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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
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  • Bernardino Madsen
    • Phone: (307) 268-2522
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HEALTH REQUIREMENTS:
You will need to obtain proof of the following health requirements to train in phlebotomy or MLT student laboratory or clinical affiliates:

  • Health Insurance (Private or available through Casper College)
  • Health Provider BLS certification
  • Tuberculosis testing (within the last year)
  • Hepatitis B vaccination (at least the first in the series of three)
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella and Tetanus (vaccination history)
  • Drug Screening and Background check as required by clinical affiliates.

MLTK 1500 Clinical Hematology and Hemostasis (2L,4LB,3CR):
An introductory course in the theoretical principles and procedures of hematology and hemostasis combined with relevant application to clinical laboratory medicine. This course provides background knowledge and opportunities to develop technical competencies for laboratory testing of blood, blood products, coagulation, and anticoagulant therapy. Emphasis is on the formed elements of the blood and components of the coagulation cascade and their correlation with pathophysiology. Prerequisites: BIOL 1000 or BIOL 1010, and MOLB 2210.

  • Outcomes/Objectives:
    1. Distinguish normal and abnormal microscopic characteristics of blood cells through performance of a complete blood count.
    2. Perform manual and automated testing, assess laboratory data and predict the diagnosis of hematological and coagulation disorders and diseases.
    3. Correlate hematological findings with those generated in other areas of the clinical laboratory.
    4. Describe the origin and development of platelets.
    5. Relate platelet structure to physiology and function.
    6. List coagulation factors and describe their function in fibrin formation.
    7. Distinguish modes of action and therapeutic use of anticoagulants.
    8. Associate hemostatic dysfunction with clinical disease.

MLTK 1600 Clinical Immunohematology (2L,4LB,3CR):
Introductory course on the theoretical principles and procedures in immunohematology and serology (immunology) and their application in the medical laboratory. Emphasis is on blood banking procedures and potential problems that may be encountered in blood bank testing relative to antibody identification, compatibility testing, transfusion reactions and maternal/neonatal screening for hemolytic disease of the newborn. Course provides students with lectures and laboratory experience on immunohematology techniques. Prerequisite: BIOL 1000 or BIOL 1010, and MOLB 2210.

  • Outcomes/Objectives:
    1. Evaluate patient specimen for acceptability for analyses.
    2. Differentiate mechanisms of immune response.
    3. Relate immunologic theory to performance of procedures in the blood bank and serology laboratory.
    4. Describe characteristics of common blood group systems, perform and interpret ABO blood grouping and Rh typing and resolve ABO discrepancies.
    5. List the types of component therapy and perform and interpret compatibility testing, antibody identification, prenatal and postnatal testing, with identification of errors and resolution of discrepancies.
    6. Describe appropriate pre- and post-transfusion testing associated with components.
    7. Describe pathophysiology and laboratory investigation of transfusion reactions and hemolytic disease of the newborn.
    8. Describe mechanisms associated with altered immune response.
    9. Discuss principles and procedures associated with tissue transplantation.
    10. Monitor and evaluate quality assurance data, identify errors and formulate plan for corrective action.
    11. Critique patient results and select appropriate follow-up tests.

MLTK 1700 Microscopy: Urinalysis and Body Fluids (1L,4LB,2CR):
A variety of microscopic techniques are demonstrated and the advantages of each discussed. Theory and laboratory practice of routine and specialized procedures in analysis of urine and selected body fluids is presented. Clinical correlation between test results and disease states is emphasized. Prerequisite: BIOL 1000 or BIOL 1010, and MOLB 2210.

  • Outcomes/Objectives:
    1. Compare and contrast various types of microscopic techniques and their application in the clinical laboratory.
    2. Describe the anatomy of the kidney and relate its structure to the process of urine formation.
    3. Perform and interpret urine test results, detect abnormalities, assign a diagnosis and prescribe follow-up testing.
    4. Describe how fluids such as spinal fluid, serous fluid, synovial fluid and amniotic fluid are formed.
    5. Perform body fluid tests and interpret results, detect abnormalities, assign a diagnosis and prescribe follow-up testing.

