Medical Technology

Medical Technology (MEDTEC)

MEDTEC 310 Introduction to Medical Laboratory Techniques and Skin Punctures

  • Units:2
  • Hours:27 hours LEC; 27 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Enrollment Limitation:Students must be admitted to the Medical Laboratory Technician Program at Folsom Lake College. Students must also provide documentation of Hepatitis B vaccination status before beginning this class, as students will be handling blood and body fluid specimens in all class sessions. Students will also be required to purchase their portion of the college's liability insurance policy.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course prepares students for a career in a medical laboratory. It fulfills the minimum requirement of 20 hours of didactic instruction in Basic Phlebotomy instruction as required by California Department of Public Health for a Medical Laboratory Technician. Students perform skin punctures, which is the penetration of the skin with a lancet to withdraw blood, on other students. Students learn about the ten most common laboratory tests, as well as the appropriate patient instructions for these specimen collections. Purchase of personal protective equipment, including a lab coat, safety glasses, and disposable gloves, is required. Students may be required to provide their own transportation on a field trip.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • discuss the major points of the Patient’s Bill of Rights and the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the phlebotomist’s responsibility for maintaining confidentiality of privileged information on individuals.
  • enumerate the different sections of a medical laboratory and the common tests and specimen requirements for each section.
  • choose the correct blood collection equipment for a variety of both skin and vein punctures, including the types of tubes and additives.
  • differentiate between capillary and venous specimens, state the acceptable order of draw for capillary specimens, and name the tests that cannot be performed on capillary specimens.
  • demonstrate at least five skin puncture procedures on a variety of students with the correct documentation of patient and specimen identification and employ appropriate Standard Precautions and Lab Safety techniques.

MEDTEC 311 Advanced Phlebotomy Venipuncture Skills

  • Units:2
  • Hours:27 hours LEC; 27 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:MEDTEC 310 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Enrollment Limitation:Students must be admitted to the Medical Laboratory Technician Program at Folsom Lake College. Students must also provide documentation of Hepatitis B vaccination status before beginning this class, as students will be handling blood and body fluid specimens in all class sessions. Students are also required to purchase their portion of the college's liability insurance policy.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course meets the minimum requirement of 20 hours of didactic instruction in Advanced Phlebotomy procedures as required by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) regulations. Students learn to perform a venipuncture (the penetration of a vein with a needle to withdraw blood for therapeutic or clinical laboratory testing) on other students using the three available systems. Purchase of personal protective equipment, including a lab coat, safety glasses, and disposable gloves is required. Students may be required to provide their own transportation on a field trip.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • differentiate the various arm veins and the suitability of each for venipuncture.
  • describe the risk factors, list the complications, and evaluate the appropriate phlebotomist responses associated with venipuncture complications for a variety of patient age groups.
  • list the pre-analytical sources of error in specimen collection, transport, processing and storage, and demonstrate correct procedures used to prevent such errors.
  • demonstrate at least 6 successful venipunctures on a variety of students using the 3 different methods and following appropriate safety and infection control procedures.

MEDTEC 312 Phlebotomy Clinical Internship

  • Units:2
  • Hours:9 hours LEC; 81 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:MEDTEC 311 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Enrollment Limitation:Students must be admitted to the Medical Laboratory Technician Program and have met all requirements for entry including, but not limited to: passing all drug, background, and immunology screening requirements, paying their portion of the college’s liability insurance policy, and obtaining personal health insurance.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course provides a clinical laboratory experience in the phlebotomy department of a health care organization. The clinical internship is conducted as a non-paid laboratory experience and the student is required to attend the facility for the minimum required hours. Students will perform at least 50 venipuncture procedures on patients from a variety of age groups and medical conditions. Emphasis will be placed on safety, specimen quality, and proper venipuncture technique. Purchase of personal protective equipment, including a lab coat, safety glasses, and disposable gloves, is required. Students will also be required to provide their own transportation to the partner health care facility which may be outside of the Sacramento region.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • employ appropriate specimen processing and handling procedures, describe criteria for rejection, and recognize tests needing special handling or confirmatory testing.
  • apply departmental safety procedures, including the safe use and disposal of biohazardous material.
  • demonstrate correct techniques when performing a minimum of 50 venipunctures on patients from a variety of age groups and medical conditions, using appropriate infection control and safety precautions.
  • practice the correct administrative skills of a phlebotomist such as answering phones, specimen labeling, test ordering, accessioning, and specimen processing.

