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Medical Laboratory Technology AAS

The North Hennepin Community College Associate of Applied Science Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) Program is designed to prepare students for a career in the medical laboratory. Medical Laboratory Technology is a rewarding, dynamic, and in-demand career with many opportunities for growth. By performing testing on blood and body fluids using highly specialized skills and complex instrumentation, MLTs provide information that is vital to both diagnosing and treating disease. In fact, over 70% of all health care decisions are made based on laboratory results.

Through NHCC's MLT program, students will gain both knowledge and hands-on experience, making them highly desirable employees. Coursework includes theory in phlebotomy, urinalysis, clinical chemistry, hematology, immunology, microbiology, and immunohematology. Practical experience will be gained in student laboratories at NHCC and through a 19-week clinical experience during the program's final semester. Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible to sit for the American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Certification Exam.

All on-campus MLT courses are offered in both day and evening formats. However, in the final semester students are required to participate in clinical rotations, which are only offered during the day Monday-Friday. Admission into the MLT Program requires a separate application and entrance exam. The selection process is competitive, and the college may not be able to accept all applicants that meet the minimum standards. MLT application deadline is March 1st for the fall semester start.

The Associate of Applied Science in Medical Laboratory Technology is designed to articulate to:

  • Saint Cloud State University B.S. in Medical Laboratory Science degree
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    2017 - 2018

    • Curriculum

      General Education Courses
      CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
      Course Subject: BIOL         Course Number:1120
      Course Title:Human Biology      Goal Areas:03       Credits:3

      Course Description:This introductory level course provides students with a one semester overview of the structure and function of the human body. The course is open to all students: however, it does not fulfill the human anatomy and physiology requirement for those who are planning to pursue a career in the health sciences. This course fulfills the lab-like experience requirements for MnTC Goal Area 3.
      Human BiologyView03 3
      Course Subject: CHEM         Course Number:1061
      Course Title:Principles of Chemistry I      Goal Areas:03       Credits:4

      Course Description:This course is a study of the basic concepts of Chemistry, with an emphasis on atomic theory, stoichiometric relationships, kinetic-molecular theory, molecular structure, and chemical bonding as related to the gas and liquid and solid phases. The lab portion with experiments includes observation, data collection, and mathematical applications that support the concepts being studied in class. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) Placement in this class will be determined by student college assessment score and/or successful completion of Math 1150 with a grade of C or better.
      Principles of Chemistry IView03 4
      Course Subject: CHEM         Course Number:1062
      Course Title:Principles of Chemistry II      Goal Areas:03       Credits:4

      Course Description:A continuation of CHEM 1061, this course emphasizes chemical equilibrium, solution chemistry, acid-base chemistry, precipitation reactions, complex ion formation, oxidation-reduction, and electrochemical reactions. The laboratory portion includes experimental applications of the lecture topics: determination of cation and anion (qualitative) content of unknown mixture, kinetics, acid-base equilibria, solubility, thermodynamics, and electrochemistry. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) Prerequisite: Chem 1061
      Principles of Chemistry IIView03 4
      Course Subject: COMM         Course Number:1110
      Course Title:Principles of Interpersonal Communication      Goal Areas:01,07       Credits:3

      Course Description:This introductory course looks at communication in one-to-one relationships in friendships, families, the workplace, and elsewhere. Students will be challenged to discover and assess their own communication strengths and weaknesses as they define and discuss what it means to be a competent interpersonal communicator. Course content includes both theory and practice (skill development).
      Principles of Interpersonal CommunicationView01,07 3
      Course Subject: MATH         Course Number:1150
      Course Title:College Algebra      Goal Areas:04       Credits:3

      Course Description:This college-level course continues the study of algebra conducted in the developmental algebra courses. Topics include polynomial, rational, inverse, exponential, and logarithmic functions and their applications. Additional topics include systems of non-linear equations, systems of linear equations, and matrices. Prerequisites: College math placement level or successful completion of Math 0970 or 0980 with grade of "C" or better
      College AlgebraView04 3
      Course Subject: PHIL         Course Number:1020
      Course Title:Ethics      Goal Areas:06,09       Credits:3