MLTK 1800 Principles of Phlebotomy (2L,4LB,3CR):
This didactic and laboratory course will introduce the student to the profession and practice of phlebotomy. Course activities and projects provide the student with knowledge and skills necessary to perform a variety of blood collection methods using proper techniques and precautions including: vacuum collection devices, syringes, capillary skin puncture, butterfly needles and blood culture specimen collection on adults, children and infants. Emphasis will be placed on infection prevention, universal precautions, proper patient identification, specimen acquisition, handling, processing, labeling, and quality assurance. Professional conduct, certification and federal regulatory issues will be covered as well.

  • Outcomes/Objectives:
    1. Demonstrate technical and procedural aspects of phlebotomy, laboratory testing, safety and ethical standards of practice.
    2. Explain and apply basic principles of medical terminology, safety measures, universal precautions, infection control and potential sources of error as they relate to standard laboratory operating procedures and quality patient care.
    3. Demonstrate technical skills by following established procedures for collecting and processing biological specimens for analysis.
    4. Recognize unexpected results and instrument malfunction and take appropriate action for resolution.
    5. Calculate, interpret, document quality control data and resolve out of control situations.
    6. Professionally communicate laboratory information to patients, physicians and other authorized sources utilizing a variety of formats which may include, laboratory information systems computer technologies, telecommunications and direct patient conversation.
    7. Demonstrate proficiency in laboratory technical skills through performance and instruction of other laboratory personnel.

MLTK 1970 Phlebotomy Practicum (12LB,3CR):
This clinical laboratory practicum will introduce the student to the profession and practice of phlebotomy. Students will observe and practice phlebotomy skills and job tasks. Emphasis is placed on the application of phlebotomy knowledge and skills necessary to perform a variety of blood collection methods using proper techniques and precautions including: vacuum collection devices, syringes, capillary skin puncture, butterfly needles and blood culture specimen collection on adults, children and infants. Infection prevention, universal precautions, proper patient identification, specimen acquisition, handling, processing, labeling, and quality assurance are essential tasks associated with the profession. Patient confidentiality must be maintained at all times and professional conduct is expected and assessed as part of the student grade.

  • Outcomes/Objectives:
    1. Demonstrate a working comprehension of the technical and procedural aspects of laboratory testing, safety and ethical standards of practice.
    2. Demonstrate technical skills by following established procedures for collecting and processing biological specimens for analysis.
    3. Professionally communicate laboratory information to patients, physicians and other authorized sources utilizing a variety of formats which may
    4. include, laboratory information systems computer technologies, telecommunications and direct patient conversation.
    5. Demonstrate proficiency in laboratory technical skills through performance of venipuncture and microtechnique collection.
    6. Develop and demonstrate professional attitudes, behaviors and practice.

MLTK 2500 Clinical Chemistry (2L,4LB,3CR):
This course provides fundamental theory and principles of clinical chemistry, advanced instrumentation, and techniques used in clinical laboratories, pharmaceutical research and design, and biotechnology. Primary focus will be on student performance of diagnostic testing and its clinical correlation to disease states, preventive medicine and healthcare. Advanced topics in quality assurance, therapeutic drug monitoring and endocrinology will be discussed. Prerequisite: CHEM 1025 and CHEM 1028 or CHEM 1005 and CHEM 1006, MATH 1000 or MATH 1400, and MLTK 1800.

  • Outcomes/Objectives:
    1. Perform, interpret and evaluate patient data and chemistry procedures given the proper procedures, reagents and equipment.
    2. Perform, interpret and evaluate, necessary quality control and calibration procedures related to chemistry procedures given the proper procedures, reagents and equipment.
    3. Perform, interpret, and initiate normal preventative maintenance on chemistry analyzers given the proper procedures, reagents and equipment.
    4. Describe the basic biochemistry, physiology and pathology relevant to the practice of clinical laboratory medicine.
    5. Describe concepts of clinical chemistry, testing methods, and correlate laboratory data with mechanisms of disease processes.
    6. Describe key points of laboratory safety as it applies to clinical chemistry.
    7. Describe various types of instruments, physical chemistry and techniques used in clinical chemistry analysis.
    8. Describe the fundamental principles used in clinical instrument designs.
    9. Compare, contrast and evaluate clinical instrument methodologies.
    10. Describe techniques and statistical procedures that can be use to evaluate clinical data.
    11. Relate the mechanisms and symptoms of toxicity to therapeutic drug monitoring and exposure to toxic substances.
    12. Correlate pharmokinetics to therapeutic drug monitoring.
    13. Describe the biologic function of trace elements and vitamins and relate clinical findings to conditions associated with decreased or increased levels.
    14. Correlate laboratory detection of tumor markers with cancers and metastatic disease.

