Medical Laboratory Technology

The Medical Laboratory Technology curriculum prepares individuals to perform clinical laboratory procedures in chemistry, hematology, microbiology and transfusion medicine that may be used in the maintenance of health and in diagnosis or treatment of disease.

Course work emphasizes mathematical and scientific concepts related to specimen collection, laboratory testing and procedures, quality assurance in reporting/recording and interpreting findings involving tissues, blood or body fluids.

Graduates are eligible to take examinations given by the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification. Employment opportunities include laboratories in hospitals, physician office laboratories, blood donation centers, industry and research facilities.

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Medical Laboratory Technology (A45420)

Degree Awarded

The Associate in Applied Science Degree - Medical Laboratory Technology is awarded by the College upon completion of this program.

Admissions

  • Complete a general application to CPCC.
  • Submit high school transcripts as well as any college transcripts to Admissions, Records & Registration.
  • Take required placement tests.
  • Complete any required Developmental classes with a “C” or better.
  • Complete at least high school level chemistry course with a “C” or better within the last 10 years.
  • Complete and submit an MLT admissions packet.
  • Complete the TEAS test and submit scores with admissions packet.
  • Applicants must present evidence of good physical and mental health. A physical examination documenting the applicant’s ability to complete all program requirements is required.
  • Students must be selected to enter the Medical Laboratory Technology program. Upon acceptance and enrollment in the program, students must take all courses as scheduled and sequenced.
  • Continued progression in the program requires a grade of “C” or better in each MLT prefix course each semester.
  • Many courses have prerequisites or co-requisites; check the Courses section for details.

Program Accreditation

The Medical Laboratory Technology Program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119. 847.939.3597, 773.714.8880, naacls.org.

Notes

In addition to tuition and textbooks, costs of this program include: uniforms, and professional white shoes, fluid-resistant lab coat, safety glasses/goggles, a physical examination including immunizations and drug screening.

Studenta must provide documentation of both health and accident insurance.

In order to participate in clinical education experiences at health care facilities, students may be required to submit results of a N.C. state or national criminal background check at their own expense. As a condition of program admission, students may be required to verify that they are United States citizens or are otherwise legally authorized residents of the United States.

Contact Information

The Medical Laboratory Technology program is in the Medical Careers and Cosmetology Division. For more information, visit the website at cpcc.edu/medicalcareers/medical-laboratory-technology. If further assistance is needed, contact the Program Chair at 704.330.6470.

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General Education Requirements
ENG 111Writing and Inquiry3.0
COM 110Introduction to Communication3.0
PSY 150General Psychology3.0
Select 3 credits of the following:3.0
Writing and Research in the Disciplines
Literature-Based Research
Professional Research & Reporting
Select 3 credits of the following:3.0
Art Appreciation
Art History Survey I
Art History Survey II
Cultural Studies
Myth in Human Culture
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Jazz
Philosophical Issues
Introduction to Ethics
World Religions
Select 3 credits of the following:3.0
Quantitative Literacy
Statistical Methods I
Major Requirements
MLT 110Introduction to Mlt3.0
MLT 111Urinalysis & Body Fluids2.0
MLT 120Hematology/Hemostasis I4.0
MLT 130Clinical Chemistry I4.0
MLT 140Introduction to Microbiology3.0
MLT 240Special Clinical Microbiology3.0
BIO 163Basic Anatomy & Physiology5.0
CHM 130General, Organic, & Biochemistry3.0
CHM 130AGeneral, Organic, & Biochemistry Lab1.0
MLT 251MLT Practicum I1.0
MLT 267MLT Practicum II8.0
MLT 277MLT Practicum III8.0
MLT 126Immunology and Serology2.0
MLT 127Transfusion Medicine3.0
MLT 220Hematology/Hemostasis II3.0
MLT 230Clinical Chemistry II3.0
MLT 216Professional Issues1.0
Total Credits75

No diplomas offered.

No certificates offered.

Courses

MLT 110. Introduction to Mlt. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces all aspects of the medical laboratory profession. Topics include health care/laboratory organization, professional ethics, basic laboratory techniques, safety, quality assurance, and specimen collection. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a basic understanding of laboratory operations and be able to perform basic laboratory skills.

