Medical Laboratory Technician

Program Level: Associate
Department: Health Sciences

Even though they work behind the scenes, medical laboratory technicians play a vital role in the health care industry. Our Medical Laboratory Technician program combines classroom lecture and hands-on learning in laboratory settings. You’ll experience extensive training that will prepare you for employment in research, government and municipal laboratories. Our graduates are eligible to take national certification examinations offered by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) and the National Certification Agency for Clinical Laboratory Scientists (NCA).

The Medical Laboratory Technician program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for the Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS, 5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119).

Location

Hastings Campus

Program Options

Associate of Applied Science

program overviewcourse descriptionscourse sequence

For any further questions please contact the Program Director

Lori VanBoening MAEd, MT(ASCP)
402-461-2451
lvanboening@cccneb.edu

 

Admissions

The following academic requirements must be met before a student can be admitted to the MLT program:

  • ACT scores within the last three years - minimum of 19 in all subcategories
    • Or
  • Accuplacer - minimum scores. These scores are only valid for three years.
    • Reading - 74
    • Sentence Skills - 84
    • Elementary Algebra - 31

COMPASS/ASSET scores are valid for three years and will only be accepted until January 2019

  • Compass
    • Reading - 80
    • Writing - 74
    • Pre-Algebra - 48
  • Asset
    • Reading - 40
    • Writing - 42
    • Numerical - 42

If the applicant does not have either ACT, Accuplacer, or COMPASS/ASSET scores these requirements can be fulfilled by passing the following courses with a minimum of a “C”

  • A 1000 level English course
  • MATH 1130 Elementary Algebra

If the applicant has previous college experience they must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.

There are other non-academic requirements that a potential MLT student must be aware of:

  • All students must agree to a criminal background check and drug screen. Final admission to the program will be based on both the background check and drug screen coming back clean. Students are responsible for the cost of the background check and drug screen.
  • All students must have the required immunizations or titers completed by the end of the first semester of the program.
  • All students must have a flu shot during the first semester of the program.
Additional Costs
  • Background check and drug screen is currently $50 -Student Practicum Liability Insurance is currently $12 per year.
  • Students wear either a lab coat or scrubs during laboratory sessions.
  • Students must have a calculator capable of performing linear regression
    • the Texas Instrument 36X Pro is recommended.
Clinical Rotation

Students are required to complete rotations in various clinical sites. The rotations are set up by the Program Director and may require that the student travel and may require that the student stay at the facility during the week. The facilities provide the housing at no expense to the student.

Because the clinical rotations occur in the summer the program will not be completed until approximately July 1.

  • At 2018-19 tuition and fee rates, completing the 68 credits required for the Medical Laboratory Technician degree costs:

    Nebraska residents - $6,800

    Non-residents - $9,792

    These costs are for tuition and fees only for the program of study as listed in the CCC online catalog. It does not include the cost of foundations courses, retaking courses or taking courses in addition to those required for the degree. It does not include the cost of books, supplies, tools, computers or other items that may be required.

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    2018-19 Tuition and Fees (cost per credit) Tuition Fees Total
    Nebraska Resident $88 $12 $100
    Non Resident $132 $12 $144

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  • Finish in 2 years by completing 17 credits a semester for 4 semesters

    The length of time to complete a program is based on a student taking only the courses required for the program as listed in our online catalog. It does not include the cost of foundations courses that may be required based on COMPASS, ASSET or ACT scores, retaking courses or taking courses that are not required by your program of study.

    Your adviser will develop a plan of study to meet your personal needs.

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Contact

Personnel Directory

Program Director

Lori VanBoening MAEd,MLS(ASCP)cm
402-461-2451
877-222-0780 ext. 2451
lvanboening@cccneb.edu

MEDT 1010 Laboratory Math
MEDT 1150 Hematology I
MEDT 1860 Clinical Internship I
MEDT 2150 Hematology II
MEDT 2350 Immunohematology
MEDT 2860 Clinical Internship II

FACULTY

Ann Thorndike MS CLS,MLS(ASCP)cm
402-460-2113
877-222-0780 ext 2113
athorndike@cccneb.edu

MEDT 1000 Introduction to the Clinical Laboratory
MEDT 1100 Urinalysis, Immunology and Serology
MEDT 2000 Laboratory Instrumentation
MEDT 2160 Hemostasis
MEDT 2200 Clinical Chemistry I
MEDT 2220 Clinical Chemistry II
MEDT 2310 Medical Microbiology/Parasitology I
MEDT 2330 Medical Microbiology/Parasitology II

Program Location

The Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) program study area and main student laboratory are located in the Dawson Building, with a secondary student laboratory located in the Gausman Building, on the Hastings campus of CCC. MLT phlebotomy rotations and clinical internships are arranged in approved clinical sites. General studies classes are offered on the Hastings, Grand 

Forms

Essential Functions

Student must be able to lift a minimum of 25 pounds from floor to a table, and from a table to an overhead shelf, as well as carry a minimum of 25 pounds.\

Student must possess adequate mobility to move through out the laboratory, classroom, clinic, hospital, patient phlebotomy draw stations and patient rooms, including navigating around patient beds.

