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Medical Laboratory Technology

Medical Laboratory Technology ( MLT )

Associate in Applied Science - A45420

The mission of Stanly Community College’s Medical Laboratory Technology program is to train laboratory professionals who will make a positive impact in health care through leadership that will assure excellence in the practice of laboratory medicine.

The Medical Laboratory Technology curriculum prepares individuals, under the supervision of clinical laboratory scientists/medical technologists, to perform routine medical laboratory procedures and tests and to apply preset strategies to record and analyze data that may be used in the maintenance of health and diagnosis or treatment of disease. Includes instruction in general laboratory procedures and skills; laboratory mathematics; medical computer applications; interpersonal and communications skills; and the basic principles of hematology, medical microbiology, immunohematology, immunology, clinical chemistry, and urinalysis. Coursework emphasizes mathematical and scientific concepts related to specimen collection; laboratory testing and procedures; quality assurance, reporting, or recording; and interpreting findings involving tissues, blood, and body fluids.

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This policy shall be interpreted and applied consistent with requirements of all state and federal laws concerning education of handicapped students.

Accreditation

The SCC Medical Laboratory Technology Program is accredited by

 National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences

 5600 N. River Rd. Suite 720 Rosemont, IL 60018-5119 

(847) 939-3597 (773) 714-8880 (773) 714-8886 (FAX) 

 * info@naacls.org * www.naacls.org

 ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Applicants to the Medical Laboratory Technology program are advised to familiarize themselves with all admission requirements for this program of study. If an applicant has any questions regarding these requirements, please contact SCC Admissions Office.

MISSION STATEMENT
The mission of Stanly Community College’s Medical Laboratory Technology program is to train laboratory professionals who will make a positive impact in health care through leadership that will assure excellence in the practice of laboratory medicine.

BACKGROUND CHECKS/DRUG SCREENING
Applicants accepted for admission to health services programs at Stanly Community College are required to complete a criminal background check, drug screening, and possibly a fingerprint check after notification of acceptance and prior to participation in on-site clinical training. Based on the results of the checks hospitals or clinical affiliates where the student will participate in on-site training may deny access to their facility resulting in the student’s inability to complete the clinical portion of training. Students unable to complete the clinical portion of his or her training will be unable to progress in the program. Students are responsible for paying all costs associated with this requirement. 

MEDICAL LABORATORY TECHNOLOGY ACCEPTANCE PROCEDURE

The Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) program accepts a maximum of 12 students each year. Applications will be accepted from October 3 through June 1 preceding fall semester of entry into the program. Applicants are conditionally accepted based upon their completion of steps 1 thru 5 of the admission requirements. The applicants will be ranked in order by the date applied and by their completion of these steps. Applicants who complete steps 1 thru 5 before January 1 of the year they wish to enter the program will have a full acceptance into the Medical Laboratory program pending completion of steps 6 and 7. Applicants who apply to the MLT program after the 12 seats are filled will be placed on a backup list in the order in which they completed admission requirements 1 thru 5. If any of the applicants who have been accepted to the program should forfeit their acceptance, those applicants on the backup list will be contacted in the order in which their names appear on the list and will be given an opportunity to enroll. If an applicant whose name appears on the backup list is not afforded an opportunity to begin classes during the year in which he or she has made application, that applicant will need to submit another application in order to be considered for admission the following year. (Admission requirements may change from year to year for selected programs). 
 
Any applicant who forfeits his or her acceptance will not be guaranteed acceptance in any subsequent year. The applicant must reapply if he or she wishes to be considered for acceptance at a later date.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  1. Submit to the Admissions Office at Stanly Community College a properly completed Application of Admission. 
     
  2. Submit to the Admissions Office at SCC an official copy of a high school transcript showing successful completion of all requirements for a diploma. A GED certificate indicating a passing score or an adult high school diploma is acceptable in lieu of a regular high school diploma. 
     
  3. Submit evidence of completion of high school or college general biology, chemistry, and algebra with a grade of C or better before entry into the program. These prerequisite courses are available through SCC’s Adult High School program or through curriculum (college) classes. Students completing these courses through the Adult High School program must score 85 or higher in order to receive credit. 
     
