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WHY STUDY MEDICAL LABORATORY TECHNOLOGY NC?

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 analysis 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.

Notice to Students Regarding Licensing

Effective September 1st 2017, HB 1508 amends the Texas Occupations Code Section 53 that requires education providers to notify you a potential or enrolled student that a criminal history may make you ineligible for an occupational license upon program completion.

 

The following website provides links to information about the licensing process and requirements. https://www.naacls.org/

 

Should you wish to request a review of the impact of criminal history on your potential MLT Certification prior to or during your quest for a degree, you can visit this link and request a “Criminal History Evaluation.” https://www.naacls.org/Students.aspx

 

This information is being provided to all persons who apply or enroll in the program with notice of the requirements as described above, regardless of whether or not the person has been convicted of a criminal offense.

 

Additionally, HB 1508 authorizes licensing agencies to require reimbursements when a student fails to receive the required notice.

Program Approval and Accreditation

The Medical Laboratory Technology Program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) located at 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL, 60018. NAACLS phone number is (733) 714-8880. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the following national certification examinations for medical laboratory technicians: American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP), American Medical Technologist (AMT).

Program Outcomes

Three Year Program Outcomes

Certification Pass rates2013-2015100%
Graduation Rates2014-2016100%
Graduate Placement Rates (Employment in field or continued education)2014-2016100%
Attrition Rates2014-20160%

Student Learning Outcomes – Entry Level Competencies

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.
    (Exams)
  17. Demonstrate or describe the process of data analysis and transfer using laboratory information systems.
    (clinical evaluation)

Essential Functions of the Profession

In order to meet the competencies required of medical laboratory technicians (MLT) and to meet the competencies of the medical laboratory technology program, students must possess the following essential functions or attain the functions while in the program.

 

Psychomotor skills:

The student must be able to perform many fine motor manipulations; manipulate glassware such as pipettes and flasks; read microscopic materials and use the microscope for extended periods of time; distinguish pattern, odor, clarity, and discriminate color; complete tasks within required time limits; read visual displays on a terminal; enter data into computers; hear buzzers; recognize alarm signals, both visual and auditory; bend; stand; sit; and lift.  The student must possess all skills necessary to carry out diagnostic procedures, manipulate tools, and instruments used in the clinical laboratories.  The student must possess the psychomotor skills to collect blood specimens, and independently perform manual, semi-automated and automated analysis on laboratory specimen.

 

Intellectual, Conceptual, Integrative, and Quality Skills:

The student must be able to measure, calculate, analyze, interpret, synthesize and evaluate data; read and interpret charts and graphs; make analytical judgments, apply information, have the ability to learn to prioritize and perform laboratory testing; have the ability to learn to make sound judgments and formulate diagnoses after correlating clinical data with clinical findings; possess organizational skills; be able to solve one or more problems within specific time frames which are often short; have the ability to perform duties and assignments in a timely fashion while under stress and in a variety of settings; comprehend three-dimensional relationships and understand the spatial relationships of cellular structures; use sufficient judgment to recognize and correct performance, possess the ability to develop and exhibit organizational problem solving skills.

 

Communication skills:

Students must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively orally and in writing.  The student must be able to read and comprehend written material.  The student must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently with all members of the healthcare team and patients.  The students must be able to understand and complete reading and written assignments; search and evaluate the literature; maintain written records; and use a computer for instructional assignments and patient care activities.

 

Behavioral and Social Attributes:

Students must possess the emotional health skills required for full utilization of the student’s intellectual abilities; be able to recognize emergency situations and take appropriate action.  The students must demonstrate the ability to follow instructions/procedures with accuracy and precision and possess the ability to maintain intellectual and emotional stability and maturity under stress, while maintaining appropriate performance standards.
The student must be able to manage time, organize workload and meet deadlines; develop and exhibit professional attributes; and practice discretion and confidentiality in regard to laboratory and patient reports.  The student must adhere to safety guidelines for self and others and be able to comply with standards and regulations required by external agencies; function as a part of a team and learn to delegate responsibilities.

