Medical Technology

Associate Degree

A.S. in Medical Laboratory Technician

The Medical Laboratory Technician Program and Degree aim to produce highly-trained individuals who successfully pass the Medical Laboratory Technician national licensing exam and who will remain committed to all ethical and affective objectives in a healthcare setting, while exhibiting the critical core values of accountability, dedication, work ethic, and trust. The Program includes didactic, laboratory, and practicum components that are structured to facilitate the achievement of educational and career goals. The Medical Laboratory Technology Program prepares students for employment in clinical laboratories, industry, and biotechnology as a Medical Laboratory Technician, Laboratory Assistant and/or Research Technician. The required curriculum integrates basic concepts, technical procedures, and laboratory exercises prior to the required practical experience. Practicum courses are held at an affiliate site where students receive hands-on workplace experience in the job duties of a Medical Laboratory Technician. The Program is designed for students to master the competencies, skills, and knowledge required in this profession. This curriculum prepares individuals to perform clinical laboratory procedures in chemistry, urinalysis, phlebotomy, hematology, coagulation, microbiology, immunohematology, and immunology. These procedures may be used in the maintenance of health and diagnosis/treatment of disease. Course work emphasizes mathematical and scientific concepts related to specimen collection, laboratory testing and procedures, quality assurance and reporting/recording and interpreting findings involving tissues, blood, and body fluids. The Program recognizes the importance of professional standards and ethical obligations critical to health care professions. Development of professional competence, personal growth and effective patient care are integrated into each part of the curriculum. Purchase of personal protective equipment and minor class supplies including, but not limited to: safety glasses, disposable gloves, and glass slides, is required. Students will also be required to purchase their portion of the college’s liability insurance and submit to a background screening. Students must also provide documentation of immunizations and/or titers for several diseases including but not limited to Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR), Varicella Zoster, Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis (Tdap), Hepatitis B, and Influenza, as blood and body fluid specimens will be obtained and processed. Students must also demonstrate a negative Tuberculosis status and provide documentation of health insurance. A full cost breakdown can be found at http://www.flc.losrios.edu/academics/medical-laboratory-technician.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
MEDTEC 310 Introduction to Medical Laboratory Techniques and Skin Punctures 2
MEDTEC 323 Clinical Chemistry 4
MEDTEC 324 Urine and Body Fluid Analysis 2
MEDTEC 330 Hematology 4
MEDTEC 340 Immunology and Immunohematology 4
MEDTEC 350 Clinical Microbiology 4
MEDTEC 360 Chemistry and Urinalysis Practicum 4
MEDTEC 361 Hematology and Hemostasis Practicum 4
MEDTEC 362 Immunology and Immunohematology Practicum 3
MEDTEC 363 Microbiology Practicum 4
A minimum of 0 units from the following: 01
MEDTEC 311 Advanced Phlebotomy Venipuncture Skills (2)
MEDTEC 312 Phlebotomy Clinical Internship (2)
Total Units: 35

1Students that hold a valid and current California Phlebotomist certificate (CPT-1) are not required to take MEDTEC 311 or MEDTEC 312 while participating in the Medical Laboratory Technician Program. Per the State of California, students without a valid and current CPT-1 certificate are required to take MEDTEC 311 and MEDTEC 312 as part of their Medical Laboratory Technician training.

The Medical Laboratory Technician Associate in Science (A.S.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See FLC graduation requirements.