  4. For the applicant that has completed any college level courses taken with SCC prior to admission into the MLT program, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required. 
     
  5. Complete the placement test (ASSET or COMPASS). If test results indicate a need for developmental studies developmental classes must be completed prior to enrollment in the Medical Laboratory Technology program. Applicants who have previously completed ENG 111 (Expository Writing) and MAT 140 (Survey of Mathematics) may be exempt from placement testing. Applicants presenting ASSET or COMPASS scores older than five years will be required to retest.  
     
  6. Submit to the Admissions Office a properly completed medical form (supplied by the SCC Admissions Office) after acceptance to the program. The medical form is to be signed by a licensed physician, physician’s assistant, or nurse practitioner and received in the Admissions Office by the due date specified on the applicants letter of acceptance. A color- blindness test is required as part of the physical exam. 
     
  7. After acceptance to the program, submit to the Admissions Office current CPR certification. Current CPR certification is required throughout the students attendance in the Medical Laboratory Technology program.

    Note: Admission requirements are subject to change. Please contact the SCC Admissions Office for a current list of requirements for your intended year of entry Acceptance Procedures The Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) program accepts a maximum of 12 students each year. Applicants are conditionally accepted on a first-come, first-served basis after completing admission requirements 1 through 5 above.  Applicants who apply to the MLT program after the 12 seats are filled will be placed on a backup list in the order in which they completed admission requirements 1 through 5 above. If any of the applicants who have been accepted to the program should forfeit their acceptance those applicants on the backup list will be contacted in the order in which their names appear on the list and will be given an opportunity to enroll. If an applicant whose name appears on the backup list is not afforded an opportunity to begin classes during the year in which he or she has made application, that applicant will need to submit another application in order to be considered for admission the following year. (Admission requirements may change from year to year for selected programs Any applicant who forfeits his or her acceptance will not be guaranteed acceptance in any subsequent year. The applicant must reapply if he or she wishes to be considered for acceptance at a later date.

CRITERIA FOR PROGRESSION

  1. All courses in the Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) program must be taken and passed in sequence as offered in the curriculum. General education courses may be taken prior to any semester offered upon advisor’s approval. Grading scale for all MLT courses: A 90-100; B 89-80; C 79-70; F 69-below*

    *MAY NOT ADVANCE TO CLINICAL PRACTICE OR BE USED TOWARD GRADUATION REQUIREMENT. 
    • To progress in the Medical Laboratory Technology program, all students must make a grade of C or higher in all MLT program courses.
    • Students earning less than a C in these courses or an unsatisfactory in a clinical course will result in automatic dismissal from the program.
    • If the student receives below a grade of C in the theory component or an unsatisfactory grade in the clinical component of MLT courses containing clinical experience, the theory and clinical components will not be averaged. The student will receive a grade of F for the overall grade in the course.
    • Students taking general education courses from another college will be required to present proof of course completion to progress.
    • Students will not be allowed to preregister or register without this transcript information.
     
  2. In the event that a student’s physical or mental health interferes with the student’s academic and/or clinical performance the Medical Laboratory Technology faculty may require the student to submit written verification of current health from an appropriate health care provider; i.e., physician, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, psychiatrist, or psychologist. Upon consultation with the Associate Vice President of Allied Health and Human Services Division and review of the professional statement of health submitted by the student, the Executive Vice President of Educational Services will render a decision as to whether the student will be allowed to continue in the program. The Executive Vice President of Educational Services will notify the student in writing of the decision. 
     
  3. In the event a student’s behavior is not consistent with sound laboratory practices and/or safety essential to laboratory professionals, the instructors or the Associate Vice President of Allied Health and Human Services Division have the authority to remove the student immediately. Students so removed will be referred to the Executive Vice President of Educational Services for further investigation and/or possible dismissal from the Medical Laboratory Technology program.  
     
