Medical Laboratory Technology
Mission and Goals
Philosophy and Goals of the MLT Program
It is the philosophy of the Medical Laboratory Technology Program, in keeping with the philosophy of the College, that Medical Laboratory Technicians can be adequately and effectively trained to perform the majority of routine medical laboratory procedures in an associate degree training program, thus, provide the community with Associate Degree level medical technicians for the clinical laboratories that are technically competent, of high moral character, practicing professionally and ethically so that patient care in no way will be compromised.
Statement of the Goals of the Program:
The goals of the MLT Program are to provide each of its graduates with a sound background in all of the medical laboratory sciences as well as a general education in the areas of the arts and sciences. The two-year curriculum prepares each graduate not only with the technical skills but also with an ethical approach to laboratory work so that she or he may become an integral part of today's modern medical team. Upon satisfactory completion of the program, including the earning of the Associate in Allied Health Science Degree, the graduate of the MLT Program becomes eligible to take the National Registry Examination.
The Goals of the Program are:
- To provide an operational framework for the technical portions of the educational process which will prepare proficient Medical Laboratory Technicians.
- To provide coordination between the instruction given in the classroom (work, habits, skills, attitudes, and personal appearance) and actual practice in a medical laboratory.
- To provide a program whose graduates will be eligible to sit for licensing or certifying examinations that may be required by the majority of prospective employers in the Central Midlands Region.
- To accept a diversity of qualified students into the program in keeping with the college philosophy to serve the communit.
- To offer a career ladder opportunity to those laboratorians trained as laboratory assistants and those from other laboratory training programs, such as military schools.
- To offer a university transfer curricula at the sub-baccalaureate level for the MLT who wishes to pursue a degree at the baccalaureate level.
- To seek the advice of professionals in the field of clinical laboratory medicine, so as to strengthen the curriculum and facilitate the coordination of the college program with the local medical institutions.
- To continue to keep the curriculum current and to keep abreast of the changing needs of the medical laboratory profession.
Graduate's Career Entry Competencies
- Apply scientific principle to medical laboratory technique and procedures.
- Perform routine tests with skill and accuracy, being able to recognize normal and abnormal results.
- Troubleshoot difficulties encountered in routine testing.
- Work effectively with other members of the laboratory and health care team.
- Accept responsibility for one's work and actions within legal and ethical guidelines pertaining to medical laboratory technology.
- Complete the eligibility requirements necessary to sit for the available registry or certification examinations.
- Recognize the need to maintain progressive development through continuing education programs and professional organizations.
The achievement of these competencies is incorporate into the goals of each of the clinical laboratory sciences courses.