Minnesota State College Southeast
A Technical & Community College

Medical Laboratory Technician - AAS


Career Area: Health Sciences
Program: Medical Laboratory Technician
Campus(es): Winona

MSC Southeast's Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) program offers exceptional educational experiences in the classroom and in clinical settings.

MSC Southeast MLT Program - Three year averages (2016-2018):

  • Job Placement 100%
  • ASCP Board of Certification Pass Rate 95%
  • Graduation Rate 100%

MSC Southeast Program Outcome Measures (PDF)

Medical Laboratory Technicians work as members of the healthcare team, performing laboratory procedures that aid in diagnosis and treatment of diseases. Med Lab Techs:

  • Perform blood and body fluid collections
  • Analyze blood and other body fluids using high-tech instrumentation
  • Match blood for transfusions
  • Examine specimens for bacteria, parasites and other microorganisms

The Medical Laboratory Technician program at MSC Southeast in Winona is a two-year associate degree. Successful students demonstrate an interest in science and mathematics, accuracy, attention to detail, and ability to multi-task. The profession requires moral and intellectual integrity and a desire to contribute to quality healthcare.

The program consists of five semesters (two fall and spring semesters and one summer term). The program requires clinical experiences at a laboratory off campus, which may involve travel to a site in Minnesota, Wisconsin or Iowa. Completion of all required courses with a grade of "C" or better is necessary to continue with the program.

Upon successful completion of the program you will be:

How to Apply

Employment Outlook

The demand for Medical Laboratory Technicians is very strong. Employment in this field is expected to rise 11% between 2018 and 2028. The national median wage in 2018 was $52,330 annually (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook).

Continued Education Pathway

  • MSC Southeast has an articulation agreement for a 2+2 collaborative program with St. Cloud State University to BS in Medical Laboratory Science.

 

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Cluster/Pathway
Career Field: Health Science Technology
Cluster: Health Science
Pathway: Diagnostic Services

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Courses

1) Must complete a minimum of 3 different MnTC goals in Liberal Arts and Sciences

2) 1100 or higher Liberal Arts and Sciences courses required unless specified


PREREQUISITE
 
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Goal 4: Mathematics
Choose one Goal 4 course
3 cr
3 cr
BIOL1200
Human Biology
Human Biology is a one-semester survey of general human function and interactions in a biological world. Cell and organ system functions are described in the context of normal health. The course introduces the study of human anatomy, physiology, development, and heredity. (MnTC Goal 3) (Prerequisite: none) (4 credits: 3 lecture/1 lab)

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4 cr
CHEM2518
General, Organic & Biochemistry I
This course is intended as a broad introduction to the basic principles of general, organic, and biochemistry. Atomic structure, radioactivity, ionic and covalent compounds, reactions, oxidation-reduction, solutions, acids and bases are covered through descriptive, theoretical, and laboratory topics. These principles are related to organic and biological chemistry throughout the course as it is a foundational course for students enrolled in the health related programs. However, this course is open to all students enrolled in any program. (Fulfills MnTC Goal 2 & 3) (Prerequisite: Successful completion of CHEM1010 Fundamentals of Chemistry or permission from the instructor) (4 credits: 3 lecture/1 lab)

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4 cr
ENGL1215
College Writing I
This course involves expository writing based on experience, direct observation, research and reading with emphasis on critical thinking skills, rhetorical strategies, and style. (Meets MnTC Goal 1) (Prerequisites: A minimum score of 78 on the Reading Comprehension portion of the ACCUPLACER basic skills test or a minimum score of 18 on the English subject area of the ACT test or successful completion of ENGL0528) (3 Credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
 
20 crs
TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS
MEDL1100
Introduction to Laboratory Sciences
This course introduces students to the Clinical Laboratory and the role of the Phlebotomist, Medical Laboratory Technician, and Medical Laboratory Scientist. Students will learn about educational requirements, employment opportunities, certification, licensure, regulation and professional and patient code of ethics. Topics include medical terminology, laboratory safety, standard precautions, quality assurance, laboratory math and basic laboratory skills. Students will perform simple laboratory tests. (Prerequisites: None) (2 credits: 1 lecture/1 lab)

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2 cr
MEDL1105
Phlebotomy
This course provides instruction in blood collection procedures and techniques. Students will learn about terminology, safety, customer service, the circulatory system, equipment, and specimen transport/processing. Students will perform routine venipunctures, capillary puncture, and special collection procedures in the classroom and in a clinical setting. (Prerequisite: None) (2 credits: 1 lecture/1 lab)

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2 cr
MEDL1108
Medical Terminology for Medical Laboratory Technician
This course covers word analysis by the study of work roots, prefixes, suffixes, abbreviations and acronyms common to the medical profession. Comprehension is expected concerning combining word parts, recognizing the meaning of the new term, understanding and writing anatomical, diagnostic and laboratory terms. (Prerequisite: Must be a Medical Laboratory Technician Student) (1 credits: 1 lecture/0 lab)

