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MEDICAL LABORATORY TECHNOLOGY

DEGREE: Associate in Applied Science with a major in Medical Laboratory Technology

To provide a comprehensive technical education program that prepares quality graduates to work in the medical, clinical, and research laboratory industry.

Medical Laboratory Technicians perform laboratory tests to obtain data that will be used by physicians and other medical staff 70% of the time to prevent, diagnose and treat illness. They are expected to microscopically examine specimens, operate automated testing equipment and inoculate culture media to identify bacteria. Medical laboratory technicians prepare specimens and operate automatic analyzers, or they may perform manual tests following detailed instructions.

MLT personnel work in hospital laboratories in the specialized areas of hematology, blood banking, microbiology, clinical chemistry, or as a generalist in all the areas. They are also employed in physicians' offices, medical schools, pharmaceutical companies, public health agencies such as DHEC and veterinarians' offices. Earnings vary depending on education, experience, level of responsibility, and degree of specialization. MLT's in South Carolina have a yearly average earnings of $33,280 to $38,280.

PREREQUISITES FOR ENTRANCE

Required Courses

High School: Algebra I, Biology, Chemistry
College: None

NOTE:  A grade of "C" or better is required for each prerequisite course.

Other Requirements

  1. High School Diploma or GED
  2. Departmental Approval
  3. Minimum Cumulative GPA  of 2.0
  4. Current CPR Certification by American Heart Association or American Red Cross
  5. Hepatitis B Immunization, Signed Informed Refusal or Titer
  6. MMR Immunization or Titer
  7. Chicken Pox Vaccination or Titer
  8. Two-step PPD / Chest X-Ray
  9. Medical Examination - Forms are provided by the college and should be current (within one year) and complete.
  10. Technical Standards - Forms are provided by the college and should be current (within one year) and complete.

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

  1. Any course with one of the following prefixes requires a grade of "C" or better: ALL
  2. Any course with one of the following prefixes may not be attempted more than twice: MLT
  3. Complete or Maintain CPR Certification by American Heart Association or American Red Cross
  4. Curriculum Completion Requirement - 36 months
  5. Dismissal Policy: A student who receives a grade below "C" for any two or more required curriculum courses will be dismissed from the program and will not be eligible to re-enter the program.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

General Education Courses


Course Class Lab Credit
BIO 210 Anatomy And Physiology I 3 3 4
BIO 211 Anatomy And Physiology II 3 3 4
BIO 225 Microbiology 3 3 4
CHM 105 General Organic And Biochemistry 3 3 4
ENG 101 English Composition I 3 0 3
MAT 165 Statistics 3 0 3
PSY 201 General Psychology 3 0 3
XXX XXX Elective: Humanities/Fine Arts 3 0 3
24 12 28

Required Major Core Courses


Course Class Lab Credit
MLT 105 Medical Microbiology 3 3 4
MLT 110 Hematology 3 3 4
MLT 120 Immunohematology 3 3 4
MLT 125 Introduction To Clinical Chemistry 3 3 4
12 12 16

Other Hours Required for Graduation


Course Class Lab Credit
MLT 108 Urinalysis & Body Fluids 2 3 3
MLT 210 Advanced Hematology 3 3 4
MLT 230 Advanced Clinical Chemistry 3 3 4
MLT 241 Medical Lab Transition 0 9 3
MLT 251 Clinical Experience I 0 15 5
MLT 252 Clinical Experience II 0 15 5
MLT 253 Clinical Experience III 1 12 5
MLT 260 Clinical Practicum I 1 6 3
MLT 261 Clinical Practicum II 1 6 3
11 72 35
Minimum Total Credit Hours:  79

SEMESTER CURRICULUM

SEMESTER 1 (Fall)


Course Class Lab Credit
BIO 210 Anatomy And Physiology I 3 3 4
CHM 105 General Organic And Biochemistry 3 3 4
MAT 165 Statistics 3 0 3
MLT 110 Hematology 3 3 4
12 9 15

SEMESTER 2 (Spring)


Course Class Lab Credit
BIO 211 Anatomy And Physiology II 3 3 4
ENG 101 English Composition I 3 0 3
MLT 125 Introduction To Clinical Chemistry 3 3 4
MLT 210 Advanced Hematology 3 3 4
12 9 15

SEMESTER 3 (Summer)


Course Class Lab Credit
BIO 225 Microbiology 3 3 4
MLT 108 Urinalysis & Body Fluids 2 3 3
PSY 201 General Psychology 3 0 3
8 6 10

SEMESTER 4 (Fall)


Course Class Lab Credit
MLT 105 Medical Microbiology 3 3 4
MLT 120 Immunohematology 3 3 4
MLT 230 Advanced Clinical Chemistry 3 3 4
XXX XXX Elective: Humanities/Fine Arts 3 0 3
12 9 15

SEMESTER 5 (Spring)


Course Class Lab Credit
MLT 241 Medical Lab Transition 0 9 3
MLT 251 Clinical Experience I 0 15 5
MLT 252 Clinical Experience II 0 15 5
0 39 13

SEMESTER 6 (Summer)


Course Class Lab Credit
MLT 253 Clinical Experience III 1 12 5
MLT 260 Clinical Practicum I 1 6 3
MLT 261 Clinical Practicum II 1 6 3
3 24 11
Minimum Total Credit Hours:  79

PROGRAM AND EMPLOYMENT TIDBITS

Contact Person: Kathleen Hanrahan

Waiting List: Yes

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