MEDTEC 323 Clinical Chemistry

  • Units:4
  • Hours:54 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Enrollment Limitation:Admission to the Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) Program or program director approval
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course introduces students to mathematical applications in the clinical laboratory, especially as applied to quality assurance, quality control and reporting of results. Also covered is the basic biochemistry of metabolism, including carbohydrates, proteins, lipids and electrolytes, and the instrumentation used for their measurement. The study of endocrinology, enzyme function, therapeutic drugs, and blood gases will also be covered. Discussion topics will be correlated with applications in human medicine. Purchase of personal protective equipment, including safety glasses and a disposable gloves is required. Students must also provide documentation of current Tuberculosis clearance and Hepatitis B vaccination status, as blood and body fluid specimens will be processed.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • explain pre-analytic, analytic, and post-analytic variables in sample testing.
  • cite the various analytes in the body and how they correlate with specific disease states.
  • describe the analytic methods behind basic chemistry instrumentation including the mechanism of measurement and any system limitations.
  • evaluate quality control results and recognize trends, shifts and invalid results.
  • demonstrate proper dilution technique through the utilization of various laboratory pipettes.
  • analyze a calibration curve to identify the concentration of an unknown substance.

MEDTEC 324 Urine and Body Fluid Analysis

  • Units:2
  • Hours:20 hours LEC; 48 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Enrollment Limitation:Admission to the Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) Program or program director approval
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

An introduction to the study of urine and body fluid analysis. Includes the anatomy and physiology of the kidney, physical, chemical and microscopic examination of urine, cerebrospinal fluid, and other body fluids as well as quality control, quality assurance and safety. Purchase of personal protective equipment, including safety glasses and disposable gloves, is required. Students must also provide documentation of current Tuberculosis clearance and Hepatitis B vaccination status as blood and body fluid specimens will be processed.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • exhibit an understanding of the anatomy and function of the renal system.
  • correlate urinalysis and body fluid test results with patient condition(s).
  • perform a routine urinalysis and explain the principles of each test.
  • describe the composition, formation, and function of urine and selected body fluids.
  • state the collection procedure for urine and other selected body fluids.

MEDTEC 330 Hematology

  • Units:4
  • Hours:50 hours LEC; 66 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Enrollment Limitation:Admission to the Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) Program or program director approval
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course provides an overview of human blood cell development and function. Hematological disorders and corresponding laboratory findings will also be addressed. Purchase of personal protective equipment, including a lab coat, safety glasses, and disposable gloves, is required. Students must also provide documentation of current Tuberculosis clearance and Hepatitis B vaccination status, as blood and body fluid specimens will be processed.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • demonstrate an understanding of the components of human blood including cellular characteristics, functions, abnormalities, and disease states.
  • describe the coagulation mechanism and correlate abnormalities with disease states.
  • demonstrate proficiency in the skills necessary to perform blood cell counts, and evaluation of blood elements within stated limits of accuracy.
  • perform the slide stain procedure and demonstrate competency in blood cell differentiation.
  • demonstrate compliance with OSHA safety regulations for blood–borne pathogens.

MEDTEC 340 Immunology and Immunohematology

  • Units:4
  • Hours:50 hours LEC; 66 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Enrollment Limitation:Admission to the Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) Program or program director approval
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course introduces the principles of the immune response, including cells and function of the immune system as well as antibody and antigen reactions. Blood grouping, compatibility testing, transfusion medicine, immunological and serological testing procedures are also discussed.

