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Medical Laboratory Technology (511004)

Degree: Associate in Applied Science, AAS

Overview

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Medical Laboratory Technology Program is to provide a comprehensive technical education program that prepares quality graduates to work in the medical, clinical, and research laboratory industry.

Upon completion of the MLT program, students are awarded an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Medical Laboratory Technology and are eligible to take the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), Board of Certification (BOC) examination.  The ASCP-BOC will award the Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) credential upon successful completion of the examination.

Accreditation:

The Medical Laboratory Technology Program is accredited by: National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science.  5600 N. River Road, Suite 720 Rosemont, Chicago, IL 60018 -5119. (773) 714-8880

Certification

American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), Board of Certification (BOC) examination.

33 West Monroe St. Suite 1600, Chicago, IL, 60603-5617

Program Outcome Goals

be able to

  1. Graduates will accept employment and function  as entry-level MLTs
  2. Grades will take and pass ASCP (American Society of Clinical Pathology) national certification on 1st attempt
  3. Employers will indicate satisfaction with the graduate’s performance

Statistics and Facts

83%MLT Certification Pass Rate (National Cumulative Mean Score 77.9%)
84%MLT Job Placement Rate 2009-2014 (Job market is recovering and we expect MLT Opportunities to improve and follow projections of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for 2012-2022)

In the Real World

What Does a MLT Do?

Medical Laboratory Technicians preform laboratory test to obtain data that will be used by physicians and other medical staff to prevent, diagnose, and treat illness.  They are expected to examine specimens, operate automated testing equipment, and identify bacteria.  MLT’s are required to prepare samples for automated testing and to preform manual testing following detailed instructions.

 Is it For You? 

 Although not involved in direct patient care the MLT still is a very vital part of the healthcare team.  The individuals who are in this field should love the science behind the medicine.  We spend much of our time testing blood and other specimens from the human body to provide accurate and reliable results for the medical team.  These results will then be used to give the best care for the patient.  If you love science and enjoy the behind the scene feel, then MLT could be for you.

  Job Outlook:  According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statisticsemployment of medical laboratory technologists and technicians is projected to grow 22 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. An increase in the aging population will lead to a greater need to diagnose medical conditions, such as cancer or type 2 diabetes, through laboratory procedures.”

Career Placement

At FDTC, we believe that education deserves results - that’s why we want to watch our students succeed in the real world. Florence-Darlington Technical College works diligently to match students with relevant jobs in our community so that they can put their hard-earned education to work. We partner with successful alumni and local businesses to ensure our students get the best possible career upon graduation. Our Career Services Office offers a variety of services to help students succeed including: resume coaching, on-campus recruiting & career fairs, online job postings, professional development workshops, personality evaluations, internship placement assistance, and other online career building resources. We encourage all students to schedule a meeting with a Career Services Coach at (843) 661-8075 to explore their post-graduation opportunities. Find out about what Career Services can do you. What does your future look like?

Learning Goals/Objectives

Knowledge
Program Learning Outcome #1
Graduates will integrate scientific reasoning and interpretation within clinical laboratory sciences body of knowledge. The body of knowledge encompasses the collection, processing and analysis of biological specimens.
Communication
Program Learning Outcome #2
Graduates will comunicate information and ideas effectively.
Professionalism
Program Learning Outcome #3
Graduates will demonstrate respect for the rights of the patients, colleagues, and other health professionals and perform duties in a manner that is within the constraints of legal, moral, and ethical conduct.
Critical Thinking
Program Learning Outcome #4
Graduates will correlate the relationships of basic physiology to disease processes to normal and abnormal laboratory results.
Quality and Safety
Program Learning Outcome #5
Graduates will conduct all scientific investigative work with care and precision and demonstrate a commitment to generally laboratory safety practices.
Technology and Innovation
Program Learning Outcome #6
Graduates will be able to follow procedural guidelines in performance of laboratory analysis including quality control, microcomputer applications, instrumentation and trouble shooting.
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