Program Mission & Goals

Mission

 

The Navarro College Medical Laboratory Technology Program supports and subscribes to the purpose, mission and philosophy of NavarroCollege.

Our Quest

 

The Medical Laboratory Technology Program is dedicated to preparing students for successful careers as medical laboratory technicians, to providing hospitals, clinics, and patients with laboratory professionals who possess the competencies of the profession, and who use knowledge, truth and wisdom in the deliverance of patient care.

 

Our Vision

 

Through visionary leadership, outstanding teaching, and high quality services, the Navarro College Medical Laboratory Technology Program will serve the educational needs of the students by providing the skills required to perform laboratory procedures and a sound foundation of knowledge that will enable graduates to use critical thinking skills to make appropriate decisions in the collection, handling, and analysis of data so that accurate pathology of disease and diagnosis can be determined.  The program will provide the educational background that will also allow graduates to succeed in a bachelor of science Medical Laboratory Science program and to play leadership roles in the field of laboratory medicine.

 

Our Purpose

 

The Navarro College Medical Laboratory Technology Program is dedicated to inspiring students to commit themselves to a high level of intellectual rigor and personal integrity.  Students are encouraged to become acquainted with and to support professional organizations, to attend seminars and workshops and to adopt an attitude of continuous learning.  The program serves a culturally diverse pool of students from the community, the rural service districts, adjoining urban areas, and the larger global community.

 

Philosophy

 

The Navarro College Medical Laboratory Technology Program is dedicated to providing the resources, support, and encouragement necessary for students to meet the entry level competencies of the profession.

 

The program considers the emotional needs of the student by providing a caring environment, and by advising students of college services that will better enable them to achieve their goals. Student professional standards are emphasized and evaluated.  The Medical Laboratory Technology program is committed to maintaining its standards through self-appraisal, through input from laboratory professionals making up the Advisory Committee, employer and graduate evaluations, and through accreditation.


 

Goals

 

The goal of the Medical Laboratory Technology Program is to:

 

  • provide the students with qualities and competencies that insure success in the field of laboratory medicine as a medical laboratory technician
  •  to provide the educational background that will allow students to continue their education and to pursue a degree in medical laboratory science (MLS)
  • to provide the community with qualified laboratory personnel that will enhance the health care system of the community

Application Process & Forms

Admission Process

  1. Admission to Navarro College
  2. High School or GED graduate
  3. Complete all three areas of the TSI exam as required by Navarro College
  4. Submit a MLT program application with require documentation (includes: application on file with Navarro College, transcripts from other colleges and universities or GED/High School diploma, and 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 begin the Hepatitis B immunization series.

Additional Program Requirements

Immunizations

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.

Forms

MLT Handbook.pdf
Brochure.pdf

 

Clinical Affiliates

Navarro Regional Hospital
3201 W. Highway 22
Corsicana, TX 75110
Hill Regional Hospital
101 Circle Dr.
Hillsboro, TX 76645
Parkview Regional Hospital
312 E. Mundale
Mexia, TX 76667
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital
HWY 243 at HWY 175
PO Box 310
Kaufman, TX 75142
Freestone Medical Center
125 Newmar
Fairfield, TX 75840
East Texas Physicians Alliance
3201 S. Loop 256, Suite 810
Palestine, TX 75801
Limestone Medical Center
701 McClintic
Groesbeck, TX 76642
Ennis Regional Medical Center
2201 W. Lampases
Ennis, TX 75119
Palestine Regional Medical Center
2900 S. Loop 256
Palestine, TX 75801
Lakeland Medical Associates
117 Medical Circle
Athens, TX 75751
ETMC Cedar Creek Lake
100 Municipal Drive #490
Gun Barrell City, TX 75154
East Texas Medical Center Crockett
1100 E. Loop 304
Crockett, TX 75835
Baylor Scott & White Waxahachie
2400 N I-35E
Waxahachie, TX 75165

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Nuclear Medicine Technologists (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Course Descriptions

MLAB 1201 Introduction to Clinical Lab Science

An introduction to clinical laboratory science including quality control laboratory math safety basic laboratory equipment and techniques medical terminology accreditation and certification. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. 

