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Medical Laboratory Technician Program Code 105131

Associate Degree

Offered at the Green Bay campus. For information: (920) 498-5444. Toll-free: (888) 385-6982.

This program is fully eligible for financial aid.

At career entry, the Medical Laboratory Technician will be able to perform routine medical laboratory tests. Communication skills will extend to frequent interactions with members of the healthcare team, external relations, customer service and patient education. The level of analysis ranges from waived and point of care testing to complex testing encompassing all major areas of the medical laboratory. The Medical Laboratory Technician will have diverse functions in areas of preanalytical, analytical, post-analytical processes. The Medical Laboratory Technician will have responsibilities for information processing, training, and quality control monitoring wherever medical laboratory testing is performed.

Employment Potential

Most Medical Laboratory Technicians work in hospitals or clinic labs. Some Medical Laboratory Technicians may choose to work for veterinary laboratories, industrial labs, insurance companies, research facilities, environmental labs, or public health.

Medical Laboratory Technician: applies knowledge of test procedures and quality control methods in the areas of hematology, chemistry, serology, urinalysis, blood bank, microbiology, and phlebotomy; performs tests accurately and efficiently using both automated and manual methodology; evaluates the clinical significance of test results.

Program Outcomes

. Apply modern clinical methodologies including problem solving and trouble shooting according to predetermined criteria.
. Collect and process biological specimens.
. Correlate laboratory results to diagnosis of clinical conditions and/or diseases.
. Monitor and evaluate quality control in the laboratory.
. Practice laboratory safety and regulatory compliance.
. Perform information processing in the clinical laboratory.
. Model professional behaviors, ethics, and appearance.

Wisconsin Caregiver Law

NWTC is required to comply with the Wisconsin Caregiver Law (1997 WISCONSIN ACT 27). The completion of a caregiver background check includes the review of criminal records for convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behavior. Students accepted into this program must complete a background check through www.CertifiedBackground.com. Information regarding this process is provided to students immediately upon acceptance into the program. Students with a criminal history may be denied access to placement at the discretion of the clinical or practicum site. Consequently, should a student have a history of convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behaviors, NWTC cannot guarantee clinical/practicum placement or guarantee graduation within typical program timing.

Clinical Experience

. Students will be required to purchase a uniform, pay for liability insurance, provide their own transportation to assigned sites, and cover any other expenses related to clinical experiences. Dependent on availability of sites, students may need to travel distances for clinical experiences.
. Students are required to maintain a current American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR card to comply with affiliating agency requirements.
. Students will be required to show proof of annual flu vaccine.
. Students will be required to submit immunization documentation. A fee is charged for this service. Additional information will be provided upon acceptance into the program.

Accreditation

The Medical Laboratory Technician program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
5600 N River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018, (847) 939-3597

Board/Certification Examinations

Graduates are qualified to take the Board of Certification examination from the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

Requirements for Program Application

. Completed application.
. High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted.)
. Admission Skills Assessment or equivalent or ACT assessment taken within the last five years. (For a list of equivalents, please contact a Counselor.)
. Two semesters High School, or one semester in College of Algebra and Advanced Math, completed with a “C” or better.
. Two semesters High School, or one semester in College of Biology and Chemistry (with a lab component) completed with a grade of “C” or better.

Requirements for Program Entry

. As a requirement for program entry, an Academic Skills Assessment (Accuplacer or ACT) with appropriate benchmark scores is necessary. Accuplacer benchmarks are Arithmetic, 90; Reading Comprehension, 90; Sentence Skills, 95; Elementary Algebra, 65. ACT benchmarks are Math, 18; Reading, 21; English, 21. Applicants not meeting these benchmarks or the equivalent will be required to establish an individualized academic plan. Upon completion of the plan, full program or waitlist status will be granted. To learn more about these
assessments and program benchmark scores, please contact an advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.
. Complete caregiver background check. A fee is charged for this service. Additional information will be provided upon acceptance into the program.
. Complete mandatory four-hour job shadow.
. Attend mandatory spring program orientation.

Curriculum

Students following the study plan below will complete the Medical Laboratory associate degree in the number of semesters shown.

FIRST SEMESTER

* 10-501-101 Medical Terminology
3
* 10-513-110 Basic Lab Skills
1
* 10-513-111 Phlebotomy
2
* 10-513-113 QA Lab Math
1
* 10-513-115 Basic Immunology Concepts
2
++10-806-177 Gen Anatomy & Physiology
4
++10-806-186 Intro to Biochemistry
4
** 10-890-101 College 101
1
SEMESTER TOTAL
18
SECOND SEMESTER

* 10-513-109 Blood Bank
4
* 10-513-114 Urinalysis
2
* 10-513-120 Basic Hematology
3
* 10-513-121 Coagulation
1
10-801-136 English Composition 1
3
++10-806-197 Microbiology
4
SEMESTER TOTAL
17
SUMMER SEMESTER

10-801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm
3
10-809-198 Intro to Psychology
3
SEMESTER TOTAL
6
THIRD SEMESTER