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1 cr
MEDL1110
Urinalysis/Body Fluids
This course covers the anatomy of the kidney, renal physiology and the role of the kidney in health and disease. Students will perform physical, chemical and microscopic examinations of urine. The analysis of other body fluids, such as vaginal secretions, semen, and feces will be discussed. Students will gain experience in a simulated clinical urinalysis laboratory. (Prerequisites: Must be a Medical Laboratory Technician accepted student) (2 credits: 1 lecture/1 lab)

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2 cr
MEDL1116
Immunology
This course provides an overview of the immune system, immunology concepts, autoimmunity and the immunodiagnosis of infectious diseases. Students will apply the principles of immunology to immunologic techniques utilized in the clinical laboratory.(Prerequisite: Must be a Medical Laboratory Technician accepted student) (3 credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
MEDL1121
Hematology 1
This course explores the essential aspects of hematology. Emphasis is placed on hematopoiesis theory and blood cell production, structure, function, identification and differentiation. Students will be introduced to basic techniques and instrumentation utilized in the hematology laboratory. (Prerequisite: Must be a Medical Laboratory Technician accepted student) (3 credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
MEDL1125
Coagulation
This course covers theories of normal coagulation and explores mechanisms involved in coagulation disorders. Emphasis is placed on laboratory evaluation of hemostasis. Students will perform coagulation testing procedures. (Prerequisite: Must be a Medical Laboratory Technician accepted student) (1 credit: 0 lecture/1lab)

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1 cr
MEDL1130
Clinical Chemistry 1
This course covers the analysis of various chemical constituents of plasma, serum and other body fluids. The physiology and clinical significance of carbohydrate metabolism, bilirubin metabolism, lipids, renal function, enzymes, liver function and cardiac function will be presented. Students are introduced to the principles and methodologies of clinical chemistry laboratory analysis. Quality assurance, quality control and basic laboratory procedures will be discussed and practiced. (Prerequisite or corequisite: CHEM 2518 and must be a Medical Laboratory Technician accepted student) (3 credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
MEDL2000
Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Diagnostics
Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Diagnostics will introduce the student to the concepts of cellular and molecular biology including the structure, function, and reproduction of cells and microorganisms. The course will cover basic microbiological laboratory techniques including staining, plating, microbial growth, microbial nutrition, microbial isolation, and basic identification. Fundamental concepts in genetics will be covered to facilitate the understanding of current molecular testing methodologies. The student will explore the use of molecular testing methodologies in the laboratory to monitor and diagnose disease.(Prerequisites: BIOL1200) (3 credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
MEDL2101
Clinical Microbiology
This course covers the appropriate collection, processing and identification of clinically associated microorganisms. Emphasis on the significance of microorganisms isolated from various body sites. Epidemiology and the laboratory role in infection control will be discussed. Students will perform microorganism identification procedures and antibiotic susceptibility testing. Students will gain experience in a simulated clinical Microbiology laboratory. (Prerequisite: BIOL2531 and must be a Medical laboratory Technician accepted student.) (4 credits: 2 lecture/2 lab)

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4 cr
MEDL2105
Hematology 2
This course is a continuation of Hematology 1 and explores the development of hematological disorders. Emphasis is placed on correlation of laboratory findings and disease states. Students will be introduced to special hematology stains and procedures. Students will gain experience in a simulated clinical Hematology laboratory. (Prerequisite: MEDL1120. Must be a Medical Laboratory Technician accepted student) (3 credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
MEDL2110
Clinical Chemistry 2
This course is a continuation of Clinical Chemistry 1 and covers the theory and clinical correlations of blood gases, drugs of abuse, therapeutic drug monitoring, endocrinology, toxicology and tumor markers. Concepts that are basic to the operation and maintenance of automated laboratory instruments will be discussed. Students will perform specimen analysis using automated analyzers and gain experience in a simulated clinical Chemistry laboratory. (Prerequisite: MEDL1130. Must be a Medical Laboratory Technician accepted student) (3 credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
MEDL2115
Immunohematology
This course introduces the principles of genetics and immunology to the discipline of blood banking. A focus on blood bank concepts and procedures, including blood typing, blood group systems, antibody screening and identification, compatibility testing, blood donation, transfusion therapy, transfusion reactions and hemolytic diseases of the fetus and newborn (HDFN). Students will perform basic blood banking procedures, including blood typing and compatibility testing and gain experience in a simulated clinical Blood Bank laboratory. (Prerequisite: MEDL1116, MEDL2105. Must be a Medical Laboratory Technician accepted student) (4 credits: 2 lecture/2 lab)

