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Mission Statement, Program Description, Goals and Competencies

MLT Mission Statement

The Medical Laboratory Technician Program at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College is committed to improving the quality of life and employability of the citizens of southeast Kentucky by training dedicated professionals to enter the workforce in the field of Medical laboratory science.

Program Description

The Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) program provides students with the opportunity to acquire the necessary skills to work under the supervision of a registered clinical scientist or pathologist in a Medical laboratory, hospital, or other health agency.

The MLT student learns to collect specimens from the patient and to perform laboratory tests in all areas of the Medical laboratory to include immunohematology, clinical chemistry, hematology, microbiology, serology and urinalysis.

Students enrolled in the MLT program must achieve a minimum grade of "C" in each of the Medical laboratory technician courses.

Upon completion of the program, the graduate is eligible for the national certification examination as a medical laboratory technician through the American Society of Clinical Pathology.

Program Goals

The goals of the Medical Laboratory Technician Program at SKCTC are to:

  • Disseminate information about Medical laboratory science to potential students so that they may consider MLT as a profession
  • Provide adequate, timely, and effective training to students who choose Medical laboratory science as a profession
  • Meet the increasing demand for qualified laboratory professionals
  • Establish a positive rapport with local Medical laboratory professionals to aid in the education of our students and to aid in supplying the increasing demand for qualified laboratory professionals

Program Competencies

Upon completion of the Medical Laboratory Technician Program, the graduate will be able to:

  • Perform laboratory tests in all areas of the clinical laboratory
  • Maintain laboratory materials and equipment
  • Prevent and detect technical errors
  • Solve problems as they occur in the clinical laboratory
  • Carry out an established quality assurance program
  • Practice medical ethics
  • Demonstrate professionalism
  • Follow established Medical laboratory safety guidelines
  • Demonstrate basic skills in computer operations and/or software applications
  • Communicate effectively using standard written English
  • Communicate in a clear oral and non-verbal fashion and employ active listening skills
  • Organize, analyze and make information useful by employing mathematics
  • Demonstrate an awareness of one's self as an individual, as a member of a multicultural society, and/or as a member of the world community
  • Recognize the impact of decisive ideas and events in human heritage
  • Develop and perform basic search strategies and access information in a variety of formats (print and non-print)
  • Analyze, summarize, and interpret a variety of reading materials
  • Think critically and make connections in learning across disciplines
  • Elaborate upon knowledge to create new thoughts, processes and/or products
  • Demonstrate an awareness of ethical considerations in making value choices

Upon completion of the Physicians Office Laboratory certificate, the graduate will be able to:

  • Practice medical ethics
  • Demonstrate professionalism
  • Follow established Medical laboratory safety guidelines
  • Communicate in a clear oral and non-verbal fashion and employ active listening skills
  • Demonstrate an awareness of ethical considerations in making value choices
  • Carry out an established quality assurance program
  • Perform routine capillary and venipuncture procedures
  • Perform minimum complexity testing in the Medical laboratory

Upon completion of the Phlebotomy for the Health Care Worker certificate, the graduate will be able to:

  • Practice medical ethics
  • Demonstrate professionalism
  • Follow established Medical laboratory safety guidelines
  • Communicate in a clear oral and non-verbal fashion and employ active listening skills
  • Demonstrate an awareness of ethical considerations in making value choices
  • Carry out an established quality assurance program
  • Perform routine capillary and venipuncture procedures

Upon completion of the Advanced Phlebotomy Technician certificate, the graduate will be able to:

  • Practice medical ethics
  • Demonstrate professionalism
  • Follow established Medical laboratory safety guidelines
  • Communicate in a clear oral and non-verbal fashion and employ active listening skills
  • Demonstrate an awareness of ethical considerations in making value choices
  • Carry out an established quality assurance program
  • Perform routine capillary and venipuncture procedures
  • Recognize technical complications related to blood collection
  • Demonstrate problem-solving skills in blood collection procedures