The North Hennepin Community College Associate of Applied Science Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) Program is designed to prepare students for a career in the medical laboratory. Medical Laboratory Technology is a rewarding, dynamic, and in-demand career with many opportunities for growth. By performing testing on blood and body fluids using highly specialized skills and complex instrumentation, MLTs provide information that is vital to both diagnosing and treating disease. In fact, over 70% of all health care decisions are made based on laboratory results.

Through NHCC's MLT program, students will gain both knowledge and hands-on experience, making them highly desirable employees. Coursework includes theory in phlebotomy, urinalysis, clinical chemistry, hematology, immunology, microbiology, and immunohematology. Practical experience will be gained in student laboratories at NHCC and through a 19-week clinical experience during the program's final semester. Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible to sit for the American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Certification Exam.

All on-campus MLT courses are offered in both day and evening formats. However, in the final semester students are required to participate in clinical rotations, which are only offered during the day Monday-Friday. Admission into the MLT Program requires a separate application and entrance exam. The selection process is competitive, and the college may not be able to accept all applicants that meet the minimum standards. MLT application deadline is March 1st for the fall semester start.

The Associate of Applied Science in Medical Laboratory Technology is designed to articulate to:

  • Saint Cloud State University B.S. in Medical Laboratory Science degree

 

Completion of current Minnesota Human Services Background Check including fingerprints. If an applicant has been arrested, charged or convicted of any criminal offense, he or she should investigate the impact that the charge or conviction may have on his or her chances of employment and the student’s chances to obtain federal, state and other higher education financial aid ( by Minnesota Statute 135A. 157). If the applicant refuses, or is disqualified as a result of the background study, the applicant will be unable to successfully complete the requirements of the program.

 

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  • Curriculum

    General Education Courses
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    Course Subject: BIOL         Course Number:1120
    Course Title:Human Biology      Goal Areas:03       Credits:3

    Course Description:This introductory level course provides students with a one semester overview of the structure and function of the human body. The course is open to all students: however, it does not fulfill the human anatomy and physiology requirement for those who are planning to pursue a career in the health sciences. This course fulfills the lab-like experience requirements for MnTC Goal Area 3. Prerequisite: ENGL 0990 or a 78 on the Accuplacer Reading Comprehension
    Human BiologyView-BIOL112003 3
    Course Subject: CHEM         Course Number:1061
    Course Title:Principles of Chemistry I      Goal Areas:03       Credits:4

    Course Description:This course is a study of the basic concepts of Chemistry, with an emphasis on atomic theory, stoichiometric relationships, kinetic-molecular theory, molecular structure, and chemical bonding as related to the gas and liquid and solid phases. The lab portion with experiments includes observation, data collection, and mathematical applications that support the concepts being studied in class. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) Placement in this class will be determined by student college assessment score and/or successful completion of Math 1150 with a grade of C or better.
    Principles of Chemistry IView-CHEM106103 4
    Course Subject: CHEM         Course Number:1062
    Course Title:Principles of Chemistry II      Goal Areas:03       Credits:4

    Course Description:A continuation of CHEM 1061, this course emphasizes chemical equilibrium, solution chemistry, acid-base chemistry, precipitation reactions, complex ion formation, oxidation-reduction, and electrochemical reactions. The laboratory portion includes experimental applications of the lecture topics: determination of cation and anion (qualitative) content of unknown mixture, kinetics, acid-base equilibria, solubility, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, and an introduction to nuclear chemistry. CHEM 1061 is required for this course. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab)
    Principles of Chemistry IIView-CHEM106203 4
    Course Subject: COMM         Course Number:1110
    Course Title:Principles of Interpersonal Communication      Goal Areas:01,07       Credits:3

    Course Description:This introductory course looks at communication in one-to-one relationships in friendships, families, the workplace, and elsewhere. Students will be challenged to discover and assess their own communication strengths and weaknesses as they define and discuss what it means to be a competent interpersonal communicator. Course content includes both theory and practice (skill development).
    Principles of Interpersonal CommunicationView-COMM111001,07 3
    Course Subject: MATH         Course Number:1150
    Course Title:College Algebra      Goal Areas:04       Credits:3

    Course Description:This college-level course continues the study of algebra conducted in the developmental algebra courses. Topics include polynomial, rational, inverse, exponential, and logarithmic functions and their applications. Additional topics include systems of non-linear equations, systems of linear equations, and matrices. Prerequisites: College math placement level or successful completion of Math 0970 or 0980 with grade of "C" or better
    College AlgebraView-MATH115004 3
    Course Subject: PHIL         Course Number:1020
    Course Title:Ethics      Goal Areas:06,09       Credits:3

    Course Description:This course will introduce students to both the methods and issues connected with thinking about morality and ethical systems. Moral skepticism will also be examined. The aim of this class is to allow students to be more aware of their own ethical modes of thinking and the diversity of ways morality enters into human lives.
    EthicsView-PHIL102006,09 3
    College Writing I
    Course Subject: ENGL         Course Number:1200
    Course Title:Gateway College Writing or      Goal Areas:01       Credits:4

