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Medical Laboratory Technician (AAS)

The AAS in Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) is a one-plus-one degree program that is set up within the Missouri Health Professions Consortium (MHPC). NCMC is one of five colleges in the MHPC that offers the MLT program. NCMC offers and enrolls students in the general education coursework during their freshman year. The sophomore level (professional level) coursework is taught by MACC and TRC faculty utilizing Zoom.

What is a Medical Laboratory Technician?

Medical laboratory technicians collect samples and perform tests to analyze body fluids, tissue and other substances. Their duties typically include: analyze body fluids, such as blood, urine, and tissue samples, and record normal and abnormal findings; study blood samples for use in transfusions by identifying the number of cells, the cell morphology, or the blood group, blood type, and compatibility with other blood types; operate sophisticated laboratory equipment, such as microscopes and cell counters; use automated equipment and computerized instruments capable of performing a number of tests at the same time; log data from medical tests and enter results into patients medical record; discuss results and findings with physicians; and supervise or train other medical laboratory technicians.

PRE-REQUISITE COURSES

Must complete pre-requisite courses prior to beginning the MLT Program with a “C” or above

First Year

First Semester

CourseIDTitleCredits
BI240Anatomy4
MT122*College Algebra3
EN101*English I3
SO107General Sociology OR
PH101Intro to Ethics3
Total13

Second Semester

CourseIDTitleCredits
BI242**Physiology4
CH107Intro to Chemistry4
HI103*American History to 1877 OR
HI104*American History Since 1877 OR
PL216*National Government3
SP175Speech OR
SP220Interpersonal Communications3
Total14
  • *Testing Required
  • **Requires pre-requisite of Anatomy
  • Dual credit/Transfer credit This plan is designed for students with no dual or transfer credit. If you have taken courses at other colleges, you will need to provide official transcripts to NCMC.
  • Developmental Studies This plan assumes that the student does not need to take Developmental Studies courses. Placement test scores determine whether or not the student will need to complete Developmental Studies courses. You can learn more about Developmental Studies courses in the NCMC Academic Catalog.

Medical Laboratory Technician Courses

Once accepted into the MLT Program, you will take the following courses.

First Year

First Semester

CourseIDTitleCredits
ML150Intro to Lab Sciences Methods2
ML210Immunology3
ML260Phlebotomy2
ML250Hematology & Coagulation5
ML291Hematology & Coagulation Practicum2
Total14

Second Semester

CourseIDTitleCredits
ML220Clinical Chemistry & Urinalysis5
ML280Clinical Microbiology4
ML290Parasitology, Mycology, Virology1
ML292Clinical Chemistry & Urinalysis Practicum2
ML293Clinical Microbiology Practicum2
Total14

Third Semester

CourseIDTitleCredits
ML270Immunohematology5
ML294Immunohematology Practicum2
Total7

Upon completion of the Medical Laboratory Technician AAS degree, the graduate will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of laboratory professional practice by providing safe, effective and accurate laboratory test results while maintaining patient confidentiality;
  • Utilize established laboratory procedures taking into consideration the application of scientific principles, technical skills for operation and maintenance of laboratory equipment, and relationship of laboratory findings to disease states to ensure appropriate patient diagnosis and treatment;
  • Employ professional conduct and communication skills with patients, families, laboratory personnel, healthcare team members, and the community as a medical laboratory technician;
  • Participate in professional development activities valuing the importance of continuous learning in laboratory medicine; and,
  • Comply with Federal, OSHA, and laboratory safety procedures for the well-being of the patient, healthcare team, self and community.
  • General Education courses taken at NCMC
  • Virtual Classroom utilizing Zoom
  • On-Campus laboratory instruction at MACC (Mexico, MO Campus) or TRC at designated times during fall and spring semesters to participate in centralized labs sessions
  • Off-Campus clinical rotations
    • Determined by MLT faculty
  • Minimum pre-requisite GPA required is 2.5
  • TEAS Test: Minimum composite in 50th percentile
  • Medical Laboratory Technician Application
  • Federally Required Disclosure on State Licensing Requirements: This program is designed to prepare students to meet Missouri licensure or certification requirements for employment. To ensure that we provide only accurate and current information, NCMC has not made a determination as to whether this program meets all current licensure or certification requirements for other states or U.S. territories. Students intending to work in other states are strongly encouraged to verify licensing and certification requirements with the appropriate state board.

Program Contact Information

Kristi Cutsinger, MBA

Program Coordinator of Health Sciences
North Central Missouri College
1301 Main Street
Trenton, MO 64683
[email protected]
(660) 357-6284

Medical Laboratory Technician Contact

Alese Thompson, MS, MLS (ASCP)

MLT & Phlebotomy Program Coordinator
Moberly Area Community College
2900 Doreli Lane
Mexico, MO 65265
[email protected]
573-582-0817 ext. 13624

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