Medical Laboratory Technology

Higher Education Center at National City

Dean: Christine M. Perri, M.A.

Director: Deanna Reinacher, Ed.M., CLS, MT (ASCP)

School/Department Location: www.swccd.edu/hecnclocation

Office: 7116, (619) 216-6668

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/NbVD4ovHYGB2

General Description

A medical laboratory technician performs routine clinical laboratory testing procedures to provide scientific information needed in diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of disease. Technicians use sophisticated instrumentation for these evaluations which encompass quantitative and qualitative chemical and biological analyses of body fluid specimens. Technicians function under the supervision of a qualified practitioner.

The program prepares students for a career in Medical Laboratory Technology through the studies in humanities, social and natural sciences, and the field of Medical Laboratory Technology. Emphasis is placed on the clinical practice in the context of laboratory medicine. Graduates are eligible to take a nationally recognized certification examination.

Career Options

A Medical Laboratory Technician's (MLT) responsibilities will vary according to the size of the institution for which they are employed and the extent of services it offers. This work may include:

  • Performing routine tests in the medical laboratory for use in prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and management of disease.
  • Collecting specimens, cultivating, isolating, and identifying micro-organisms for analysis.
  • Using sophisticated biomedical instruments to generate accurate and reliable test results.
  • Performing medical research to further control and cure diseases.

Program Goals

  • To produce graduates eligible to take nationally recognized certification examination.
  • To facilitate and foster the values necessary to practice laboratory medicine within the ethical and legal framework of the profession and the community.
  • To produce students who exhibit professional behavior consistent with current academic and professional standards.
  • To develop students who can analyze, interpret and perform laboratory tests proficiently.
  • To help students acquire and strengthen problem solving and critical thinking skills.
  • To provide graduates with the skills necessary to secure entry-level employment as a medical laboratory technician.
  • To assist students in performing all necessary duties in a safe environment utilizing all the latest techniques in the laboratory arena.
  • To produce students who have the knowledge and respect needed to safely deal with hazardous materials.
  • To develop positive student attitudes for the pursuit of lifelong professional growth and development.
Degree/Certificate Options Major Code
Associate in Science Degree: Career/Technical
Medical Laboratory Technician 02385

Consult with a counselor to develop a Student Education Plan (SEP), which lists the courses necessary to achieve your academic goal.

MLT 79

MLT CERTIFICATION/LICENSURE EXAMINATION PREPARATION

2 UNITS

Grade Only

Limitation on Enrollment: Currently enrolled MLT students or graduates of an accredited MLT program.

Lecture 2 hours

Offered: ALL

Provides students with concepts and techniques necessary to pass the national American Society for Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) examination as well as the California state license examination. Focuses on the application of critical thinking and emphasizes theory of laboratory concepts. [ND]

MLT 80

INTRODUCTION TO THE CLINICAL LABORATORY PROFESSION

2 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Corequisite: MLT 90, MLT 100, MLT 110, and MLT 132.

Lecture 1.50 hour, laboratory 2 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces functions and duties of a Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT). Emphasizes clinical laboratory safety issues, laboratory equipment, basic laboratory techniques, basic laboratory mathematics, regulatory agencies, and professional responsibilities relative to other departments of health care. [D]

MLT 90

CLINICAL URINALYSIS AND BODY FLUIDS

1 UNIT

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Corequisite: MLT 80, 90L, 100, 110, and 132.

Lecture 1 hour

Offered: ALL

Introduces various properties and constituents of urine and body fluids via "on hands" learning. Emphasizes interpretation and handling of urine and body fluid specimens. Includes examination of urine and body fluids physically, chemically and microscopically, and compares these clinical values to health and disease. [D]

MLT 90L

CLINICAL URINALYSIS AND BODY FLUIDS LAB ORATORY

0.5 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Corequisite: MLT 90.

Laboratory 2 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces various techniques and safety procedures in clinical urinalysis. Emphasizes examination of urine and body fluids. [D]

MLT 100

CLINICAL HEMATOLOGY

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Corequisite: MLT 80, MLT 90, MLT 100L, MLT 110, and MLT 132.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces the origin of the various types of blood cells and homeostatic process. Includes human hematological disorders and classification based on clinical laboratory findings. [D; CSU]

MLT 100L

CLINICAL HEMATOLOGY LABORATORY

1 UNIT

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Corequisite: MLT 100.

Laboratory 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces various techniques and safety procedures used in the clinical hematology laboratory. Emphasizes morphology, the identification of common human blood cells, platelet function tests, and intrinsic and extrinsic clotting pathway testing. [D; CSU]

MLT 102

CLINICAL HEMATOLOGY, COAGULATION, URINA LYSIS AND BODY FLUIDS

5 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Prerequisite: MLT 90, MLT 90L, MLT 100, MLT 100L, MLT 132, and MLT 132L, or equivalent.

Corequisite: MLT 111, and MLT 120.

