The Medical Laboratory Technician Program curriculum includes on-campus or virtual classroom instruction, on-campus laboratory instruction, and an off-campus clinical rotation component encompassing the areas of Hematology and Coagulation, Clinical Microbiology, Parasitology, Mycology and Virology, Immunohematology, Clinical Chemistry and Urinalysis, Immunology and Phlebotomy.
Interactive Television / Online Learning
The MLT program is a collaboration by the Missouri Health Professions Consortium (MHPC). The classroom lecture component is taught by MACC and Three Rivers College faculty and is broadcast to the MLT students located at Mineral Area College, MACC, North Central Missouri College, Three Rivers College, and State Fair Community College campuses using interactive television (ITV) or online learning management system technology.
Centralized Lab Sessions
In addition, all MLT students will be required to travel to the MACC Mexico Campus or Three Rivers College Campus at designated times during the fall and spring semesters to participate in “centralized lab” sessions that bring the students from all campuses together for group lab activities and testing. Any required lodging will be at the student’s expense.
What Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians Do
Medical laboratory technologists (commonly known as medical laboratory scientists) and medical laboratory technicians collect samples and perform tests to analyze body fluids, tissue, and other substances.
Most medical laboratory technologists and technicians worked in hospitals in 2016. Others worked in medical and diagnostic laboratories or doctors’ offices.
How to Become a Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologist or Technician
Medical laboratory technologists typically need a bachelor’s degree. Technicians usually need an associate’s degree or a postsecondary certificate. Some states require technologists and technicians to be licensed.
The median annual wage for medical and clinical laboratory technologists and technicians was $52,330 in May 2018.
Overall employment of medical laboratory technologists and technicians is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. An increase in the aging population is expected to lead to a greater need to diagnose medical conditions, such as cancer or type 2 diabetes, through laboratory procedures.
Associate of Applied Science: Medical Laboratory Technician
Pre-Professional Coursework (Credit Hours)
- BIO2600 Human Anatomy (5)
- BIO2620 Human Physiology (5)
- HIS1230 American History I OR
HIS1240 American History II OR
POS1180 American Political Systems (5)
- PHI1420 Intro to Ethics OR
SOC1130 General Sociology (3)
- ENG1330 Composition I (3)
- MAT1270 Precalculus Algebra OR
MAT1240 Quantitative Reasoning (3)
- PHS1350 General Chemistry I (4)
GUI1010 First Year Seminar (1)
- Total Pre-Requisite Credit Hours (27)
Fall: Professional Coursework (Credit Hours)
- MLT1500 Intro to Lab Science Methods (2)
- MLT2100 Immunology (3)
- MLT2500 Hematology and Coagulation (5)
- MLT2600 Phlebotomy (2)
- MLT2910 Hematology & Coag Practicum (2)
- Total Semester Credit Hours (14)
Spring: Professional Coursework (Credit Hours)
- MLT2200 Clinical Chem & Urinalysis (5)
- MLT2700 Immunohematology (5)
- MLT2800 Clinical Microbiology (4)
- MLT2900 Parasitology, Mycol & Virol (1)
- Total Semester Credit Hours (15)
Summer: Professional Coursework (Credit Hours)
- MLT2920 Clinical Chem & Urine Pract (2)
- MLT2930 Clinical Microbiology Pract (2)
- MLT2940 Immunohematology Practicum (2)
- HIS0000 MO Higher Ed. Civics Exam (0)
Total Semester Credit Hours (6)
Total Degree Hours (62)