Some Things You Need to Know
About the MLT Program:
- Financial aid is available for students who qualify. It is the student's responsibility to apply at the MACC Financial Aid Office. Students should not wait until the last minute to apply for financial aid.
- A number of scholarships exist for the MLT program. The MLT Program Coordinator will supply information.
- The MLT program can be completed within two (2) years. Students take the general education and required program coursework the first year. MLT coursework begins in the summer semester with MLT 150 Laboratory Methods and Management. This intense class includes lecture and a 4-hour/week laboratory in which students are introduced to basic methods and instrumentation. MLT courses in the fall and spring semesters include lectures held on Monday and Tuesday. Aside from selected days in student laboratory, students train at their clinical sites on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. The MLT program also includes four practicum courses in which students spend 40.5 hours per week at affiliate sites. The MLT portion of the program lasts four (semesters) and is intensive. Students will not be able to work a day job Monday through Friday. Students must commit time to MLT training.
- Because a great deal of material is covered in a short period of time, students must be focused and dedicated. To be successful, students should study two (2) hours for every one-hour of class. We urge students to take advantage of this short, intense program of study. A host of useful skills will be learned.
- Clinical experience is a critical part of each MLT course. It is mandatory to attend clinic and all absences must be made up. If more than 20% of clinical is missed, a student must drop that course. A student will then have to wait a year to repeat the course IF he/she was doing satisfactorily when he/she dropped it. See policies outlined in the MLT Student Handbook.
- Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to take the MLT registry exam for accreditation by American Society for Clinical Pathologists (ASCP). We urge students to take the exam as soon as possible after graduation from the program.
- In the event that the clinical site requests criminal background checks or drug screens for students doing practical rotations in their facilities, students assume the cost of these checks and screens.
- The MLT Program Coordinator will make every attempt to match a student with a clinical site that is conveniently located near their home or one that the student prefers. Students are responsible for transportation to and from their clinical sites.
- Please be aware that laboratory personnel at clinical affiliates do not get paid extra to teach (the institutions volunteered to accept students) and that they must complete their workload as well as teach. Students should come to clinic as prepared as possible, show initiative, keep a low profile, be helpful, and behave in a professional way. If the workload at some point is light, students should study, work on write-ups, or read procedure manuals. Affiliates realize that students are not to be used as unpaid labor. Students may help out on occasion to retain their skills. The Program Coordinator will be available to discuss concerns with students and laboratory personnel. Remember, affiliates who train you, may also want to hire you for weekend shifts while you are in training (once you have acquired some skills) or full-time when you finish your training.
- Students will go to their clinical sites with a student manual that contains checklists for each discipline. Medical laboratories all have different instruments; tests performed in one way at one institution may be performed on a different instrument in a different department at another institution. Students should study the contents of their checklists and take advantage of opportunities to be “checked out” on an instrument or procedure. Keeping a log of laboratory activities would be helpful in documenting exposure to an instrument or procedure. The Program Coordinator is aware that there is some overlap in checklists.
- Before beginning the MLT coursework, students must submit their shot records and documentation of having had a physical. The MLT program requires the following shots:
- All three doses of Hepatitis B vaccine
- Two rubeola immunizations for students born in 1957 or later, or provide documentation of having had the disease
- Positive immune varicella titer or an immunization
- Positive rubella titer or an immunization
- A 2-step TB test or documentation of having had two TB tests in two years or a T Spot test or a chest x-ray if a positive reaction has been documented;
- Influenza vaccine
- DPT vaccine