Laboratory 15 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces entry-level clinical laboratory practice and experience in the department of hematology, urinalysis, coagulation and body fluids. Emphasizes technique, accuracy, and precision. [D; CSU]

MLT 110

CLINICAL CHEMISTRY I

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Corequisite: MLT 80, MLT 90, MLT 100, MLT 110L, and MLT 132.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Provides theoretical, fundamental, basic instrumentation methodologies, and includes practical concepts associated with testing procedures used in the clinical chemistry laboratory. Includes important characteristics and relevance of electrolytes and trace metals including their relationship to acid base balance. [D; CSU]

MLT 110L

CLINICAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY

1 UNIT

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Corequisite: MLT 110.

Laboratory 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces general laboratory principles and specific basic instrumentation methodologies used in clinical chemistry analysis. Reviews laboratory math and a reintroduction to quality control and quality assurance. Emphasizes variables of the preanalytical phase, characteristics important to quality lab technique, and safety. [D; CSU]

MLT 111

CLINICAL CHEMISTRY II

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Prerequisite: MLT 110 and MLT 110L, or equivalent.

Corequisite: MLT 102, MLT 111L, and MLT 120.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces the relationships between the endocrine system and analytes assayed in the clinical laboratory, including tumor markers, therapeutic drugs, and toxicology. Emphasizes liver, kidney, pancreatic function and vitamins assayed with test results, and comparison with states of health and disease. Includes function and laboratory analysis of various body fluids. [D; CSU]

MLT 111L

CLINICAL CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY

1 UNIT

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Corequisite: MLT 111.

Laboratory 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces the endocrine system, therapeutic drug assays and compounds, and other clinical chemistry tests specific to special chemistry department. Emphasizes the automated instrumentation which will include quality control review, maintenance, and clinical operation. [D; CSU]

MLT 112

CLINICAL CHEMISTRY PRACTICUM

4 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Prerequisite: MLT 111 and MLT 111L or equivalent.

Corequisite: MLT 130.

Laboratory 12 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces entry-level clinical laboratory practice and experience in the department of general and special chemistry. Emphasizes technique, accuracy, and precision. Includes instrumentation bench and manual methods. [D; CSU]

MLT 120

CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Prerequisite: MLT 90 and MLT 90L, or equivalent.

Corequisite: MLT 102, MLT 111, and MLT 120L.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces micro-organisms of medical microbiology with emphasis on the characteristics of clinically significant micro-organisms and their biochemical profile, media for isolation, and identification methods for selected pathogens. Emphasizes identification methods, theories, and techniques used in basic bacteriology, parasitology, virology, and mycology. [D; CSU]

MLT 120L

CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY LABORATORY

1 UNIT

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Corequisite: MLT 120.

Laboratory 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces various techniques and safety procedures in clinical microbiology. Emphasizes morphology and identification of common pathogenic organisms. [D; CSU]

MLT 121

CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY PRACTICUM

5 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Prerequisite: MLT 120 and MLT 120L, or equivalent.

Corequisite: MLT 131.

Laboratory 15 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces clinical laboratory practice and experience in the department of microbiology. Emphasizes technique, accuracy, and precision. Includes instrumentation as well as bench and manual methods. [D; CSU]

MLT 130

CLINICAL IMMUNOHEMATOLOGY

3 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Prerequisite: MLT 100, MLT 100L, MLT 132, and MLT 132L, or equivalent.

Corequisite: MLT 112 and MLT 130L.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces basic genetics, blood collection and preservation, blood group antigens and routine blood bank procedures. Includes transfusion safety and federal regulatory requirements. Compatibility testing and antibody identification are emphasized. [D; CSU]

MLT 130L

CLINICAL IMMUNOHEMATOLOGY LAB

1 UNIT

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Corequisite: MLT 130.

Laboratory 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces the various techniques and safety procedures used in clinical blood bank laboratory. Emphasizes immunohematology procedures and techniques to measure analytes qualitatively and quantitatively. [D; CSU]

MLT 131

CLINICAL IMMUNOLOGY AND IMMUNOHEMATOLOG Y PRACTICUM

4 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Prerequisite: MLT 130, MLT 130L, MLT 132, and MLT 132L, or equivalent.

Corequisite: MLT 121.

Laboratory 12 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces clinical laboratory practice and experience in the department of serology and blood banking. Emphasizes technique, accuracy, and precision. Includes the introduction of different instrumentation as well as bench and manual methods. [D; CSU]

MLT 132

CLINICAL IMMUNOLOGY

1 UNIT

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Corequisite: MLT 80, MLT 90, MLT 100, MLT 110, and MLT 132L.

Lecture 1 hour

Offered: ALL

Introduces the science of immunology and serology through the study of theories and processes related to natural body defenses. Includes the immune response and principles of antigen-antibody reactions. [D; CSU]

MLT 132L

CLINICAL IMMUNOLOGY LABORATORY

0.5 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Corequisite: MLT 132.

Laboratory 2 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces the various techniques and safety procedures used in the clinical serology laboratory. Emphasizes serological procedures and techniques to measure analytes qualitatively and quantitatively. [D; CSU]

MLT 299

INDEPENDENT STUDY

1-3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Limitation on Enrollment: Eligibility for independent study.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Individual study or research in some area of medical laboratory technology of particular interest to the student and not included in regular courses of the College. [D; CSU; **UC] (**UC Limitation: credit for variable topics courses is given only after a review of the scope and content of the courses by the enrolling UC campus.)