Medical Laboratory Technician

LIMITED ENROLLMENT
Delivery method: On campus
Program begins: Fall only

Program Description

The mission of the Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) program is to provide a high quality, learning-centered education in medical laboratory theory and practice that maximizes student learning and makes students partners in their education.

Medical laboratory technicians, under supervision of a physician or medical laboratory scientist, perform general laboratory tests that aid physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.

Goals of the MLT program are to:

  • Train competent MLTs with the knowledge and skills necessary for entry level proficiency in all areas of medical laboratory science
  • Provide a two-year associate degree program for students in North Dakota and surrounding states
  • Operate a program in which a maximum number of credits will fulfill requirements for four-year Medical Laboratory Science programs in North Dakota.

The curriculum allows a student to meet employment and transferability goals. Students receive both theoretical and experiential study, including a seven-month rotation through clinical affiliates Sanford Health Laboratory or Northern Plains Laboratory in Bismarck, or Holy Rosary Healthcare Laboratory in Miles City, Mont. BSC’s MLT program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science, 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL, 60018-5119.  Phone:  773-714-8880

Preparation

Medical laboratory science is a demanding field. Success depends on self-discipline, self-motivation, self-reliance, integrity and the ability to work independently to solve problems and produce accurate laboratory results under stressful conditions. A strong science background with high school classes in chemistry, biology and algebra is recommended.

Program Requirements

The MLT program is highly selective and has a limited enrollment of 14 students per year. Selection depends upon academic preparation as well as early date of application. Deadline for application is May 1. An interview with program officials is required prior to acceptance. Purpose of the interview is to assist students in making the right career choice and to design a curriculum plan that affords him/her the greatest opportunity for success. Students are required to earn a “C” or better in all prescribed science, math and technology courses and a minimum overall grade point average of 2.00 for successful completion of the program.

Those completing the curriculum requirements receive an Associate in Science degree and are eligible to write the national board examination to become certified as a medical laboratory technician.

Career Opportunities

A critical shortage of clinical laboratory professionals exists throughout the nation. MLTs are in demand in clinical and research facilities, public health laboratories, and blood donor collection and processing centers.

Additional Information

Since the BSC Medical Laboratory Technician program began in 1978, graduates have achieved a 97 percent first-time pass rate on the national board certification examination. The program's current 3-year average for certification exam pass rate is 100%; graduation rate is 91% and placement rate is 93%.

Contacts

Angela Uhlich • Jack Science Center 220 • 701-224-5669 or 701-323-5482
Angela.Uhlich@bismarckstate.edu


Cathy Janikowski • Jack Science Center 220 • 701-224-2485
Catherine.Janikowski@bismarckstate.edu

MLS 100. Human Structure and Function

Credits: 4
Typically Offered: SPRING
Includes lecture and laboratory. Designed for students enrolled in the Medical Laboratory Technician program. Does not fulfill the requirements for nursing, surgical technician, paramedic. Not GERTA approved. Fundamental concepts of the structure and function of the cells, tissues, organs and organ systems of the human body. Special emphasis is placed on those systems most closely related to diagnostic procedures performed in the clinical laboratory, including the following: skeletal, muscular, nervous, cardiovascular, lymphatic, immune, endocrine, digestive, respiratory and renal. Open to all students.

MLS 101. Introduction to Medical Laboratory Science

Credits: 1
Typically Offered: FALLSPR
An introduction to the medical laboratory and the profession of clinical laboratory science. Professional ethics, medical terminology, laboratory safety, the use and care of basic laboratory equipment. Open to all students.

MLS 103. Phlebotomy

Credits: 3
Typically Offered: SPRING
Phlebotomy is the "art of drawing blood." The course consists of a knowledge component to include: anatomy of hand, arm, foot and blood vessels; blood composition, specimen types, and coagulation factors. The motor skills component will include instruction in manual phlebotomy techniques, and drawing and handling specimens. The attitude component discusses the public relations aspect of the job and job applications. Open to all students.

MLS 113. Urinalysis

Credits: 1
Prerequisite: Acceptance into MLT program.
Corequisite: MLS 101.
Typically Offered: FALL
Review of renal anatomy and physiology; urinalysis theory and techniques, with emphasis on microscopic analysis of urine sediment. Includes lab.

