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Med Lab Tech studentThe primary mission of the Casper College Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) program is student success and growth as technical professionals in clinical laboratory science. The MLT Program offers academic and vocational training in specialized laboratory skills and applied theory, as complementary programming for life, physical and allied health sciences.

The program curriculum emphasizes technical competence and proficiency skills in areas of the clinical laboratory, as specified by national certifying agencies and employment practices. The program provides a career laddering approach in curriculum design and educational experiences to expedite student learning, comprehension, mastery and entry into healthcare professions.

The MLT Program faculty serve the students, community and health care profession at large. Therefore, faculty appropriately emphasize quality classroom instruction, student advising, and complementary activities in education that serve to promote student growth as laboratory professionals.

Contact Information:    
Dr. Audrey Hentzen
Program Director
(307) 268-2632
LS 111
       
  • Dr. Audrey Hentzen
    • Phone: (307) 268-2632
    • Office: LS 111
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  • Bernardino Madsen
    • Phone: (307) 268-2522
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Graduates of the program must possess appropriate knowledge, skills and attributes to become competent practitioners. Additionally, students must be empowered with life long learning skills that allow for their adaptation to changing technologies and new professional roles. The MLT program would provide training opportunities that encourage and practice the utilization of these skills to promote student success at the entry level profession with emphasis on their continual growth and career advancement.

Program Goals:

  • Provide quality learning and training opportunities in all areas of the clinical laboratory to build student skills, proficiency and competency.
  • Provide appropriate levels of academic and laboratory training for students as they progress through the program.
  • Include clinical, simulated or on-line laboratory experiences to promote adaptability of graduates to new technologies, responsibilities and career opportunities.
  • Incorporate clinical experiences to provide students with marketable skills.
  • Monitor the job market and appropriately counsel students for competitive employment.
  • Provide graduates that can successfully complete appropriate certification exams and who are competitive in securing future employment.
  • Provide the opportunity for certified MLT graduates to obtain baccalaureate degrees that build on their associate degree.
  • Periodically undergo program review to meet the diverse educational needs of students, accreditation standards and industry demands for qualified, skilled practitioners.
  • Promote membership and active participation in professional societies.
  • Establish an advisory board of professionals for program development, evaluation and improvement.

MLT Entry-level Competencies
The educational experiences in the Casper College MLT program are designed to ensure that students are well prepared to enter the profession as a Medical Laboratory Technician, and have the ability to continue their learning throughout their professional career.

At the completion of the Casper College MLT program, students will be able to function as medical laboratory technicians who are competent in:

  • collecting, processing, and analyzing biological specimens and other substances;
  • performing analytical tests of body fluids, cells, and other substances;
  • recognizing factors that affect procedures and results, and taking appropriate actions within predetermined limits when corrections are indicated;
  • performing and monitoring quality control within predetermined limits;
  • performing preventive and corrective maintenance of equipment and instruments or referring to appropriate sources for repairs;
  • applying principles of safety;
  • demonstrating professional conduct and interpersonal communication skills with patients, laboratory personnel, other health care professionals, and with the public;
  • recognizing the responsibilities of other laboratory and health care personnel and interacting with them with respect for their jobs and patient care;
  • applying basic scientific principles in learning to new techniques and procedures;
  • relating laboratory findings to common disease processes, and
  • establishing and maintaining continuing education as a function of growth and maintenance of professional competence.

These are the physical abilities that a student must be able to perform to be successful throughout the program curriculum and the profession.

Essential Observational Requirements:

The MLT student must be able to:

  • Observe laboratory demonstrations in which biologicals are tested for their biochemical, hematological, immunological, microbiological, and histochemical components.
  • Characterize the color, odor, clarity, and viscosity of biologicals, reagents or chemical reaction products. Employ a clinical grade binocular microscope to discriminate among the structural and color (hue, shading, and intensity) differences of microscopic specimens.
  • Read and comprehend text, numbers, and graphs displayed in print and on a video monitor.

Essential Movement Requirements:

The MLT student must be able to:

  • Move freely and safely about a laboratory.
  • Reach laboratory bench-tops and shelves, patients lying in hospital beds or patients seated in specimen collection furniture.
  • Travel to numerous clinical laboratory sites for practical experience.
  • Perform moderately taxing continuous physical work, often requiring prolonged sitting, over several hours.
  • Maneuver phlebotomy and culture acquisition equipment to safely collect valid laboratory specimens from patients.
  • Control laboratory equipment (i.e., pipettes, inoculating loops, test tubes) and adjust instruments to perform laboratory procedures.
  • Use an electronic keyboard to operate laboratory instruments and to calculate, record, evaluate, and transmit laboratory information .

