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Medical Laboratory Science

Medical Laboratory Science - AAS

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Major: 3028
First Term: 2015 Fall
Final Term: Current
Award: AAS
Total Credits: 70-79
Description:

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Medical Laboratory Science degree provides education and training for employment in various medical and bioscience laboratories. Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLT's) perform technically precise laboratory procedures using quality assurance and process improvement knowledge in compliance with appropriate regulatory guidelines to ensure quality patient care, work safety, and medico-legal standards by conducting a variety of tests on various specimens submitted to clinical laboratories in settings such as but not limited to hospitals, reference laboratories, clinics, and bioscience industries to physicians, pathologists, researchers, and other healthcare providers. Students in the Medical Laboratory Science program may be exposed to potentially infectious blood, tissues, and body fluids. A Certificate of Completion (CCL) is also available. Individuals completing an associate's degree often perform supervisory and management responsibilities.

Program Notes:

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.
Completion of Anatomy and Physiology, Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics courses within the last eight (8) years is required.

Admission Criteria:

High school diploma or GED equivalent.
Completion of Program Prerequisites.
Proof of current immunization: Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR), tuberculosis skin test (TB), varicella, tetanus, diphtheria, Hepatitis B vaccine (HEB), and Seasonal Flu vaccine.
Submit current CPR card for Health Care Provider and maintain current status throughout the practicum(s).
Complete and submit health declaration form signed by a licensed health care provider.
Submit to a drug screening and demonstrate negative results.
Ability to fully participate in classroom, laboratory, or clinical setting program activities.
A formal application and admission or readmission to the Medical Laboratory Science Program is required.
Application to the Medical Laboratory Science program can be obtained from a Health Professions Advisor, the Program Director, or via the Phoenix College Health Professions, Fitness and Wellness Web site.

Background Check Requirements
Admission to an Allied Health program requires that students be in compliance with the Maricopa County Community College District Supplemental Background Check policy. Program applications will not be accepted without a copy of an Arizona Department of Public Safety Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card. Upon conditional program admission, the student must comply with all requirements of the current MCCCD background check policy.

Program Prerequisites
Credits:34-43
The credit hour range is subject to change depending on the student's educational experience.
 
OPTION 1: Credits: 34-39
Option 1 is available for the student who has two or more years of documented work experience in a hospital or reference laboratory.
 
General Education: Credits: 22-27
CORE: Credits: 12-17
First-Year Composition:
Any approved general education courses in the First-Year Composition area. 6
 
Oral Communication:
Any approved general education course in the Oral Communication area.
3
 
Critical Reading:
CRE101 College Critical Reading (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment. 0-3
 
Mathematics:
MAT120 Intermediate Algebra (5) OR
MAT121 Intermediate Algebra (4) OR
MAT122 Intermediate Algebra (3) OR
Satisfactory completion of a higher level mathematics course. 3-5
 
DISTRIBUTION: Credits: 10
Humanities and Fine Arts:
Any approved general education course in the Humanities and Fine Arts area. 3
 
Natural Sciences:
BIO160 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology (4) OR
BIO201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4) 4
 
Social and Behavioral Sciences:
Any approved General Education course in the Social and Behavioral Sciences area. 3
 
Students must have completed the following BIO, CHM, and MAT courses within eight (8) years prior to admission or readmission to the Medical Laboratory Science Program:
BIO181 General Biology (Majors) I (4) AND
BIO182 General Biology (Majors) II (4) OR
Equivalent courses 8
 
BIO160 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology (4) OR
BIO201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4) OR
Equivalent course 4
The BIO160 or BIO201 also meet the Natural Sciences area requirement.
 
CHM130 Fundamental Chemistry (3) AND
CHM130LL Fundamental Chemistry Laboratory (1) OR
Equivalent courses OR
Satisfactory completion of higher level chemistry course (4) 4
 
MAT120 Intermediate Algebra (5) OR
MAT121 Intermediate Algebra (4) OR
MAT122 Intermediate Algebra (3) OR
Satisfactory completion of a higher level mathematics course. 3-5
The MAT120, MAT121 and MAT122 also meet the Mathematics area requirement.
 
