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Medical Lab Technology

MLT MLT MLT

 

Degree Options

- Associate degree: 114 credits

- Certificate of proficiency: 67 credits

 

When to apply?

May, with notification of admission status in June. Be sure to attend an Information Session.

 

Program Contacts

Molly Morse, M.S., MLS (ASCP)cm
Room 2328

206-546-6947

mmorse@shoreline.edu

 

Sue Seegers, MT (HEW)
Room 2330

206-546-4710

sseegers@shoreline.edu

 

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Overview

Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLTs)  examine, analyze, and test clinical specimens such as blood and body fluids to aid in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease.  MLTs perform routine laboratory testing and assigned tasks with quality control and quality assurance.

Shoreline Community College provides students with a foundation in general education and science courses required before entrance into the professional year of the MLT Program. The professional year includes student lecture and laboratory courses in routine medical laboratory technology.   Students then complete laboratory practicum training in clinical / medical laboratories. MLT Program graduates are eligible to take the MLT (ASCP) national certification examination for Medical Laboratory Technician.   The MLT (ASCP) certification is required for employment in the clinical laboratory.

Career Opportunities

Graduates work  in clinical, reference, and public health laboratories.  Medical Laboratory Technicians work as generalists, and may gain skills for work in a specialty testing area. With additional work experience, training, and a bachelor's degree, an MLT can advance to a Medical Laboratory Scientist, Supervisor, and Manager. For occupational data, including salary information, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Two Program Options

The Associate Degree (AAAS-MLT) pathway is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to work in clinical laboratories as a Medical Laboratory Technician.  Students complete general education and program core requirements before applying to the professional year.

The Certificate of Proficiency pathway is a 67-credit program for students who already have an Associate degree or higher. Students who have already completed the program core requirements are eligible to apply. 

Program Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the MLT Program are trained to:

  • Perform routine laboratory testing and procedures in a clinical laboratory.
  • Work effectively in a clinical laboratory setting with co-workers, healthcare staff and patients.
  • Recognize and evaluate normal/abnormal test results and take appropriate action.
  • Perform quality control and evaluate results.
  • Operate routine laboratory equipment and analyzers.
  • Recognize and comply with workplace practices and policies including safety and HIPAA /patient confidentiality.
  • Demonstrate a sound work ethic.

The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS) requests monitoring graduation, certification exam pass rate and employment. The Shoreline Community College – Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) Program 3-year average rates for 2012-2014 are:

  • 97% graduation/ 3% attrition rate for students admitted to the MLT Program
  • 100% MLT (ASCP) Certification pass rate for first time exam takers within the first year of graduation
  • 87.8% found employment in the field

Accreditation  

naacls

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science / NAACLS
5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119

Gainful Employment Data

 

Program Costs per Quarter

Tuition + Technology and PUB fees Check the Tuition Table
Parking fee $45 + tax per quarter
Books Approx. $1200/program
Lab fees (subject to change) $460 per program
Injury Insurance for MLT 132, 241, 242, 244 Liability insurance ($6.25/course)  Varies (also available from the College for students taking at least 6 credits)
Vaccinations required for clinical practicum training Varies