      Course Description:This course will introduce students to both the methods and issues connected with thinking about morality and ethical systems. Moral skepticism will also be examined. The aim of this class is to allow students to be more aware of their own ethical modes of thinking and the diversity of ways morality enters into human lives.
      EthicsView06,09 3
      College Writing I
      Course Subject: ENGL         Course Number:1200
      Course Title:Gateway College Writing or      Goal Areas:01       Credits:4

      Course Description:This class provides extended practice in critical reading, writing, and thinking skills. Students will develop an effective writing process and work to achieve college-level competence in reading and responding to texts, visuals, events, and ideas in a variety of written formats, with an emphasis on the academic essay. Audience awareness, interpretation and analysis, logical reasoning, and persuasive and argumentative skills will be developed. MLA style documentation of primary sources will be included.
      Gateway College Writing orView01 4
      Course Subject: ENGL         Course Number:1201
      Course Title:College Writing I      Goal Areas:01       Credits:4

      Course Description:This class provides extended practice in critical reading, writing, and thinking skills. Students will develop an effective writing process and work to achieve college-level competence in reading and responding to texts, visuals, events, and ideas in a variety of written formats, with an emphasis on the academic essay. Audience awareness, interpretation and analysis, logical reasoning, and persuasive and argumentative skills will be developed. MLA style documentation of primary sources will be included.
      College Writing IView01 4
      1 course from BIOL1001, BIOL1101
      Course Subject: BIOL         Course Number:1001
      Course Title:Biology I or      Goal Areas:03       Credits:4

      Course Description:This course focuses on the concepts of biological chemistry, cell structure and function, cellular metabolism, molecular genetics and heredity reproduction and development. The course is intended for allied health majors and others not requiring a majors-level introductory biology. High school algebra and chemistry are recommended. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab).
      Biology I orView03 4
      Course Subject: BIOL         Course Number:1101
      Course Title:Principles of Biology I      Goal Areas:03       Credits:4

      Course Description:This is the first course in a two-semester biology sequence. This course introduces students to the concepts of cell structure and function, cellular metabolism, heredity and genetics. This course is intended for students for biological and physical science majors or those planning to enter a professional program. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) Prerequisite: CHEM 1061 or Concurrent Registration with CHEM 1061
      Principles of Biology IView03 4
       
      Program Courses - MLT Didactic Courses
      CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
      Course Subject: MLT         Course Number:1000
      Course Title:Clinical Laboratory Basics      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:1

      Course Description:This course will introduce the student to the general role of health care provider as well as the specific role of the Medical Laboratory Technician. Basic aspects of medical terminology, laboratory safety, quality control, microscopy, pipetting techniques, laboratory mathematics, and venipuncture technique also will be presented. Prerequisite: Admission to MLT Program
      Clinical Laboratory BasicsViewn/a1
      Course Subject: MLT         Course Number:1100
      Course Title:Clinical Urinalysis/Body Fluids      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:2

      Course Description:This course will include lab skills such as pipetting, microscopy and centrifugation; review of the anatomy and physiology of the kidney, role of the kidney in disease; physical, chemical and microscopic properties of urine; and clinical correlation of lab results. Other body fluids and seminal fluid analysis will be reviewed in the lecture portion and laboratory portion. Prerequisite: Admission to the MLT program Strongly Recommended: BIOL 1001 and BIOL 1120
      Clinical Urinalysis/Body FluidsViewn/a2
      Course Subject: MLT         Course Number:1200
      Course Title:Clinical Laboratory Instrumentation      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:1

      Course Description:This course will introduce the student to the basic operation and associated functions related to selected laboratory instruments and equipment. Prerequisite: Admission to MLT Program
      Clinical Laboratory InstrumentationViewn/a1
      Course Subject: MLT         Course Number:1250
      Course Title:Clinical Immunology      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:2

      Course Description:This course introduces students to the basic elements of the immune system and provides for application of the principles of immunology to immunologic techniques utilized in the clinical laboratory. Prerequisite: Admission to the MLT Program; MLT 1000 Clinical Laboratory Basics
      Clinical ImmunologyViewn/a2
      Course Subject: MLT         Course Number:2050
      Course Title:Clinical Hematology      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:4

