Medical Laboratory Technology

Medical Laboratory Technology

Build Tech-Focused Healthcare Skills

You can play a vital role in the healthcare industry as a medical laboratory technician (MLT). Medical laboratory technicians perform, evaluate, and assure the accuracy of laboratory test information and collaborate in patient diagnosis, treatment, and therapy.

As an MLT graduate, you’ll be able to work in hospitals, physician’s offices, private reference laboratories, research, biotechnology, public health, non-clinical industrial laboratories, and sales or technical services.

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Kirkwood offers more than $3 million in scholarships for students each year, including some that are specific to the Medical Laboratory Technology program.

Students in this program may be eligible to have half their tuition paid for by the Kibbie Grant.

A one-hour program conference is required prior to acceptance to the program. You'll learn more about the program, specific admissions requirements and have the opportunity to have questions answered by program faculty and staff.

Additional Program Requirements

For admission to the first-term courses for the Medical Laboratory Technical program, you must meet the following additional standards. These steps/requirements are in addition to Kirkwood's steps to become a student.

  • Attend a Program Conference
    • Students must submit answers to a program conference quiz to verify their attendance.
  • Have valid placement test scores on file with Allied Health office.
  • Apply to program.

After first-term admission criteria is met, students are able to be placed on the list to be enrolled in the first-term classes.

In order to progress to the second term, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Take the ATI TEAS test (see more on that below) with required Adjusted Individual Score of 67.0 or higher.
  • Complete all first-term classes with a minimum C or higher.

Admission and progression in the Medical Laboratory Technology Program is not guaranteed and is based on fulfilling the additional steps as outlined above. Kirkwood and Medical Laboratory Technology admissions policies and procedures are subject to change at any time.

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The ATI TEAS was developed to measure basic essential skills in the academic content area domains of reading, mathematics, science, and English and language usage. These entry-level skills were deemed important for PTA, Dental Hygiene, and Medical Laboratory Technology program applicants by a panel of program curriculum experts.

The ATI TEAS is a 150-item, four-option, multiple-choice assessment. To prepare in an organized and efficient manner, you should know what to expect from the real assessment.

Students will now need to use the ATI TEAS Study Manual-Sixth Edition.

Content Area Number of Test Items* Amount of Time Allotted
Reading 53 64 minutes
Mathematics 36 54 minutes
Science 53 63 minutes
English & Language Usage 28 28 minutes
Total 150 209 minutes

*There are 20 unscored questions throughout the exam for a total of 170 questions total.


Testing Center ATI TEAS Exam Schedule:

NEW Test Registration Procedure

1) Register for an available exam time with the Kirkwood Test Center.
 
2) You must create an account on the ATI TEAS website, click on "create account."

We recommend students use their Kirkwood student email when creating an account. Remember your username and password when you come to take your test.
 
3) On the day of your scheduled test, bring the following: 

  • Photo ID
  • Facemask (required during testing)
  • ATI TEAS account username and password
  • Debit or credit card to pay for the exam. 

*The cost of the exam is $65 (as of July 1, 2019)

 
On your scheduled date and time, you will take your test at the test center located on the second floor of Cedar Hall, check-in at room 2055. Leave all personal belongings at home, you will not be able to take your phone, smart watches, etc. in the room where you test.
 
Please look at the following link for some useful information on how to prepare for the exam: ATI TEAS Tips for Success.

A minimum of 30 days is recommended between ATI TEAS exam attempts. It is recommended that students remediate in the areas identified by the Individual Profile Sub-Scales scores before retaking this exam.

Questions or concerns? Contact the Test Center at testcenter@kirkwood.edu or 319-398-5456.


ATI TEAS Policy

Three cumulative attempts are allowed to pass the ATI TEAS exam with the minimum score required by the appropriate program.

  • If a student fails the exam for a program three times, they are not allowed to change their program to take the exam three more times for a different program. It is three cumulative attempts.

  • Acceptable scores vary between programs. Therefore, an unacceptable score for one program may be considered acceptable for another.


After the second failed attempt, students will be strongly encouraged to set up a meeting with the appropriate program director to discuss strategies for success on the third attempt.
 
After the third failed attempt, students are no longer eligible to be admitted into any program that requires the exam. You cannot change programs to start the testing process over.
 
Students must wait three years if they want to try again if the third test failed to meet the minimum score.

Enjoy small classes taught by quality instructors who have expertise in clinical laboratory science. You'll learn hands-on with advanced laboratory equipment and facilities, as well as clinical experience in hospital and public health settings.

This program combines classroom and online learning with laboratory and clinical site experience.

You’ll perform sample collection, test analysis, principle application, quality control monitoring, use and maintenance of automated and electronic instruments, troubleshooting and problem-solving techniques under the supervision of a medical laboratory scientist or pathologist in compliance with safety and governmental regulations.

You’ll also study chemistry, hematology, blood bank, microbiology, immunology, molecular diagnostics, and quality assurance.

When you finish the program, you’ll be eligible to take the national certification exam from the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

Enjoy small classes taught by quality instructors who have expertise in clinical laboratory science. You'll learn hands-on with advanced laboratory equipment and facilities, as well as clinical experience in hospital and public health settings.

This program combines classroom and online learning with laboratory and clinical site experience.

Enjoy small classes taught by quality instructors who have expertise in clinical laboratory science. You'll learn hands-on with advanced laboratory equipment and facilities, as well as clinical experience in hospital and public health settings.

This program combines classroom and online learning with laboratory and clinical site experience.

MLTs are trained to work in multiple settings such as hospitals, physician’s offices, private reference laboratories, research, biotechnology, public health, nonclinical industrial laboratories, and sales or technical services.

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

The Kirkwood Medical Laboratory Technology program, with the assistance of the clinical affiliates, strives to provide a quality educational experience to train highly qualified and competent individuals who possess the necessary skills for employment as entry level MLTs. The program is committed to meeting the employment needs of the clinical laboratories in the regions we serve.

Upon graduation, the students will receive and Associatesof Applied Science Degree and will be eligible to sit for the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification Examination.



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Questions?

Allied Health

2164 Linn Hall
319-398-5566
allied.health@kirkwood.edu