MLS 115. Clinical Parasitology

Credits: 1
Prerequisite: Acceptance into MLT program.
Corequisite: MLS 101.
Typically Offered: FALL
Study of parasites and their relationship to the human host. Includes lab.

MLS 199. Special Topics

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Special topics courses are developed by the faculty member to take advantage of unique learning opportunities that either are not repeatable (such as a presidential election) or address advanced topics not normally covered in the curriculum. Topics covered must be directly related to the discipline under which credits are to be awarded.

MLS 201. Immunology

Credits: 4
Prerequisites: BIOL 150, BIOL150L, BIOL 151 and BIOL 151L or equivalent.
Typically Offered: SPRING
The foundations of diagnostic serology, immunohematology, histocompatibility and hematology as well as new technology such as monoclonal antibodies and molecular biology are covered in order for students to become better prepared for a career in laboratory medicine. Includes lab. Course is open to all students. CHEM 115, CHEM 115L, CHEM 116, CHEM 116L or CHEM 121, CHEM 121L, CHEM 122, CHEM 122L are strongly recommended before taking this class.

MLS 205. Clinical Internship I

Credits: 1
Prerequisites: MLS 101, MLS 103, MLS 113, MLS 115, MLS 201 and MLS 225.
Corequisites: MLS 235 and MLS 245.
Typically Offered: SUMMER
Supervised rotations in the phlebotomy and clinical microscopy departments of the clinical affiliate laboratory.

MLS 215. Clinical Internship II

Credits: 2
Prerequisite: MLS 205.
Typically Offered: SUMMER
Supervised experience in the hematology, chemistry, microbiology and blood banking departments of the affiliated clinical laboratory.

MLS 225. Hematology

Credits: 3
Prerequisite: MLS 101.
Typically Offered: SPRING
Identification of normal and abnormal blood cells in various hematological disorders. Theory and applications of hematology procedures. Morphologic examination of blood and marrow and routine manual hematologic procedures. Includes lab.

MLS 235. Clinical Chemistry I

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: MLS 101, CHEM 115, CHEM 115L, CHEM 116, and CHEM 116L.
Corequisite: MLS 205.
Typically Offered: SUMMER
Principles of instrumentation and the theory and application of the biochemical tests performed in the clinical laboratory. The student will receive instruction in the basic techniques required for performing routine manual determinations. Includes Lab. Also, MLS 100 or all of the following four courses - BIOL 220, BIOL 220L, BIOL 221, and BIOL 221L.

MLS 236. Clinical Chemistry II

Credits: 1
Prerequisite: MLS 235.
Typically Offered: FALL
Continuation of the lectures given during the summer session.

MLS 240. Immunohematology

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: MLS 101, MLS 201, and MLS 225.
Typically Offered: FALL
Lecture and laboratory. Fundamental principles of immunology are presented and applied to serology and blood banking. Topics include donor selection, blood collection and processing, blood components and compatibility testing. Preparation and administration of blood and genetics of blood inheritance. Theory of blood coagulation and procedures.

MLS 245. Clinical Microbiology I

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: MICR 202, MLS 101, MLS 201, MLS 225.
Corequisite: MLS 205.
Typically Offered: SUMMER
The morphology, culture characteristics and identification of bacteria pathogenic to man and their role in infectious disease are discussed, as well as antibiotics susceptibility testing and rapid identification systems. Includes lab.

MLS 246. Clinical Microbiology II

Credits: 1
Prerequisite: MLS 245.
Typically Offered: FALL
Continuation of the lectures given during the summer session and Mycology.

MLS 255. Clinical Internship III

Credits: 12
Prerequisites: All MLS courses.
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Supervised experience in the hematology, chemistry, microbiology, and blood banking departments of the affiliated clinical laboratory.

MLS 299. Special Topics

Credits: 1-3
Typically Offered: ONDEMAND
Special topics courses are developed by the faculty member to take advantage of unique learning opportunities that either are not repeatable (such as a presidential election) or address advanced topics not normally covered in the curriculum. Topics covered must be directly related to the discipline under which credits are to be awarded.