  4. Students should be aware that clinical affiliates require that students submit an acceptable criminal background check and/or drug screening prior to participation in a clinical component at that site. Students are responsible for paying any costs associated with meeting this clinical site requirement. Progression toward graduation may be jeopardized by any inability to complete the clinical portion of the program.

CRITERIA FOR GRADUATION
To be eligible for graduation a student must:

  1. Complete all course requirements in the MLT program earning a grade of C or higher in the MLT courses and an overall 2.00 grade point average.
     
  2. Complete an Application for Graduation prior to October 31 (Fall semester) for May graduation. 
     
  3. Pay a graduation fee at the time of registration for the last semester.
     
  4. Earn at least one-fourth of the credits required for a degree, diploma, or certificate from Stanly Community College.  
     
  5. Fulfill all financial obligations to the College.
     
  6.  Be present for graduation exercises. Graduation exercises are held on the dates published in the Academic Calendar. In cases of unavoidable circumstances, exceptions to this requirement may be granted by the Vice President of Student Development. (See Graduation in Absentia.) During graduation exercises candidates must be dressed in proper academic attire as determined by the President of the College. 

NOTE: IT IS NOT A GRADUATION REQUIREMENT TO PASS AN EXTERNAL CERTIFICATION EXAM

READMISSION TO THE PROGRAM

  • (This procedure also applies to applicants transferring from other MLT programs to SCC’s program.) Students desiring readmission to the Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) program must submit an application for admission to the SCC Admissions Office and satisfy all current admission requirements for the program.
  • Students will be permitted to reenter the MLT program no more than once.
  • Students seeking readmission to the program must submit their application at least ninety days prior to the semester in which they intend to enroll.
  • Those who completed at least one full semester in the MLT program will reenter the program in the term immediately following the last term in which they successfully completed a MLT course.
  • Only those students whose cumulative GPA is 2.0 at the time of readmission will be considered.

Before being accepted for readmission to the MLT program, applicants must demonstrate a satisfactory level of competency in all MLT coursework previously completed. In order to determine the applicant’s degree of competency in these courses, the following procedure is followed:

  1. Applicants for readmission must successfully complete competency testing in all MLT courses completed up to but not including their last semester of enrollment in the program. Competency testing will involve a comprehensive assessment of all MLT course subject matter including skills labs and clinical components. Applicants will be given one opportunity to demonstrate competency after which they will either progress to step two below or be withdrawn from readmission consideration. (To insure ample time for competency testing, applicants should contact the MLT program head and arrange for testing well in advance of the semester in which they intend to reenroll.)
  2. After successfully completing the competency testing in step one above, the applicant will audit all MLT classes that were successfully completed in his or her last semester of enrollment in the program. Because a candidate for readmission to the MLT program is not officially in the program at this point, the student must register as an auditing student through the MLT program head. Students auditing MLT classes will be allowed to register for the course(s) on a space-available basis and will not displace a student who is enrolled in the course for credit. Attendance and participation in class is mandatory. When registering for classes to be audited, students will pay all applicable tuition and fees for each class. For more information regarding course audit, refer to the College’s general catalog.
  3. At the conclusion of the semester in which MLT course(s) are audited, the applicant for readmission must successfully complete a final examination or written summative exam for each class audited. The student will be given one opportunity to complete this exam.
  4. After successfully completing steps one, two, and three above, and provided there is space available in the program, applicants for readmission to the MLT program may be admitted in the order in which their application for readmission was received in the Admissions Office. Students seeking readmission to the MLT program will be given one opportunity to successfully complete the requirements for readmission unless the student is denied admission due to space limitations. In the event the student is denied readmission due to space limitations, he or she must submit another application for readmission and complete steps one through four above in order to be considered for readmission in a subsequent year.

If the applicant for readmission does not successfully complete one or more competency exams described in step one above, or if he or she does not successfully complete the final examination or written summative described in step three above, the applicant may start at the beginning of the program auditing each MLT class in succession. When auditing classes as such, the student will be required to successfully complete a final exam or a written summative exam for each class audited in order to progress to the next level of MLT classes.

Contact: Cynthia Callahan

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Stanly Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Stanly Community College.


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