MLTK 2600 Clinical Microbiology (1L,4LB,2CR):
Concentrated laboratory instruction in clinical microbiology including methods for recovery, identification of pathogens, culture techniques, procedures, antibiotic testing and interpretation of clinical data. Emphasis is on clinical specimens, testing algorithms and data correlation including diagnosis, public health, and quality control. This course provides the essential overview of information and technical competencies needed for the clinical experience for medical laboratory technician majors. Prerequisite: MOLB 2220.

  • Outcomes/Objectives:
    1. Evaluate patient specimen acceptability for analysis.
    2. Correlate clinical signs and symptoms associated with diseases caused by bacterial pathogens.
    3. Distinguish between normal flora and pathogenic organisms based upon colony characteristics.
    4. Monitor and evaluate quality assurance data, identify errors and formulate plan for corrective action.
    5. Characterize key microscopic and macroscopic features of bacterial pathogens.
    6. Perform and interpret various staining techniques.
    7. Justify appropriate media for the cultivation of pathogens.
    8. Compare and contrast clinical laboratory procedures, interpret data and predict the pathogen isolated.
    9. Compare different antibiotic susceptibility test methods, interpret results of antimicrobial susceptibility tests and correlate with patient therapy.
    10. Analyze unknown pathogens, select appropriate test methods, interpret results, and report out identification.
    11. Critique patient results and select appropriate follow-up tests.

MLTK 2700 Immunology (3L,2LB,4CR):
Advanced biology course of immune systems: cellular and molecular mechanisms; host resistance to infectious agents; as well, as hypersensitivities, autoimmunity, tumor and tissue rejection. Includes laboratory for molecular and immunological techniques. Prerequisite: MOLB 2220, or permission of the instructor.

  • Outcomes/Objectives:
    1. Describe components of the immune system, their functional interactions and physiology as it relates to immunity, disease states and disorders.
    2. Perform immunology, serology and molecular assays using a variety of techniques, evaluate clinical data, interpret results, and correlate abnormal results with disease states.
    3. Monitor and evaluate quality assurance data, identify errors and formulate plan for corrective action.
    4. Evaluate patient specimen acceptability for serological analysis.
    5. Operate clinical instruments, evaluate results, identify errors and resolve malfunctions.
    6. Critique patient results and select appropriate follow-up tests.
    7. Compare and contrast clinical laboratory procedures, interpret data and predict diagnosis.
    8. Compare and contrast immunoassays, including dual-platform instrumentation for chemical and immuno- based assays.
    9. Explain the use of the Southern transfer and hybridization techniques in the application of DNA fingerprinting and human genomic identity testing.
    10. Analyze and interpret restriction fragment polymorphism patterns and relate these to paternity and crime scene investigations.
    11. Describe and evaluate types of target sequences (DNA, mRNA, tRNA, rRNA).
    12. Describe the amplification process of PCR including:
      1. Basic steps of an amplification process
      2. Principles of the methodology
      3. List and describe the function PCR components in the reaction mix
    13. Explain the application of PCR to STR testing.

MLTK 2800 Clinical Pathophysiology (4L,4CR):
Advanced topics in clinical chemistry, microbiology, immunohematology, serology, hematology, laboratory management, professional development and laboratory regulatory issues. Students are presented with clinical scenarios for evaluation, interpretation, development of decision-making strategies and resolution. Clinical cases involve advanced principles of clinical laboratory medicine and management. Prerequisite: MLTK 1500, MLTK 1600, MLTK 1700, MLTK 2500, MLTK 2600, and MLTK 2700.

  • Outcomes/Objectives:
    1. Evaluate case histories to identify significant data that focuses on the dilemma or patient illness.
    2. Gather resource information for the development of a follow-up or confirmatory testing algorithms, differential diagnosis, clinical correlation and prognosis.
    3. Based upon clinical scenarios or dilemma, develop decision-making strategies that lead to conflict resolution or implementation of a management plan to improve laboratory effectiveness.
    4. Evaluate and incorporate considerations of laboratory resources, instrumentation, personnel and Federal regulations in predicting laboratory trends and changes.

