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Medical Laboratory Technology

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Medical laboratory technicians (MLTs) are trained to perform a variety of laboratory tests. These tests include the typing and crossmatching of blood and blood components; drug monitoring (both for therapeutic monitoring of drugs and the detection of drugs of abuse); identifying anemias, leukemias, and other blood disorders; identifying infectious organisms and determining their susceptibility to specific antibiotics; and performing additional testing as requested by the physician. Medical laboratory technicians (MLTs) work together with a team of pathologists, physicians, and specialists to determine the presence, extent or absence of disease and provide data needed to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment. MLTs must be accurate, reliable, have an interest in science, and be able to recognize their responsibility for human lives. The laboratory procedures performed by MLTs use an array of complex precision instruments and a variety of automated and electronic equipment. Individuals interested in a medical laboratory career may direct their goals to one of many levels of education. Seward County Community College offers an Associate in Applied Science degree in MLT. Laboratory personnel may advance by acquiring additional education to progress to the Medical Technologist (MT) level.

Having completed at least two years of high school algebra and one year of chemistry is beneficial. The MLT program curriculum focuses on math and science. The first year curriculum consists of the general education requirements. These include: Anatomy/Physiology, Chemistry I, Intermediate Algebra, Introduction to Medical Technology, Microbiology, English Composition I, Public Speaking, Phlebotomy, and Basic Immunology.

A copy of an official transcript will need to be sent to the SCCC registrar’s office to determine if courses will meet the MLT program requirements.

There is not a selective process to enroll and complete the first year curriculum. However, there is a selective admission process prior to the second year curriculum. Admission is based on an overall grade point average of a 2.50, reference scores, and an interview score. Please contact the MLT program director for specific information. What factors are required for online learning success?

  1. Be a self-directed learner.
  2. Possess good organizational skills.
  3. Have access to a full service clinical laboratory.
  4. Develop a practical schedule to balance work, family and school.
  5. Create a feasible plan for completion of general education and MLT courses.
  6. Possess basic computing skills with access to a reliable computer.

It is the prospective student’s responsibility to make initial contact with the laboratory manager at a full-service hospital laboratory in the student’s geographic region. When the student receives a positive response to becoming a clinical affiliate of the MLT program, the laboratory manager’s name, email and phone number needs to be provided to the MLT program advisor for completion of the clinical affiliation agreement.

Students will be able to obtain the necessary course material online via a link with SCCC supported by a learning management system. Course material will consist of the syllabus, unit objectives, lecture notes, discussion questions, exam reviews and written exams. For the second-year curriculum, the laboratory portion of each course is completed by attending 12 contact hours per week at an approved clinical affiliate lab for the fall and spring semesters. You may also be required to attend face to face lab five days per semester. The MLT Clinical Practicum course requires 400 clock hours in an approved clinical affiliate site. Contact the MLT program director for additional information. The approved clinical affiliate lab must be CLIA and/or CAP certified. The intent of the face to face laboratory time is to provide intense hands-on training in a controlled environment prior to and during your clinical assignment for the student lab time. Students that reside within three hours of campus will work with MLT program faculty while other students will be assigned a clinical instructor in their location. Clinical instructors will provide instruction for additional laboratory procedures, competency check offs, discussion, and examinations.

All MLT designated courses are available in the online format. These courses include MT 1203 Introduction to Medical Technology, MT 2903 Urinalysis and Body Fluids, MT 2306 Pathogenic Microbiology, MT 1304 Phlebotomy, MT 2206 Hematology and Coagulation, MT 1903 Basic Immunology , MT 2506 Immunohematology, MT 2406 Clinical Chemistry, and MT2907 MLT Clinical Practicum.

The final clinical rotation is arranged individually for each student with an approved clinical affiliate laboratory. This rotation is for a total of 10 weeks, 40 clock hours per week. Students rotate on day shift only under the supervision of a qualified clinical instructor.

The students will be provided with a login and password that allows the student to access courses via a learning management system.

No. However, it is in the student’s best interest to have previous laboratory experience. This is often obtained as a phlebotomist or laboratory assistant.

Faculty expect students to log in a minimum of every other day if not every day. Students are expected to maintain awareness of due dates for homework, discussion assignments and exam dates. Students are expected to contact the instructor if they require assistance with the course material, i.e. tutoring.

Students can contact the course instructor through Mail in the course, an outside email, i.e.) SCCC mail, phone, or fax. In some instances, face to face study sessions are also available.

For additional information contact:

Suzanne Campbell, PhD, MLS(ASCP) CM
Dean of Allied Health
Director of MLT Program
1801 N Kansas Ave.
Liberal, KS 67901