Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT), A.A.S.
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 Medical 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.
Enrolled MLT students are required to successfully complete both the academic and clinical requirements of the program to graduate. The MLT program has a list of Eligibility Criteria which outline the cognitive, affective, and psychomotor skills deemed as minimally necessary for admission, progression, graduation, and the provision of safe patient care. If a student cannot demonstrate the skill and abilities delineated in the Eligibility Criteria, it is the responsibility of the student to request appropriate accommodations through the CCC Office of Student Disability Services. The MLT program Eligibility Criteria can be found on the MLT website.
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.