Student must have sufficient visual acuity to perform duties in the laboratory including, but not limited to, microscopic and macroscopic analyses and observations, reading small print in manuals, test kit inserts, and on instrument monitors.

Student cannot be colorblind. Student must be able to verbally communicate and write in English with patients, instructors, laboratory personnel, and other members of the health care team.

Students need fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination to successfully perform laboratory tests including manipulating microscope controls, pipetting, and performing streaking and colony isolation on microbiology plates.

Students must maintain good hygiene with a neat clean appearance and health problems must be under control.

Essential Functions Form

MLT Application

Admission Requirements

Academic Requirements

  1. Applicant must have on file a completed Central Community College application.
  2. Applicants must present proof of one of the following:
    • ACT scores within the last three years - minimum of 19 in all subcategories
      Or
    • ACCUPLACER, COMPASS or ASSET evaluation within the last three years with the following minimum scores
      ACCUPLACER COMPASS ASSET
      Reading 74 Reading 80 Reading 40
      Sentence Skill 84 Writing 74 Writing 42
      Elementary Algebra 31 Pre-Algebra 48 Numerical 42
  • If the applicant does not have either ACT, ACCUPLACER, or COMPASS/ASSET scores these requirements can be fulfilled by passing the following courses with a minimum of a “C” A 1000 level English course MATH 1130 Elementary Algebra
  • If the applicant has previous college experience they must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.

Non-Academic Requirements

  1. Student must have an admissions interview with either the Program Director or Program Instructor.
  2. Student must be informed of the Essential Functions listed in the Health Sciences Student Handbook - MLT section.
  3. All students must agree to a criminal background check and drug screen.
  4. Student must have the required immunizations or titers completed by the end of the first semester of the program. If the Hepatitis B vaccination series is needed, two of the immunizations are required to be completed by the end of the first semester of the program.
  5. Students must have a flu shot during the first semester of the program.
  6. Students must complete a drug screen during the first semester of the program. 
Mission, Goals and Competencies

MISSION STATEMENT

The Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) program will prepare students for employment in a variety of medical facilities such as medical, clinical, research, and public health laboratories.

VISION STATEMENT

The Medical Laboratory Technician program will be the educational choice for MLT students and employers in Central Nebraska. All graduates will attain the appropriate certification and employment in the clinical laboratory field. The program will exceed the standards set forth by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) (5600 N River Rd., Suite 720, Rosemont, Il 60018-5119, Phone 773-714- 8880)

We value:

  • The use of state-of-the-art equipment in an attractive, safe laboratory environment that is well maintained and reflects a professional working environment.
  • Collaboration with other MLT programs, secondary schools, certified laboratories, and employers.
  • On-going relationships with graduates as life long learners and supporters of the program.

Program Goals and Student Competencies

Program Goals

  1. Achieve and maintain program accreditation.
  2. Actively recruit qualified applicants to the program.
  3. Use state-of-the-art equipment, software, and curriculum in an attractive, safe environment that is well maintained and reflects a professional work environment.
  4. Maintain relationships with clinical sites.
  5. Articulate with four-year institutions.
  6. The Medical Laboratory Technician Program’s curriculum is current and prepares graduates to meet all requirements for the practice of clinical laboratory science and take the Board of Certification exam.
  7. Faculty will demonstrate current knowledge, skills, qualifications, and professional development.
  8. Resources are sufficient to accomplish the Medical Laboratory Technicians program’s purposes.

