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Medical Laboratory Technician AAS
Semester Hours:  70
Effective Term: Fall  2018
Prerequisites: High School Diploma or GED.

Reading, RDG100, and Math, MAT092, or equivalent assessment test scores.

HKS155, Introduction to Phlebotomy, and HKS255, Phlebotomy Practicum, or Phlebotomy Certificate


Corequisites: None


Program Description: The Medical Laboratory Technician AAS prepares a graduate for employment in a clinical/medical laboratory. The graduate will perform routine lab testing for blood, urine, cultures, and other body fluids under the supervision of a medical laboratory scientist. Other responsibilities include performing test/instrument quality control and maintenance on a daily basis, as well as evaluating test results.

Recommended Proficiencies: None

Course Requirements
Pre-Program Requirements:
Up-to-date fingerprint card and current immunization records are required to apply to the program. Student must pay for and pass a background check and urinalysis.

CPR certification is highly recommended but not required to be accepted into the program. Students may obtain CPR certification while in the CLA program.

Prerequisites:

High School Diploma or GED.

Reading, RDG100, and Math, MAT082, or equivalent assessment test scores.

HKS155, Introduction to Phlebotomy, and HKS255, Phlebotomy Practicum, or Phlebotomy Certificate.

General Education Requirements: (19-20)

Written Communications (3)
ENG101 College Composition I (3) or higher

Oral Communications (3)
COM 100 Fundamentals of Human Communication or higher

Art and Humanities (3)
Select courses numbered 100 or above from the following: ART, HMC, LIT, MHL, PHI, and THE. Students may also choose any course from the Art or Humanities AGEC lists. The required courses must represent two different departments for the Art & Humanities category. For example, students may not take a HIS course to fulfill their Art and Humanities requirement, if they are using another HIS course to complete their Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement.

Social and Behavioral Sciences (3)
Select courses numbered 100 or above from the following: ABS, ECN, GEO, HIS, POS, PSY, and SOC. Students may also choose any course from the Social and Behavioral Sciences AGEC list. The required courses must represent two different departments for the Social and Behavioral Sciences category. For example, students may not take a HIS course to fulfill their Arts and Humanities requirement, if they are using another HIS course to complete their Social and Behavioral Sciences requirement.

Physical and Biological Sciences (4)
BIO160 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology (4)
(Fulfilled in Core Requirements)

Mathematics (3-4)
MAT121 Intermediate Algebra, Standard or higher

Core and Specialty Requirements: (51 Credits)

Core Requirements:

HCC111 Healthcare Law and Ethics (2)
HCC116 Medical Terminology (3)
CHM130 Fundamental Chemistry (4)
BIO160 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology (4)
(Fulfills Physical and Biological Sciences Requirement)
BIO205 Microbiology (4)

Specialty Requirements:

HCC210 Clinical Laboratory Operations (2)
HCC220 Clinical Hematology and Hemostasis (7)
HCC240 Clinical Immunohematology and Immunology (7)
HCC230 Clinical Urinalysis and Body Fluids Analysis (4)
HCC250 Clinical Chemistry (7)
HCC275 Clinical Microbiology (7)

Other Requirements
Computer Competency (3)
CIS110 Fundamentals of Computer Literacy
OR
CIS120 Survey of Computer Information Systems

Reading Competency
RDG100 College Reading
OR
Equivalent reading assessment test score

Students must earn:
a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale in each course before continuing;
a grade of C or better in each required course;
at least one-third of the degree credits from CAC.

Program Measurable Student Learning Outcomes
All Program Measurable Student Learning Outcomes and Standards are based on the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS) Standards for Medical Laboratory Technician Competencies Core Module.

