Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT)
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The Medical Laboratory Technician Program at Folsom Lake College is designed to prepare students to qualify for and pass the National Medical Laboratory Technician Licensing exam. The Folsom Lake College MLT Program is accredited by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Laboratory Field Services (LFS) and is in “serious candidate status” for NAACLS (National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences)
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The Medical Laboratory Technician Program at Folsom Lake College is designed to prepare students to qualify for and pass the National Medical Laboratory Technician Licensing exam. The Folsom Lake College MLT Program is accredited by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Laboratory Field Services (LFS) and is in "serious candidate status" for NAACLS (National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences).
The MLT Program includes aspects of didactic and clinical training to prepare students to step into functioning medical laboratories, either in a hospital or research lab setting. The Program has robust prerequisites and is intended to equip completers to execute any aspect of their profession both within and outside California. Not only will this approach prepare students for possible career advancement later, it will also result in the best possible preparation for a career as an MLT. For more detailed information related to the Program, students should consult the current version of the MLT Program Handbook.
Successful completion of the MLT Program requirements and general education graduation requirements of Folsom Lake College qualify the student for an A.S. degree in Medical Technology. Program completers are eligible to sit for the national MLT licensing exam administered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). Once a passing score on the ASCP National exam is achieved, graduates can apply for both State and National MLT Licensure.
To be eligible for enrollment in the program or in individual MEDTEC courses, the student must meet the following criteria:
- Complete the application process for enrollment in the MLT program (specific information available on the MLT Program website).
- Fulfill all requirements set forth by the MLT student application guidelines including but not limited to: background clearance, physical examination, immunization clearance and drug screening. Students are subject to a background check and drug test to ensure that the student will ultimately be eligible for licensure as an MLT after successful Program completion.
- All students must have completed all program pre-requisites with a grade of "C" or better and have a minimum grade point average in those pre-requisite courses of 2.50; see available online information for more details.
The Program is designed to prepare the student for licensure, for employment, and to participate as a member of a health care team. As part of the Program, students will be placed in an operating medical laboratory as an intern in their final semester of Program residence. Completers of the Program will have demonstrated consistently professional, safe, and ethical practice.
Students admitted to the Program are responsible for providing a lab coat, laboratory fees (as applicable), malpractice insurance (available through the College to Program participants), minor necessary equipment, and transportation to off-campus locations. All costs/fees are subject to change.
The role of the Medical Laboratory Technician is to perform routine laboratory analyses that are involved in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases. Program completers that successfully pass the National licensing exam and receive state licensure will be eligible to work in hospitals and research laboratories in California. It should be noted that passing the ASCP national license exam meets a requirement for state licensure, but does not itself grant state licensure. Only the State of California can grant state MLT licensure; which must be obtained in order to work as a MLT in the state. Likewise, should a graduate wish to receive MLT licensure outside of California, they will be required to fulfill the requirements set by the state they wish to receive licensure in.
Skills and techniques learned as part of the MLT program may also make Program completers eligible for employment at other laboratory facilities that may or may not require state or federal licensure. The Medical Laboratory Technology Training program prepares students for employment in clinical laboratories, industry, and biotechnology as a Medical Laboratory Technician, Laboratory Assistant and or Research Technician/Associate.
- Cohort training Program that requires application for admission (see admission requirements here)
- Training in state-of-the-art hospital laboratory techniques
- Clinical practicums at local/regional hospital laboratories
- Program recognition by the State of California (National recognition expected by late 2014)
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