* 10-513-130 Advanced Hematology
2
* 10-513-131 Clinical Chemistry 1
3
* 10-513-132 Clinical Chemistry 2
2
* 10-513-133 Clinical Microbiology
4
* 10-513-140 Advanced Microbiology
2
SEMESTER TOTAL
13
FOURTH SEMESTER

* 10-513-151 Clinical Experience 1
3
* 10-513-152 Clinical Experience 2
4
* 10-513-153 Clinical Experience 3
4
10-809-172 Intro to Diversity Studies
3
SEMESTER TOTAL
14

TOTAL CREDITS
68

Curriculum Note
* No final grade lower than a “C” is acceptable in any of the courses marked with an asterisk. A student who withdraws or receives a grade lower than a “C” in a program course may apply for re-entry into the program. Consideration for re-entry will be at the discretion of the re-entry team and will be dependent on clinical availability.
++ No final grade lower than a "B" is acceptable in General Anatomy & Physiology, Intro to Biochemistry, and Microbiology. A student who withdraws or receives a grade lower than a “B” in these courses may apply for re-entry into the program. Consideration for re-entry will be at the discretion of the re-entry team and will be dependent on clinical availability.
**The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program credit requirements.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

These courses provide an opportunity for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding required for employment in this field.

10-513-109 BLOOD BANK ...focuses on blood banking concepts and procedures including blood typing, compatibility testing, work ups for adverse reaction to transfusions, disease states and donor activities. (Prerequisites: 10-513-110, Basic Lab Skills; 10-513-113, QA Lab Math; 10-513-115, Basic Immunology Concepts)

10-513-110 BASIC LAB SKILLS ...explores health career options and the fundamental principles and procedures performed in the clinical laboratory. Learners will utilize medical terminology and basic laboratory equipment. Learners will follow required safety and infection control procedures and perform simple laboratory tests. (Prerequisite: Accepted into Medical Laboratory Technician program or Phlebotomy certificate)

10-513-111 PHLEBOTOMY ...this course provides opportunities for learners to perform routine venipuncture, routine capillary puncture and special collection procedures. (Corequisite: 10-513-110, Basic Lab Skills)

10-513-113 QA LAB MATH ...focuses on performing the mathematical calculations routinely used in laboratory settings. Learners will explore the concepts of quality control and quality assurance in the laboratory. Learners will review regulatory compliance requirements, and certification and continuing education programs. (Prerequisite: Accepted into the Medical Laboratory Technician program)

10-513-114 URINALYSIS ...prepares learners to perform a complete urinalysis which includes physical, chemical and microscopic analysis. Learners will explore renal physiology and correlate urinalysis results with clinical conditions. (Prerequisites: 10-513-110, Basic Lab Skills and 10-513-113, QA Lab Math)

10-513-115 BASIC IMMUNOLOGY CONCEPTS ...provides an overview of the immune system including laboratory testing methods for diagnosis of immune system disorders, viral and bacterial infections. (Corequisite: 10-513-110, Basic Lab Skills)

10-513-120 BASIC HEMATOLOGY ...covers the theory and principles of blood cell production and function, and introduces the learner to basic practices and procedures in the hematology laboratory. (Prerequisites: 10-513-110, Basic Lab Skills; 10-513-113, QA Lab Math; 10-513-111, Phlebotomy; 10-513-115, Basic Immunology Concepts)

10-513-121 COAGULATION ...introduces the theory and principles of coagulation and explores mechanisms involved in coagulation disorders. Emphasis is placed upon laboratory techniques used to diagnose disease and monitor treatment. (Prerequisites: 10-513-110, Basic Lab Skills; 10-513-113, QA Lab Math; 10-513-115, Basic Immunology Concepts; 10-513-111, Phlebotomy; Corequisite: 10-513-120, Basic Hematology)

10-513-130 ADVANCED HEMATOLOGY ...explores mechanisms involved in the development of hematological disorders. Emphasis is placed upon laboratory techniques used to diagnose disorders and monitor treatment. (Prerequisite: 10-513-120, Basic Hematology)

10-513-131 CLINICAL CHEMISTRY 1 ...introduces Clinical Chemistry techniques and procedures for routine analysis using photometric, potentiometric and separation techniques. Topics in this course include pathophysiology and methodologies for carbohydrate, lipids, proteins, renal function and blood gas analysis. (Prerequisites: 10-513-110, Basic Lab Skills; 10-513-113, QA Lab Math; 10-513-114, Urinalysis; 10-806-177, General Anatomy & Physiology; 10-806-186, Intro to Biochemistry)

10-513-132 CLINICAL CHEMISTRY 2...a continuation of Clinical Chemistry 1, techniques and procedures for analysis using sophisticated laboratory instrumentation. Topics include pathophysiology and methodologies for hepatic, bone, cardiac markers, tumor markers, endocrine function, fetal function, miscellaneous body fluids, and toxicology. (Corequisite: 10-513-131, Clinical Chemistry 1)