      Course Description:The course will include development, normal and abnormal characteristics of the cellular elements of the blood; the basic techniques and instrumentation utilized in the hematology laboratory; the theory and techniques of coagulation studies; and the clinical correlation of all procedures. This course will include development, normal and abnormal characteristics of the cellular elements of blood; the basic techniques and instrumentation utilized in the hematology laboratory; the theory and techniques of coagulation studies; and the clinical correlation of all procedures. Prerequisite: Admission to the MLT Program MLT 1000, 1100 and 1200
      Clinical HematologyViewn/a4
      Course Subject: MLT         Course Number:2080
      Course Title:Clinical Microbiology      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:4

      Course Description:This course covers the isolation, identification, and significance of clinically associate bacteria, mycobacteria, fungi, and parasites. Prerequisite: Admission to the MLT Program and Biol 1001 or Biol 1101
      Clinical MicrobiologyViewn/a4
      Course Subject: MLT         Course Number:2100
      Course Title:Clinical Chemistry      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:4

      Course Description:This course introduces the basic principles, procedures, and correlations of the clinical chemistry laboratory. The theory of basic laboratory instrumentation and procedures will be discussed and practiced. Prerequisite: Admission to the MLT Program; MLT 1000 and 1200 and Chem 1062.
      Clinical ChemistryViewn/a4
      Course Subject: MLT         Course Number:2150
      Course Title:Clinical Immunohematology      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

      Course Description:This course will include principles of immunohematology and transfusion service procedures, including blood typing, antibody screening, compatibility testing, antibody identification, problem resolution, hemolytic disease of the newborn, and transfusion therapy. (two hours lecture, three hours lab) Prerequisite: Admission to the MLT Program; MLT 1250 and MLT 2050.
      Clinical ImmunohematologyViewn/a3
       
      Program Courses - MLT Clinical Courses
      CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
      Course Subject: MLT         Course Number:2310
      Course Title:Applied Phlebotomy      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:1

      Course Description:The course provides the student with experience in phlebotomy skills. Prerequisite: Admission to the MLT Program; Completion of MLT Didactic Courses
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      Course Subject: MLT         Course Number:2320
      Course Title:Applied Hematology      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:2

      Course Description:This course is designed to give the student clinical experience in the area of hematology and body fluids. Prerequisite: Admission to the MLT Program. Completion of MLT Didactic Courses
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      Course Subject: MLT         Course Number:2330
      Course Title:Applied Coagulation      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:1

      Course Description:This course is designed to give the student clinical experience in the area of coagulation. Prerequisite: Admission to the MLT Program; Completion of MLT Didactic courses
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      Course Subject: MLT         Course Number:2340
      Course Title:Applied Urinalysis      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:1

      Course Description:This course is designed to give the student clinical experience in the area of urinalysis. Prerequisite: Admission to the MLT Program; Completion of MLT Didactic Courses
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      Course Subject: MLT         Course Number:2350
      Course Title:Applied Microbiology      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:2

      Course Description:The course is designed to give the student clinical experience in the area of microbiology. Prerequisite: Admission to the MLT Program; Completion of MLT Didactic Courses
      Applied MicrobiologyViewn/a2
      Course Subject: MLT         Course Number:2360
      Course Title:Applied Immunohematology      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:2

      Course Description:This course is the application of immunohematology policies and procedures in the clinical transfusion service setting. Students will perform pretransfusion compatibility testing in accordance with the American Association of Blood Bank Standards. Prerequisite: Admission to the MLT Program; Completion of MLT Didactic Courses
      Applied ImmunohematologyViewn/a2
      Course Subject: MLT         Course Number:2380
      Course Title:Applied Chemistry      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:2

      Course Description:The course provides the student with experience in the clinical chemistry laboratory as well as study in the theory and principles involved. Prerequisite: Completion of MLT Didactic Courses
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      NHCC Residency and GPA
      CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
      15 Credits must be earned at NHCC
       
                                     Total Credit Required60
      Notes: Day or evening option for MLT didactic courses. The program concludes with a clinical component that is only offered on the day shift.


    • Program Outcomes

      Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World:

      • Develop entry-level medical laboratory technology skills in a clinical setting to prepare them for the workplace.

