Medical Laboratory Assistant (MLA) Short-term Certificate
A medical laboratory technician is an integral part of the healthcare team. The responsibilities of a MLT include processing and analyzing blood, body fluid or other specimens in order to provide accurate and timely information to the ordering physician. The clinical information produced by the clinical laboratory technician is utilized to make diagnostic and treatment decisions. The program can be completed in five (5) semesters.
The College is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) for the clinical laboratory technician program. Graduates, upon successful completion of an accredited program, will be eligible, but not required, to take a nationally-recognized certification exam, the ASCP (American Society for Clinical Pathologists) Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) certification exam. Be advised that a criminal and/or drug history could result in denial of permission to take the credentialing examination. The address for NAACLS is as follows: 5600 N. River Road, Suite 72D0, Rosemont, IL. Website: www.naacls.org
DRUG TESTING/BACKGROUND CHECKS
As stipulated by the health agencies with which the Allied Health Department contracts for clinical experience, each student enrolled in any clinical experiences at Calhoun Community College will undergo health screen, drug, alcohol testing and/or background checks as a precondition to beginning a clinical rotation. The fee for testing/checks is the responsibility of the student. Written guidelines for the process will be provided to the student at the beginning of the program.
POLICIES AND CURRICULUM
Policies and Curriculum for the Associate Degree Clinical Laboratory Technician program are subject to change at any time. Written notice will be given to all students enrolled in MLT courses prior to implementation of change.
Applicants must meet the minimum admission standards to be considered for selection. Class enrollment is limited and applicants are rank-ordered using a 100-point system. Applicants not meeting minimum admission standards will not be considered. Minimum admission standards for the Associate Degree Clinical Laboratory Technician Program are listed on the MLT website.
Since class size is limited, the Admission Committee will evaluate each applicant’s academic performance and select applicants with the strongest academic record. A 100-point system is used to evaluate academic standing based on the calculation of points for students meeting Minimum Admission Requirements.
ENROLLMENT REQUIREMENTS FOR MLT AAS DEGREE PROGRAM
Once enrolled in the MLT program but prior to being scheduled for any clinical experience, the student must
1. Provide a current Health Division Student Health Form (to be provided) that has been completed by a licensed physician or nurse practitioner.
2. Have the ability to perform essential functions as listed on health form.
3. Present proof that they have received the three (3) Hepatitis B vaccinations or proof of immunity to the Hepatitis B virus. If a student chooses not to receive the Hepatitis B vaccine, they must sign a form indicating their refusal (waiver form).
4. Purchase of professional liability insurance through the College as required by MLT program.
5. In addition to the above College requirements, the contracts between Calhoun Community College and area healthcare providers require proof of the following prior to students being scheduled for or attending a clinical experience:
• Current cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) course completion, professional level,
• Drug and / or alcohol abuse testing, and
• Criminal background check.
6. Fees / costs for all of the above enrollment requirements will be the sole responsibility of the student.
Calhoun Community College Medical Laboratory Technician Program ESSENTIAL ELIGILIBILTY Criteria (Essential Functions)
I understand my ability to perform the Essential Functions is required for successful completion of the MLT program. The Essential Functions of the MLT program include the ability to independently perform the following:
Physical and Sensory Requirements
1. Move freely and safely about the laboratory.
2. Perform moderately taxing continuous physical work, often requiring prolonged sitting or standing, over several hours.
3. Fine motor and visual abilities sufficient to distinguish between the characteristics of biological specimens and chemical products.
4. Manipulation of laboratory equipment including utilization of a clinical grade binocular microscope.
5. Comprehend, measure, calculate, analyze, synthesize, integrate, compare, interpret and apply information.
6. Possess sufficient judgment and reasoning skills to recognize and correct errors as they occur.
7. Recognize potentially hazardous materials, equipment, and situations and proceed safely in order to minimize risk of injury to self, patients, and coworkers; includes the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and best practices.
8. Read and comprehend technical and professional materials.
9. Effectively and courteously communicate and must be able to write using the English language.
10. Possess the emotional health required to use intellectual abilities fully, such as exercising sound judgement and promptly completing all responsibilities.
11. Work in a changing and stressful environment, displaying flexibility and functioning independently in the face of uncertainties or problems that might arise.
12. Demonstrate professional demeanor and behavior including performance in an ethical manner when dealing with others.
PROGRESSION IN THE PROGRAM
Students are expected to meet co-requisite requirements to progress in the program. Students must maintain a minimum of a 2.0 GPA in all courses taken and/or transferred to Calhoun to continue in the program. Once accepted into the MLT program, all coursework requires a grade of C or better to progress.
The course curriculum must be followed as listed on current schedules.
EMS PROGRAM GENERAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
Enrolled EMS students are required to successfully complete both the academic and clinical requirements of the program to graduate. The purpose of the Essential Functions is to delineate the cognitive, affective and psychomotor skills deemed the minimal necessary for admission, progression, and graduation and for the provision of safe and effective patient care. Title III of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act provides comprehensive civil rights protection for qualified individuals with disabilities. It is the responsibility of the student to request appropriate accommodations through the CCC Office of Student Disability Services.
1. Have the physical ability necessary to walk, climb, crawl, bend, push, pull, lift and balance over less than ideal terrain.
