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MHPC Medical Laboratory Technician Program

The MLT program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)

 

Students are encourages to join ASCLS, a laboratory professional organization, while in the program as students and after graduation as professional members.

American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science

 

Graduates of the MLT program are eligible to the American Society for Clinical Pathologists Board of Certification Exam.  

ASCP Board of Registry

Program Clinical Rotation Information

MHPC Medical Laboratory Technician Program

Most of the Medical Laboratory Technician coursework includes lecture and student laboratory or clinical components. For MLT 210 Immunology, MLT 220 Clinical Chemistry, MLT 230 Urinalysis and Body Fluids, MLT 250 Hematology, MLT 260 Phlebotomy, MLT 270 Immunohematology, and MLT 280 Clinical Microbiology, students will attend lectures each week and are scheduled for student laboratory or clinical experience in hospital or private laboratories. Students will spend the last semester of the program in clinical blocks.

The following facilities have contracted with the MHPC Medical Laboratory Technician program to provide training.

  • Cameron Regional Medical Center
  • Capital Region Medical Center
  • Carroll County Memorial Hospital
  • Fitzgibbon Hospital
  • Hannibal Regional Hospital
  • John J Pershing VA Hospital
  • Lake Regional Health System
  • Mercy Hospital System
  • Missouri Delta Medical Center
  • Moberly Regional Medical Center
  • Northeast Regional Medical Center
  • Parkland Health Center
  • Pershing Memorial Hospital
  • Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center
  • Saint Francis Medical Center
  • Samaritan Hospital
  • SSM St. Mary’s Hospital- Audrain
  • University of Missouri Healthcare System
  • Washington County Memorial Hospital
  • Western Missouri Medical Center

The program is grateful for the support of these area medical facilities that have elected to affiliate with the Program as partners in this venture. Each laboratory uses up-to-date equipment and offers a wide range of tests. Their experienced staff donates employee time, supplies, and patient specimens to help educate new laboratory professionals. No site is identical, but each offers comparable experiences. Both the program and its affiliates expect students to reach entry-level competency of analytical testing and maintain proficiency by periodic repetition. Students will be supervised at all times and will not replace qualified staff.
MLT program officials monitor student activities and progress at the clinical sites. They will talk to students on site and consult with supervisors and preceptors throughout the students’ experience. The clinical training period should be a positive and enriching experience for both students and instructors.

Placement:

The MHPC MLT program anticipates having enough clinical sites in which to place students for training. That said, program officials admit that unforeseen situations such as a shortage of clinical sites could occur. In this circumstance, students will be ranked according to GPA in their MLT courses and assigned to clinical sites. Students who were not placed will be assigned to a clinical site as soon as one becomes available. The program will make every attempt to avoid this kind of situation as it may delay graduation and eligibility to take the ASCP registry examination.

Student assignment to clinical sites will be determined by a variety of factors such as student and affiliate needs; previous laboratory experience; and student knowledge (GPA) and skills. Program officials will make every attempt to place students where they will be successful and at the proper times in their academic semesters.

The clinical faculty of the program’s affiliates have the right to review student academic records and professional attitudes evaluations. They have the right to refuse a student’s placement in their clinical facility based on these records.

Clinical Policies and Procedures:

Students must comply with all the policies and procedures of the facilities where they are training, and it is their responsibility to become familiar with them. The MLT program and the affiliate will coordinate efforts to provide this information. Failure to comply with the policies and procedures of the affiliates or failure to respect the authority of the staff will result in removal of the student.

Transportation:

Students provide their own transportation to the clinical sites. The MLT Program Coordinator or instructors may arrange for transportation to scheduled continuing education programs, special lectures, field trips, workshops, or seminars.

Attendance:

For all MLT clinical rotations, daily starting and ending times will vary according to the arrangements made by the program officials and the affiliates. The student is allowed two 15-minute breaks and a ½ hour lunch break. No weekend shifts or night shifts are required for any clinical rotations. Hours for the clinical component of the MLT coursework will be arranged, and students will be given adequate notice.