      Intellectual and Practical Skills:

      • Develop and demonstrate professionalism and concern for the customer.
      • Develop competence in the theoretical knowledge and technical skills necessary for proficient performance of clinical laboratory procedures.
      • Utilize effective interpersonal communication skills with customers and coworkers.
      • Utilize effective written communication skills appropriate for the professional setting.
      • Develop competence in the theoretical knowledge necessary to prepare for the national certification examination of the profession.

      Personal and Social Responsibility and Engagement:

      • Value participation in continuous professional development.
      • Develop awareness of the role and responsibilities of the medical laboratory technician as a member of the health care team.

      Integrative and Applied Learning:

      • Apply critical thinking skills to correlating laboratory findings and common disease processes.
      • Apply critical thinking skills to learning new techniques and procedures.

      Upon successful completion of the program, the student will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination.

      Upon successful completion of the program, students may be eligible to transfer to the B.S. in Medical Laboratory Science program at St. Cloud State University.

    • Career Opportunities

      Information on careers, including salary and employment outlook data, is available on the iseek and Bureau of Labor Statistics websites: www.iseek.org and www.bls.gov.

    • Transfer Information

      >The Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree is intended for those students who plan to use the competence gained through their degree for immediate employment or enhancing current career skills. The A.A.S. degree includes a minimum of 20 semester credits in general education selected from at least three of the ten goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC). The MnTC courses within the A.A.S. programs transfer to any Minnesota State College or University. Many of the A.A.S. degree programs have articulation agreements with four-year institutions for transfer of the program.

      A student shall:

      • Earn a minimum of 60-71 semester credits as required in the program with a grade point average of 2.00 (C) or above in courses taken at North Hennepin Community College. Specific programs may have additional requirements or a higher minimum grade point average.
      • Earn a minimum of 15 semester credits at North Hennepin Community College.
      • Earn 20 credits in at least 3 MnTC goal areas

      Completion of an A.A.S. degree fulfills the Goal Area 2 requirement of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).


      Developmental Courses

      Some students may need preparatory course(s) in Math and/or English. Courses numbered below 1000 will not apply toward a degree.


      Equal Opportunity Employer and Disability Access Information

      North Hennepin Community College is a member of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and an equal opportunity employer and educator. This document is available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by calling 763-493-0555 or through the Minnesota Relay Service at 1-800-627-3529.

    • Degree Information

      The Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree is intended for those students who plan to use the competence gained through their degree for immediate employment or enhancing current career skills. The A.A.S. degree includes a minimum of 20 semester credits in general education selected from at least three of the ten goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC). The MnTC courses within the A.A.S. programs transfer to any Minnesota State College or University. Many of the A.A.S. degree programs have articulation agreements with four-year institutions for transfer of the program.

      A student shall:

      • Earn a minimum of 60-71 semester credits as required in the program with a grade point average of 2.00 (C) or above in courses taken at North Hennepin Community College. Specific programs may have additional requirements or a higher minimum grade point average.
      • Earn a minimum of 15 semester credits at North Hennepin Community College.
      • Earn 20 credits in at least 3 MnTC goal areas

      Completion of an A.A.S. degree fulfills the Goal Area 2 requirement of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).


      Developmental Courses

      Some students may need preparatory course(s) in Math and/or English. Courses numbered below 1000 will not apply toward a degree.


      Equal Opportunity Employer and Disability Access Information

      North Hennepin Community College is a member of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and an equal opportunity employer and educator. This document is available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by calling 763-493-0555 or through the Minnesota Relay Service at 1-800-627-3529.

    • Accreditation

      North Hennepin Community College is accredited by the:
      Higher Learning Commission
      30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
      Chicago, IL 60602-2504
      1-800-621-7440


      Program Accreditation

      National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
      5600 N. River Road, Suite 720
      Rosemont, IL 60018
      773-714-8880

    Advising Information

    - Prospective students (students with no NHCC ID number): call Admissions & Outreach at 763-424-0724 to meet with an Admissions Advisor

    - Current students (students with an NHCC ID number), call the Advising Center at 763-424-0703 to meet with a Health Careers Advisor