Dalton State 2013-14 Catalog

Medical Laboratory Technology

Associate of Applied Science

A candidate for the Associate of Applied Science degree in Medical Laboratory Technology must follow the required procedure for admission to the College and, in addition, is required to:

  1. Contact the MLT faculty to schedule an interview and a career interest/options guidance session. (Prospective MLT students who lack a strong science background may also be required to complete BIOL 1107K before progressing further than MLTS 1101.) It is highly recommended that most, if not all, pre-requisites be completed prior to starting the MLTS major field courses, but at least MATH 1111 and BIOL 2213K.
  2. Meet all regular A.A.S. degree admission requirements.
  3. Procure a physical examination form from the MLT department, have a personal physician complete it, and forward the completed form to the MLT program director before the clinical practicum begins.
  4. Satisfactorily complete all chemistry requirements and clinical courses before beginning clinical practicum at an affiliated hospital.
  5. Become acquainted with policies pertaining to college and hospital regulations as set forth in the MLT Student Handbook.
  6. Achieve a 2.5 GPA on general education courses.

Students must complete all learning support, MATH 1111 and BIOL 2213 prior to entering MLT major courses.  HIGHLY recommend that all pre-req’s be completed before entering into MLT major courses.  It is highly recommended that students take BIOL 1107 and BIOL 2212 prior to enrolling in the BIOL 2213 based on Science background.

May take all MLT courses offered each semester with the permission of the Program Director and Educational Coordinator with the exception of courses requiring pre-req’s  (MLTS 1103/MLTS1104)

Assignment to affiliated hospitals is determined by the MLT faculty. Students are required to purchase liability insurance and appropriate uniforms for clinical practicum. Clinical facilities used by the program may require students to submit to background checks and drug screenings before they are allowed in the facility. Based on the information obtained, these facilities can refuse student access. Failure to be accepted into clinical facilities may jeopardize the student’s ability to complete the program.

MLT Technical Essentials

These are the essential non-academic requirements of the MLT Program, “that the student must master to successfully participate in the program and become employable.”

MLT students must be able to meet the following essentials:

  1. Ability to read and write legibly.
  2. To see through a microscope accurately, to differentiate colors/stains/special stain reactions.
  3. Possess manual dexterity.
  4. Good communication skills.
  5. Be mobile, able to stand long hours, lift 20-30 lbs.
  6. Hear within normal range with/without corrective devices (able to hear bells, buzzers, warning devices, and timers).
  7. Must possess organizational skills and be able to prioritize.
  8. Work/respond in stressful/emergency situations.


Associate of Applied Science

This degree requires proof of computer literacy.

General Education
BIOL 2213KAnatomy and Physiology II4
CHEM 1211KPrinciples of Chemistry I4
COMM 1110Fundamentals of Speech3
ENGL 1101English Composition I3
ENGL 1102English Composition II3
HIST 2111United States History to 18773
or HIST 2112 United States Hist since 1877
MATH 1111College Algebra3
POLS 1101American Government3
Major Field Courses
MLTS 1101Introduction to Health Science3
MLTS 1103Hematology/Coagulation I3
MLTS 1104Hematology/Coagulation II3
MLTS 1105Serology/Immunology3
MLTS 1106Blood Bank3
MLTS 1107Clinical Chemistry4
MLTS 1112Urinalysis/Parasitology3
MLTS 1118Instrumentation/Computer Appli3
MLTS 1190MLT Clinical Practicum I1
MLTS 1191MLT Clinical Practicum II1
MLTS 2218Microbiology4
MLTS 2290MLT Clinical Practicum III12
MLTS 2291MLT Clinical Practicum IV4
Physical Education
PHED Activity Elective 1
Total Hours74
  • Successful completion of all MLTS major field courses with a “C” (78) or better is required.
  • MLTS major field courses can be repeated a maximum of one time.
  • All general education courses must be completed prior to starting MLT major field courses.
  • All MLT major field courses must be completed prior to entering MLTS 2290 and MLTS 2291

This program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences which is sponsored by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Scientists.

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MLTS 1101. Introduction to Health Science. 3-1-3 Units.

The student is introduced to the health sciences environment and language. The hospital as an organization is discussed, as well as the role of each major department. The concepts, personnel, and work flow of the clinical laboratory is discussed in detail, as an example of health care application. Other topics include professional ethics, regulatory agencies, legal concepts as applied to confidentiality and patients rights, infection control, and safety. Students will learn venipuncture/capillary puncture techniques, equipment, application, and specimen processing. Enrollment is limited to students of the Medical Laboratory, Medical Office, or Phlebotomy programs. (Career Course)

MLTS 1102. Phlebotomy Clinical Practicum. 1-11-5 Units.