2. Have good physical stamina and endurance which would not be adversely affected by having to lift, carry, and balance at times, in excess of 125 lbs. (250 lbs. with assistance).
3. See different color spectrums.
4. Have good eye-hand coordination and the manual dexterity to manipulate equipment, instrumentation, and medications.
Problem Solving Abilities
5. Be able to send and receive verbal messages as well as operate communication equipment appropriately.
6. Be able to collect facts to organize data accurately and communicate clearly, both orally and in writing, in the English language at the ninth-grade level or higher.
7. Be able to differentiate between normal and abnormal findings in human physical conditions using visual, auditory, olfactory, and tactile observations.
8. Be able to make good judgment decisions and exhibit problem-solving skills under stressful situations.
9. Be attentive to detail and aware of standards and rules that govern policies.
10. Implement therapies based on mathematical calculations.
11. Possess the emotional stability to be able to perform duties in life-or-death situations and in potentially dangerous social situations, including responding to calls in districts known to have high crime rates.
12. Be able to handle stress and work well as part of a team.
13. Be oriented to reality and not be mentally impaired by mind-altering substances.
14. Not be addicted to drugs or alcohol.
15. Be able to work 24 hours in length, if necessary.
16. Be able to tolerate being exposed to extremes in the environment including variable aspects of weather, hazardous fumes, and noise.
17. Possess eyesight in a minimum of one eye correctable to 20/20 vision and be able to determine directions according to a map. (Students who desire to drive an ambulance must possess approximately 180-degree peripheral vision capacity, must possess a valid Alabama driver’s license, and must be able to safely and competently operate a motor vehicle in accordance with state law).
18. Have the ability to follow established criteria even in the absence of direct supervision.
EMS PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
1. Have completed the ACT or ACCUPLACER
2. Meet all institutional admission requirements
3. Successfully complete Basic Cardiac Life Support for the Healthcare Provider
4. Submit to a physical examination by a licensed MD, DO or CRNP to include:
a. Written documentation (on a form provided by the program) of the examiner’s opinion regarding the prospective student as follows:
-the emotional and physical ability to carry out the normal activities of pre-hospital emergency care
-compliance with the EMS Essential Functions
-a health history
b. Current immunizations to include:
-Tetanus D within past 10 years
-MMR vaccine prior to 1969 or rubella titer 1.8 or >
-Two step TB skin test (chest x-ray if positive)
-Hepatitis B vaccine series, positive hepatitis B titer or signed waiver of vaccination refusal
-Appropriate influenza vaccine for clinical courses SP/FA semesters
c. Visual / auditory / verbal ability to include:
-vision corrected in one eye to 20/20 (students who desire to drive an ambulance must also possess approx. 180 degrees of peripheral vision capacity)
-ability to send and receive verbal messages
5. Purchase current professional liability insurance thru the health division
6. Submit proof of health/hospitalization/accident insurance or a signed waiver of release of liability
7. Submit to a background check and drug screen, at the student’s expense, completed by college selected agencies. Both must be negative as defined in Division policies.
8. All entering paramedic students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 or >.
9. All entering Paramedic Option 1 students must possess an unencumbered Alabama EMT/AEMT license and have successfully completed BIO 201 prior to registration for courses.
Program graduates are required to comply with specific licensure requirements as set forth by the National Registry of EMTs and the Alabama Department of Public Health to become licensed as an EMT, AEMT, or Paramedic. Situations which may affect licensure compliance include, but are not limited to:
1. Not being 18 years of age or older;
2. Convicted of any criminal act, including DUI convictions;
3. Addicted to the use of intoxicating liquors or controlled substances at present or in the past;
4. Not possessing 180-degree peripheral vision capacity.
A student may be readmitted to an EMS program one time following a failure due to poor academic performance or a withdrawal. A student will not be readmitted to the EMS program if he/she has been removed from class or a clinical rotation due to unprofessional behavior or patient endangerment. Students who return following a failure or withdrawal are considered to be using their second and final opportunity to complete the EMS program. Readmission of eligible students is based on the availability of space.
1. Written notification at least one month in advance to the EMS program director that the student desires to reenter the program.
2. A current minimum cumulative grade point average of2.0.
3. For paramedic courses, no longer than twelve (12) months may elapse between completion of an EMS paramedic course and enrollment in subsequent courses.
Students in the Health Division are readmitted under the CCC Catalog in effect the year of readmission.
When there is probable cause, the Allied Health Department reserves the right to require a prospective student, a student currently enrolled in a program, or a returning student to submit to psychological testing/ counseling, a drug screening and/or a physical examination by a licensed physician at the student’s expense and to submit a report of the outcomes to the AH Dept. The AH Dept. will provide a specific form for this purpose, when applicable. All reports will be reviewed by the AH Dept. to determine if a student may be admitted, readmitted, or retained in EMS courses.
In conjunction with CCC Workforce Solutions, continuing education courses may be offered by request. Those interested should contact the EMS office at 256/306-2786.
Policies for the EMS program are subject to change at any time. Written notice will be given to students enrolled in EMS courses prior to implementation of policy change.
This program is not eligible for Title IV funding (Pell Grant, SEOG, and Direct Student Loans).
Short-Term Certificate Info at a Glance
Program: Medical Laboratory Technician
Type: Short-Term Certificate
Program Code: STC-MLA