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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 MLT Board of Certification (BOC) examination from the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

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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.)
• 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
• To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 3.0 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic 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 day.

Program Availability

FULL TIMESpring 2018Summer 2018Fall 2018
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Curriculum
Students following the study plan below will complete the Medical Laboratory associate degree in the number of semesters shown.
SUMMER SEMESTER
10-501-101
Medical Terminology
3
10-501-101 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY & BASIC PHYSIOLOGY... apply the word building model to analyze and interpret common medical terminology and the fundamental basics of human physiology.
10-806-186
Intro to Biochemistry
4
10-806-186 INTRODUCTION TO BIOCHEMISTRY ...provides students with skills and knowledge of 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. Additional emphasis is placed on biological functions and their relationships to enzymes, proteins, lipids, carbohydrates and DNA.
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.
SEMESTER TOTAL
8
FIRST SEMESTER
10-513-110
Basic Lab Skills
1
10-513-110 BASIC LAB SKILLS ...explores laboratory science career options and the fundamental principles and procedures performed in the laboratory. You will utilize basic laboratory equipment. You 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)
10-513-111
Phlebotomy
2
10-513-111 PHLEBOTOMY INTRODUCTION...this course provides opportunities for learners to perform safe laboratory techniques, routine venipuncture and routine capillary puncture.
10-513-113
QA Lab Math
1
10-513-113 QA LAB MATH ...focuses on performing the mathematical calculations routinely used in laboratory settings. You will explore the concepts of quality control and quality assurance in the laboratory. (Prerequisite: Accepted into the Medical Laboratory Technician program)
10-513-115
Basic Immunology Concepts
2
10-513-115 BASIC IMMUNOLOGY MODULE...provides an overview of the immune system including laboratory testing methods for diagnosis of immune system disorders, viral and bacterial infections.
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: 10-806-134, General Chemistry or other lab-based chemistry with “C” or better AND one of the following or equivalent: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater; satisfactory reading score or 10-831-102, English Comp Prep. Health programs may require a higher chemistry grade; check your plan for details.)
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: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater OR satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR Corequisite: 10-831-102, English Comp Prep)
SEMESTER TOTAL
13
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)
10-513-114
Urinalysis
2
10-513-114 URINALYSIS ...prepares you to perform a complete urinalysis which includes physical, chemical and microscopic analysis. You will explore renal physiology and correlate urinalysis results with clinical conditions. (Prerequisites: 10-513-110, Basic Lab Skills, 10-806-117 Gen Anatomy & Physiology, 10-513-113, QA Lab Math)
10-513-120
Basic Hematology
3
10-513-120 BASIC HEMATOLOGY ...covers the theory and principles of blood cell production and function, and introduces you 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
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)
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: One of the following or the equivalent: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater; satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores OR Corequisite: 10-831-102, English Composition Prep OR Prerequisite: 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better)
SEMESTER TOTAL
13
SUMMER SEMESTER
10-801-196
Oral/Interpersonal Comm
3
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: One of the following or the equivalent: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater; satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores OR Corequisite: 10-831-102, English Composition Prep OR Prerequisite: 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better)
10-806-197
Microbiology
4
10-806-197 PATHOPHYSIOLOGY ...alterations in the human body caused by pathologic processes and the body's adaptation to pathology; synthesizing pathophysiologic concepts to understand rationale for diagnostic and therapeutic interventions.
SEMESTER TOTAL
7
THIRD SEMESTER
10-513-116
Clinical Chemistry
4
10-513-116 CLINICAL CHEMISTRY...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: 10-806-186 Intro to Biochemistry; 10-806-177 General Anatomy and Physiology; 10-513-113 QA Lab Math; 10-513-110 Basic Lab Skills; 10-513-114 Urinalysis)
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)
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, will also be discussed. (Prerequisites: 10-806-197, Microbiology; 10-513-110, Basic Lab Skills; 10-513-133, Basic Immunology Concepts)
10-809-172
Intro to Diversity Studies
3
10-809-172 RED-DEV WKPLCE DIV ...A mixture of theory and specific techniques related to Diversity Training and Cultural Sensitivity
SEMESTER TOTAL
13
FOURTH SEMESTER
10-513-140
Advanced Microbiology
2
10-513-140 ADVANCED MICROBIOLOGY ...provides an 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
3
10-513-151 CLINICAL EXPERIENCE 1 ...practice the principles and procedures of laboratory medicine as an entry level Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) in a clinical laboratory setting. Working alongside laboratory professionals, you will collect and process specimens, operate laboratory analyzers and instruments and report results in a Laboratory Information Systems (Prerequisite: 10-513-116, Clinical Chemistry ; Corequisites: 10-513-152, Clinical Experience 2; 10-513-153, Clinical Experience 3)
10-513-152
Clinical Experience 2
4
10-513-152 CLINICAL EXPERIENCE 2 ...provides continuing practice for the principles and procedures of laboratory medicine as an entry level Clinical Laboratory Technician in a clinical laboratory setting. You will learn to operate state of the art instruments and report results on Laboratory Information Systems. (Prerequisite: 10-513-116, Clinical Chemistry; Corequisites: 10-513-151, Clinical Experience 1; 10-513-153, Clinical Experience 3)
10-513-153
Clinical Experience 3
3
10-513-153 CLINICAL EXPERIENCE 3 ...provides continuing practice for the principles and procedures of laboratory medicine as an entry level Clinical Laboratory Technician in a clinical laboratory setting. You will learn to operate state of the art instruments and report results on Laboratory Information Systems. (Prerequisite: 10-513-116, Clinical Chemistry; Corequisites: 10-513-151, Clinical Experience 1; 10-513-152, Clinical Experience 2)
10-513-170
Introduction to Molecular Diagnostics
2
10-513-170 INTRODUCTION TO MOLECULAR DIAGNOSTICS...introduces the principles and application of molecular diagnostics in the clinical laboratory (10-513-110 Basic Lab Skills and 10-313-115 Immunology; Corequisite: 10-513-133 Clinical Microbiology).
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 troubleshooting according to pre-determined 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 may be required to purchase scrubs, 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 complete a drug test at the student's expense.

Industry Credentials

Graduates are qualified to take the MLT Board of Certification (BOC) examination from the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

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.castlebranch.com AND complete a Background Information Disclosure (BID) form disclosing any acts, crimes, or convictions prior to program entry. The information provided in the BID form must be truthful and match any findings on the criminal record check. 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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