Student Competencies

Upon completion of the MLT program of study the graduate will be able to:

  1. Differentiate between principles and methodologies used for all major areas commonly used by a modern clinical laboratory:
    • collect, process and analyze biological specimens and other substances.
    • perform analytical tests of body fluids, cells, and other substances.
    • apply problem solving and troubleshooting techniques.
    • utilize information management to report results.
  2. Correlate laboratory results to diagnosis and treatment.
  3. Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct in all forms of communication:
    • demonstrate professional conduct and interpersonal communications skills with patients, laboratory personnel, other health care professionals and with the public.
    • recognize the responsibilities of other laboratory and health care personnel and interact with them with respect for their jobs and patient care.
    • comply with HIPAA, state and federal regulations.
  4. Evaluate principles and practices of quality management:
    • perform and monitor quality control within predetermined limits.
    • apply principles of laboratory safety and regulatory compliance.
  5. Understand the significance of continued professional development.
Policies and Regulations

Sexual Harassment Title IX

Sexual Harassment is any unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favors, or other sexual or genderbased verbal, written, online and/or physical conduct. Sexual harassment creates a hostile environment that has the effect of unreasonably interfering with, denying, or limiting employment opportunities or the ability to participate in or benefit from the College’s educational, social and /or residential programs. Sexual harassment will not be tolerated in the Medical Laboratory Technician program.

For more information on sexual harassment or how to report an incident go to the CCC home page (www.cccneb.edu) and on the right side panel click on “Student Services” and then on “Title IX”.

Background Checks and Drug Screens

All students will have a criminal background check and drug screen performed before they can be granted complete acceptance to the MLT program. After the initial registration, the college will send out the forms necessary to complete the background check and drug screen. Acceptance into the program will be provisional until the results of the background check and drug screen are obtained. The cost of the background check and drug screen will be the responsibility of the student.

Immunizations and Flu Shots

All students will follow the immunization requirements as outlined in the Health Sciences Division Handbook. All students will be completing a phlebotomy rotation during the second semester, therefore proof of all immunizations or titers, as well as proof of a flu shot, will be required before the completion of the first semester.

Laboratory Dress Code

Students will be required to wear scrubs (color does not matter), or street clothes and a laboratory coat every scheduled laboratory day. The shoes must be closed toe and composed of primarily leather or other nonporous material.

Calculator

Students will need to have a scientific calculator capable of performing linear regression, simply being labeled as capable of statistics is not enough. If there are any questions about the calculator, keep the receipts until the instructor can verify it’s acceptability. It is recommended the student purchase a Texas Instrument 36X Pro; this calculator can be found in the campus bookstore.

Insurance

All students in the Health Sciences programs who perform invasive procedures are required to carry liability insurance purchased through the college. The cost is $12 per year and will be assessed with the first semester tuition of each school year.

Attendance

The student is required to attend all class sessions. If unable to attend, the student must notify the instructor prior to the regularly scheduled class time; failure to do so will result in an unexcused absence. One point will be earned for each day the student attends class/lab. An excused absence earns 0.7 points; a tardy, 0.5 points. Students with less than an 85 percent overall attendance record will lose an additional 10 percentage points from their attendance grade.

Cheating

Anyone found passing out test information, bringing test information into the testing area, or copying from another person will receive a failing grade of 50 percent for that evaluation and will not be allowed to retake that material.

Laboratory Behavior

All MLT students will be oriented to safe laboratory practices, failure to follow these rules may result in the student being removed from the laboratory for the day, and the laboratory activity in progress will not be made up. Students will also be expected to develop proper respect for the laboratory as a work environment by keeping their work area neat and clean. This is extremely important in a student laboratory where various groups of students will be using the same space. Failure to dispose of used materials in the appropriate manner, returning equipment and supplies to their proper storage area, and cleaning work surfaces with the proper disinfecting solution will result in points being deducted from the laboratory activity.

Smoking

Smoking is a recognized health hazard and most health care facilities are now adopting policies that prohibit smoking by their employees not only within their facilities but often on the entire campus, i.e. outside exits, in parking lots, etc. The MLT program will reflect this workplace policy by enforcing a no smoking policy while the student is in class or on clinical rotations. Students will not be allowed to use tobacco products during class or at clinical sites. If the student uniform smells of smoke and is offensive to patients or peers, the instructor or clinical site supervisor has the authority to request the student to change into a clean uniform.

Acceptable Grades

All final grades in all courses must be at a 70 percent or “C” level. This includes all MLT courses, core requirement courses, and general education courses. In courses that have a theory and laboratory component, the student must achieve a minimum of 70 percent in both the evaluation and lab portions to be allowed to pass the course. MLT courses may only be repeated once.

Program Advancement in the Medical Lab Technician Program

If the student fails or withdraws from an MLT course, the student will have the opportunity to retake the course one time only and will be placed on an MLT program academic probation. Failure to pass the course when taken for the second time will result in recommendation for academic suspension from the program. The student will not be able to reapply to the MLT program for two years after the academic suspension date. The 10 student may then reapply through the admission process, meet eligibility requirements and will repeat all MLT course work. A subsequent failure in MLT course work will result in recommendation for permanent dismissal from the MLT program with no possibility of re-entry.