Purchase of personal protective equipment, including a lab coat, safety glasses, and disposable gloves, is required. Students must also provide documentation of current Tuberculosis clearance and Hepatitis B vaccination status, as blood and body fluid specimens will be processed.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • recognize components of the immune system and their protective action as applied to injury or disease.
  • correlate the various serologic markers of hepatitis with their diagnostic significance and indicate the laboratory methods that are most commonly used to screen, confirm, or monitor hepatitis virus infections.
  • describe the characteristics of ABO, Rh, and other blood group systems, and identify their role in blood compatibility.
  • demonstrate an understanding of intermediate level Immunohematology testing including the resolution of forward and back-type mismatching, antibody panel interpretation, and proper transfusion reaction workup.
  • perform serological testing methods and define their principles and limitations.
  • apply forward and back-typing procedures to correctly identify the blood type of an unknown sample.

MEDTEC 350 Clinical Microbiology

  • Units:4
  • Hours:50 hours LEC; 66 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Enrollment Limitation:Admission to the Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) Program or program director approval
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course discusses pathogenic bacteria, fungi and parasites. Emphasis is placed on morphology and identification of medically important organisms and techniques used in their identification. Purchase of personal protective equipment, including a lab coat, safety glasses, and disposable gloves, is required. Students must also provide documentation of current Tuberculosis clearance and Hepatitis B vaccination status, as blood and body fluid specimens will be processed.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • discriminate between normal and abnormal flora for all areas of the body.
  • evaluate specimen acceptability and apply proper methods of specimen preparation.
  • evaluate the impact of various infectious diseases, including descriptions of the causative agent(s), signs and symptoms, pathogenesis, virulence factors, epidemiology, diagnosis, biochemical testing, treatment, and prevention.
  • demonstrate safe use, handling, and disposal of microbiological organisms and bio-hazardous waste.
  • apply Gram Stain and biochemical testing procedures to identify an unknown organism.

MEDTEC 360 Chemistry and Urinalysis Practicum

  • Units:4
  • Hours:216 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:MEDTEC 323 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Enrollment Limitation:Students must be admitted to the Medical Laboratory Technician Program and have met all requirements for entry including, but not limited to: passing all drug, background, and immunology screening requirements, paying their portion of the college’s liability insurance policy, and obtaining personal health insurance.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course provides a clinical laboratory experience in the chemistry department of a health care organization. Instrumentation and manual methods will be introduced. The clinical internship is conducted as a non-paid laboratory experience and the student is required to attend the facility for the minimum required hours. Emphasis will be placed on technique, accuracy and precision as well as quality control, bio-marker significance, and urinalysis procedures. Purchase of personal protective equipment, including a lab coat, safety glasses, and disposable gloves, is required. Students will also be required to provide their own transportation to the partner health care facility which may be outside of the Sacramento region.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • demonstrate an understanding of chemistry and urinalysis test results and understand their clinical significance.
  • apply departmental safety procedures, including the safe use and disposal of biohazardous material.
  • demonstrate familiarity with basic department specific maintenance procedures and apply quality control and corrective action procedures as appropriate.
  • perform specimen analysis as appropriate, correctly interpreting chemistry and urinalysis results.
  • employ appropriate specimen processing and handling procedures, describe criteria for rejection, and recognize tests needing special handling or confirmatory testing.
  • perform both macroscopic and microscopic urinalysis procedures including the identification and differentiation of urine elements.

