Student Learning Outcomes –
Entry Level Competencies

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Upon completion of the program and at initial employment, the medical laboratory technician should be able to demonstrate the following entry level competencies:

(The method of evaluating the achievement of the competency is stated following each competency.)

  1. Collect specimens, determine specimen acceptability, and process biological specimens for analysis.
    (lab practical / clinical evaluation, employer surveys)
  2. Perform analytical tests on body fluids, cells and products with accuracy and precision.
    (lab practicals/ clinical evaluation)
  3. Prepare and select necessary reagents, controls, and instruments used in routine procedures.
    (lab practicals / clinical evaluation)
  4. Describe the principle of basic laboratory procedures.
    (lecture exams/ clinical evaluation/ certification exam)
  5. Recognize factors that affect procedures and results and take appropriate action within predetermined limits when corrections are indicated.
    (lecture exams/clinical evaluation/certification exam, employer surveys)
  6. Perform new procedures and techniques using acquired skills and basic scientific principles.
    (clinical evaluation, employer surveys)
  7. Identify normal and abnormal results and relate laboratory findings to common disease processes and treatment.
    (lecture exams/ clinical evaluation/ certification exam, employer surveys)
  8. Perform and monitor quality control. Take appropriate measures when quality control is not within predetermined limits. Describe means of assessing quality assurance.
    (clinical evaluation/ certification exam, employer surveys)
  9. Associate laboratory findings, clinical data, quality control data and other lab data to assess test results and procedures.
    (clinical evaluation/ certification exam, employer surveys)
  10. Calculate results from supplied and/or obtained data.
    (lecture exams/ clinical evaluation/ certification exam)
  11. Following instruction the graduate should be able to perform preventative and corrective maintenance of equipment and instruments or refer to appropriate source for repairs.
    (clinical evaluation, employer surveys)
  12. Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct and interpersonal communication skills with patients, laboratory personnel, and other health care professionals, and with the public.
    (clinical evaluation, employer surveys)
  13. Recognize the responsibilities of other laboratory and health care personnel and interact with them with respect for their jobs and patient care.
    (clinical evaluation, employer surveys)
  14. Recognize and act upon individual needs for continuing education as a function of growth and maintenance of professional competence.
    (voluntary attendance of seminars and clinical laboratory conventions, and demonstrating other means of staying current in the field, employer surveys, membership in professional organizations.)
  15. Describe appropriate safety measures and practice safety measures as they apply to bloodborne pathogens, chemicals, fire, and biohazard material.
    (Exams, student lab, clinical, employer surveys)
  16. Discuss rules and regulations of clinical laboratory enforcement agencies.
  17. Demonstrate or describe the process of data analysis and transfer using laboratory information systems.
    (clinical evaluation)