Both program officials and affiliates stress that acquiring technical skills and knowledge depend on student attendance. Every hour at the clinical site is important. Students have a great deal to learn in the relatively small amount of time spent at the clinical site. Staff on-site will have activities planned and must fit in teaching with their patient work. Having to schedule make-up hours for students who missed clinical time applies undue pressure on clinical instructors. Additionally, an absent student will miss seeing rarely performed laboratory tests. For these reasons, clinical rotation attendance is mandatory and absences will not be acceptable, unless extenuating circumstances exist.

Under no circumstances is a student granted time off during the clinical rotations. Students should schedule personal business, holidays, job interviews, and medical or dental appointments during time when they are not in lecture or expected at clinical sites. That said, program officials recognize that unavoidable situations arise; therefore, students should make arrangements with the instructors involved and notify the MLT Program Coordinator. If a student is ill or will be late, he or she should notify the clinical instructor. The student is responsible for making up missed work. It is up to the clinical instructor to schedule any make up work.

 

 

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.

 

 

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Missouri Health Professions Consortium
Medical Laboratory Technician Program

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Application Deadline is May 15th.

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
  • Immunohematology
  • Clinical Chemistry and Urinalysis
  • Immunology
  • Phlebotomy

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:

  • 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

 

 

Admission Process and Criteria

MHPC Medical Laboratory Technician Program

Admission to the MHPC MLT Program is competitive and applications are assigned points in each required category in order to determine campus ranking and student selection. The application procedure and selection process are the same for all campuses participating in the MHPC MLT Program.

Students are encouraged to apply to more than one campus to potentially increase their chances of being selected for the program. Students wishing to apply to more than one campus will need to submit only one MLT application packet to the MHPC MLT Program office.

Applicants may wish to review the MLT Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Advising Form, MLT Student Handbook, and other information posted in the navigation to the left, which will give a better understanding of program requirements and student expectations.

In order to be considered for admission to the MHPC MLT Program, students must complete the following steps before the May 15th MLT Application deadline:

1. Apply for community college admission

Meet all requirements for admission to the community college, including a completed student admissions file submitted to the college where you wish to attend the MHPC MLT Program. Students must be admitted to the community college before they can be admitted to the MLT Program. The college admission process should be completed as soon as possible.

2. Submit transcripts

After applying for community college admission, students must submit high school and official college transcripts to the community college in order to complete the college admissions process. Official transcripts for all colleges attended, including dual credit, must be on file at the community college prior to the May 15th MLT application deadline.

In addition to submitting transcripts to the community college, students must also submit unofficial transcripts for all college coursework, including dual credit, to the MHPC MLT Program office in Mexico before the May 15th deadline. Students may print unofficial transcripts from the college website (student portal) and submit transcripts along with the other required MLT application materials listed below. The MLT Program office does not require a copy of high school transcripts.

NOTE: It may take a few weeks for official transcripts to arrive from other colleges. Therefore, do not delay in requesting transcripts as they must be received by the May 15th MLT application deadline. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that transcripts arrive at the community college and the MLT Program office in Mexico before the deadline.

Students who wish to apply to the program at more than one campus MUST apply for community college admission at each campus and submit official transcripts to each campus. MLT applications will not be reviewed unless transcripts are on file at the community college and the MLT Program office by the May 15th deadline.

TEAS Examination

A TEAS examination score above the 50th percentile is required for admission into the MHPC MLT program. The cost of the TEAS examination is incurred by the student and varies among the community colleges. Students may take the TEAS examination according to community college guidelines where they have applied. Only the highest TEAS examination score will be considered. Please contact your community college to schedule the TEAS examination and a score must be received in the MHPC MLT office by the May 15th deadline.

4. Application for Program Admission

After applying for community college admission & submitting all transcripts to the college, you must complete the Application for Program Admission. The admission process is very competitive and there are a limited number of seats per campus; therefore, applicants are encouraged to apply to the program at more than one campus to potentially increase their chances of being accepted to the program. Students wishing to apply to more than one campus will need to submit only one MLT application packet to the MHPC MLT Program office. Applicants who are selected for admission to the program at more than one participating campus may select which of those campuses to enroll and attend MLT classes.

5. Recommendation Forms

Submit a minimum of two recommendations using the Recommendation Form (see pages 13-14 of the application, make copies as necessary). Forms should be completed by a professional reference, other than a relative, who has knowledge of your work, academic performance, volunteer experiences, or other experiences relevant to the medical laboratory technician profession.

