Faced with an aging and growing population, our society needs a continuous supply of highly-trained medical lab technicians. Our Medical Lab Technician Associate’s Degree program can prepare students for a career in as few as 18 months.*
Medical lab technicians have a working knowledge of human anatomy and assist physicians in preforming tests on tissue, blood and other bodily fluids in order to diagnose and help with the treatment and prevention of disease.
After gaining the necessary education and skills for a career as a medical lab technician, you could work in several fields including:
- Blood Banking
- Clinical Chemistry
- Molecular Biology
*Successful, Full-time enrollment is required to achieve stated completion dates.
|Course #||Course Title||Credits|
|HP101||Anatomy and Physiology||8|
|ML102||Math for the Medical Lab Technician||4.5|
|ML104||Microbiology for the Medical Lab Technician *||7.5|
|ML105||Chemistry for the Medical Lab Technician I *||7.5|
|ML106||Hematology for the Medical Lab Technician *||7.5|
|ML107||UA/Body Fluids *||7.5|
|ML120||Chemistry for the Medical Lab Technician II *||7.5|
|GE201||Introduction to College Mathematics||9|
|GE202||Introduction to Computer Science||4.5|
|GE203||Introduction to Psychology||4.5|
|GE206||English Composition I||4.5|
|GE207||English Composition II *||4.5|
Students will develop an understanding of medical terminology, symbols and abbreviations, and the application of this new language in the field of health care. While terms are covered as they relate to body structure and function, the main focus is on medical vocabulary and constructing terms using word parts such as roots, suffixes and prefixes.
Anatomy and Physiology
Students will acquire an overview of the anatomical structures and physiology of the human body. Each body system is discussed in terms of the major anatomical structures and functions including how each system participates in homeostasis of the body. In addition, the course will cover selected major pathologies, including disease definitions and causes, signs and symptoms, diagnostic procedures, and possible treatments. Finally the course will cover common issues and changes that occur in each body system through the life span.
Math for the Medical Lab Technician
Students in this course will receive instruction in the clinical calculations used in all areas of the laboratory to enable them to achieve accurate results.
Microbiology for the Medical Lab Technician
Microbiology is a course that introduces the student to the basics of microbiology, infection control, and disease processes to include the body’s defense mechanisms to those diseases, and wound healing.
Chemistry for the Medical Lab Technician I
Applications of general chemistry emphasizing industry-related laboratory skills and competencies including laboratory safety and report writing. This course addresses supporting chemical theories including atomic and molecular structure, nomenclature, chemical reactivity, gas laws, acids and bases, and solutions.
Hematology for the Medical Lab Technician
This course is the study of blood cells in normal and abnormal conditions. Instruction will be given in the theory and practical application of hematology procedures, including quality control, quality assurance, safety, manual and/or automated methods; blood cell maturation sequences, and normal and abnormal morphology with associated diseases.
This course is an introduction to the study of urine and body fluid analysis. It includes the anatomy and physiology of the kidney, physical, chemical and microscopic examination of urine, cerebrospinal fluid, and other body fluids as well as quality control, quality assurance and safety.
Chemistry for the Medical Lab Technician II
This course will cover the principles and procedures of various tests performed in Clinical Chemistry. The course will present the physiological basis, principle and procedures and the clinical significance of test results, including quality control and reference values.
Introduction to College Mathematics
Introduction to College Mathematics covers basic math topics such as solving for whole numbers and equations, understanding proper and improper fractions, converting decimals and figuring percentages. Other topics covered include calculating simple interest, annuities, loan amortization, checkbook reconciliation, and business statistical problems such as mean, median and mode.
Introduction to Computer Science
This course introduces various information and communications technologies and explains how information systems are used to solve problems.
Introduction to Psychology
This course includes the study of the theories and concepts of psychology including the scope of psychology, biological foundations and the brain, sensation, perception, motivation, personality, learning/memory, emotion, states of consciousness, personality theories, cognition, life-span development, and applied psychology.
English Composition I
This course introduces students to critical reading and writing, research techniques, citation and documentation formats, as well as the use of correct grammar and sentence structure to communicate effectively.
English Composition II
This course builds on the skills learned in English Composition I. It develops written communication skills with an emphasis on the use of the writing process, the analysis of readings, and the practice of writing for personal and professional applications.