis 
MLT 250 Hematology and Coagulation 
MLT 260 Phlebotomy 
MLT 270 Immunohematology 
MLT 280 Clinical Microbiology
MLT 290 Parasitology, Mycology, Virology
MLT 291 Clinical Hematology and Coagulation Practicum
MLT 292 Clinical Chemistry and Urinalysis Practicum
MLT 293 Clinical Microbiology Practicum
MLT 294 Immunohematology Practicum

 

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