10-513-133 CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY ...presents the clinical importance of infectious diseases with emphasis upon the appropriate collection, handling and identification of clinically relevant bacteria. Disease states, modes of transmission and methods of prevention and control, including antibiotic susceptibility testing, are also discussed. (Prerequisites: 10-806-197, Microbiology; 10-513-110, Basic Lab Skills; 10-513-133, Basic Immunology Concepts)

10-513-140 ADVANCED MICROBIOLOGY ...overview of acid fast organisms, fungi, parasites, and anaerobic bacteria. The organisms, their pathophysiology, epidemiology, the diseases and conditions that they cause, laboratory methods of handling, culturing and identification will be discussed. (Corequisite: 10-513-133, Clinical Microbiology)

10-513-151 CLINICAL EXPERIENCE 1 ...clinical applications of knowledge and procedures in hematology/coagulation, urinalysis, microbiology, blood bank, chemistry/serology, preparation for MLT certification examinations. (Prerequisite: 10-513-132, Clinical Chemistry 2; Corequisites: 10-513-152, Clinical Experience 2; 10-513-153, Clinical Experience 3)

10-513-152 CLINICAL EXPERIENCE 2 ...clinical applications of knowledge and procedures in hematology/coagulation, urinalysis, microbiology, blood bank, chemistry/serology, preparation for MLT certification examinations. (Prerequisite: 10-513-132, Clinical Chemistry 2; Corequisites: 10-513-151, Clinical Experience 1; 10-513-153, Clinical Experience 3)

10-513-153 CLINICAL EXPERIENCE 3 ...clinical applications of knowledge and procedures in hematology/coagulation, urinalysis, microbiology, blood bank, chemistry/serology, preparation for MLT certification examinations. (Prerequisite: 10-513-132, Clinical Chemistry 2; Corequisites: 10-513-151, Clinical Experience 1; 10-513-152, Clinical Experience 2)

10-501-101 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY ...focuses on the component parts of medical terms: prefixes, suffixes, and root words. Students practice formation, analysis and reconstruction of terms. Emphasis on spelling, definition and pronunciation. Introduction to operative, diagnostic, therapeutic and symptomatic terminology of all body systems, as well as systemic and surgical terminology. 3 cr.

10-806-177 GENERAL ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY ...overview of the human anatomy/physiology using a body-systems approach, emphasizing the interrelationships between form/function at the gross and microscopic levels. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Reading = 80 OR ACT-Reading = 17 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading and Study Skills AND 10-806-134, Gen Chem or other lab-based chemistry w “C” or better. Health Sciences programs may require a higher grade; refer to your plan for details.) 4 cr.

10-806-186 INTRODUCTION TO BIOCHEMISTRY ...covers organic and biological chemistry necessary for application within Nursing and other Allied Health careers. Emphasis is placed on recognizing the structure, physical properties and chemical reactions of organic molecules, body fluids and acids. Discussion of biological functions and their relationship to enzymes, proteins, lipids, carbohydrates and DNA. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Reading = 80 OR ACT-Reading = 17 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading and Study Skills AND 10-806-134, General Chemistry or other lab-based chemistry w “C” or better. Health Sciences programs may require a higher grade; refer to your plan for details.) 4 cr.

10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...develops tools and strategies that support success in college. Focuses on study skills, college resources, goal setting, time management, and learning styles. Introduces concepts for self assessing learning and completing an Exit Assessment that provides evidence that learning took place. Students should take this course prior to or during the first semester of their programs. 1 cr.

10-801-136 ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 ...learners develop knowledge/skills in planning, organizing, writing, editing. Students will also analyze audience/purpose, use elements of research, format documents using standard guidelines, and develop critical reading skills. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills =75 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading and Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-806-197 MICROBIOLOGY ...history, morphology, physiology, nutritional growth requirements, metabolism, methods of identification. Focus on disease-causing microorganisms, appropriate prevention, treatment, control mechanisms. Specific/non-specific host defense mechanisms, applications of immunology examined. (Prerequisite: 10-806-177, General Anatomy & Physiology with a "C" or better. Health programs may require a higher grade; refer to your plan for details.) 4 cr.

10-809-172 INTRO TO DIVERSITY STUDIES...basic American values of justice and equality by teaching vocabulary, history of immigration/conquest, transcultural communication, legal liability, multicultural majority/minority relations, ageism, sexism, gender, sexual orientation, the disabled/ADA. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills= 60 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-801-196 ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION ...the communication process, perception and self-concept, language, listening, nonverbal communication, interpersonal relationships, communication in groups and public communication; prepare and deliver an oral presentation. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer- Reading =55 and Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 OR ACT- Reading =15 and ACT English=16 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-198 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY ...survey of theoretical foundations of human behavior such as sensation and perception, motivation, emotions, learning, personality, psychological disorders, therapy, stress, and human diversity in personal, social and vocational settings. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer-Sentence Skills= 60 AND Accuplacer-Reading =55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

Make an average starting salary of $33,000 as a Medical Laboratory Technician