Students receive clinical application of the venipuncture and micropuncture skills learned in MLTS 1101. Five days per week students are assigned to an area hospital where they work under the direct supervision of a preceptor. Students return to campus one afternoon per week for problem-solving and review. (Career Course)
Prerequisites: ALHT 1110, ALHT 1111, MLTS 1101, OADM 1250, and BIOL 1100 with a grade of C or better.

MLTS 1103. Hematology/Coagulation I. 2-0-3 Units.

Introduces the fundamental formation of normal blood cells and some disease states related to hematopoiesis. Safety and quality control are also included throughout the course. Instrumentation relating to hematology is introduced. (Career Course)

MLTS 1104. Hematology/Coagulation II. 2-2-3 Units.

Coagulation and related diseases, instrumentation relating to coagulation, critical level, blood cell dyscrasias, special stains, leukemias/lymphomas, flow cytometry, safety and quality control are covered. (Career Course)
Prerequisites: MLTS 1103.

MLTS 1105. Serology/Immunology. 2-2-3 Units.

Introduces the fundamental theory and techniques applicable to serology and immunology practice in the clinical laboratory. Topics include: immune system, antigen and antibody reactions, common clinical applications, serological/microbiological applications, common serological techniques, and safety and quality control. (Career Course)
Prerequisites: BIOL 2215K or BIOL 2213K.

MLTS 1106. Blood Bank. 2-2-3 Units.

Provides an in-depth study of immunohematology principles and practices as applicable to medical laboratory technology. Topics include: genetic theory and clinical implications, immunology, donor collection, pre-transfusion testing, management of disease statistics, and safety and quality control. (Career Course)
Prerequisites: BIOL 2215K or BIOL 2213K.

MLTS 1107. Clinical Chemistry. 3-2-4 Units.

Develops concepts and techniques of clinical chemistry applicable to medical laboratory technology. Topics include: carbohydrates, electrolytes and acid-base balance, nitrogenous compounds, enzymes and endocrinology, bilirubin metabolism, lipids, toxicology and therapeutic drug monitoring, and safety and quality control. (Career Course)
Prerequisites: CHEM 1211K.

MLTS 1112. Urinalysis/Parasitology. 2-2-3 Units.

Provides theory and techniques of urinalysis. Urinalysis topics include: significance, correlation to disease states, physical, chemical and microscopic urinalysis theory and practice. Selected types of other body fluids will be discussed to discover their significance and uses in disease correlation. This class also introduces concepts and techniques used in the identification of selected human parasites. (Career Course)

MLTS 1118. Instrumentation/Computer Appli. 2-2-3 Units.

Clinical Laboratory provides an introduction to basic physics concepts used in clinical laboratory instrumentation. Examines, in detail, selected equipment in the laboratory representing the principles of cell counting, spectrophotometry, continuous-flow analysis, and radioimmunoassay. Computer concepts, applications, and interfacing with laboratory instrumentation is introduced. Satisfies the computer literacy requirement. (Career Course)
Prerequisites: MLTS 1101, MLTS 1103, and MLTS 1105.

MLTS 1190. MLT Clinical Practicum I. 0-3-1 Unit.

Introduces Medical Laboratory Technician students to the hospital environment. Students gain experience with venipuncture and microcapillary techniques while working under the direction of a hospital preceptor. (Career Course)
Prerequisites: MLTS 1101 or permission of instructor.

MLTS 1191. MLT Clinical Practicum II. 0-3-1 Unit.

Resumes the clinical experience begun in Medical Laboratory Technology 1190. Students rotate through selected departments in the clinical laboratory to apply and complement concepts and applications learned in previous Medical Laboratory Technology courses. Introduces students to problem solving at the clinical level. (Career Course)
Prerequisites: MLTS 1101, MLTS 1104, MLTS 1105, MLTS 1190.

MLTS 2218. Microbiology. 2-4-4 Units.

Introduces fundamental clinical microbiology theory and techniques applicable to disease state identification. Topics include: isolation techniques, biochemical techniques, anti-microbial sensitivity, safety and quality control, and disease processes. (Career Course)
Prerequisites: BIOL 2215K or BIOL 2213K.

MLTS 2290. MLT Clinical Practicum III. 1-32-12 Units.

Full-time supervised experience in an affiliated clinical laboratory. Students will rotate among designated laboratory sections where they will work side by side with, and be under the supervision of, medical technologists and the laboratory director, to develop professional skills in the practice of medical laboratory technology. (Career Course)

MLTS 2291. MLT Clinical Practicum IV. 0-12-4 Units.

Full-time supervised experience in an affiliated clinical laboratory. Students will rotate among designated laboratory sections where they will work side by side with, and be under the supervision of medical technologists and the laboratory director, to develop professional skills in the practice of medical laboratory technology. (Career Course)
Prerequisites: MLTS 2290 with a grade of C or better.