Program of Study

Medical Laboratory Technology, AAS

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Fall Semester 1
Prefix Number Title Class Lab Clinical Credit
ACA 111 College Student Success 1 0 0 1
BIO  111  General Biology I*  3
MLT 110  Introduction to MLT**
MLT 116  Anatomy & Medical Terminology
MLT 253  MLT Practicum I ** (Phlebotomy clinic)
PSY 150  General Psychology
    Totals 14 19 
Notes:
  • Students successfully completing the first semester MLT courses and PSY 150 are eligible to take the national certification exam for phlebotomy.
  • The weekly hours for class/lab/clinical are based on a 16 week semester. Weekly hour requirements will increase if course is offered over a period of less than 16 weeks.
  • Students who can provide documentation of current national certification in Phlebotomy (e.g., ASCP BOC) may be waived from MLT 253.
Spring Semester 1
MLT 118  Medical Lab Chemistry
MLT 120  Hematology/Hemostasis I
MLT 125  Immunohematology I
MLT 140  Introduction to Microbiology
    Totals 12 15 
Summer Semester 1
 ENG 111  Writing & Inquiry
HUM 110 Technology & Society
    Totals 6
Fall Semester 2
ENG 114  Professional Research and Reporting
MLT 111  Urinalysis and Body Fluids
MLT 130  Clinical Chemistry
MLT 220  Hematology/Hemostasis II
MLT 240  Special Clinical Microbiology
    Totals 11 12  15 
Spring Semester 2 ***
MLT 215  Professional Issues
MLT  263 MLT Practicum II (Hematology/Hemostasis)
MLT  271 MLT Practicum III (Urinalysis/Serology)  0
MLT  272 MLT Practicum III (Chemistry)  0
MLT  273 MLT Practicum III (Immunohematology)  0
MLT  274 MLT Practicum III (Microbiology)  0 12 
    Totals  1 39  14 

Notes:

* BIO 111, General Biology (minimum 4 credits) is not available online through SCC. It may be taken on the Jackson Campus or through another local college or university. Credits earned at another college must be transferred to SCC.
** MLT 110 in Fall Semester 1 runs for first 8 weeks of the semester. MLT 253 in Fall Semester 1 runs for the latter 8 weeks of the Fall semester.
***Spring Semester 2, the student will spend the full 16 weeks (39 hours/week) in clinical rotations along with completing the MLT 215 course (1 hour/week) online. The clinical rotations will consist of the following: Hematology/ Hemostasis, Urinalysis/Serology, Chemistry, Immunohematology, and Microbiology.

ADMISSIONS CRITERIA
The program has a limited enrollment and only admits a class in the fall of each year. Acceptance into the program is based on the following objective criteria:

  1. Completion of Phase I requirements.
  2. Highest GPAs (grade point averages)
  3. The completed medical forms must indicate that you are capable of meeting the physical requirements for the program.
  4. Students must be 18 years of age or older by August 15, the year they plan to attend the program, in order to be accepted into the MLT program for Fall Semester.All Phase I requirements must be completed by January 31 of the year in which the student wishes to enroll in the program. Students who complete Phase I requirements after the deadline will be considered for acceptance if slots are available. Please check with the Admissions Office about the enrollment availability.

Non-resident Student Restriction on Enrollment & State Authorization

  • For the Medical Laboratory Technology online program with a clinical requirement, the College has clinical agreements in the state of Georgia. Only residents of North Carolina and Georgia may enroll in this program. See page 12-13 for additional information.

PHASE I – To be completed by January 31
The applicant must: 

  1. Complete an application for admission to the college.
  2. Be a high school graduate or have earned a high school equivalency diploma (GED). Exception: current high school students.
  3. Submit official copies of all transcripts (high school and college). Transcripts must be sent directly from the institution. It is the responsibility of the applicant to assure that all necessary records are sent to the College Admissions Office.
  4. Have a grade point average of 2.8 or higher on a 4.0 scale on the most recent academic transcript with ten semester hours completed excluding developmental courses.
  5. Meet the Southwestern Community College Placement Test requirement. This may be met by one of the following methods: 
    1. Take and pass the basic components of the Computerized Placement Test. These consist of math, reading comprehension and grammar. The test is administered several times each week on the Jackson Campus and is free of charge. To schedule a test session, contact Testing Services Office 828.339.4332. If you do not pass the basic components of the placement test, it is recommended that you enroll in and successfully complete the appropriate developmental coursework. If you are unsuccessful in achieving the appropriate cut-off scores in an component of the test, please see the academic retest policy.
    2. Appropriate SAT or ACT scores. See Admissions section for additional details. 
    3. Provide an official high school transcript indicating graduation within the last five years with a minimum unweighted GPA of 2.6 and completion of a "fourth math" beyond Algebra II.
    4. Successful completion of a college-level math, algebra, English and computer literacy course. (note that all developmental course work must be completed prior to entering the MLT program).
  6. Completion of 8 hours of observation is recommended (not required).
  7. Have a computer or access to a computer that is up to date (it does not have to be new, but it needs to be updated) with a web browser. Compatible web browsers are (Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox) Google Chrome is functional, however, not fully compatible yet.
  8. Have access to a word processing application like Microsoft Office 2010, Open Office (freeware) or use Google Docs, included within the "Quick Launch Pad" in your "mySCC" page. If you have any questions regarding your online access to our college services, please review the online learning technical requirements here, or contact our IT Help Desk at 828.339.4409. 
  9. Local students within driving distance must attend on-campus labs, typically two days/week, day classes only. No MLT night classes available at this time.
  10. Distant students: We are only able to accept distant students from NC and GA at this time. Distant lab students are required to be currently employed in a hospital lab (e.g., Phlebotomist/Lab Assistant) that offers all areas of laboratory practice: Phlebotomy, Hematology/Hemostasis, Urinalysis, Chemistry, Microbiology and Blood Bank/Serology. As a part of Phase I Admission Requirements, distant students must complete the following and submit by the January 31 deadline:
    1. Provide their employer’s statement of support. This statement must indicate the employer will support the student in their lab and clinical rotations for the completion of the program. Submit this statement to the MLT Program Coordinator at the college address below.
    2. Complete and submit a "Lab Site Information Form," which will detail the contact information for their laboratory site. This form is to be submitted to MLT Program Coordinator.

