Medical Laboratory Technology


Course Descriptions

MT1203: Intro to Medical Technology

Credits 3
The course is designed to acquaint the student with the wide variety of procedures performed in a clinical laboratory. Laboratory skills involving measurement and instrumentation are introduced. Topics to be covered include safety, medical terminology, laboratory mathematics, specimen collection, microscope use, staining procedures, professional behavior, ethics, use of general lab equipment, and introductory procedures in serology, urinalysis, chemistry, hematology, blood banking, and microbiology. The laboratory time will enhance knowledge gained in the lecture by allowing the student to work in the simulated laboratory at the Colvin Family Center for Allied Health or arranged time in an approved clinical affiliate site.

MT1304: Phlebotomy

Credits 4
A course designed to teach phlebotomy skills for specimen collection using a vacutainer system as well as equipment for difficult draws. Participants will obtain phlebotomy skills to proficiently obtain blood specimens by venipuncture and dermal techniques. The course will consist of lecture and laboratory sessions. The course will also include preparation for a national certification exam.

MT1312: Phlebotomy Clinical Practicum

Credits 2

Two credit hours clinical rotation. Students will work one-on-one with clinical instructors to refine phlebotomy skills within a designated clinical affiliate facility. This rotation will include 120 hours of clinical practicum experience which includes 100 successful, documented, unaided venipuncture procedures and 5 successful, documented, unaided dermal punctures. This course will integrate knowledge gained in all phlebotomy courses with practical experience in a clinical setting.

MT1903: MLT Immunology

Credits 3
A survey of basic immunological principles is presented for the student to provide a general orientation to immunology. Certain concepts and the major effectors of immune responses are introduced and more detailed discussions are held later in the course. Central aspects of humoral and cellular immune responses, both specific and non-specific are covered. Exploration of special topics in immunology such as autoimmunity and immunodeficiency is held. Immunologic principles of laboratory diagnosis of human disease are emphasized.

MT2206: MLT Hematology/Coagulation

Credits 6
This course presents the theory behind hematologic principles including the formation of blood cells, identification of normal and abnormal cells as they correlate to disease. Also included is the study of coagulation, the clotting and fibrinolytic mechanisms of the blood. Students will learn the theory and skills required to perform medical laboratory testing in hematology and Coagulation.

MT2306: MLT Pathogenic Microbiology

Credits 6

Normal flora and pathogenic bacteria will be identified by morphology, staining characteristics, colonial morphology, growth on selective media, biochemical testing and serological methods. Basic theory in antimicrobial susceptibility testing will be covered. Principles of all tests will be studied. Study of viruses will be limited to the processing and handling of specimens for consultant referral and principles of serological testing. Normal and pathogenic parasites and fungal elements will be identified, and procedures utilized for proper identification will be discussed.

MT2406: MLT Clinical Chemistry

Credits 6

This course will cover the physiology of the body and the biochemical reactions that are necessary for a healthy existence. The human condition is evaluated by biochemical shifts in different systems that maintain homeostasis during healthful periods. Basic interpretations of biochemistry and the concentration of enzymes, carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, electrolytes, blood gases, and therapeutic drug monitoring will be discussed. The student will perform routine clinical tests on biological fluids, maintain quality assurance records, and perform preventative maintenance on instrumentation.

MT2506: MLT Immunohematology

Credits 6

A study of the immunology of blood, including those principles and practices that are known collectively as blood banking. An overview of blood component collection and component preparation is presented. Basic concepts of genetics, immunology and antiglobulin testing are included as a foundation for the understanding of the blood group systems and antibody detection and identification. Current transfusion practices are discussed. The student will gain experience in performance of techniques in immunohematology.

MT2703: MLT Urinalysis and Body Fluids

Credits 3
This course will provide the student with in-depth knowledge of the function of the kidney, urine formation, and the procedures utilized in performing a routine urinalysis and body fluid analysis. Correlation of abnormal findings and disease states will be discussed. Other body fluids covered in this course include feces, seminal, amniotic, cerebrospinal, pleural, pericardial, and peritoneal. Discrimination between normal and abnormal findings and relating this knowledge to disease states will be included in the course material.

MT2907: MLT Clinical Practicum

Credits 7

Seven credit hours. Seven credit hours clinical rotation. Students will work one-on-one with clinical instructors to refine clinical laboratory skills within a designated clinical affiliate laboratory. This rotation will include 400 hours of clinical practicum experience. This course will integrate knowledge gained in all MLT courses with practical experience in hematology, coagulation, chemistry, immunology, immunohematology, microbiology, urinalysis, and serology.