Pearl River Community College

Essential Requirements

ESSENTIAL BEHAVIORAL REQUIREMENTS FOR MLT

The MLT student must be able to:

  • Organize work and perform multiple tasks within given time constraints and under stressful conditions while maintaining the ability to communicate clearly.
  • Be able to manage the use of time and be able to systematize actions in order to complete professional and technical tasks within realistic constraints.
  • Possess the emotional health necessary to effectively apply knowledge and exercise appropriate judgement.
  • Be able to provide professional and technical services while experiencing the stresses of task-related uncertainty (i.e., ambiguous test order, ambivalent test interpretation), emergent demands (i.e., “stat” test order), and distracting environment (i.e., high noise levels, crowding, complex visual stimuli).
  • Be flexible and creative and adapt to professional and technical change.
  • Recognize potential hazardous materials, equipment, and situations and proceed safely in order to minimize risk of injury to patients, self and nearby individuals.
  • Adapt to working with unpleasant biologicals.
  • Support and promote the activities of the fellow student and of healthcare professionals. Promotion of peers helps foster a team approach to learning, task completion, problem solving, and patient care.
  • Be honest, compassionate, ethical and responsible. The student must be forthright about errors or uncertainty. The student must be able to critically evaluate her or his own performance, accept and act on constructive criticism, and look for ways to improve (i.e., participate in enriched educational activities).
  • Show respect for individuals of different age, ethnic background, religion and/or sexual orientation.
  • Exercise independent judgement and accept responsibility for own work.
  • Demonstrate the presence of good qualities and attitudes; which are necessary to develop as a competent professional in the field of medical technology.
  • In addition, the student must follow all established policies and procedures of the program and Clinical Affiliate.

ESSENTIAL VISUAL AND OBSERVATION SKILLS FOR MLT

The MLT student must be able to:

  • Observe laboratory demonstrations in which biological (i.e., body fluids, culture materials, tissue sections, and cellular specimens) are tested for their biochemical, hematological, immunological, microbiological and histochemical components.
  • Characterize the color, odor, clarity and viscosity of biological samples, reagents, or chemical reaction products.
  • Utilize a clinical grade binocular microscope to discriminate between fine structural and color (hue, shading and intensity) differences of microscopic specimens.
  • Read and comprehend text, numbers and graphs displayed in print and on a video monitor and recognize alarms.

ESSENTIAL MOTOR AND MOBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR MLT

The MLT student must be able to:

  • Demonstrate fine motor skills.
  • Perform laboratory testing adhering to existing laboratory safety standards.
  • Perform moderately taxing continuous physical work, often requiring prolonged sitting and/or standing over the course of several hours.
  • Travel to assigned Clinical Affiliate sites.
  • Reach laboratory bnch tops and shelves, patients lying in hospital beds or seated in specimen collection furniture.
  • Grasp, hold, transport and utilize specimens, reagents, hazardous chemicals and equipment in a safe manner as needed to perform laboratory testing.
  • Obtain patient specimens in a timely, safe and professional manner (e.g. perform phlebotomy)
  • Use laboratory equipment (e.g. pipettes, inoculating loops, test tubes) and instruments to perform laboratory guidelines.
  • Use a computer keyboard to operate laboratory instruments and to calculate record, evaluate and transmit laboratory information.
  • Troubleshoot and correct basic equipment malfunctions inside the laboratory environment.

ESSENTIAL COMMUNICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR MLT

The MLT student must be able to:

  • Read and understand technical and professional materials (i.e., textbooks, journal articles, handbooks and instruction manuals).
  • Follow oral and written instructions independently.
  • Clearly instruct patients regarding their specimen collection.
  • Demonstrate sensitivity, confidentiality and respect when speaking with the patients.
  • Communicate clearly, accurately and tactfully with faculty members, student colleagues, staff and other healthcare professionals orally and in a recorded format (writing, typing, graphics or telecommunications).

ESSENTIAL INTELLECTUAL REQUIREMENTS FOR MLT

The MLT student must be able to:

  • Comprehend measure, calculate, reason, integrate, analyze, evaluate, correlate, problem-solve and compare.
  • Recognize abnormal laboratory results (e.g. patient and QC) and take appropriate action.
  • Demonstrate critical-thinking and judgment skills appropriate to a given situation.
  • Independently prepare papers, prepare laboratory reports and take paper, computer and lab practical exams.