In the Medical Laboratory Technician program, students learn the techniques and theories necessary to work in a medical or clinical laboratory. These techniques emphasize skills in phlebotomy, body fluid analysis, hematology, chemistry, microbiology, immunology, immunohematology, and molecular diagnostics. Students also learn the theories and principles behind the tests they perform and learn to correlate the results with patients' conditions. In addition, students earn credits in general education, including anatomy and physiology, communications, chemistry, and computer science, which lead to an AAS degree.
Upon satisfactory completion of the classroom training, each student is assigned to an affiliating hospital for 21 credits of clinical experience. During this period, the student is under the direct supervision of a medical laboratory scientist and receives periodic supervision from the college's Medical Laboratory Technician training staff. Graduates of the MLT program are eligible to take the examination given by the Board of Certification Examination of the American Society for Clinical Pathology.
The MLT program is accredited by National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), the accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Commission on Recognition of Post-Secondary Accreditation (CORPA). Questions regarding program accreditation may be directed to NAACLS, 5600 N River Rd, Suite 720, Rosemount, IL 60018 or by calling 773-714-8880.
Due to Minnesota legislative mandate, students are subjected to a criminal background check prior to placement in any clinical facility. Students found to have criminal backgrounds are ineligible to participate in clinical rotations and, thus, not eligible for graudation.