Enrollment Eligibility

To be eligible for enrollment in the program, the student must meet the following criteria:

  • Complete the application process for enrollment in the MLT program.
  • Acceptance into the MLT program and completion of all of the following eligibility criteria with a grade of “C” or better. All Program prerequisites must be completed before the start of the first MLT class.
  • CHEM 400 - General Chemistry I, or CHEM 420 - Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 401 - General Chemistry II, or CHEM 421 - Organic Chemistry II
  • BIOL 400 - Principles of Biology
  • STAT 300 - Introduction to Probability and Statistics, or PSYC 330 -Introductory Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
  • COMM 321 - Interpersonal Communication (preferred), or COMM 301 - Introduction to Public Speaking, or COMM 311 - Argumentation and Debate, or COMM 331 - Group Discussion, or COMM 361 - The Communication Experience
  • AH 110 - Medical Language for Health-Care Providers, or licensure/certification in a medically-related field (e.g. Phlebotomist, Radiology Technician, Respiratory Therapist, Pharmacy Technician, Nurse), or graduation from an Allied Health Program or Degree; subject to approval by the MLT Program Director.
  • Students may take General Education requirements concurrently with prerequisite courses and during the didactic portion of the MLT Program. During the practicum portion of the MLT Program students are required to intern at their clinical site for 40 hours per week. As such, enrolling in additional courses can only occur outside of these assigned hours. The above also applies to students who are employed and work hours outside of the MLT Program. No exceptions will be made, which result in missed MLT Program hours, for students who need to commit hours to their employer or any other outside entity.
  • In order to qualify to sit for the national licensing exam and acquire California MLT licensure, students must complete 60 semester units, 36 of which must be in physical or biological sciences. While the MLT program and its prerequisite courses typically meet this requirement for most students, it is ultimately the student's responsibility to ensure they have the appropriate semester units for MLT licensure.
  • It is the student's responsibility to ensure they have met all state and national licensure requirements including but not limited to: possession of a valid social security number, appropriate semester units, and post-graduation licensure fees. More information can be found at https://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/lfs/Pages/MedicalLaboratoryTechnician(MLT).aspx and http://www.ascp.org/certification.
  • Students need not hold a certificate in phlebotomy to apply to the MLT program at FLC. Those who do not already have a phlebotomy certificate will be trained in phlebotomy per the standards set forth in the California Administration Code Title 17 1035.3. Students already in possession of a valid phlebotomy certificate need not enroll in the phlebotomy courses, MEDTEC 311 and 312.

Enrollment Process

Eligible students are selected for the program according to the following steps:

  • Applications to the program may be obtained online at: http://www.flc.losrios.edu/academics/medical-laboratory-technician
  • Only students who meet the pre-enrollment requirements and follow the pre-enrollment procedures, including a pre-application meeting with Counseling Services, will be considered for the MLT Program. Meeting all these requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.
  • Selection is based on a computerized random selection process from a qualified applicant pool.
  • The students accepted into the MLT Program must fulfill all requirements set forth by the MLT Student Guidelines including but not limited to: background clearance, physical examination, immunization clearance, and drug screening. The student is responsible for any cost incurred related to meeting the requirements.
  • Students who are not accepted into the MLT Program must reapply to the program at its next offering. There is no waitlist for the MLT Program.
  • MLT Program courses must be taken in sequence.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • pass the nationally recognized certification examination.
  • apply appropriate quality control procedures and recognize and interpret erroneous results for any applicable medium-complexity laboratory testing process.
  • describe the principles, the clinical significance, and critical values of applicable medium-complexity clinical laboratory test results.
  • demonstrate safe use and disposal of biohazardous materials, and the proper methods of specimen preparation.
  • assess sample quality and cite any pre-analytical variables in testing.
  • demonstrate successful venipunctures and skin punctures on patients from a variety of age groups with a variety of medical conditions.
  • exhibit professional and committed delivery of excellent health care.

Career Information

The Medical Laboratory Technician is an entry-level position for the healthcare industry with a current (2016) approximate starting wage range of $28.00-$36.00 hourly. The role of the Medical Laboratory Technician is to perform routine laboratory analyses that are involved in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases. With increasing reliance on computer technology, the role of the medical laboratory technician has become less hands-on and more analytical. The Medical Laboratory Technician will be an entry-level position for the healthcare industry and/or a transfer opportunity to schools offering a B.S. in Medical Technology.

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The application period for the Spring 2020 cohort of the Medical Laboratory Technician program begins on May 30, 2019 and ends on October 1, 2019.

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