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Medical Laboratory Technician - A.A.S. Degree (Career)

APPLICATION CODE 279

For curriculum information, contact the Health Sciences Division—Room HS-236—443-518-1560.

The Medical Laboratory Technician curriculum is designed for students who aspire to a career in the clinical laboratory setting or related fields such as veterinary labs, research, medical sales, forensics, environmental labs, public health, armed forces, or industry. Graduates may choose to start their careers and/or continue their education to achieve a bachelor’s degree at multiple colleges and universities in Maryland. Transfer students are advised to check the requirements for transfer courses. The Medical Laboratory Technician program is fully accredited with NAACLS (National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences), 5600 North River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, Illinois, 60018, phone: 773-714-8880.

Suggested Summer Term

Course NumberTitleCredits
MATH 138Statistics

4

Suggested Semester 1

Course NumberTitleCredits
ENGL 121College Composition

3

BIOL 101General Biology

4

CHEM 101General Inorganic Chemistry I

4

MLTS 201Introduction to the Medical Laboratory

3

Suggested Winter Term

Course NumberTitleCredits
SPCH 101Introduction to Human Communication

3

OR

SPCH 105Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3

OR

SPCH 110Interpersonal Communication

3

Suggested Semester 2

Course NumberTitleCredits
BIOL 203Anatomy and Physiology I

4

MLTS 202Clinical Chemistry

3

MLTS 205Clinical Microbiology I

3

CHEM 201Organic Chemistry I

4

OR

CHEM 102General Inorganic Chemistry II

4

Suggested Summer Term

Course NumberTitleCredits
MLTS 206Clinical Microbiology II

3

MLTS 207Clinical Molecular and Immunological Concepts

3

Suggested Semester 3

Course NumberTitleCredits
BIOL 204Anatomy and Physiology II

4

MLTS 203Clinical Hematology

4

MLTS 208Clinical Immunohematology

3

BIOL 200Microbiology

4

OR

BIOL 201Genetics

3

AND

BIOL 202Genetics Laboratory

1

Students who intend to transfer to a college or university for a Bachelor's degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences or Medical Technology should take BIOL 200 Microbiology instead of BIOL 201 Genetics and BIOL 202 Genetics Laboratory.

Suggested Winter Term

Course NumberTitleCredits
PSYC 101General Psychology

3

Suggested Semester 4

Course NumberTitleCredits
MLTS 251Chemistry Clinical Practice

2

MLTS 252Hematology Clinical Practice

2

MLTS 253Immunology/Immunohematology Clinical Practice

2

MLTS 254Microbiology Clinical Practice

2

Total Credit Hours: 67

A grade of “C” or better is required in all MLT courses, prerequisite courses, and science courses in order to remain in the program. A grade of “B” or better is required in all MLT competency skill assessments in order to remain in the program. All general and MLTS prerequisite coursework must be completed prior to registering for clinical practice (MLTS 251MLTS 252MLTS 253, and MLTS 254).

A graduate should be able to

  1. Demonstrate and evaluate proper techniques when performing blood collection procedures, with emphasis on personal and patient safety.
  2. Demonstrate proper handling of patients/specimens and evaluate situations that may cause adverse issues while employing strong critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  3. Demonstrate competence with laboratory mathematics and quality control methodologies.
  4. Discuss and comply with medical regulations as related to medical ethics particularly with patient confidentiality.
  5. Demonstrate proper educational techniques, with emphasis on oral and written presentations.
  6. Demonstrate informational literacy and perform/present basic research, with emphasis on the use of computer technology.
  7. Analyze and interpret the clinical properties and components of blood and other body fluids.
  8. Evaluate normal versus abnormal results with focus on clinical correlation and quality assurance when testing components of blood and other body fluids.
  9. Evaluate and compare the different types of testing procedures used in the clinical laboratory, with special consideration of the pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical phases of testing.
  10. Perform/interpret common laboratory procedures utilized in a clinical laboratory according to established good laboratory practice and indicate when follow-up testing is recommended.
  11. Demonstrate compliance with established professional and safety protocols.
  12. Demonstrate professionalism, strong communication skills, and a commitment to continuing education.
  13. Discuss the various roles of the MLT within the healthcare field as well as within the community, with emphasis on global awareness and diversity.