Technical Standards/Essential Skills Requirements
The Associate in Applied Arts and Science (A.A.A.S.) Degree and Certificate of Proficiency
(CP) in Medical Laboratory Technology prepares graduates to work as a team member
in a clinical laboratory. The graduates will be prepared to perform scientific laboratory
tasks. Employment opportunities are available to students taking the MLT (ASCP) certification
examination. The Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) program is accredited by the
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).
The faculty in the MLT department has a responsibility for the welfare of students
enrolled in the program, for patients affected or treated by students in the program
and for staff working in the program. The MLT department has established minimum essential
requirements that must be met, with or without reasonable accommodation, in order
to participate in the program and graduate. The MLT department does not discriminate
on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, marital status, sex, sexual
orientation, age, or disability.
Candidates for admission into the clinical laboratory technician program must possess
abilities and skills in these areas including: 1) observation 2) communication in
English, 3) motor function 4) intellectual, conceptual, integrative and quantitative
abilities and 5) behavioral and social skills. Reasonable accommodation can be made
for some disabilities in these areas, but a candidate must be able to perform in a
reasonably independent manner. Each applicant to the program must attest that they
can meet the abilities and skills listed below before entry into the program.
- Observation - An applicant must have the ability to participate actively in classroom demonstrations,
lectures, student laboratory, and clinical practicum sessions. He/she must have the
ability to see projected images and discriminate color variations in slide and computer
format, as well as under a microscope.
- Communication - The applicant must be able to communicate in English with instructors, fellow students,
patients, and other members of the health care team. He/she must be able to write
and transmit information clearly, accurately, and efficiently.
- Motor Function - The applicant must have sufficient motor function to perform a variety of basic
and advanced laboratory testing. These may include manipulation of a variety of pipettes,
microscopes, phlebotomy equipment, laboratory equipment, and supplies.
- Intellectual, Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities - The applicant must be able to master basic science and clinical laboratory information
presented in lecture and laboratory curriculum. He/she must also be able to measure,
calculate, reason, analyze, evaluate and synthesize laboratory information / data.
Problem solving and interpretation of patient laboratory data is critical to all laboratory
practitioners. The applicant must be able to decide when to seek supervisory help
in a clinical setting.
- Behavioral and Social Skills - The applicant must be able to exercise good judgment in the lecture, laboratory,
and clinical settings. He/she must be able to complete tasks on time in a mature,
sensitive, and effective manner with instructors, coworkers, patients, and other members
of the health care team. He/she must be able to work under both relaxed and stressful
emergency situations, prioritize tasks, and be able to make correct judgments with
regards to patient results. Applicants must be able to be flexible with scheduling
and be able to adapt to changing environments in the laboratory. Other professional
attributes may include dependability, self-motivation and initiative, maturity, confidentiality
and concern for others.
These technical standards identify the requirements for admission, retention, and
graduation of applicants and students in the program. I certify that I have read and
understand the Shoreline Community College MLT Program's Essential Skills Requirements
for admission and that I meet each of them, with or without reasonable accommodation.