The Medical Laboratory Technician program consists of sequential courses which require four consecutive terms to complete. To extend the MLT program over more than two years, a person may take one, two, or three general studies or science classes per semester prior to applying for admission to the program. Continuation in and graduation from the MLT program is contingent upon the student earning a grade of at least "C" in BIO 240S Microbiology , CHM 111S Basic Chemistry of Life Processes , and each MLT course. A grade of "B" or better is required for MLT 121S Introduction to Laboratory Medicine . Classes are held in classrooms and laboratories, while area hospitals provide clinical training sites.
Medical Laboratory Technician Program Applicants
In addition to complying with the College's general admission procedures, Medical Laboratory Technician program applicants must:
- Have successfully completed one year of high school chemistry within the last 5 years. Applicants may take CHM 110S Introduction to Chemistry as an equivalent course.
- Have satisfactory math assessment score and three years of college preparatory mathematics, or a grade of "B" or better in MTH 097D Beginning Algebra .
- Have satisfactory assessment scores in reading and writing to be ready to take ENG 121S Composition I or successfully complete ENG 091D Basic Writing and ENG 121S Composition I .
- Successfully complete first and second semester courses listed for MLT degree except MLT 121S Introduction to Laboratory Medicine and . These courses must be completed by the end of the Spring Late term.
Submit an application by December 31. Criteria for selection of applicants to be admitted to the program includes a combination of:
- Satisfactory high school record, including class rank; or GED scores
- ACT, SAT, or Accuplacer scores
- Previous college work and overall GPA of 2.75 and highest grades in Health and Science courses
Applications will be available online and in the Student Services area, at the Darke County Campus, and in the MLT program office between September 1 and December 31. At the time of application, the applicant should demonstrate a clear plan to meet the above requirements prior to entry into the Medical Laboratory Technician program.
Program applications will be reviewed to select the class that will begin courses Spring Late term. All applicants will receive written notification of the status of their application by February 1. Students must successfully complete application requirements prior to the start of the fall MLT clinical courses. Those selected for the program are required to have physical and medical health forms completed by a physician and successful background checks. If selected for the MLT program, coursework for semesters three and four must be taken consecutively and full-time during the day. Applicants selected to the program will receive further information regarding these requirements.
NOTE: Registration in and completion of support courses listed for the MLT program does not guarantee selection into the program. If there are more eligible applicants than available openings in the program, the selection will be based on GPA, highest grades in health and science courses and letters of recommendation, if requested.
The student will:
- Perform routine hematology, clinical chemistry, immunohematology, microbiology, serology/immunology, coagulation, molecular, and other emerging clinical laboratory tests according to established protocols and procedures.
- Evaluate, correlate, and assure accuracy, validity, and quality control of laboratory information.
- Make specimen oriented decisions on predetermined criteria, including a working knowledge of critical values
- Assess, analyze, and make decisions related to clinical situations, information management, regulatory compliance, education, and quality assurance whenever laboratory testing is researched, developed, or performed.
- Demonstrate safe working habits and apply universal safety procedures in the handling of chemical, radiological, and biological materials and processes.
- Demonstrate professionalism in regards to ethical and responsible behavior leading to the gaining and maintaining of the confidence of patients, professional associates, and the community.
- Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills with patients, coworkers, and physicians.
- Apply experiences encountered in Edison Community College's academic core values of written and oral communication, interpersonal/teamwork, critical thinking, ethics, human diversity, and inquiry/respect for learning in the clinical laboratory setting.