MLT 111. Urinalysis & Body Fluids. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the laboratory analysis of urine and body fluids. Topics include physical, chemical, and microscopic examination of the urine and body fluids. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate theoretical comprehension in performing and interpreting urinalysis and body fluid tests.

Prerequisites: Take MLT 120 Minimum grade C

MLT 120. Hematology/Hemostasis I. 4.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the theory and technology used in analyzing blood cells and the study of hemostasis. Topics include hematology, hemostasis, and related laboratory testing. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate theoretical comprehension of hematology/hemostasis, perform diagnostic techniques, and correlate laboratory findings with disorders.

MLT 126. Immunology and Serology. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the immune system and response and basic concepts of antigens, antibodies, and their reactions. Emphasis is placed on basic principles of immunologic and serodiagnostic techniques and concepts of cellular and humoral immunity in health and disease. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate theoretical comprehension and application in performing and interpreting routine immunologic and serodiagnostic procedures.

MLT 127. Transfusion Medicine. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the blood group systems and their applications in transfusion medicine. Emphasis is placed on blood bank techniques including blood grouping and typing, pretransfusion testing, donor selection and processing, and blood component preparation and therapy. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate theoretical comprehension and application in performing/interpreting routine blood bank procedures and recognizing/resolving common problems.

Prerequisites: Take MLT 126 Minimum grade C

MLT 130. Clinical Chemistry I. 4.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the quantitative analysis of blood and body fluids and their variations in health and disease. Topics include clinical biochemistry, methodologies, instrumentation, and quality control. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate theoretical comprehension of clinical chemistry, perform diagnostic techniques, and correlate laboratory findings with disorders.

Prerequisites: Take CHM 130 CHM 130A

MLT 140. Introduction to Microbiology. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces basic techniques and safety procedures in clinical microbiology. Emphasis is placed on the morphology and identification of common pathogenic organisms, aseptic technique, staining techniques, and usage of common media. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate theoretical comprehension in performing and interpreting basic clinical microbiology procedures.

MLT 216. Professional Issues. 1.0 Credit. Class-0.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course surveys professional issues in preparation for career entry. Emphasis is placed on work readiness and theoretical concepts in microbiology, immunohematology, hematology, and clinical chemistry. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate competence in career entry-level areas and be prepared for the national certification examination.

MLT 220. Hematology/Hemostasis II. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course covers the theories and techniques used in the advanced analysis of human blood cells and hemostasis. Emphasis is placed on the study of hematologic disorders, abnormal cell development and morphology, and related testing. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate a theoretical comprehension and application of abnormal hematology and normal and abnormal hemostasis.

Prerequisites: Take MLT 120 with a minimum grade of C

MLT 230. Clinical Chemistry II. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course is designed to supplement the biochemical and physiologic theory presented in MLT 130. Emphasis is placed on special chemistry techniques and methodologies. Upon completion, students should be able to recognize and differentiate technical and physiological causes of unexpected test results.

Prerequisites: Take MLT 130

MLT 240. Special Clinical Microbiology. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-3.0. Work-0.0

This course is designed to introduce special techniques in clinical microbiology. Emphasis is placed on advanced areas in microbiology. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate theoretical comprehension in performing and interpreting specialized clinical microbiology procedures.

Prerequisites: Take MLT 140

MLT 251. MLT Practicum I. 1.0 Credit. Class-0.0. Clinical-3.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides entry-level clinical laboratory experience. Emphasis is placed on technique, accuracy, and precision. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate entry-level competence on final clinical evaluations. MLT Practicum I.

Prerequisites: Take MLT 110 with a minimum grade of C

MLT 267. MLT Practicum II. 8.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-24.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides entry-level clinical laboratory experience. Emphasis is placed on technique, accuracy, and precision. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate entry-level competence on final clinical evaluations.

MLT 277. MLT Practicum III. 8.0 Credits. Class-0.0. Clinical-24.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides entry-level clinical laboratory experience. Emphasis is placed on technique, accuracy, and precision. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate entry-level competence on final clinical evaluations.