 

MLAB 1211 Urinalysis and Body Fluids

An introduction to the study of urine and body fluid analysis. Includes the anatomy and physiology of the kidney physical chemical and microscopic examination of urine cerebrospinal fluid and other body fluids as well as quality control quality assurance and safety. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. 

 

MLAB 1227 Coagulation

A course in coagulation theory procedures and practical applications. Includes quality control quality assurance safety and laboratory procedures which rely on commonly performed manual and/or semi-automated methods. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. 

 

MLAB 1231 Parasitology/Mycology

A study of the taxonomy, morphology, and pathogenesis of human parasites and fungi, including the practical application of laboratory procedures, quality control, quality assurance, and safety. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

 

MLAB 1235 Immunology/Serology

An introduction to the theory and application of basic immunology including the immune response principles of antigen-antibody reactions and the principles of serological procedures as well as quality control quality assurance and safety. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

 

MLAB 1415 Hematology

The study of blood cells in normal and abnormal conditions. Instruction in the theory and practical application of hematology procedures including quality control quality assurance safety manual and/or automated methods as well as blood cell maturation sequences and normal and abnormal morphology with associated diseases. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

 

MLAB 1360 Clinical I

A health-related work based learning experience that enables the study to apply specialized occupational theory skills and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professionals. Students rotate through hematology coagulation urinalysis serology and phlebotomy. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

 

MLAB 2238 Advanced Topics

This course examines the integration of all areas of the clinical laboratory and correlates laboratory testing data with diagnostic applications and pathophysiology using critical thinking skills. A review of the MLT curriculum is conducted to prepare students for the certification exam. A passing grade is required on the exit exam to complete the course. This course is taken during the last semester of the program. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

 

MLAB 2401 Clinical Chemistry

An introduction to the principles procedures physiological basis and significance of testing performed in Clinical Chemistry. Includes quality control reference values and safety. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

 

MLAB 2431 Immunohematology

This course includes the study of red blood cell antigens antibodies donor selection and processing blood components hemolytic transfusion reactions autoimmune hemolytic anemia and hemolytic disease of the newborn. Also included is blood group and Rh typing antibody identification compatibility testing elution and absorption techniques. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

 

MLAB 2434 Clinical Microbiology

This course includes a detailed study of bacteria found in humans as pathogens or normal flora. Emphasis is placed on the laboratory identification of bacteria specimen collection and determination of antimicrobial susceptibility. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

 

MLAB 2360 Clinical II

A health-related work-based learning experience that enables the study to apply specialized occupational theory skills and concepts. Direct supervision is provided by the clinical professionals. Students rotate through microbiology clinical chemistry parasitology and immunohematology. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

 

PLAB 1223 Phlebotomy

Skill development in the performance of a variety of blood collection methods using proper techniques and standard precautions. Includes vacuum collection devices syringes capillary skin puncture butterfly needles and blood culture and specimen collection on adults children and infants. Emphasis on infection prevention, patient identification, specimen labeling, quality assurance, specimen handling, processing, accessioning, professionalism, ethics, and medical terminology. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

OFFERED ON CAMPUS

Corsicana

DEGREE PLANS OFFERED
Medical Laboratory Technology (AAS)60 credit hours

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DEGREE & TRANSFER OPTIONS
Complete your degree and begin your career or transfer to a 4-year college to continue your studies.

 

Have transfer credits from another college or university? Send your official transcript(s) to the Office of Admissions & Records at 3200 W. 7th Avenue, Corsicana, TX 75110

ACCREDITATION
Navarro College is accredited by the Southern Association of College and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees; approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board; and is a member of the Texas Association of Community Colleges and the American Association of Community Colleges. The Medical Laboratory Technology program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS).
PROGRAM CONTACT INFORMATION

Office of Executive Dean, Corsicana Campus | 903.875.7594

Dean’s Office, Corsicana Campus | 903.875.7496

OFFICE HOURS

Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.