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MLT Core Courses

Courses will be offered as night or Sunday courses – hybrid online and ground
 

MLT 1 (1 unit) – Intro to Clinical Lab Profession

This course will introduce the functions and duties of a Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) as well as other careers in the laboratory.  This course will compare and contrast these duties to the Clinical Laboratory Scientist.  Covered topics will include clinical laboratory safety issues, regulatory agencies, infection control policies, and professional responsibilities relative to other departments of health care.  This courses will cover medical terminology, patient's bill of rights, professional standards of the medical laboratory technician, and study computer skills relative to data management systems within the clinical laboratory and on-line courses.
 

MLT 2 (6 units) – Hematology, Coagulation, Urine, Body Fluid Analysis

This course will emphasize the theory and practice of manual and automated procedures in hematology and coagulation and the relationship of these procedures to the diagnosis of disease.  This course will also examine the physical, chemical, and microscopic properties of urine and other body fluids and correlate selected chemical and microscopic constituents of urine and other body fluids with various disease states.  Case studies and online modules will be used to integrate laboratory tests with clinical scenarios to emphasize their clinical significance.
 

MLT 3 (6 units) – Blood Banking and Immunology

This course introduces the theory of antigen-antibody reactions as it relates to blood grouping and typing, antibody detection and compatibility testing.  Also discussed are blood donor screening and component preparations, immunologically related diseases, transplantation, and principles of antigen-antibody based tests.  This course will utilize computer technology to enhance student learning.
 

MLT 4 (6 units) – Clinical Chemistry

This course will discuss basic interpretations of biochemistry and the concentration of enzymes, carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, electrolytes, and blood gases.  The need for drug testing and evaluation will also be a part of this curriculum.  The student will perform routine clinical tests on biological fluids, maintain quality assurance records, and perform preventative maintenance on instrumentation.  This course will utilize computer technology to enhance student learning.
 

MLT 5 (6 units) – Clinical Microbiology

This course will discuss and focus on medical microbiology concepts and techniques that are performed in a clinical diagnostic laboratory.  It will emphasize presentation of clinically significant microoganisms, basic characteristics used for identification, their biochemical profiles, media used for isolation and differentiation, and other theoretical concepts relevant to bacteriology, parasitology, virology, and mycology.  The course will also discuss the theoretical concepts relevant to automation used in the clinical microbiology diagnostic lab.  The course will also address correlation of significant laboratory results with disease states and processes.  The course will utilize computer technology to enhance student learning.
 

MLT 10 (12 units) – Clinical Practicum

Students will work one-on-one with clinical instructors to refine clinical laboratory skills within a designated clinical affiliate laboratory.  This rotation will include at least 760 hours of clinical practicum experience.  This course will integrate knowledge gained in all MLT courses with practical experience in phlebotomy, hematology, coagulation, urinalysis, body fluid analysis, immunology, microbiology, serology, and clinical chemistry.