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Medical Laboratory Technician - Associate Degree

Program Code: 105131

As a medical laboratory technician, you're a valued member of the health care team who provides clinical information for disease prevention, medical diagnosis, and treatment of patients by processing specimens and performing laboratory tests. You may also have responsibilities for information processing, training, and quality control monitoring. While most medical laboratory technicians work in hospitals or clinic labs, you may also choose to work for veterinary laboratories, industrial labs, insurance companies, research facilities, environmental labs, or public health labs. The Medical Laboratory Technician program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. Program graduates are eligible to take the Medical Laboratory Technician certification exam through the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

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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.

Industry Credentials

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

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Requirements for Program Entry

• 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 program benchmarks are Arithmetic, 90; Reading Comprehension, 90; Sentence Skills, 95; 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 and welcome week.

Program Availability

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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
10-501-101 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. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-513-110
Basic Lab Skills
1
10-513-110 BASIC LAB SKILLS ...explores health career options and the fundamental principles and procedures performed in the clinical laboratory. Learners will utilize basic laboratory equipment. Learners will follow required safety and infection control procedures and perform simple laboratory tests. (Prerequisite: 10-513-111, Phlebotomy; Accepted into Medical Laboratory Technician program or Phlebotomy certificate) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-513-111
Phlebotomy
2
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-513-113
QA Lab Math
1
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. (Prerequisite: Accepted into the Medical Laboratory Technician program) Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-513-115
Basic Immunology Concepts
2
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-806-177
Gen Anatomy & Physiology
4
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. (Prerequisites: Accuplacer Reading = 80 OR ACT-Reading = 17 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent 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. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-806-186
Intro to Biochemistry
4
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. (Prerequisites: Accuplacer Reading = 80 OR ACT-Reading = 17 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent AND 10-806-134, General Chemistry or other lab-based chemistry with “C” or better. Health Sciences programs may require a higher grade; refer to your plan for details.) 4 cr. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-890-101
College 101
1
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. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
SEMESTER TOTAL
18
SECOND SEMESTER
10-513-109
Blood Bank
4
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) Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-513-114
Urinalysis
2
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) Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-513-120
Basic Hematology
3
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) Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-513-121
Coagulation
1
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) Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-801-136
English Composition 1
3
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 =18 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-806-197
Microbiology
4
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 OR 10-806-114, General Biology with a "C" or better. Health programs may require a higher grade; refer to your plan for details) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
SEMESTER TOTAL
17
SUMMER SEMESTER
10-801-196
Oral/Interpersonal Comm
3
10-801-196 ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMM...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 Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
10-809-198
Intro to Psychology
3
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 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent) Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
SEMESTER TOTAL
6
THIRD SEMESTER
10-513-130
Advanced Hematology
2
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-513-131
Clinical Chemistry 1
3
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-513-132
Clinical Chemistry 2
2
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-513-133
Clinical Microbiology
4
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-513-140
Advanced Microbiology
2
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) Course Typically Offered: Fall
SEMESTER TOTAL
13
FOURTH SEMESTER
10-513-151
Clinical Experience 1
3
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) Course Typically Offered: J-Session
10-513-152
Clinical Experience 2
4
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) Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-513-153
Clinical Experience 3
4
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) Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-809-172
Intro to Diversity Studies
3
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 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
SEMESTER TOTAL
14
TOTAL CREDITS
68
Curriculum Note
. Students must earn a "C" or higher in all 10-501-XXX and 10-513-XXX courses. 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.
. Students must earn a "B" or higher 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.

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.

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Accreditation

The Medical Laboratory Technician program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
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Clinical Experience

• Students will be required to purchase a uniform, 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 BLS 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.
Some students may be required by a clinical site to do a drug test at the student's expense.

Industry Credentials

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

Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Studies staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor.

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.

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