Medical Laboratory Technician

Medical Laboratory Technician video

Program Number: 10-513-1
School Year: 2014-2015
Associate of Applied Science Degree
Campus: Fond du Lac

Program Description

At career entry, the medical laboratory technician will be able to perform routine clinical laboratory tests (such as hematology, clinical chemistry, immunohematology, microbiology, serology/ immunology, coagulation, molecular and other emerging diagnostics) as the primary analyst making specimen-oriented decisions on predetermined criteria, including a working knowledge of critical values. Communications 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 and post-analytical processes. The medical laboratory technician will have responsibilities for information processing, training and quality control monitoring wherever medical laboratory testing is performed.

The program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS, 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018; Phone: 773-714-8880). Upon graduation, students are eligible to sit for the National Board of Certification Exam through the ASCP.

Statewide Salary Range for Recent Graduates

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$30,678 $47,254

Approximate Costs

  • $122.20 per credit (resident)
  • $183.30 per credit (out-of-state resident)
  • *Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.
  • *Fees shown are 2013-2014 fees; 2014-2015 fees will be available as soon as they are approved.

Program Outcomes

  • Apply modern clinical methodologies including problem solving and troubleshooting according to predetermined criteria.
  • Collect and process biological and other specimens.
  • 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.
  • Correlate laboratory results to diagnosis of clinical conditions and/or diseases.

Career Opportunities

  • Graduates may find employment as a Medical Laboratory Technician in hospitals, clinics, doctor's offices, state and federal labs, and private/commercial laboratories. Opportunities also exist in commercial industries, medical supply companies, scientific research and infection control.

Admission Process

  • Submit the college admission application.   
  • Submit the $30 one-time fee.   
  • Submit high school and other official college transcripts.   
  • Take the college assessment test (ACCUPLACER, ACT or other). The ACCUPLACER assessment can be taken at MPTC.   
  • Meet with Academic Advisor to discuss order of courses and prerequisites (required for this program).   
  • Health Requirements need to be met and a Criminal Background Check is required.   
  • Check with Admissions if any additional steps are required.   

Please visit the Admissions page for general information.

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Clinical Admissions Requirements:


  • 806-177 General Anatomy and Physiology (4 credits)
  • Must complete the series of three hepatitis B immunizations

Courses

Number Title Crs
Term 1
103-159 **Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office 1
513-110 Basic Lab Skills 1
513-111 Phlebotomy 2
513-113 Quality Assurance and Laboratory Math 1
513-115 Basic Immunology Concepts 2
801-136 English Composition 1 3
806-186 Introduction to Biochemistry 4
890-101 **College 101 2
Total 16
 
Term 2
513-109 Blood Bank 4
513-114 Urinalysis 2
513-120 Basic Hematology 3
513-121 Coagulation 1
801-196 Oral and Interpersonal Communication 3
806-197 Microbiology 4
Total 17
 
Term 3
513-130 Advanced Hematology 2
513-131 Clinical Chemistry 1 3
513-132 Clinical Chemistry 2 2
513-133 Clinical Microbiology 4
809-166 Introduction to Ethics: Theory and Application 3
Total 14
 
Term 4
513-140 Advanced Microbiology 2
513-151 Clinical Experience 1 3
513-152 Clinical Experience 2 4
513-153 Clinical Experience Seminar 4
513-170 Introduction to Molecular Diagnostics 2
809-198 Introduction to Psychology 3
Total 18
 
Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements 69

Exit Assessment

An exit exam is the exit assessment graduation requirement for the program.

Institutional Requirements

** The credits for 103-159 Computer Literacy-Microsoft Office and 890-101 College 101 are Institutional Requirements for graduation. Consequently, they are not part of the program credit requirements.

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Transfer Opportunities

Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.