PHASE II

  1. Review of applicant GPAs (grade point averages) by program director. Individuals will be selected based on GPA, not to be below a 2.8.
  2. Admissions will mail out an Acceptance Packet to selected individuals. In order to con firm their slot, the individual must complete and return all required forms by the scheduled due dates noted in the Acceptance Packet. Students who fail to submit required paperwork by the stated due dates will not be able to register for curriculum courses.  The Acceptance Packet includes: 
    1. Provisional Acceptance Letter
    2. Acknowledgement of Acceptance form
    3. MLT lab site information form
    4. Medical and technical/academic standards form-Due July 1.
  3. Students must sign the signature sheet at the end of the MLT Student Policy Manual and submit it to the program coordinator by July 1. 
  4. Accident and malpractice insurance must be purchased in the College Business Office at the time fall tuition is paid.

Notes:

  1. All components of Phase I must be completed before moving to the Phase II requirement.
  2. Applicants are responsible for submitting all the necessary records to the College Business Office.
  3. Applications must be updated annually by applicants who were not accepted the previous year.
  4. Applicants may take non-Medical Laboratory, general education and related coursework prior to being accepted into the program.
  5. All students admitted into a health science program may be required, by clinical or Co-op site, to submit to a criminal background check and/or drug testing, prior to, or during clinical education coursework. The results of these tests could affect the student’s ability to progress in the program.
  6. All students completing a health science program may be required, by an external testing agency, to submit to a criminal background check and/ or drug test prior to a state or national licensing/certification board approving the graduate to sit for licensure/certification exams. 

PROGRAM STRUCTURE
The MLT program is only allowed to offer its program to residents of NC and GA at this time. The program offers its MLT courses online. All non-MLT prefixed courses may be taken online as well. Any courses not taken at SCC must be transferred in with a grade of “C” or better and approved by the registrar’s office.

Labs are offered concurrently and can be completed on campus or in the student’s geographical area at a pre-approved clinical facility. Contact the program director for guidelines on selecting an off-campus clinical facility for performance of laboratory skills.

Clinical rotations take place in the first and final semester of the program and may be completed in the student’s geographical area (NC or GA only) at a pre-approved clinical facility. Distant students must be associated with a laboratory that is willing to support them in their laboratory and clinical rotations.at an approved clinical facility/affiliate. The clinical education will be provided at cooperating hospitals or other healthcare facilities. In the MLT program, the clinical rotations are spent in one or more clinical facilities for practical experience in the clinical laboratory, under supervision. During clinical education, the student will rotate through all departments of the laboratory including: Hematology, Hemostasis, Urinalysis, Chemistry, Phlebotomy, Microbiology, Serology, and Blood Bank. Emphasis is placed on attaining competency and proficiency in the performance of laboratory procedures, correlating theory and practice and demonstrating prescribed professional behavior.

ACADEMIC STANDARDS
The program requires that students maintain a high level of academic and clinical performance. Students must maintain a semester and cumulative GPA of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale. Failure to meet these standards will prevent normal progression through the program.

STUDENT POLICY MANUAL
This manual outlines the policies and procedures to be followed over the course of the program. Students must sign the signature sheet at the end of the policy manual and submit it to the program director by July 1 of the year in which they plan to enroll.

See Student Policy Manual here.

INSURANCE
Accident and malpractice insurance must be purchased prior to beginning the program. The insurance can be purchased in the College Business Office at the time fall semester tuition is paid.

ACCREDITATION
The MLT program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). The contact information is as follows: NAACLS, 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119 
Phone: 847.939.3597  or  773.714.8880  Fax: 773.714.8886   Website:  www.naacls.org

 

Degree: 

AAS

Program ID: 

A45420

Total Credits (Min): 

69

Credential: 

AAS

Eligible for Financial Aid: 

Yes

Offered Online: 

Yes

Online Percentage: 

100