Medical Laboratory Technology
The medical laboratory technician (MLT) performs a wide variety of routine and specialized diagnostic and screening procedures to provide the physician with accurate results. These results are used by the physician to diagnose, treat, and monitor patient progress. As medical investigators, medical laboratory technicians perform blood collection techniques, operate state-of-the-art instruments, and computers, and examine specimens under the microscope.
The MLT program is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in a wide variety of healthcare laboratory settings. Upon graduation, students are eligible to take national certifying examinations, earning the designation Medical Laboratory Technician by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) or Clinical Laboratory Technician.
10/10/2023 @ 4pm - Rm. 306 of the Health Sciences Building on Giles Campus
10/20/2023 @ 10am - Rm. 306 of the Health Sciences Building on Giles Campus
11/14/2023 @ 4pm - Rm. 306 of the Health Sciences Building on Giles Campus
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The Medical Laboratory Technology Program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS)
How do I complete this program?
Medical Laboratory Technology, AAS
Program Start Date: Fall term
Minimum Program Length: 90 academic weeks; 6 consecutive terms, day; 76 credits
Program ID: AAS.MLT
Curriculum Code: 35205
Medical laboratory technology students' work as medical investigators analyzing blood, urine, spinal and other body fluids and tissues to help the physician diagnose, treat and monitor disease processes in patients. Students have less patient contact than many other health science students.
Students gain interpersonal and technical skills by completing a nine month clinical rotation in affiliated hospitals, physicians' offices and clinics.
Medical laboratory technicians work in hospitals, physicians' offices, veterinary clinics, private and research laboratories, and industrial laboratories. Medical laboratory technicians may also work as technical representatives and salespersons for medical supply companies.
A criminal background investigation (CBI) and drug testing are required at student expense for each Health and Human Services student who has been accepted into a Spartanburg Community College curriculum program of study. For more information, please visit the Criminal Background Investigations and Drug Testing Policy section of the SCC webpage.
Students perform blood collection techniques, examine specimens under a microscope, culture microorganisms, and operate complex digital medical equipment and computers. Graduates are eligible to apply to take the national certification examination to become certified Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLT). The Medical Laboratory Technology Program is accredited by:
EEDA Career Cluster:
Program Learning Outcomes
Students will be able to:
- Demonstrate proper procedures for the collection, processing, and analysis of biological specimens.
- Perform routine clinical laboratory tests in Chemistry, Hematology/Hemostasis, Immunology/Immunohematology, Microbiology, and Point of Care Testing.
- Perform and monitor Quality Control, and Preventative Maintenance recognizing factors which interfere with analytical tests and to take appropriate actions.
- Correlate laboratory test results with patient diagnosis and treatment.
- Demonstrate professional and ethical behavior consistent with current academic and clinical standards.
- Demonstrate their ability to speak publicly, listen actively, and respond effectively.
- One unit HS biology or equivalent
- One unit HS chemistry or equivalent
- COL 101 - College Orientation
(NOTE: Students who place into two or more developmental areas are required to take in place of .)
- ENG 101 - English Composition I
- SPC 205 - Public Speaking
Humanities/Fine Arts General Education Course: 3 Credits
- ART 101 - Art History and Appreciation
- ART 107 - History of Early Western Art
- ART 108 - History of Western Art
- ENG 102 - English Composition II
- ENG 228 - Studies in Film Genre
- HSS 101 - Introduction to Humanities
- MUS 105 - Music Appreciation
- PHI 101 - Intro to Philosophy
- PHI 110 - Ethics
- REL 101 - Introduction to Religion
- REL 104 - Early Christian History and Literature
- REL 105 - Early Jewish History and Literature
- REL 201 - Religions of the World
- THE 101 - Introduction to Theatre
Social/Behavioral Sciences General Education Course: 3 Credits
- PSY 201 - General Psychology
- PSY 203 - Human Growth and Development
- PSY 212 - Abnormal Psychology
- PSY 214 - Psychology of the Exceptional Child
- SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology
Mathematics General Education Course: 3 Credits
MLT Courses: 60 Credits
- MLT 101 - Introduction to Medical Laboratory Technology
- MLT 105 - Medical Microbiology
- MLT 108 - Urinalysis and Body Fluids
- MLT 110 - Hematology
- MLT 112 - Introduction to Parasitology
- MLT 115 - Immunology
- MLT 120 - Immunohematology
- MLT 130 - Clinical Chemistry
- MLT 131 - Clinical Chemistry
- MLT 205 - Advanced Microbiology
- MLT 210 - Advanced Hematology
- MLT 241 - Medical Lab Transition
- MLT 251 - Clinical Experience I
- MLT 252 - Clinical Experience II
- MLT 253 - Clinical Experience III
- MLT 254 - Clinical Experience IV
Total Credits: 76
(Courses with *** are restricted and cannot be taken without permission of the department)
- COL 101 - College Orientation
- MAT 110 - College Algebra
- ENG 101 - English Composition I
- SPC 205 - Public Speaking
Humanities/Fine Arts General Education Course
Social/Behavioral Sciences General Education Course
Second Semester (This must be a Fall semester)
- MLT 101 - Introduction to Medical Laboratory Technology ***
- MLT 105 - Medical Microbiology ***
- MLT 108 - Urinalysis and Body Fluids ***
- MLT 115 - Immunology ***
- MLT 110 - Hematology ***
- MLT 120 - Immunohematology ***
- MLT 130 - Clinical Chemistry ***
- MLT 205 - Advanced Microbiology ***
- MLT 112 - Introduction to Parasitology ***
- MLT 251 - Clinical Experience I ***
- MLT 252 - Clinical Experience II ***
- MLT 241 - Medical Lab Transition ***
- MLT 253 - Clinical Experience III***
- MLT 254 - Clinical Experience IV***
Total Credits: 76
The next Medical Laboratory Technology information sessions are:
All sessions are held at the Giles Campus in HSB 306 (Health Sciences Building, Medical Laboratory Technology Classroom). You only need to attend one information session.
