Pearl River Community College

Curriculum and Course Descriptions

Medical Laboratory Technology Associate in Applied Science

The Medical Laboratory Technology curriculum is a 2-year Associate of Applied Science degree program of study that prepares individuals to work in a medical laboratory. As members of the health-care delivery team, clinical laboratory personnel are responsible for assuring reliable and accurate laboratory test results that contribute to the diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, and prevention of physiological and pathological conditions. This program is designed to meet the standards and requirements for careers in clinical laboratory science. At career entry, the medical laboratory technician will be able to perform routine clinical laboratory tests (such as hematology, clinical chemistry, immunohematology, microbiology, serology/immunology, coagulation, molecular, and or emerging diagnostics) as the primary analyst making specimen oriented decisions on predetermined criteria. Upon successful completion of the AAS program, the student will be eligible to take a national certification examination.

The MLT Program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS), 5600 North River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL, 60018-5119, (847) 939-3597, (773) 714-8880, Fax—(713) 714-8886, info@naacls.org, and http://www.naacls.org.

Due to the nature of this program, the academic course requirements include courses in both the mathematics and science fields.

FRESHMAN YEAR SEMESTER HOURS
Course Number Course Description 1st Sem. 2nd Sem. 3rd Sem.
MLT 1112 Fundamentals of MLT; Phlebotomy 2
ENG 1113/4 English Composition I 3
________ Chemistry Elective with Lab 4
MAT 1313/4 College Algebra 3
BIO 1513 Principles of Anatomy and Physiology I Lecture 3
BIO 1511 Principles of Anatomy and Physiology I Lab (Optional) 1
MLT 1212 Urinalysis; Body Fluids 2
MLT 1314 Hematology I 4
MLT 2523 Pathogenic Microbiology I 3
MLT 1413 Immunology; Serology 3
BIO 2923 Microbiology 3
BIO 2921 Microbiology Lab 1
________ Social; Behavioral Science Elective 3
________ Humanities; Fine Arts Elective 3
SOPHOMORE YEAR
MLT 2614 Pathogenic Microbiology II 4
MLT 2424 Immunohematology 4
MLT 1515 Clinical Chemistry 5
MLT 1324 Hematology II 4
MLT 2944 Clinical Practicum I 4
MLT 2954 Clinical Practicum II 4
MLT 2964 Clinical Practicum III 4
MLT 2974 Clinical Practicum IV 4
MLT 2724 Certification Fundamentals for MLT 4
MLT 2712 Seminar 2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS: 76-77

Medical Laboratory Technician Course Descriptions

1112 Fundamentals of MLT; Phlebotomy. (2)
This course includes an overview of the field of Medical Laboratory Technology, as well as familiarization with laboratory safety, microscopes, glassware, and equipment. It also includes laboratory organization, medical ethics, and employment opportunities. Basic laboratory specimen collection techniques are introduced. One lecture and two lab hours per week.

1212 Urinalysis Body Fluids. (2)
This course is an introduction to urinalysis and laboratory analysis of miscellaneous body fluids. It includes the basic principles of routine and special urine tests and specimen examination through laboratory work. Theory and test profiles are also presented for miscellaneous body fluids with correlation to diseased states. One lecture and two lab hours per week.

1314 Hematology I. (4) Prerequisite: Instructor Approved
This course is a study of the function of blood, morphology, and maturation of normal cells, blood cell counts, differentials of white cells, and blood collection and handling. Two lecture and four lab hours per week.

1413 Immunology/ Serology. (3) Prerequisite: Instructor Approved
This course covers the science of immunology and serology through the study of theories and processes related to natural body defenses. Included are basic antigen-antibody reactions, complement action, cellular response, humoral immune response, and the basic serological procedures used to aid in the detection of certain diseases. Throughout this course, special emphasis is placed on correlating laboratory results with the patient’s probable condition. Two lecture and two lab hours per week.

2523 Pathogenic Microbiology I. (3)
Basic skills, principles, and techniques for the staining, culturing, isolation, and identification of parasites, viruses, and fungi of medical importance are emphasized in this course. This course covers the morphology, physiology life cycles, and epidemiology of parasites with emphasis on human pathogenic parasites, Identification of the parasites, viruses, and fungi from human material is also included. Two lecture and two lab hours per week.

1515 Clinical Chemistry. (5) Prerequisite: Instructor Approved
This course is the study of human biochemistry as an aid in the diagnosis of disease processes. It includes chemistry procedures performed on body fluids for aiding in diagnosis of disease processes. Three lecture and four lab hours per week.

2424 Immunohematology. (4) Prerequisite: MLT 1413
This course includes collection, processing, storage, and utilization of blood components. It also includes the study of immunological principles and procedures for blood typing, cross matching, antibody detection, identification, and investigation of hemolytic disease of the fetus and newborn. Two lecture and four lab hours per week.

1324 Hematology II. (4) Prerequisite: Instructor Approved
This course includes the study of abnormal cell morphology and diseases involving blood cells, test procedures used in laboratory diagnosis of hematological disease, normal and abnormal hemostasis, and diagnostic procedures for evaluation of bleeding abnormalities and anticoagulant therapy. Two lecture and four lab hours per week.

2614 Pathogenic Microbiology II. (4) Prerequisite: Instructor Approved
Basic skills, principles, and techniques for the staining, culturing, isolation, and identification of microorganisms of medical importance are emphasized in this course. Included are techniques used in determining the sensitivity of pathogenic bacteria to different antibiotic and other drugs. Two lecture and four lab hours per week.

2712 MLT Seminar. (2) Prerequisite: Instructor Approved
This course represents a synthesis of previous didactic, laboratory, and clinical experiences. It is designed to facilitate activities incorporated in student and professional organizations and to allow students to select and present a case study. Four lab hours per week.

2724 Certification Fundamentals for MLT. (4) Prerequisite: Completion of all didactic Medical Laboratory Technology courses
This course is an in-depth study and review of material covered in the MLT curriculum. It is designed to prepare the student for the national certifying exams. Two lecture and four lab hours per week.

2944 Clinical Practicum I. (4) Prerequisite: Instructor Approved
This course includes clinical practice and didactic instruction in a clinical affiliate and/or comparable simulated environment. Areas covered are hematology, clinical chemistry, immunohematology, urinalysis, microbiology, coagulation, and serology. Twelve clinical hours per week for each Clinical Practicum

2954 Clinical Practicum II. (4) Prerequisite: Instructor Approved
This course includes clinical practice and didactic instruction in a clinical affiliate and/or comparable simulated environment. Areas covered are hematology, clinical chemistry, immunohematology, urinalysis, microbiology, coagulation, and serology. Twelve clinical hours per week for each Clinical Practicum

2964 Clinical Practicum III. (4) Prerequisite: Instructor Approved
This course includes clinical practice and didactic instruction in a clinical affiliate and/or comparable simulated environment. Areas covered are hematology, clinical chemistry, immunohematology, urinalysis, microbiology, coagulation, and serology. Twelve clinical hours per week for each Clinical Practicum

2974 Clinical Practicum IV. (4) Prerequisite: Instructor Approved
This course includes clinical practice and didactic instruction in a clinical affiliate and/or comparable simulated environment. Areas covered are hematology, clinical chemistry, immunohematology, urinalysis, microbiology, coagulation, and serology. Twelve clinical hours per week for each Clinical Practicum