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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 six 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 faculty utilizing Zoom.

The State of Missouri does not issue or require a state license for this profession, but other states and territories may. If your permanent address is in a state other than Missouri, please see our Licensure Programs for more information or contact the program director.

WHAT IS A MEDICAL LABORATORY TECHNICIAN?

Medical Laboratory Technicians occupy an essential function on the healthcare team. This group of professionals focuses on laboratory specimens and techniques that provide physicians with test results for medical decisions. The breadth of knowledge needed to function in this profession includes areas of:

  • Hematology and Coagulation
  • Clinical Microbiology, Parasitology, Mycology and Virology
  • Immunohematology
  • Clinical Chemistry and Urinalysis
  • Immunology
  • Phlebotomy

Core classes in this program study human diseases and laboratory tests that identify them. Students learn to operate equipment in medical laboratories and perform a wide range of procedures. Classroom lecture and clinical instruction emphasize proper specimen collection and handling, understanding test procedures, safety, quality control, acquisition of technical skills, and troubleshooting techniques. The MLT program prepares you to assume responsibility in various laboratory settings, medical or non-medical, clinical diagnostic or research, hospital or reference laboratories.


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
ML270Immunohematology5
ML294Immunohematology Practicum2
ML280Clinical Microbiology4
ML290Parasitology, Mycology and Virology1
ML293Clinical Microbiology Practicum2
Total14

THIRD SEMESTER

CourseIDTitleCredits
ML220Clinical Chemistry and Urinalysis5
ML292Clinical Chemistry & Urinalysis Practicum2
Total7

LEARNING OUTCOMES FOR THIS PROGRAM

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 INFORMATION

  • General Education courses taken at NCMC
  • Virtual Classroom utilizing Zoom
  • On-Campus (hands-on) lab instruction at MACC (Mexico, MO Campus) at designated times during the 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
  • Applications will be accepted between February 1st through the application deadline of May 15th for the following program year. Therefore, updated applications will be available by February 1st each year.
  • Additional Information and MLT Application or email [email protected]
  • 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
Director of Health Sciences
North Central Missouri College
1301 Main Street
Trenton, MO 64683
[email protected]
(660) 357-6284

MEDICAL LABORATORY TECHNICIAN CONTACT

General Email for questions: [email protected]

Cynthia (Cindy) McKeon
MHPC MLT Program Director
[email protected]

Darinda Mast
MHPC MLT Coordinator
[email protected]
660-263-4100 Ext. 13624

Tanna Whitworth
Administrative Assistant
[email protected]
660-263-4100 Ext. 13656

guy Geyer Hall

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