Students must have a 2.5 grade point average or greater on the required college courses for the MLT program. Click here to calculate your GPA (PDF).
MLT Technical Standards
Required of Students for Admission and Progression in a Health Sciences Program (MLT)
Applicants and students should be able to perform these essential functions or with reasonable accommodations, such as the help of compensatory techniques and/or assistive devices, be able to demonstrate ability to become proficient in these essential functions.
Some Examples of Necessary Activities (not all inclusive)
|Critical Thinking||Critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical/placement judgment.||Identify cause-effect relationships in clinical situations; evaluate patient or instrument responses; synthesize data; draw sound conclusions.|
|Interpersonal Skills||Interpersonal abilities sufficient to interact with individuals, families, and groups from a variety of social, emotional, cultural and intellectual backgrounds.||Establish rapport with patients and colleagues. Use therapeutic communication (attending, clarifying, coaching, facilitating, teaching). Function (consult, negotiate, share) as a part of a team.|
|Communication abilities sufficient for effective interaction with others in expressive and written English, including computer literacy.||Explain treatment procedures; initiate health teaching; document and interpret instructions. Listen attentively.|
|Remain continuously on task for several hours while standing, sitting, walking, lifting, bending, and/or transporting patients/clients.||Stand or walk for extensive periods of time. Lift lab equipment / reagents weighing up to 50 pounds.|
|Mobility||Physical abilities sufficient to move from area to area and maneuver in small spaces; full range of motion; manual and finger dexterity; and hand-eye coordination.||Move around in patient's rooms, work spaces and other small areas.|
|Motor Skills||Gross and fine motor abilities sufficient to provide safe and effective patient/client care and operate equipment.||Calibrate and use equipment; transfer and position patients or lift and operate equipment with necessary strength and dexterity.|
|Adequate Height||Ability to reach and operate overhead equipment.||Turn wall mounted monitors/gauges on and off . Reach, manipulate, and operate equipment on counters 36 inches high.|
|Hearing Ability||Auditory ability sufficient to access non-direct essential patient information.||Hear monitor / equipment alarms, emergency signals, ausculatory sounds, cries for help, and patient reactions during procedures within normal hearing range.|
|Visual Ability||Normal or corrected visual ability sufficient for patient/client observation, assessment and/or treatment; ability to discriminate between subtle changes in density (black to gray) of a color in low light.||Observe patient responses, secretions, colors, and color changes during performance of procedures. Observe proper operation of equipment. Read computer screen, procedure manuals, patient information on charts, bracelets, etc. Differentiate cells, organisms, etc. under a microscope.|
|Tactile Ability||Tactile ability sufficient for physical assessment.||Perform palpation, functions of physical examination and/or those related to therapeutic intervention.|
|Olfactory Ability||Olfactory senses (smell) sufficient for maintaining environmental safety, and patient/client needs.||Distinguish smells which are contributory to assessing and/or those maintaining the patient's health status or environmental safety (fire.)|
|Ability to present professional appearance and attitude; implement measures to maintain own physical and mental health and emotional stability.||Work under stressful conditions and irregular hours. Be exposed to communicable diseases and contaminated body fluids. React calmly in emergency situations. Demonstrate flexibility. Show concern for others.|
MLT Experience and Opportunities
- Students gain practical lab experience in one of the following clinical affiliate sites:
- Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System (www.spartanburgregional.com)
- St. Luke's Hospital (www.saintlukeshospital.com)
- Rutherford Hospital (http://www.myrutherfordregional.com/)
- Enrichment opportunities include a week spent in a Physician Office, The Blood Connection, Anatomic Pathology, and Industrial Laboratories.
Opportunities for Advancement
A medical laboratory technician may advance to Medical Technologist or Medical Laboratory
Scientist after earning a baccalaureate degree. Students may transfer credits from
our program to USC Upstate, Converse, or Limestone.
For more information on Medical Laboratory Technology, visit these sites on the web:
- American Association for Clinical Chemistry www.aacc.org
- American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science www.ascls.org
- American Association for Blood Banks www.aabb.org
- American Society of Hematology www.hematology.org
- American Society of Microbiology www.asm.org
- Centers for Disease Control www.cdc.gov
- Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute www.clsi.org
- Clinical Laboratory Management Association www.clma.org
- College of American Pathologists www.cap.org
- South Carolina Society of Clinical Laboratory Science scscls.les3z.org