MLTK 2971 Clinical Practicum: Hematology (40 hours,2CR):
This is an advanced course and clinical laboratory experience in the principles and procedures of hematology. It is an on-line supported, off-campus clinical laboratory experience taught by clinical faculty. Emphasis is on the application of knowledge and technical skills to clinical testing, methodology, instrumentation, quality control, correlation of laboratory data with pathophysiology, OSHA practices and medical laboratory technician professionalism are included. Prerequisite: MLTK 1500, 1600, 1700, 2500, 2600 and 2700. Access to computer technology and internet services.

  • Outcomes/Objectives:
    1. Evaluate patient specimen as acceptability for analyses.
    2. Report patient results according to established department protocol.
    3. Correlate patient results with patient’s condition.
    4. Perform and interpret various laboratory procedures.
    5. Operate clinical instruments, evaluate results, identify errors and resolve malfunctions.
    6. Monitor and evaluate quality assurance data, identify errors and formulate plan for corrective action.
    7. Critique patient results and select appropriate follow-up tests.
    8. Professionally communicate laboratory information to patients, physicians and other authorized sources utilizing a variety of formats which may include, laboratory information systems computer technologies, telecommunications and direct patient conversation.
    9. Develop and demonstrate professional attitudes, behaviors and practice.
    10. Student will follow OSHA safety precautions while performing laboratory duties.

MLTK 2972 Clinical Practicum: Chemistry (40 hours,2CR):
This is an advanced course and clinical laboratory experience in the principles and procedures of clinical chemistry. It is an on-line supported, off-campus clinical laboratory experience taught by clinical faculty. Emphasis is on the application of knowledge and technical skills to clinical testing, methodology, instrumentation, quality control, correlation of laboratory data with pathophysiology, OSHA practices and medical laboratory technician professionalism are included. Prerequisite: MLTK 1500, 1600, 1700, 2500, 2600 and 2700. Access to computer technology and internet services.

  • Outcomes/Objectives:
    1. Evaluate patient specimen as acceptability for analyses.
    2. Report patient results according to established department protocol.
    3. Correlate patient results with patient’s condition.
    4. Perform and interpret various laboratory procedures.
    5. Operate clinical instruments, evaluate results, identify errors and resolve malfunctions.
    6. Monitor and evaluate quality assurance data, identify errors and formulate plan for corrective action.
    7. Critique patient results and select appropriate follow-up tests.
    8. Professionally communicate laboratory information to patients, physicians and other authorized sources utilizing a variety of formats which may include, laboratory information systems computer technologies, telecommunications and direct patient conversation.
    9. Develop and demonstrate professional attitudes, behaviors and practice.
    10. Student will follow OSHA safety precautions while performing laboratory duties.

MLTK 2973 Clinical Practicum: Immunohematology (40 hours,2CR):
This is an advanced course and clinical laboratory experience in the principles and procedures of immunohematology. It is an on-line supported, off-campus clinical laboratory experience taught by clinical faculty. Emphasis is on the application of knowledge and technical skills to clinical testing, methodology, instrumentation, quality control, correlation of laboratory data with pathophysiology, OSHA practices and medical laboratory technician professionalism are included. Prerequisite: MLTK 1500, 1600, 1700, 2500, 2600 and 2700. Access to computer technology and internet services.

  • Outcomes/Objectives:
    1. Evaluate patient specimen as acceptability for analyses.
    2. Report patient results according to established department protocol.
    3. Correlate patient results with patient’s condition.
    4. Perform and interpret various laboratory procedures.
    5. Operate clinical instruments, evaluate results, identify errors and resolve malfunctions.
    6. Monitor and evaluate quality assurance data, identify errors and formulate plan for corrective action.
    7. Critique patient results and select appropriate follow-up tests.
    8. Professionally communicate laboratory information to patients, physicians and other authorized sources utilizing a variety of formats which may include, laboratory information systems computer technologies, telecommunications and direct patient conversation.
    9. Develop and demonstrate professional attitudes, behaviors and practice.
    10. Student will follow OSHA safety precautions while performing laboratory duties.