MEDTEC 361 Hematology and Hemostasis Practicum

  • Units:4
  • Hours:216 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:MEDTEC 330 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Enrollment Limitation:Students must be admitted to the Medical Laboratory Technician Program and have met all requirements for entry including, but not limited to: passing all drug, background, and immunology screening requirements, paying their portion of the college’s liability insurance policy, and obtaining personal health insurance.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course provides a clinical laboratory experience in the hematology department of a health care organization. Instrumentation and manual methods will be introduced. The clinical internship is conducted as a non-paid laboratory experience and the student is required to attend the facility for the minimum required hours. Emphasis will be placed on technique, accuracy and precision as well as blood cell differentiation, blood cell indices, and coagulation procedures. Purchase of personal protective equipment, including a lab coat, safety glasses, and disposable gloves, is required. Students will also be required to provide their own transportation to the partner health care facility which may be outside of the Sacramento region.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • demonstrate an understanding of hematology test results and their clinical significance.
  • apply departmental safety procedures, including the safe use and disposal of biohazardous material.
  • demonstrate familiarity with basic department specific maintenance procedures and apply quality control and corrective action procedures as appropriate.
  • perform specimen analysis as appropriate, correctly interpreting automated CBC and coagulation results.
  • employ appropriate specimen processing and handling procedures, describe criteria for rejection, and recognize tests needing special handling or confirmatory testing.
  • produce acceptable peripheral blood smear slides and correctly identify cellular components.

MEDTEC 362 Immunology and Immunohematology Practicum

  • Units:3
  • Hours:162 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:MEDTEC 340 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Enrollment Limitation:Students must be admitted to the Medical Laboratory Technician Program and have met all requirements for entry including, but not limited to: passing all drug, background, and immunology screening requirements, paying their portion of the college’s liability insurance policy, and obtaining personal health insurance.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course provides a clinical laboratory experience in the immunology/immunohematology department of a health care organization. Instrumentation and manual methods will be introduced. The clinical internship is conducted as a non-paid laboratory experience and the student is required to attend the facility for the minimum required hours. Emphasis will be placed on technique, accuracy and precision as well as specimen receipt and evaluation, special handling procedures, and component processing in the transfusion service. Purchase of personal protective equipment, including a lab coat, safety glasses, and disposable gloves, is required. Students will also be required to provide their own transportation to the partner health care facility which may be outside of the Sacramento region.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • demonstrate an understanding of immunology and immunohematology test results and their clinical significance.
  • apply departmental safety procedures, including the safe use and disposal of biohazardous material.
  • demonstrate familiarity with basic department specific maintenance procedures and apply quality control and corrective action procedures as appropriate.
  • perform specimen analysis as appropriate, correctly interpreting serology and blood Bank results.
  • demonstrate familiarity in the immunohematology department by correctly interpreting blood type and antibody identification.
  • employ appropriate specimen processing and handling procedures, describe criteria for rejection, and recognize tests needing special handling or confirmatory testing.
  • execute proper blood product handling and dispensing procedures.

MEDTEC 363 Microbiology Practicum

  • Units:4
  • Hours:216 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:MEDTEC 350 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Enrollment Limitation:Students must be admitted to the Medical Laboratory Technician Program and have met all requirements for entry including, but not limited to: passing all drug, background, and immunology screening requirements, paying their portion of the college’s liability insurance policy, and obtaining personal health insurance.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course provides a clinical laboratory experience in the Microbiology department of a health care organization. Instrumentation and manual methods will be introduced. The clinical internship is conducted as a non-paid laboratory experience and the student is required to attend the facility for the minimum required hours. Emphasis will be placed on technique, accuracy and precision as well as specimen evaluation, organism identification, and susceptibility testing. Purchase of personal protective equipment, including a lab coat, safety glasses, and disposable gloves, is required. Students will also be required to provide their own transportation to the partner health care facility which may be outside of the Sacramento region.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • demonstrate an understanding of microbiology test results and their clinical significance.
  • apply departmental safety procedures, including the safe use and disposal of biohazardous material.
  • demonstrate familiarity with basic department specific maintenance procedures and apply quality control and corrective action procedures as appropriate.
  • employ appropriate specimen processing and handling procedures, describe criteria for rejection, and recognize tests needing special handling or confirmatory testing.
  • perform specimen analysis as appropriate, correctly interpreting culture results.
  • demonstrate familiarity with the isolation and identification of pathogenic organisms in various specimen types.

MEDTEC 495 Independent Studies in Medical Technology

  • Units:1 - 3
  • Hours:54 - 162 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

To be written at the time this course is applied.


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