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Medical Laboratory Science

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Medical Laboratory Science degree provides education and training for employment in various medical, clinical 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 medical and clinical laboratories. Students in the Medical Laboratory Science program may be exposed to potentially infectious blood tissues, and body fluids. A Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Medical Laboratory Science is also available.

Details

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Field of Interest
Health Sciences
Type
Associate Degree
Academic Plan
Medical Laboratory Science (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
3028
Total Credits Required
70-79
Catalog Year
2020-2021
What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Application of safety and government standards and compliance to the clinical/medical laboratory setting. 
  2. Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct in all medical laboratory practices. 
  3. Implement quality assurance and quality control principles to the clinical/medical laboratory. 
  4. Application of methodologies and techniques including problem solving and troubleshooting for the clinical/medical laboratory. 
  5. Application of proper collection, processing, and analysis of biological specimens and other substances including reporting of results. 
  6. Utilize computer applications of laboratory information systems and laboratory instrumentation in performing medical laboratory techniques. 
  7. Communicate utilizing sufficient medical terminology to serve the public, patients and members of the healthcare team. 
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians

$46,120

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
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.

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Fall Semester (Term 1)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Fall Semester (Term 1)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL Critical course PP 3
HCC130 or
(HCC130AA and
HCC130AB and
HCC130AC and
HCC130AD and
HCC130AE and
HCC130AF)
Fundamentals in Health Care Delivery or (Health Care Today and Workplace Behaviors in Health Care and Personal Wellness and Safety and Communication and Teamwork in Health Care Organizations and Legal Issues in Health Care and Decision Making in the Health Care Setting) This requirement may be waived for students who have two or more years of documented work experience in a hospital or reference laboratory. PP 0–3
MAT140 or
MAT141 or
MAT142
College Mathematics or College Mathematics or College Mathematics Critical course MAT142 carries the MA Value.
Higher level Math course maybe completed.
PP 3–5
BIO181 General Biology (Majors) I OR Equivalent PP 4
AAA/CPD115 or
AAA/CPD150 or
AAA/CPD150AC or
CPD104
Creating College Success or Strategies for College Success or Educational and Career Planning or Career and Personal Development 0–3

Spring Semester (Term 2)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Spring Semester (Term 2)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG102 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL PP 3
CRE101 College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment PP 0–3
HCC145AA Medical Terminology for Health Care Professionals I This requirement may be waived for students who have two or more years of documented work experience in a hospital or reference laboratory. PP 0–1
BIO160 or
BIO201
Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology or Human Anatomy and Physiology I OR Equivalent PP 4
CHM130 and
CHM130LL
Fundamental Chemistry and Fundamental Chemistry Laboratory PP 4

Summer Semester (Term 3)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Summer Semester (Term 3)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BIO205 Microbiology PP 4

Fall Semester (Term 4)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Fall Semester (Term 4)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MDL190 Clinical Laboratory Operations 2
HU Humanities, Fine Arts, and Design Recommend selecting a course that simultaneously satisfies one or more awareness area requirements of the AGEC-A 3
SB Social-Behavioral Sciences Recommend selecting a course that simultaneously satisfies one or more awareness area requirements of the AGEC-A 3
COM100 or
COM110 or
COM225 or
COM230
Introduction to Human Communication or Interpersonal Communication or Public Speaking or Small Group Communication COM225 recommended for transfer (L) SB or L 3

Spring Semester (Term 5)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Spring Semester (Term 5)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MDL240 Clinical Urinalysis and Body Fluid Analysis 3
MDL244 Clinical Immunohematology and Immunology 6
MDL242 Clinical Hematology and Hemostasis 6

Summer Semester (Term 6)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Summer Semester (Term 6)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MDL245 Practicum: Clinical Immunohematology and Immunology 1
MDL243 Practicum: Clinical Hematology and Hemostasis 1
MDL252 Clinical Preparation I 0.5
MDL241 Practicum: Clinical Urinalysis and Body Fluid Analysis 1

Fall Semester (Term 7)

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Fall Semester (Term 7)
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MDL263 Clinical Preparation II 0.5
MDL248 Clinical Chemistry 6
MDL246 Clinical Microbiology 6

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MDL249 Practicum: Clinical Chemistry 1
MDL291 Medical Laboratory Science Program Capstone 1
MDL247 Practicum: Clinical Microbiology 1
Course Area Key

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Associate in Applied Science in Medical Laboratory Science (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm3?id=135220).


At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

Catalog YearEffective Dates
2019-20205/28/2019 – 5/25/2020