1.0 (Knowledge Level) Define the role of the medical laboratory technician in the healthcare delivery system as it relates to the point-of-care or clinical laboratory environment. (CSLO 1,3)
2.0 (Application Level) Use common medical terminology. (CSLO 1,2,3)
3.0 (Application Level) Demonstrate knowledge of infection control and safety practices. (CSLO 1,2)
3.1 (Application Level) Demonstrate accepted practices for infection control, isolation techniques, aseptic techniques, and methods for disease prevention. (CSLO 1,2)
3.2 (Synthesis Level) Incorporate the mandated regulations with federal, state, and local guidelines regarding all the safety practices required by NAACLS. (CSLO 2,3)
3.2.1 (Application Level) Observe the OSHA bloodborne Pathogens Standard and Needle Safety Precaution Act. (CSLO 2)
3.2.2 (Application Level) Use prescribed procedures to handle electrical, radiation, biological, and fire hazards. (CSLO 2)
3.2.3 (Application Level) Use appropriate practices, as outlined in the OSHA Hazard Communication Standards, including the correct use of the Material Safety Data Sheet, as directed. (CSLO 2)
4.0 (Application Level) Follow standard operating procedures to collect specimens. (CSLO 1,2)
4.1 (Synthesis Level) Perform assigned specimen collection tasks incorporating knowledge of the circulatory, urinary, and other body systems. (CSLO 2,4)
4.2 (Comprehension Level) Describe the difference between whole blood, serum, and plasma. (CSLO 2)
4.3 (Application Level) Identify and use blood collection equipment. (CSLO 2)
4.31 (Evaluation Level) Evaluate and identify the additive by the evacuated tube color. (CSLO 2)
4.32 (Application Level) Identify and properly use equipment needed to collect blood by venipuncture and capillary (dermal) puncture. (CSLO 2)
4.4 (Application Level) Collect blood specimens by venipuncture. (CSLO 2,4)
4.5 (Application Level) Collect blood specimens by capillary (dermal) puncture. (CSLO 2,4)
4.6 (Knowledge Level) Identify special precautions necessary during blood collections by venipuncture and capillary (dermal) puncture. (CSLO 2,4)
4.7 (Application Level) List and apply the criteria that would lead to rejection or recollection of a patient sample. (CSLO 2,4)
4.8 (Synthesis Level) Instruct patients in the proper collection and preservation for non-blood samples. (CSLO 1,2)
5.0 (Application Level) Prepare blood and body fluid specimens for analysis according to standard operating procedures. (CSLO 2,4)
5.1 (Application Level) Follow standard operating procedures for labeling, transporting, and processing of specimens, including transport to reference laboratories. (CSLO 2)
5.2 (Synthesis Level) Follow the criteria for reporting specimens and test results that will be used as legal evidence. (CSLO 2,4)
6.0 (Application Level) Prepare/reconstitute reagents, standards and controls according to standard operating procedure. (CSLO 2)
6.1 (Analysis Level) Follow laboratory protocol for storage and suitability of reagents, standards, and controls. (CSLO 2)
6.2 (Synthesis Level) Recognize and report contamination and/or deterioration in reagents, standards, and controls. (CSLO 2,4)
7.0 (Synthesis Level) Perform appropriate tests at the medical laboratory technician level, according to standard operating procedures. (CSLO 2,4)
7.1 (Synthesis Level) Identify and report potential pre-analytical errors that may occur during specimen collection, labeling, transporting, and processing. (CSLO 2,4)
7.2 (Evaluation Level) Compare and evaluate test results to reference intervals. (CSLO 2,4)
7.3 (Synthesis Level) Record results by manual method or computer according to laboratory protocol. (CSLO 2)
7.4 (Synthesis Level) Report STAT results of completed tests according to laboratory protocol. (CSLO 2)
7.5 (Synthesis Level) Recognize critical values and follow established protocol regarding reporting. (CSLO 2)
7.6 (Application Level) Use and handle measurement equipment appropriately. (CSLO 2)
9.0 (Comprehension Level) Follow established quality control protocols to include maintenance and calibration of equipment. (CSLO 2,4)
9.1 (Synthesis Level) Perform quality control procedures. (CSLO 2)
9.2 (Synthesis Level) Record quality control results. (CSLO 2)
9.3 (Synthesis Level) Identify and report control results that do not meet pre-determined criteria. (CSLO 2,4)
10.0 (Application Level) Communicate (verbally and nonverbally) effectively and appropriately in the workplace. (CSLO 1,3)
10.1 (Application Level) Demonstrate confidentiality expectations of privileged information for individuals. (CSLO 1,2,3)
10.2 (Evaluation Level) Evaluate and defend the value of diversity in the workplace. (CSLO 1,2)
10.3 (Application Level) Demonstrate appropriate and professional interaction when working with other individuals. (CSLO 1,3)
10.4 (Analysis Level) Examine and discuss the major points of the American Hospital Association Patients Bill of Rights and the Patients Bill of Rights from the institution. (CSLO 1,3)
10.5 (Application Level) Demonstrate professional appearance and appropriate work behaviors. (CSLO 1,3)
10.6 (Application Level) Apply written and verbal instructions in carrying out testing procedures. (CSLO 2,4)
11.0 (Application Level) Use information systems necessary to accomplish job functions. (CSLO 2)
12.0 (Synthesis Level) Record data using the appropriate form when documenting potential pre-analytical errors that may occur during specimen collection, labeling, transporting, and/or processing. (CSLO 2,4)
Standards for Program
1. The standards are based on the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences(NAACLS),Medical Laboratory Technician Standards for Competencies Core Module, pgs. 17 - 23.

NAACLS Web Site:

http://www.naacls.org. See Standard Compliance Guide.