The recommender may mail the form directly to the MHPC MLT Program office or they may return the form to the applicant in a sealed envelope to be submitted with other application materials. Recommendation forms must be received at the MHPC MLT Program office before the May 15th application deadline. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure recommendation forms arrive before the application deadline.

Written letters of recommendation are not required but may be attached to the completed recommendation forms. Letters submitted without a completed form will not qualify as a valid recommendation. Points are earned in the MLT application review process for recommendation; therefore, it is important that the reference answers all questions on the form.

6. Essay

Submit a 1-2 page typed essay (double-spaced, 12 point font) on why you want to join the medical laboratory technician program. Include in this essay a reflection of your choice of career path and your definition of medical laboratory science. Essays will be evaluated for writing skills and will impact your admission to the program. Please submit your typed essay directly to the MHPC MLT office before the May 15th deadline. Please see page 15 of the application for instructions and essay requirements.

7. Student Release of Information Form

Complete the Student Release of Information Form (see page 16 of the application) that gives your consent for the home campus to release your student transcripts to the Missouri Health Professions Consortium for the purpose of determining your eligibility for acceptance to the MLT Program.

8. Acknowledgement of Technology Requirements Form

Review and sign the Acknowledgement of Technology Requirements Form (see page 17 of the application) to indicate you understand the technology requirements of the program. The MHPC MLT Program is a partially distance-based allied health program which utilizes e-technologies to deliver a large portion of course content and as a means of communication with program faculty and staff.

9. Performance Standards and Essential Qualifications for MLT Students

Review and sign the Performance Standards for Medical Laboratory Technician students (see page 18-19 of the application) to indicate you understand the physical requirements of the Program.

 

MLT Application Submission

Complete and/or collect the required items (#3-9 above, plus copies of unofficial college transcripts), place in one large envelope and submit to the MHPC MLT Program office in Mexico prior to the application deadline. Be sure to follow instructions on all forms. All application materials must be postmarked on or before the May 15th deadline.  Only complete application packets will be considered. Applicants should retain copies of all application materials. Once received, applications are the property of the MHPC MLT Program and will not be returned or copied.

 

Contact the MHPC MLT Program office in Mexico at (573) 582-0817 ext 13619 if you have questions about the MLT application or admissions process.

Submit all MLT application materials before the May 15th deadline to:

Missouri Health Professions Consortium
MLT Admissions Office
Attn: Holly Whitworth
2900 Doreli Lane
Mexico, MO 65265

 

Selection Process

Enrollment in the MHPC MLT Program is limited and the Program may not be able to offer admission to all qualified applicants. Only students meeting all admission criteria and submitting all required application items by the application deadline will be considered. Completed applications will be evaluated utilizing selection criteria established in advance by the program coordinator and MLT admissions committees.

Applicants are ranked using the same admission criteria and selection procedures, and rankings are grouped by clinical affiliate location in order to meet accreditation standards regarding student/faculty ratios for lab.

Application review begins as soon as materials arrive at the MLT Program office in Mexico. Each requirement for admission has a point value attached (GPA, general education coursework, recommendations, essay, etc.), and a screening score determines the preliminary ranking of applicants (paper review).

After the paper review is completed, the MLT Program office in Mexico will notify applicants of their status by email during the first week of June. Status will be either:

  1. Applicant scored enough points during application review to qualify as a “candidate”, or
  2. Applicant did not score enough points during application review to qualify for the next step in the admissions process, or
  3. Applicant did not qualify for consideration due to not meeting the established admissions criteria.

The MLT admissions committee at each campus meets in late June to discuss the applicant rankings and select the Class. Decisions of the MLT Admissions Committees are final.

The MHPC MLT Program office will notify the candidates of the admission committee decision by email during the first week of July, either selected for MLT Program admission or not selected this application cycle. Students selected for the MLT Class will be required to complete the MLT Admissions Paperwork items before the fall semester prior to beginning MLT classes in August. Failure to submit required documentation by the established deadline may result in subsequent denial of official acceptance into the MLT program.

Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirement

A minimum 2.5 GPA (Grade Point Average) or higher, on a 4-point scale, is required in the general education coursework (see next section for a list of required general education courses). Applicants who do not have a minimum 2.5 GPA in the required coursework will not be considered for Program admission. Points are earned in the MLT application review process for GPA; higher GPA’s will receive more points than lower GPA’s. Waivers to exempt older coursework from the GPA calculation will no longer be offered. For questions or assistance in calculating general education coursework GPA, please contact an advisor at the home campus community college or call the MHPC MLT Program office (573) 582-0817 ext 13619. 

General Education Coursework Requirements

Prior to beginning the MLT Program in August, students must successfully complete the following general education courses with a “C” or better and maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA or higher in the required general education coursework listed below. Some coursework may require prerequisite study; students should consult the community college catalog or an academic advisor to ensure they are taking the correct coursework.

Pre-Requisite Requirements*
Course or Component Course Equivalency at each community college
MAC MACC NCMC SFCC TRC
Human Anatomy w/Lab or HAPI**
(4 credits)
BIO2600 BIO 205 BI240 or BI238 BIO207 BIOL 231
Human Physiology w/Lab or HAPII**
(4-5 credits)
BIO2620 BIO 209 BI242 or BI238 BIO208 BIOL 232
English Composition I (or equivalent)
(3 credits)
ENG1330 LAL 101 EN101 ENG101 ENGL 111
US & State Constitution Requirement
(3 credits)
POS1180 HST105 or
PSC105
HI103 or PL216 HIST101 or
HIST102 or
POLS101
GOVT 121
Directed Electives
(3-4 credits)
PHI1420 or
SOC1130
PHI152 or
SOC101
PH101 or
SO107
PHIL102 or
SOC100
GNST090 and
PHIL 233 or
SOCI 111
Math—Appropriate Pre-Requisite for General Chemistry I (3 credits) MAT1230 MTH140 MT110 or
placement of
MT122
MATH114 MATH 163 or
placement of
MATH 164
General Chemistry I (or equivalent) (5 credits) PHS1350 PHY121 CH110 CHEM123 CHEM 121
TEAS V Test: Minimum composite 50th percentile

*General education classes may be completed at colleges other than the MHPC partner community colleges. Transfer credit is determined by each MHPC partner community college and students should not presume that all general education courses taken at another college will transfer as the equivalent to MHPC partner college coursework.

** The Anatomy and Physiology coursework is a sequence of two courses that include a lab component. Depending on the college, the two courses may be called, “Human Anatomy with Lab” and “Physiology with Lab”, or the courses may be called, “Human Anatomy and Physiology I” and “Human Anatomy and Physiology II”. Generally speaking, both courses must be taken at the same college in order for the coursework to be considered for transfer credit. The home campus community college has ultimate responsibility for determining transfer credit equivalencies.

 

Points are earned in the MLT application review process for general education coursework completion; applicants with all general education classes completed by the application deadline will earn more points than applicants who have not completed all required classes by the application deadline. Strong preference will be given to students who complete general education coursework at a MHPC partner institution. Students may submit their MLT Application prior to completing all of the general education classes. In this case, offers for program admission are contingent upon the applicant completing the remaining coursework during the summer semester, while maintaining the minimum 2.5 GPA or higher, before MLT classes begin in August. Students selected for admission to the Program must submit proof of general education course completion prior to beginning MLT classes in August.

General education classes may be completed at colleges other than the MHPC partner community college. Transfer credit is determined by each MHPC partner community college and students should not presume that all general education courses taken at another college will transfer as the equivalent to MHPC partner college coursework. Students can contact the Registrar’s Office or an academic advisor at the MHPC partner community college for assistance in determining transfer credit equivalency. If students are not currently enrolled at one of the MHPC community colleges, he or she must send official transcripts to the community college documenting completion of, or enrollment in, general education coursework for those courses to be recognized as completed or in-progress during the selection process. In addition, all applicants must send unofficial or official transcripts to the MHPC MLT Program office with their application materials.

Any student accepted into the program who fails to meet the admission contingency of completing the prerequisite courses with a “C” or better or who fails to maintain the minimum 2.5 GPA will not be eligible to begin the program in August.