MLTK 2974 Clinical Practicum: Microbiology (40 hours,2CR):
This is an advanced course and clinical laboratory experience in the principles and procedures of clinical microbiology. It is an on-line supported, off-campus clinical laboratory experience taught by clinical faculty. Emphasis is on the application of knowledge and technical skills to clinical testing, methodology, instrumentation, quality control, correlation of laboratory data with pathophysiology, OSHA practices and medical laboratory technician professionalism are included. Prerequisite: MLTK 1500, 1600, 1700, 2500, 2600 and 2700. Access to computer technology and internets services.

  • Outcomes/Objectives:
    1. Evaluate patient specimen as acceptability for analyses.
    2. Report patient results according to established department protocol.
    3. Correlate patient results with patient’s condition.
    4. Perform and interpret various laboratory procedures.
    5. Operate clinical instruments, evaluate results, identify errors and resolve malfunctions.
    6. Monitor and evaluate quality assurance data, identify errors and formulate plan for corrective action.
    7. Critique patient results and select appropriate follow-up tests.
    8. Professionally communicate laboratory information to patients, physicians and other authorized sources utilizing a variety of formats which may include, laboratory information systems computer technologies, telecommunications and direct patient conversation.
    9. Develop and demonstrate professional attitudes, behaviors and practice.
    10. Student will follow OSHA safety precautions while performing laboratory duties.

MLTK 2976 Clinical Practicum: Serology (40 hours,2CR):
This is an advanced course and clinical laboratory experience in the principles and procedures of serology. It is an on-line supported, off-campus clinical laboratory experience taught by clinical faculty. Emphasis is on the application of knowledge and technical skills to clinical testing, methodology, instrumentation, quality control, correlation of laboratory data with pathophysiology, OSHA practices and medical laboratory technician professionalism are included. Prerequisites: MLTK 1500, 1600, 1700, 2500, 2600 and 2700. Access to computer technology and internet services.

  • Outcomes/Objectives:
    1. Evaluate patient specimen as acceptability for analyses.
    2. Report patient results according to established department protocol.
    3. Correlate patient results with patient’s condition.
    4. Perform and interpret various laboratory procedures.
    5. Operate clinical instruments, evaluate results, identify errors and resolve malfunctions.
    6. Monitor and evaluate quality assurance data, identify errors and formulate plan for corrective action.
    7. Critique patient results and select appropriate follow-up tests.
    8. Professionally communicate laboratory information to patients, physicians and other authorized sources utilizing a variety of formats which may include, laboratory information systems computer technologies, telecommunications and direct patient conversation.
    9. Develop and demonstrate professional attitudes, behaviors and practice.
    10. Student will follow OSHA safety precautions while performing laboratory duties.

MLTK 2977 Clinical Practicum: Urinalysis and Body Fluids (40 hours,2CR):
This is an advanced course and clinical laboratory experience in the principles and procedures of urinalysis and body fluid analysis. It is an on-line supported, off-campus clinical laboratory experience taught by clinical faculty. Emphasis is on the application of knowledge and technical skills to clinical testing, methodology, instrumentation, quality control, correlation of laboratory data with pathophysiology, OSHA practices and medical laboratory technician professionalism are included. Prerequisite: MLTK 1500, 1600, 1700, 2500, 2600 and 2700. Access to computer technology and internet services.

  • Outcomes/Objectives:
    1. Evaluate patient specimen as acceptability for analyses.
    2. Report patient results according to established department protocol.
    3. Correlate patient results with patient’s condition.
    4. Perform and interpret various laboratory procedures.
    5. Operate clinical instruments, evaluate results, identify errors and resolve malfunctions.
    6. Monitor and evaluate quality assurance data, identify errors and formulate plan for corrective action.
    7. Critique patient results and select appropriate follow-up tests.
    8. Professionally communicate laboratory information to patients, physicians and other authorized sources utilizing a variety of formats which may include, laboratory information systems computer technologies, telecommunications and direct patient conversation.
    9. Develop and demonstrate professional attitudes, behaviors and practice.
    10. Student will follow OSHA safety precautions while performing laboratory duties.

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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