Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

White, Melissa

Associate Professor, Medical Laboratory Technology
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Program Purpose: 

The Medical Laboratory Technology program provides education and training for students to become Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLTs). MLTs perform a variety of laboratory tests in blood banking, chemistry, hematology, immunology, microbiology and urinalysis.

The two-year Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) Program is nationally accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). In addition to offering a general studies and a laboratory based general science curriculum, the program is also designed to provide students with 43 credit hours of required MLT lecture and laboratory courses, which are integrated with a hospital or clinic based practicum experience. A current list of clinical agencies affiliated with the program can be obtained from the MLT Clinical Education Coordinator. Please note that students must pass a criminal background clearance, meet health requirements and essential functions, and provide their own transportation to assigned clinical sites.

CURRENT FULL-TIME PROGRAM FACULTY

Sherri Craddock (2017) Associate Professor, Erika Rush (2018) Assistant Professor, Michael Waide (2012) Professor, and Melissa White (2013) Associate Professor

Student Learning Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the A.A.S. degree in Medical Laboratory Technology, graduates will be able to do the following:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of and competence in performing test methodologies and assume responsibility to safely perform modern clinical laboratory tasks expected of an entry level MLT/CLT
  • Differentiate between normal and abnormal laboratory test results and correlate laboratory findings to common disease processes and assay variability
  • Communicate verbally and nonverbally with the patient, physicians, health care delivery personnel and peer in an effective, appropriate and capable manner
  • Demonstrate professional behavior that reflects appropriate responsibility and professional standards that are legal, confidential, ethical and safe.
Opportunities: 

Education Opportunities

Graduates of the MLT program are eligible and encouraged to take a national certification exam; becoming a nationally certified MLT will greatly enhance a graduate’s marketability.  MLT program graduates may work in a variety of settings. They are employed by hospitals, clinics, physician office laboratories, reference laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, research laboratories, veterinary laboratories, public health facilities, and business and industry. The A.A.S. degree in Medical Laboratory Technology is quite versatile. Graduates of the program may choose to continue their education and earn a Baccalaureate degree in Allied Health Administration, Biology, or even Business. Some graduates choose to become a Medical Technologist, which requires a Baccalaureate degree and having two years of clinical laboratory experience or graduating from a NAACLS accredited program in Medical Technology.

Granting of the degree is not contingent upon passing an external certification or licensure examination.  Passing an external exam is not required for graduation from the MLT program.

Graduates may also continue in higher education earning a Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree in Medical Technology, Allied Health, Education or a related field. Some graduates even pursue medical school or doctoral studies.

Employment Opportunities

Medical Laboratory Technicians work in a variety of settings. They are employed by hospitals, physician office laboratories, reference laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, research laboratories, veterinary laboratories, clinics, public health facilities, and business and industry. In their 2013 wage survey, the American Society for Clinical Pathology, (ASCP) found that the average annual salary for medical laboratory technicians in the United States ranged from 42,619 (20.49 per hour) for staff to 47,008 (22.60 per hour) for supervisors.

There is a national shortage of well trained and qualified laboratory professionals. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts there will be a 30% growth rate in jobs for Medical Laboratory Technicians and from 2012-2022, 47,900 job openings due to growth and replacement needs in the field.

2020 Pierpont MLT data for NAACLS outcome measures:

 

Graduation Year

Graduation Rate (Students in program beginning the second year of study)

ASCP (BOC) Certification Pass Rates

Placement Rates (# of graduates who found employment in the field and/or continued their education within one year)

2017

80%

100%

100%

2018

90%

89%

89%

2019

100%

86%

100%

2020

100%

*

*

3 yr average

96%

93%

97%

NAACLS benchmark

70%

75%

70%

 

*incomplete data

 

Program Specific Admission Requirements: 
Admission into the Medical Laboratory Technology, A.A.S. program is based upon the following criteria:
 
1. Apply to Pierpont Community and Technical College for the term you want to begin the program and meet the general admission requirements or be a current student
       a. First-time students should select "Health Sciences: Medical Laboratory Technology" as their educational goal on their application.
2. Complete the MLT application ($20 fee). Applications and supporting documentation are due to the Admission's Office by March 1. Applicants who are not admitted must reapply if they wish to be considered for the next academic year.
3. Submit all required documents (Official ACT or SAT scores; High School Equivalency Exam or high school transcripts; and any college transcripts to the Admission's Office) to the Admission's Office prior to the MLT application deadline.
4. Have a high school and/or college GPA of 2.0 or better or passing score on High School Equivalency Exam.
5. Successfully completed courses in Biology, Chemistry, and Algebra in high school or college

Qualified students are accepted until capacity is met.
 
*Students can begin the program in the fall semester.
 
An impartial scoring system based on the required academic coursework is employed to rank the MLT applicants. If class capacity remains after admitting all eligible MLT applicants, interested students who have missed the deadline (or do not yet meet eligibility requirements) may still register for the first semester of MLT coursework for the following fall semester and apply to the program during the fall semester to be considered an Alternate. MLT faculty will review all Alternate's submission after the fall grades are recorded. Alternates will be selected based on program GPA and grades of "C" or higher in all 16 credits of first semester MLT courses. Those students who qualify for Alternate status will be considered for admission only after full consideration has been given to those students whose applications were submitted by the deadline. Completing the first semester of coursework does NOT guarantee admission to the program, and students not selected must re-apply by spring deadline if they wish to be considered for next year's entering class.
 
