Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT)

Description

A medical laboratory technician (MLT) uses laboratory skills, computers, technology, and knowledge of pathology to provide information needed by the physician to diagnose, treat, and prevent disease.

In clinical chemistry, for example, the MLT determines enzyme levels to diagnose a heart attack, glucose levels to monitor diabetes, and cholesterol levels to prevent heart disease. In hematology, the MLT studies blood cells to diagnose anemia and leukemia. In immunohematology, the MLT prepares blood for transfusions. In the microbiology department, the organism causing an infection is identified and antimicrobials for treatment are determined.

The granting of the Medical Laboratory Technology degree is not contingent on passing an external certification or licensure exam.

Program Code

MLT.AAS

Accreditation

The Medical Laboratory Technology program is accredited by The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, 5600 North River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL  60018-5119. Phone: 773-714-8880


Program Outcomes

Graduation Year ASCP Certification
Pass Rate
Job Placement Rate Retention Rate
(for students who enter 4th semester)
2015 100% 100% 86%
2016 100% 100% 89%
2017 100% 100% 91%
 

Certification Pass Rate

The pass rate of MLT graduates on the certification exam offered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) has been 100% for 14 of the last 17 years, compared with around 80% nationally.

Benefits

Employment Options

Graduates Are Prepared To

  • Analyze patient specimens for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease
  • Specialize in one area or work in all departments of the laboratory
  • Perform sophisticated tests using microscopes and computerized instruments

Representative Job Titles For Graduates

  • Medical Laboratory Technician

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

$37,240 median annual salary

Employment Outlook

The placement rate for co-op assignments and for graduates of the Cincinnati State MLT program is nearly 100%, because of unmet demand for entry-level employees in regional clinical laboratories. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment of medical laboratory technologists and technicians will grow 22 percent through 2022 (much faster than average). An increase in the aging population will lead to greater need to diagnose medical conditions, such as cancer or type 2 diabetes, through laboratory procedures.

Education Options

Strong Transfer History

  • University of Cincinnati

Representative Co-Op/Clinical/Intern Sites

  • Dearborn County Hospital
  • Fort Hamilton Hospital
  • Mercy Health Partners
  • TriHealth
  • UC Health

Co-op Salary Projections

$11/hr - $17/hr

Curriculum

Effective 2017-2018 academic year

Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT)

 
Semester 1 Lec Lab Credits
CHE 115 General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry 3 3 4
MAT 151 College Algebra 4 0 4
FYE 1XX First Year Experience Elective (B)   1 0 1
Semester 2      
MLT 100 Introduction to Medical Laboratory Analysis ( B) 2 6 4
BIO 151 Anatomy and Physiology 1 ( B) 3 2 4
MLT 121 Hematology and Hemostasis 1 ( T) 3 3 4
ENG 101 English Composition 1 ( G) 3 0 3
Semester 3      
MLT 140 Clinical Chemistry ( T) 3 3 4
MLT 170 Instrumentation for Medical Laboratory Technicians ( T) 0 3 1
BIO 152 Anatomy and Physiology 2 ( B) 3 2 4
ENG 10X English Composition Elective (G)   3 0 3
MLT 122 Hematology and Hemostasis 2 ( T) 2 3 3
Semester 4      
MLT 187 Clinical Chemistry and Urinalysis Applications ( T) 0 3 1
MLT 294 MLT Internship: Specimen Collection ( T) 0 4 1
MLT 181 Phlebotomy Techniques for MLT ( T) 0 3 1
MLT 186 Hematology and Hemostasis Applications ( T) 0 3 1
MLT 295 MLT Clinical Internship ( T) 0 20 1
Semester 5      
MLT 262 Clinical Microbiology Applications ( T) 0 1 1
MLT 210 Clinical Immunology and Serology ( T) 2 3 3
MLT 191 Part-Time Cooperative Education 1: Medical Laboratory Technology ( T) 1 20 1
PSY 110 Introduction to Psychology ( G) 3 0 3
MLT 261 Clinical Microbiology ( T) 2 9 5
Semester 6      
MLT 251 Immunohematology ( T) 2 5 4
MLT 252 Immunohematology Applications ( T) 0 3 1
MLT 270 Medical Laboratory Seminar ( T) 0 3 1
MLT 192 Part-Time Cooperative Education 2: Medical Laboratory Technology ( T) 1 20 1
Total Credits:   41 122 64

Electives

First Year Experience Elective  
FYE 100 College Survival Skills 1
FYE 105 College Success Strategies 2
FYE 110 Community College Experience 3
English Composition Elective  
ENG 102 English Composition 2: Contemporary Issues 3
ENG 103 English Composition 2: Topics in Literature 3
ENG 104 English Composition 2: Technical Communication 3
ENG 105 English Composition 2: Business Communication 3

The letters G, B, and T (displayed after course titles or elective descriptions) identify types of courses required by the Ohio Department of Higher Education as part of an associate’s degree curriculum.
G = General Education course in this curriculum
B = Basic Skills course in this curriculum
T = Technical course in this curriculum

Contacts

Program Chair
A. Janelle McCord, PhD, MT (ASCP), SM
(513) 569-1688