OPTION 2: Credits: 38-43
HCC130 Fundamentals in Health Care Delivery (3) OR
HCC130AA Health Care Today (0.5) AND
HCC130AB Workplace Behaviors in Health Care (0.5) AND
HCC130AC Personal Wellness and Safety (0.5) AND
HCC130AD Communication and Teamwork in Health Care Organizations (0.5) AND
HCC130AE Legal Issues in Health Care (0.5) AND
HCC130AF Decision Making in the Health Care Setting (0.5) 3
 
HCC145AA Medical Terminology for Health Care Workers I 1
 
General Education: Credits: 22-27
CORE: Credits: 12-17
First-Year Composition:
Any approved general education courses in the First-Year Composition area. 6
 
Oral Communication:
Any approved general education course in the Oral Communication area.
3
 
Critical Reading:
CRE101 College Critical Reading (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment. 0-3
 
Mathematics:
MAT120 Intermediate Algebra (5) OR
MAT121 Intermediate Algebra (4) OR
MAT122 Intermediate Algebra (3) OR
Satisfactory completion of a higher level mathematics course. 3-5
 
DISTRIBUTION: Credits: 10
Humanities and Fine Arts:
Any approved general education course in the Humanities and Fine Arts area. 3
 
Natural Sciences:
BIO160 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology (4) OR
BIO201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4) 4
 
Social and Behavioral Sciences:
Any approved General Education course in the Social and Behavioral Sciences area. 3
 
Students must have completed the following BIO, CHM, and MAT courses within eight (8) years prior to admission or readmission to the Medical Laboratory Science Program:
BIO181 General Biology (Majors) I (4) AND
BIO182 General Biology (Majors) II (4) OR
Equivalent courses 8
 
BIO160 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology (4) OR
BIO201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4) OR
Equivalent course 4
The BIO160 or BIO201 also meet the Natural Sciences area requirement.
 
CHM130 Fundamental Chemistry (3) AND
CHM130LL Fundamental Chemistry Laboratory (1) OR
Equivalent courses OR
Satisfactory completion of higher level Chemistry course (4) 4
 
MAT120 Intermediate Algebra (5) OR
MAT121 Intermediate Algebra (4) OR
MAT122 Intermediate Algebra (3) OR
Satisfactory completion of a higher level mathematics course. 3-5
The MAT120, MAT121 and MAT122 also meet the Mathematics area requirement.
Required Courses
Credits:36
MDL190 Clinical Laboratory Operations 2
MDL240 Clinical Urinalysis and Body Fluid Analysis 3
MDL241 Practicum: Clinical Urinalysis and Body Fluid Analysis 1
MDL242 Clinical Hematology and Hemostasis 6
MDL243 Practicum: Clinical Hematology and Hemostasis 1
MDL244 Clinical Immunohematology and Immunology 6
MDL245 Practicum: Clinical Immunohematology and Immunology 1
MDL246 Clinical Microbiology 6
MDL247 Practicum: Clinical Microbiology 1
MDL248 Clinical Chemistry 6
MDL249 Practicum: Clinical Chemistry 1
MDL252 Clinical Preparation I 0.5
MDL263 Clinical Preparation II 0.5
MDL291 Medical Laboratory Science Program Capstone 1

Program Competencies

  1. List and describe the scope of practice, the duties, and the responsibilities of a medical laboratory/clinical laboratory technician. (MDL190, MDL291)
  2. Describe the functions of medical laboratories. (MDL190, MDL291)
  3. Apply quality assurance and quality control principles to urinalysis, body fluids, hematology, hemostasis, immunohematology, immunology, microbiology, and chemistry procedures. (MDL240, MDL242, MDL244, MDL246, MDL248, MDL252, MDL263)
  4. Apply methodologies and techniques including problem solving and troubleshooting techniques for urinalysis, body fluids, hematology, hemostasis, immunohematology, immunology, microbiology, and chemistry procedures. (MDL240, MDL241, MDL242, MDL243, MDL244, MDL245, MDL246, MDL247, MDL248, MDL249, MDL252, MDL263)
  5. Apply proper collection, processing, and analysis of biological specimens and other substances. (MDL240, MDL241, MDL242, MDL243, MDL244, MDL245, MDL246, MDL247, MDL248, MDL249, MDL252, MDL263)
  6. Practice infection control, laboratory safety, and regulatory compliance.(MDL190, MDL240, MDL241, MDL242, MDL243, MDL244, MDL245, MDL246, MDL247, MDL248, MDL249, MDL252, MDL263)
  7. Apply computer applications of laboratory information systems and laboratory instrumentation in performing medical laboratory techniques. (MDL240, MDL241, MDL242, MDL243, MDL244, MDL245, MDL246, MDL247, MDL248, MDL249)
  8. Communicate and document clinical laboratory actions and clerical functions using medico-legal guidelines to support needs of the patient and public, and to aid in diagnosis and treatment. (MDL190, MDL240, MDL241, MDL242, MDL243, MDL244, MDL245, MDL246, MDL247, MDL248, MDL249, MDL252, MDL263, MDL291)
  9. Apply professional and ethical conduct, and professional development in all medical laboratory practices. (MDL190, MDL240, MDL241, MDL242, MDL243, MDL244, MDL245, MDL246, MDL247, MDL248, MDL249, MDL291)

View the Course Plan Sequence information for this MCCCD program on the CCTA website.

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