Navarro College offers a two-year Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) program leading to an Associate in Applied Science degree. The MLT program includes both practical and theoretical experience in hematology, clinical chemistry, microbiology, parasitology, mycology, urinalysis, immunology, and immunohematology. Clinical courses included in the program provide hands-on experience in various hospital and clinic laboratories in the surrounding area. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) certification exam for medical laboratory technician. Successful completion of exams allows graduates to practice as a Medical Laboratory Technician.
What is a Medical Lab Technician/Clinical Laboratory Technician?
Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLT’s) are vital healthcare detectives, uncovering and providing laboratory information from laboratory analyses that assist physicians in patient diagnosis and treatments, as well as in disease monitoring or prevention (maintenance of health). MLTs use sophisticated biomedical instrumentation and technology, computers, and methods requiring manual dexterity to perform laboratory testing on blood and body fluids. Laboratory testing encompasses such disciplines as clinical chemistry, hematology, immunology, immunohematology (blood bank), and microbiology. Accurate laboratory data is needed to aid in detecting cancer, heart attacks, diabetes, infectious mononucleosis, and identification of bacteria or viruses that cause infections, match blood for transfusions, as well as in detecting drugs of abuse.
The role of the MLT requires an understanding of scientific principles and theories, the ability to perform a wide variety of laboratory procedures with accuracy, the ability to analyze data for accuracy and the ability to detect and correct problems. In addition, MLTs consult with other members of the healthcare team. Medical laboratory technicians have an associate degree in Medical Laboratory Technology.
Articulation to medical Laboratory Science BS Degree
Articulation in education refers to any arrangement used by colleges and universities to coordinate the curriculum of their program that will facilitate the transfer of credits so that students can move from one level to another and decrease the time needed to earn the next level of degree.
There are many articulated programs across the nation which offer opportunities to individuals with an Associate Degree in Medical Laboratory Technology to complete their BS degrees and become certified as a Medical Laboratory Scientist (MSL/MT). These programs are either on campus programs or have online offerings. In many programs the MLT graduate can work in the field of laboratory medicine while working on the BS degree.
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Step 1: Admission to Navarro College
Step 2: High School or GED graduate
Step 3: Complete all three areas of the THEA exam
Step 4: Submit MLT program application PDF with required documentation
- Application on file with Navarro College
- Transcripts from other colleges and universities or GED/High School diploma
- Documentation of TSI status
Note: Students are required to show proof of up to date immunizations (including Hepatitis B immunization) prior to clinicals. Students interested in any health care field are strongly recommended to being the Hepatitis B immunization series.
ADDITIONAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
The Texas Department of Health Administrative Code requires that students enrolled in health-related courses, which will involve direct patient contact, meet the Department’s requirements for immunization. This includes a complete series of Hepatitis B vaccine prior to the start of direct patient care. Initial, one month later, 5 months after the second immunization or show serologic confirmation of immunity. Students interested in the MLT program should begin their immunizations as soon as possible.
Criminal Background Checks
Students must meet all clinical agency requirements including negative drug screens, criminal background history that is clear, and immunization.
MLAB 1201 Introduction to Clinical Lab Science
MLAB 1227 Coagulation
MLAB 1235 Immunology / Serology
MLAB 2238 Advanced Topics
MLAB 1311 Urinalysis and Body Fluids
MLAB 1331 Parasitology / Mycology
MLAB 1415 Hematology
MLAB 1460 Clinical I
MLAB 2401 Clinical Chemistry
MLAB 2431 Immunohematology
MLAB 2434 Clinical Microbiology
MLAB 2460 Clinical II
PLAB 1223 Phlebotomy
Medical Lab Technology Program Coordinator
Job Outlook: the career of laboratory medicine (medical laboratory technology/medical laboratory science) is listed as one of the 50 best careers of 2011. Job growth is expected to be faster than average, with the number of clinical lab workers rising about 16 percent between 2008 and 2018, adding about 25,000 jobs, according to the Labor Department. But you can count on even more opportunities thanks to retirements and turnover. Expect the most rapid growth in private diagnostic labs, as well as in physician’s offices.
• Clinic labs
• Reference labs
• Offices of physicians
• Blood banks
• Veterinary labs
• Public Health Service
• Institutes of medical research
• Development department of chemical or pharmaceutical companies
Career in Laboratory Medicine
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