Undergraduate Catalog: 2019-20

Medical Laboratory Technician AS

The Medical Laboratory Technician Program prepares students for careers in medical laboratory science or related fields. The curriculum in the program emphasizes basic sciences, medical laboratory sciences, critical thinking skills and communication skills, including structured learning in the laboratories of our clinical affiliates.

The mission of the University of Saint Francis Medical Laboratory Technician Program is to prepare students for employment in the clinical laboratory profession by educating them in fundamental concepts, laboratory techniques, and critical thinking skills.

Accreditation

The MLT Program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS, http://www.naacls.org), 5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720, Rosemont, Illinois 60018-5119; (773) 714- 8880.

Program Goals

  1. Provide an educational program within the framework of the University setting in accordance with the Standards established by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS).
  2. Prepare adequate numbers of entry level medical laboratory technicians to meet the workforce needs of Northwest Indiana and neighboring areas.
  3. Support the health care community with quality individuals who are competent to conduct laboratory procedures in large medical facilities and small rural laboratories and who demonstrate positive professional attitudes, ethics, and practices.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the MLT program a student will be able to:

  1. Compare and contrast the different areas of the total testing process which consists of Pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical components of laboratory services.
  2. Competently perform testing in all areas of the laboratory including Chemistry, Hematology/Hemostasis, Immunology, Immunohematology, Microbiology, Urinalysis and body fluid analysis.
  3. Explain daily laboratory operations including quality control and laboratory management.
  4. Assess safety and governmental regulations for laboratory compliance.
  5. Demonstrate principles and practices of professional conduct and utilize communication to serve the needs of the patients, public, and health care team.

Certification Eligibility

Upon successful completion of the program the graduate is eligible to sit for national certification exam, the Board of Registry from the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

Degree Requirements

The AS-MLT degree requires 62 credit hours:

  • 12 credit hours of general education courses
  • 16 credit hours of science courses
  • 24 credit hours of clinical focused didactic courses
  • 10 credit hours of clinical practicum rotations in the laboratories

Program of Studies

  • Departmental Core, 29 hours: MEDT 100, MEDT 250, MEDT 251, MEDT 254, MEDT 255, MEDT 258, MEDT 264, MEDT 252, MEDT 260, MEDT 262, MEDT 263, MEDT 265, MEDT 267, MEDT 270, MEDT 295
  • General education: 12 hours
  • Science education: 16 hours

The MLT program provides students will clinical rotations through hospitals and laboratories within Northwest Indiana.

Admission Requirements

All prospective MLT students are accepted to the University as a Pre-MLT major.  Consideration for admission to the Medical Laboratory Technician clinical year is made in the spring semester of the admission year. Admission will be contingent upon the student successfully meeting all admission criteria listed.

  • Minimum college cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale in all college work attempted.
  • Minimum college science GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Grade of “C ” minimum in all general education and basic science courses.
  • Completion of all courses general education and basic science courses or equivalent before the start of the fall semester of the clinical year.

Progression Requirements

Once admitted into the clinical year and changed to an MLT major, students must complete the following in order to progress:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on 4.0 scale
  • Grade of “C” minimum in all clinical courses

Graduation Requirements

All students must complete the MLT clinical year by passing (C or above) both the didactic and practicum sections of the clinical year in order to successfully graduate from the MLT program.