The Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences degree and Certificate are designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to work in clinical laboratories as a Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT). Upon completion of the degree, graduates are eligible to take the national MLT certification exam. Certification is a requirement for working in the healthcare field. Shoreline Community College works with clinical affiliates, an MLT advisory committee and accreditation guidelines to make sure students receive the knowledge and skills currently in demand for employment.
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AAAS Degree (114 Credits)
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Length of Program: 114 Credits
Completion Award: AAAS Degree
Enrollment: Fall Quarter for professional year
Approximate Quarterly Costs: $1000
(in addition to tuition, books and parking)
For the AAAS degree program, placement into English and Math courses is required. Credit in the physical sciences may be applied if earned within the past ten years. Exceptions may be made on an individual basis. For the Certificate of Proficiency, students must have an Associate or Bachelor’s degree or higher and meet the MLT prerequisite courses; Proof of current Healthcare Provider (CPR & AED) and ENGL& 101 or equivalent.
Follow prerequisite course sequence:
English Sequence: ENGL 090 , EAP 099 or ENGL 099 , ENGL& 101
Math Sequence: MATH 060 , MATH 070 , MATH 098 , MATH 099
Science Sequence: MATH 099 , CHEM& 121 , BIOL& 211 and CHEM& 131 , BIOL& 260
General Education Core Requirements (15-20 Credits)
Communication Skills (5 Credits)
Program Core Requirements (32 Credits)
Spring Quarter Prior to Professional Year
Professional Year (67 Credits)
Approval To Graduate
Student Name, SID and Date: ____________________________________________________
Faculty Advisor and Date: _______________________________________________________
Division Dean and Date: ________________________________________________________
Credential Approval and Date: ____________________________________________________
MLT Program applications are due May 10th. Selection to the Professional year of the MLT program is based on successful completion of academic prerequisite requirements. Acceptance is limited by the number of clinical spaces for practicum training. Students accepted into the MLT program must be full time student. The MLT program application can be found at www.shoreline.edu/MedicalLab01.aspx.
Required vaccinations: Hepatitis B, MMR, Tdap, influenza, and two-step TB skin tests. Varicella recommended and may be required.
Required Documents: Background check, AIDS/HIV Education certificate for 7 contact hrs., Health insurance, and AHA BLS CPR certification.
Assigned clinical training facilities may have additional student requirements.
American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS), www.ascls.org
American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science- Washington State, www.asclswa.org
American Society for Clinical Pathology, www.ascp.org
Certification in clinical laboratory careers:
Medical Laboratory Technician Certification: MLT (ASCP) American Society for Clinical Laboratory Pathology (ASCP) www.ascp.org ASCP Board of Certification https://www.ascp.org/content/board-of-certification
MLT Program Accreditation:
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS), www.naacls.org; 5600 N River Road, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/
Job Search Information:
Washington State Hospital Association, member listing, http://www.wsha.org
Job listing: https://www.indeed.com
Job seeking: https://www.shoreline.edu/workforce/worksource/job-seekers.aspx
Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT)-What is it?
Medical Laboratory personnel examine, analyze and test clinical specimens such as blood and body fluids to aid in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of disease. Medical Laboratory Technicians perform routine laboratory testing and assigned tasks with quality control and quality assurance. The MLT program prerequisites provide students with a foundation in general education and science courses required before entrance into the program. The professional year covers areas of routine medical laboratory technology through lecture/symposium, eLearning support and student laboratory classes. Students then complete laboratory practicum training in medical laboratories. MLT program graduates are eligible to take the national certification examination for a Medical Laboratory Technician and become certified as an MLT (ASCP). Certification is required to work in medical laboratory facilities.
Students who successfully complete this program - by obtaining grade of 2.0 or better for each individual course in this program - should be able to:
- Perform routine laboratory testing and procedures in a clinical laboratory.
- Work effectively in a clinical laboratory setting with co-workers, healthcare staff and patients.
- Recognize and evaluate normal/abnormal test results and take appropriate action.
- Perform quality control and evaluate results.
- Operate routine laboratory equipment and analyzers.
- Recognize and comply with workplace practices and policies, such as safety and patient confidentiality.
- Demonstrate a professional work ethics.
Career Opportunities-What can I do with a degree/certificate in MLT?
Graduates work as Medical Laboratory Technicians in clinical and research laboratories. As generalists in a clinical laboratory, MLTs can develop skills to work in a special testing area. With additional work experience, training and a bachelor’s degree, an MLT can advance to a Medical Laboratory Scientist, Medical Technologist, Supervisor and Manager. For salary information, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics at www.bls.gov.
Potential employers include: Clinical hospital laboratories, outreach laboratories, medical and reference laboratories, research laboratories, public health laboratories and blood banks. For more, visit career information and resources at http://www.shoreline.edu/advising.
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