Should a student successfully repeat a course then fail or withdraw from a second course this will result in recommendation for permanent dismissal from the MLT program with no possibility of re-entry.

MLT courses are only offered once a year so failing a course will result in the student being unable to complete their program on a two-year schedule.

Policy for Failure of Clinical Rotations

A student failing the Clinical I rotation will be allowed to remain in the program. The program director and the student will utilize the site evaluation to determine what areas need improvement. The following summer the student will be required to complete the Clinical I rotation before starting their Clinical II rotations. This will result in the student being on rotations from May until August. As per program policy, failure of the Clinical I rotation a second time will result in the student being recommended for suspension from the program for two years and would then need to reapply to the program. A student failing a Clinical II rotation will not be allowed to continue in the program. The student is expected to be able to perform with proficiency as an entry level employee. A failure at this point in the program demonstrates a fundamental lack of either technical ability or behavioral ability to allow them to function in the demanding environment of the clinical laboratory. If the student should desire to continue in the program they would need to repeat the entire Medical Laboratory Technician program of study.

Causes for Dismissal

Behavior

All MLT students will be held to the standards of behavior set forth in the CCC student handbook.

HIPAA Violations

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is a federal regulation that dictates all patient information is confidential and limits who has access to that information. Anytime students are in a health care facility, they will be required to follow this regulation. Any student violating this regulation - obtaining or discussing any form of patient information in a non-official capacity, either in the workplace, at school, in public, or on social media will be recommended for immediate dismissal from the clinical site.

The consequences for failure or dismissal from a clinical site are discussed in the Health Sciences Handbook.

Academic

All MLT students will be held to the Standards of Progress found in the CCC College catalog.

Academic Probation and Suspension

In accordance with college policy, students will be required to maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0. If a student falls below a 2.0 they will be placed on academic probation for the following semester; students failing to achieve a CUMULATIVE GPA of 2.0 during the probationary period will be recommended for suspension from the program for a semester. While the student is on suspension they will have academic goals and progress assigned that must be fulfilled before the student will be allowed to request reinstatement to the program. Students that do not fulfill the requirements of their suspension will be recommended for dismissal from the program and will need to reapply.

Due to the MLT course progression, suspension may result in the student being unable to complete their program on a two-year schedule.

Applied Education Assignments

Phlebotomy Rotation

All MLT students will be required to complete a ten hour rotation at a clinical facility to perform phlebotomy on patients.

Clinical Internships

The student will be required to have a clinical experience in an actual work setting during the summer following the first year of study and the summer following the second year of study. The first clinical rotation will generally occur in the month of July and will be four weeks in length with two days of the last week as a post clinical seminar. The second clinical rotations will be held for four weeks in two different sites generally in the months of May and June for a total of eight weeks in length with two days of the last week as a post clinical seminar. The clinicals are required to be completed within the dates set up by the program director.

Certification

All students will be encouraged to take the Board of Certification exam on completion of the entire MLT program of study. The cost of this exam can be found on the American Society for Clinical Pathology web site www.ascp.org, under “Certification”. It will be the responsibility of the student to register for and pay for this exam. Information on how and when to register will be provided by the director during Clinical II Seminar. Graduation from the program is not dependent on the student taking or passing the certification exam.

Clinical Facilities

Columbus Community Hospital
Columbus, NE

Family Practice
Grand Island, NE
Filmore County Hospital
Geneva, NE
Harlan County Health System
Alma, NE
Howard County Community Hospital
St. Paul, NE
Mary Lanning Memorial Hospital
Hastings, NE
Phelps Memorial Health Center
Holdrege, NE
St. Francis Memorial Hospital
West Point, NE

Grand Island Clinic
Grand Island, NE

Beatrice Community Hospital
Beatrice, NE
Memorial Community Health Hospital
Aurora, NE
Nebraska Medical Interanl Medical Associates
Grand Island, NE
Franklin County Memorial Hospital
Franklin, NE
Kearney County Health Services
Minden, NE
St. Mary's Community Hospital
Nebraska City, NE
York Medical Clinic
York, NE
York General Hospital
York, NE
Hastings Internal Medicine
Hastings, NE
Butler County Health Care Center
David City, NE
Lexington Regional Health Center
Lexington, NE
Kearney Clinic
Kearney, NE
Veterans Admin Medical Center
Grand Island, NE
Valley County Hospital
Ord, NE
Boone County Community Hospital
Albion, NE
St. Francis Medical Center
Grand Island, NE
Chase County Community Hospital
Imperial, NE
Litzenberg Memorial County Hospital
Central City, NE
Kearney Regional Medical Center
Kearney, NE
Perkins County Health Services
Grant, NE