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Medical Laboratory Technician Department Overview


South Central College's Medical Laboratory Technician program is a hybrid* program that prepares students for a career as a medical laboratory professional who makes a difference in people's lives everyday. Medical Laboratory Technicians work in all areas of a clinical laboratory providing invaluable information to assist physicians in preventing, diagnosing and treating disease.

(*Hybrid courses blend face-to-face interactions such as classroom activities, student group work and live lectures with online educational technologies such as lectures, assignments, discussions, and other web-based learning tools.  These types of courses have significantly reduced seat time, amounting to at least 30% of the course time. For example, the MLT Program technical courses have all lecture-related material online with the student laboratory sessions constituting the face-to-face interactions.)

Medical Laboratory Technicians:

  • Are problem solvers
  • Like challenges and responsibility
  • Are accurate and reliable
  • Work well under pressure
  • Communicate well
  • Set high standards for themselves
  • Are facinated by science

A Medical Laboratory Technician performs routine clinical laboratory tests in all areas of the clinical laboratory. An MLT searches for basic causes to the presence, absence, extent and cause of diseases. Qualifications of this highly skilled individual include being dedicated and self-motivated with a keen commitment to accuracy and precision to ensure quality patient outcomes. MLT's work in a variety of laboratory environments including hospitals, clinics, doctor's offices, research, technical, sales and reference labs in both private and public sectors.

Job opportunities are excellent in both metropolitan and rural areas of the country and include such places as: hospitals, clinics, research laboratories, reference laboratories, physician's offices, public health agencies, private laboratories, universities and medical sales. US News and World Report put Medical Laboratory Technician on their 50 Best Careers of 2011 list based on job growth projections, salaries and job satisfaction.

The structure of the program is a combination of general education and support courses; online lectures'; face-toface student laboratory sessions; and placement of students in a hospital or clinic internship experience. The program is considered a "hybrid" program because there are required face-to face student laboratory sessions in which a student must physically be present on one of SCC's two campuses in order to fulfil the requirements of the student laboratory sessions.

Additionally, South Central College graduates may continue their education toward bachelor's and master's degrees through articulation agreements with the University of North Dakota. South Central College and UND offer all courses with face-to face and hybrid online options.

Student Background Studies: Minnesota law requires that any person who provides services that involve direct contact with patients and residents at a health care or child care facility licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health have a background study conducted by the state. An individual who is disqualified from having direct patient contact as a result of a background study, and whose disqualification is not set aside by the Commissioner of Health, will not be permitted to participate in a clinical internship in a Minnesota licensed health care or child care facility. Failure to participate in a clinical internship required by the academic program could result in ineligibility to qualify for a degree from that program.

Accreditation:
NAACLS (National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences)
5600 N River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
(773)-714-8880

 

Upon graduation from the Medical Laboratory Technician program at South Central College, students are eligible to take a national certification examination given by the American Society of Clinical Pathology )(ASCP) and become certified as a Medical Laboratory Technician (ASCP).

Core Competencies

  1. Demonstrate standard safety practices designed for the medical laboratory professions.
  2. Perform basic phlebotomy procedures that include both venipuncture and capillary techniques.
  3. Demonstrate multitasking skills where a wide variety of testing procedures are performed.
  4. Demonstrate standard quality assurance practices to ensure quality patient outcomes.
  5. Demonstrate proper procedures in maintenance, calibration, operation, and troubleshooting of laboratory analyzers and equipment.
  6. Correlate pathologic conditions and the laboratory's role in diagnosis and treatment.

Department Faculty

Stacy Hohenstein,   Cathy Smesrud

Medical Laboratory Technician Degrees