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4 cr
MEDL2120
Advanced Microbiology
This course introduces anaerobic bacteria, fungi/yeasts and parasites of clinical significance. Students gain knowledge of specimen collection, handling, processing and identification techniques. Students will also be introduced to the components of a clinical molecular diagnostics laboratory and common molecular techniques used in the diagnosis of infectious diseases. (Prerequisite: MEDL2101. Must be a Medical Laboratory Technician accepted student) (2 credits: 1 lecture/l lab)

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2 cr
MEDL2122
Basic Laboratory Management
This course introduces students to concepts of basic laboratory management. Topics include governmental laws and regulations that affect the laboratory, government and national organizations that impact laboratory practice, general management theory, laboratory financial management, laboratory information systems, and laboratory operations management. (1 credit: 1 lecture/0 lab)

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1 cr
MEDL2125
Clinical Practicum 1
This course provides the student an opportunity to practice the principles and procedures of laboratory medicine, under supervision, in a clinical laboratory setting. Students will perform and report patient laboratory analysis in the various areas of a clinical laboratory; hematology, chemistry, microbiology, coagulation, urinalysis, immunology, and immunohematology departments. In addition, students will prepare a case study. (Prerequisite: MEDL2101, MEDL2105. Must be a Medical Laboratory Technician accepted student) (4 credits: 0 lecture/4 lab)

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4 cr
MEDL2126
Clinical Practicum 2
This course provides the student an opportunity to practice the principles and procedures of laboratory medicine, under supervision, in a clinical laboratory setting. Students will perform and report patient laboratory analysis in the various areas of a clinical laboratory; hematology, chemistry, microbiology, coagulation, urinalysis, immunology, and immunohematology departments. In addition, students will prepare a case study. (Prerequisite: MEDL2115. Must be a Medical Laboratory Technician accepted student) (4 credits: 0 lecture/4 lab)

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4 cr
MEDL2130
Clinical Practicum: Portfolio and Review
This course prepares students for the Medical Laboratory Technician examination and employment as a Medical Laboratory Technician. Previously presented material will be reviewed. Students will gain experience in a simulated clinical laboratory. Students will prepare a portfolio documenting assessments and evaluations, professional activities and resume. (Prerequisite: MEDL2101, MEDL2105, MEDL 2110, MEDL2125) (Concurrent: MEDL2115, MEDL 2120) (2 credit: 1 lecture/1 lab)

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2 cr
 
47 crs

Total Credit Requirement - 67


Estimated Costs for this Major

Approximate Tuition/Fees:$13,037
Minimum Tool Cost:$220
Books/Supplies:$1,800
Estimated Total:$15,057
 

 


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Career Opportunities

  • Hospitals
  • Medical Clinics
  • Reference Laboratories
  • Public Health
  • Industry
  • Medical Research
  • Product Sales

Outcomes

Program graduates will be able to:

Gain Knowledge:

  • Demonstrate comprehension of the technical and procedural aspects of laboratory tests.
  • Maintain an awareness of regulatory requirements, safety regulation and ethical standards of practice.
  • Correlate laboratory tests to disease processes.
  • Understand basic physiology, recognizing appropriate test selection and abnormal test results.

Develop Technical Skills:

  • Perform collection and processing of biological specimens for analysis.
  • Perform chemical, microbiologic, immunologic, hematologic, molecular and immunohematologic laboratory procedures that require limited independent judgment.
  • Use technology effectively.

Problem solve:

  • Recognize unexpected results and instrument malfunction and take appropriate action.
  • Gather, analyze, and use information to solve problems and support opinions
  • Prepare to take the examination administered by the Board of Certification under the direction of the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

Communicate:

  • Effectively read, write, speak and listen in formal English
  • Perform information processing.

Highlights

  • Medical laboratory technicians work "behind the scenes" providing vital information for patient care
  • The clinical experience allows students to explore different areas of the clinical laboratory
  • Successful completion of all program courses with a "C" or better
  • Our instructors are committed to student success

Instructors

  • Carol Cantlon earned her Master of Science degree in 2005 from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and her Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology degree in 1979 from Viterbo University. She is a certified Medical Laboratory Scientist through the American Society for Clinical Pathologists (ASCP). She has worked many years in the healthcare setting as a bench technologist, microbiology supervisor and infection control practitioner. She is excited to teach future students the challenging field of clinical laboratory science.
  • Rebecca Lewellyn Beckmann earned her Master of Science degree in 2012 from Rutgers University in Clinical Laboratory Science, a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Science from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 1994, and an Associate degree in Medical Laboratory Technician in 2002 from Western Technical College. She is a certified Medical Laboratory Scientist through the American Society for Clinical Pathologists (ASCP). She has worked in the clinical laboratory setting and has acted as a generalist, a blood bank supervisor and a lead technologist in microbiology. Previous to her work in the clinical setting she spent time working in research laboratories.

 

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Accreditation
The MLT program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
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