*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pierpont will be waiving the requirements to submit official ACT/SAT scores.
 

Program Application

Tuition and fees information

Program Specific Enrollment Requirements: 

To remain in and graduate from the MLT program, a student must earn a “C” grade or above in every required class in the MLT curriculum and maintain an overall cumulative GPA of 2.0. Any classes accepted as substitutes for curricular classes also require a grade of “C” or above. Failure to meet any of these requirements will result in dismissal from the program. Students who have been dismissed may reapply to the program and their credentials will be reevaluated.

Graduation is not contingent upon passing a national certification exam.

Program Specific Accreditation: 

National Accreditation Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
5600 N. River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL  60018-5119
(847) 939-3597
www.naacls.org

Program Total Credit Hours: 
62 CHs
Support Coursework: 
20 CHs

CHM 1101

General Chemistry I
4
CH(s)

ENGL 1104

Written English I
3|4
CH(s)

ENGL 1109

Technical Report Writing
3
CH(s)

HLCA 1170

Human Anatomy and Physiology
3
CH(s)

HLCA 1171

Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory
1
CH(s)

MTH 1207

Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics
3|4
CH(s)

OFAD 1150

Computer Concepts and Applications
3
CH(s)

ENGL 1104 Prerequisite(s):  18 or higher on the English portion of ACT; 450 or higher on Critical Reading of SAT; A scaled score of 38 or higher on Writing  Skills Set  of ASSET; 88 or higher on Sentence Skills of ACCUPLACER. Students falling below the listed scores will be required to take a four(4) credit hour ENGL 1104 and are not eligible for admission.
CHEM 1101 Prerequisites: ACT math score of 19; or SAT Math score of 460
ENGL 1108 may be substituted for ENGL 1109.
 

 

Program Specific Required Coursework: 
42 CHs

MLAB 1101

Intro to MLT
1
CH(s)

MLAB 1102

Clinical Immunology
1
CH(s)

MLAB 1105

Clinical Chemistry Techniques
2
CH(s)

MLAB 1160

Clinical Microbiology I
4
CH(s)

MLAB 1180

Immunohematology/Serology
4
CH(s)

MLAB 2217

Urinalysis and Body Fluids
2
CH(s)

MLAB 2218

Hematology
4
CH(s)

MLAB 2219

Clinical Microbiology II
4
CH(s)

MLAB 2220

Clinical Biochemistry
4
CH(s)

MLAB 2221

Clinical Practicum I
3
CH(s)

MLAB 2222

Clinical Practicum II
3
CH(s)

MLAB 2223

Clinical Practicum III
3
CH(s)

MLAB 2224

Clinical Practicum IV
3
CH(s)

MLAB 2995

Seminar & Case Studies
3
CH(s)

MLAB 2216

Hemostasis
1
CH(s)
Model Schedule
Fall Semester

CHM 1101

General Chemistry I
4
CH(s)

ENGL 1104

Written English I
3|4
CH(s)

HLCA 1170

Human Anatomy and Physiology
3
CH(s)

HLCA 1171

Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory
1
CH(s)

MTH 1207

Fundamental Concepts of Mathematics
3|4
CH(s)

MLAB 1101

Intro to MLT
1
CH(s)

MLAB 1102

Clinical Immunology
1
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
16 CHs

 

 

Spring Semester

ENGL 1109

Technical Report Writing
3
CH(s)

MLAB 1105

Clinical Chemistry Techniques
2
CH(s)

MLAB 1160

Clinical Microbiology I
4
CH(s)

MLAB 1180

Immunohematology/Serology
4
CH(s)

OFAD 1150

Computer Concepts and Applications
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
16 CHs

ENGL 1108 may be substituted for ENGL 1109. ENGL 1108 & 1109 Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1104.

Summer Semester

MLAB 2217

Urinalysis and Body Fluids
2
CH(s)

MLAB 2216

Hemostasis
1
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
3 CHs
Fall Semester

MLAB 2218

Hematology
4
CH(s)

MLAB 2219

Clinical Microbiology II
4
CH(s)

MLAB 2220

Clinical Biochemistry
4
CH(s)

MLAB 2221

Clinical Practicum I
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
15 CHs

Credit for this semester will be 15-16 depending on the practicum.

Spring Semester

MLAB 2222

Clinical Practicum II
3
CH(s)

MLAB 2223

Clinical Practicum III
3
CH(s)

MLAB 2224

Clinical Practicum IV
3
CH(s)

MLAB 2995

Seminar & Case Studies
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
12 CHs
*A total of 14 Clinical Practicum credits are required for graduation.
A “C” or better is required in every class in the MLT curriculum, including ENGL and general studies courses for graduation and for progression into some courses. In addition, students must maintain an overall cumulative GPA of 2.0.
Program Documents: 

If needed, a paper version of the application is available by request.  To request a paper application please call or email Student Services at 304-333-3684 or StudentServices@pierpont.edu

MLT Handbook
Essential Functions
Clinical Requirements 

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