Kirkwood Community College

Kirkwood Community College Credit Catalog 2018-2019

Medical Laboratory Technology

Healthcare Simulation Center

2006 Linn Hall

319-398-7660

www.kirkwood.edu/medicallaboratory

Entry time
Fall

Award

Medical Laboratory Technology AAS (6 terms)

Clinical Laboratory Assistant Certificate (1 term)

Medical Laboratory Technology AAS

Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLTs) are members of the healthcare and quality teams who perform, evaluate, assure the accuracy and validity of laboratory test information and collaborate in the diagnosis, treatment and therapy of patients. MLTs are trained to work in multiple settings such as hospitals, physician's offices, private reference laboratories, research, biotechnology, public health, non-clinical industrial laboratories and sales or technical services.

Various diverse functions of sample collection, test analysis, principle application, quality control monitoring, use and maintenance of automated and electronic instruments, trouble shooting and problem solving techniques are performed under the supervision of a Medical Laboratory Scientist or Pathologist in compliance with safety and governmental regulations. The individual will develop competencies in areas such as chemistry, hematology, blood bank, microbiology, immunology, molecular diagnostics and quality assurance.

Upon successful completion of the program the student is eligible to take the national certification exam from the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP)

The Kirkwood Community College Medical Laboratory Technology Program is currently seeking accreditation by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

Clinical Laboratory Assistant certificate

The Clinical Laboratory Assistant (CLA) Certificate is designed to provide exposure to clinical laboratory techniques and procedures needed in entry-level laboratory jobs. This certificate can be completed within one semester and can be applied toward an Associate of Applied Science degree in Medical Laboratory Technology.

A Clinical Laboratory Assistant plays a supporting role in collecting and processing specimens in a medical laboratory. Their responsibilities can include tasks such as drawing blood samples (phlebotomy) and running laboratory tests for disease detection using manual methods or automated instruments. CLAs are also trained in infection control. biosafety practices and quality assurance. A CLA works directly under a Medical Laoboratory Scientist or Pathologist. In non-hospital laboratories, they may also help with administrative and clerical tasks.

It is important that CLAs possess an interest in the sciences in addition to being professional and detail-oriented.

Upon successful completion students are eligible to take the National Healthcareer Association Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) exam.

Degree Requirements

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

Term 1

MLT-105

Pathophysiology for the Laboratorian*

3

MLT-106

Introduction to Biosafety*

1

MLT-109

Principles of Phlebotomy*

3

MLT-115

Clincal Lab Fundamentals*

3

COM-222

Communication for Health Care Professionals**

3

BIO-161

Basic Anatomy and Physiology

3

 

 

16

Term 2

MLT-120

Urinalysis*

3

MLT-130

Hematology*

3

BIO-186

Microbiology

4

SOC-115

Social Problems**

3

ENG-105

Composition I**

3

 

 

16

Term 3

MLT-233

Hemostatis and Thrombosis*

2

MLT-230

Advanced Hematology*

3

MLT-270

Immunology and Serology*

2

CHM-110

Introduction to Chemistry**

3

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Humanities Course**

3

 

 

13

Term 4

MLT-245

Clinical Chemistry*

5

MLT-255

Clinical Microbiology*

5

MLT-260

Immunohematology*

4

MLT-290

Clinical Seminar and Review*

2

 

 

16

Term 5

MLT-283

Clinical Practicum: Urinalysis*

1

MLT-284

Clinical Practicum: Immunohemotology*

3

MLT-285

Clinical Practicum: Chemistry*

3

MLT-286

Clinical Practicum: Immunology and Serology*

1

MLT-287

Clinical Practicum: Hematology*

4

 

 

12

Term 6

MLT-288

Clinical Practicum: Microbiology*

4

MLT-291

Lab Survey and Review*

1

 

 

5

Total program credit hours

78

Clinical Laboratory Assistant Certificate Requirements

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

Term 1

MLT-105

Pathophysiology for the Laboratorian*

3

MLT-106

Introduction to Biosafety*

1

MLT-109

Principles of Phlebotomy*

3

MLT-115

Clincal Lab Fundamentals*

3

COM-222

Communication for Health Care Professionals**

3

BIO-161

Basic Anatomy and Physiology

3

 

 

16

Total program credit hours

16

* Minimum C grade in all MLT courses to graduate

**Recommended course, other options available, see advisor

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