Essential Communication Requirements:

The MLT student must be able to:

  • Read and comprehend technical and professional materials.
  • Follow verbal and written instructions in order to correctly and independently perform laboratory test procedures.
  • Clearly instruct patients prior to specimen collection.
  • Effectively, confidentially and sensitively converse with patients regarding laboratory tests.
  • Communicate with faculty members, fellow students, staff, and other health care professionals verbally and in a recorded format.
  • Independently prepare papers, prepare laboratory reports, and take paper, computer, and laboratory practical examinations.

Essential Intellectual Requirements for the Medical Laboratory Technology Program:

The MLT student must be able to:

  • Possess these intellectual skills: comprehension, measurement, mathematical calculation, reasoning, integration, analysis, comparison, self-expression, and criticism.
  • Be able to exercise sufficient judgment to recognize and correct performance.

Essential Behavioral Requirements:

The MLT student must:

  • Be able to manage the use of time and be able to systematize actions in order to complete professional and technical tasks within realistic constraints.
  • Possess the emotional health necessary to effectively employ intellect and exercise appropriate judgment.
  • Be able to provide professional and technical services while experiencing the stresses of task-related uncertainty and a distracting environment.
  • Be flexible and creative and adapt to professional and technical change.
  • Recognize potentially hazardous materials, equipment, and situation and proceed safely in order to minimize risk of injury to patients, self, and nearby individuals.
  • Adapt to working with unpleasant biologicals.
  • Support and promote the activities of fellow students and of health care professionals.
  • Realize that the promotion of peers helps furnish a team approach to learning, task completion, problem solving and patient care.
  • Be honest, compassionate, ethical and responsible.

The student must be forthright about errors or uncertainty.  The student must be able to critically evaluate his or her own performance, accept constructive criticism, and look for ways to improve.  The student must be able to evaluate the performance of fellow students and tactfully offer constructive comments.

Accreditation

Accreditation for the Casper College MLT was received in 2007, showing that program curriculum and educational experiences meet National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) for Medical Laboratory Technician/Clinical Laboratory Technician educational standards. Accreditation is a process of external peer review in which an agency grants public recognition to a program of study or an institution that meets established qualifications and educational standards. Participation in the accreditation process is voluntary since there is not a legal requirement for specialized programs and institutions to participate. However, when students complete a NAACLS accredited program they become eligible to sit for national certification examinations for the profession.

The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) is a nonprofit organization that independently accredits medical technologist (MLS), clinical laboratory technician/medical laboratory technician (CLT/MLT), histotechnologist (HTL), histologic technician (HT), pathologists’ assistant (Path Asst), diagnostic molecular scientist (DMS) and cytogenetic technology (CT) educational programs.

Contact information:

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
5600 North River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
http://www.naacls.org

Professional Societies

Clinical laboratory science societies are organizations that are made up of professional members who are practitioners. They provide leadership and promote the profession, practice and advancement of the clinical laboratory science role in health care.

Contact information:

  • American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science
    2025 M Street NW, Suite 800
    Washington, DC 20036
    202.367.11743
    http://www.ascls.org

  • American Medical Technologists
    10700 West Higgins, Suite 150
    Rosemont, IL 60018
    800.275.1268
    http://www.amt1.com

  • American Association of Bioanalysts
    906 Olive Street, Suite 1200
    St. Louis, MO 63101-1
    314.241.1445
    http://www.aab.org

Certification


Certification is evidence that an individual has demonstrated proficiency in a particular area of practice. There are a variety of national certifications available for Phlebotomy and Medical Laboratory Technician that are recognized by hospitals and laboratories throughout the US. These certifications also meet Federal guidelines for clinical personnel. Additionally, some States require licensure for practice and certification is often part of the licensure application and eligibility.

Contact information:

  • American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP)
    2100 West Harrison Street
    Chicago IL 60612
    312.738.1336
    http://www.ascp.org
  • American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians (ASPT)
    P.O. Box 1831
    Hickory, NC 28603
    Phone: (828) 294-0078
    http://www.aspt.org

  • American Medical Technologists (AMT)
    710 Higgins Road
    Park Ridge, IL 60068
    800.275.1268
    http://www.amt1.com

  • American Association of Bioanalysts
    906 Olive Street, Suite 1200
    St. Louis, MO 63101-1
    314.241.1445
    http://www.aab.org

Licensure

A license is a documented permit, issued by a government agency, either municipal or state, that grants the bearer permission to perform a particular service or procedure.

Often, the applicant must:

  • Meet educational and experience requirements set by the agency.
  • Show national certification.
  • Show continuing education.

The State of Wyoming does not require a license to perform phlebotomy or medical laboratory testing. However, hospitals and laboratories are under Federal guidelines for clinical personnel (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act of 1988) which require MLT or MLS certification to perform human tests.

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