    Course Description:This class provides extended practice in critical reading, writing, and thinking skills. Students will develop an effective writing process and work to achieve college-level competence in reading and responding to texts, visuals, events, and ideas in a variety of written formats, with an emphasis on the academic essay. Audience awareness, interpretation and analysis, logical reasoning, and persuasive and argumentative skills will be developed. MLA style documentation of primary sources will be included.
    Gateway College Writing orView-ENGL120001 4
    Course Subject: ENGL         Course Number:1201
    Course Title:College Writing I      Goal Areas:01       Credits:4

    Course Description:This class provides extended practice in critical reading, writing, and thinking skills. Students will develop an effective writing process and work to achieve college-level competence in reading and responding to texts, visuals, events, and ideas in a variety of written formats, with an emphasis on the academic essay. Audience awareness, interpretation and analysis, logical reasoning, and persuasive and argumentative skills will be developed. MLA style documentation of primary sources will be included.
    College Writing IView-ENGL120101 4
    1 course from BIOL1001, BIOL1101
    Course Subject: BIOL         Course Number:1001
    Course Title:Biology I or      Goal Areas:03       Credits:4

    Course Description:This course focuses on the concepts of biological chemistry, cell structure and function, cellular metabolism, molecular genetics and heredity reproduction and development. The course is intended for allied health majors and others not requiring a majors-level introductory biology. High school algebra and chemistry are recommended. Prerequisite: ENGL 0990 or a score of 78 on the Accuplacer Reading Comprehension (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab).
    Biology I orView-BIOL100103 4
    Course Subject: BIOL         Course Number:1101
    Course Title:Principles of Biology I      Goal Areas:03       Credits:4

    Course Description:This is the first course in a two-semester biology sequence. This course introduces students to the concepts of cell structure and function, cellular metabolism, heredity and genetics. This course is intended for students for biological and physical science majors or those planning to enter a professional program. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab) Prerequisite:ENGL 0990 or a 78 on the Accuplacer Reading Comprehension AND CHEM 1061 or Concurrent Registration with CHEM 1061
    Principles of Biology IView-BIOL110103 4
     
    Program Courses - MLT Didactic Courses
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    Course Subject: MLT         Course Number:1000
    Course Title:Clinical Laboratory Basics      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:1

    Course Description:This course will introduce the student to the general role of health care provider as well as the specific role of the Medical Laboratory Technician. Basic aspects of medical terminology, laboratory safety, quality control, microscopy, pipetting techniques, laboratory mathematics, and venipuncture technique also will be presented. Prerequisite: Admission to MLT Program
    Clinical Laboratory BasicsView-MLT1000n/a1
    Course Subject: MLT         Course Number:1100
    Course Title:Clinical Urinalysis/Body Fluids      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:2

    Course Description:This course will include lab skills such as pipetting, microscopy and centrifugation; review of the anatomy and physiology of the kidney, role of the kidney in disease; physical, chemical and microscopic properties of urine; and clinical correlation of lab results. Other body fluids and seminal fluid analysis will be reviewed in the lecture portion and laboratory portion. Prerequisite: Admission to the MLT program Strongly Recommended: BIOL 1001 and BIOL 1120
    Clinical Urinalysis/Body FluidsView-MLT1100n/a2
    Course Subject: MLT         Course Number:1200
    Course Title:Clinical Laboratory Instrumentation      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:1

    Course Description:This course will introduce the student to the basic operation and associated functions related to selected laboratory instruments and equipment. Prerequisite: Admission to MLT Program
    Clinical Laboratory InstrumentationView-MLT1200n/a1
    Course Subject: MLT         Course Number:1250
    Course Title:Clinical Immunology      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:2

    Course Description:This course introduces students to the basic elements of the immune system and provides for application of the principles of immunology to immunologic techniques utilized in the clinical laboratory. Prerequisite: Admission to the MLT Program; MLT 1000 Clinical Laboratory Basics
    Clinical ImmunologyView-MLT1250n/a2
    Course Subject: MLT         Course Number:2050
    Course Title:Clinical Hematology      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:4

    Course Description:The course will include development, normal and abnormal characteristics of the cellular elements of the blood; the basic techniques and instrumentation utilized in the hematology laboratory; the theory and techniques of coagulation studies; and the clinical correlation of all procedures. This course will include development, normal and abnormal characteristics of the cellular elements of blood; the basic techniques and instrumentation utilized in the hematology laboratory; the theory and techniques of coagulation studies; and the clinical correlation of all procedures. Prerequisite: Admission to the MLT Program MLT 1000, 1100 and 1200
    Clinical HematologyView-MLT2050n/a4
    Course Subject: MLT         Course Number:2080
    Course Title:Clinical Microbiology      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:4

    Course Description:This course covers the isolation, identification, and significance of clinically associate bacteria, mycobacteria, fungi, and parasites. Prerequisite: Admission to the MLT Program and Biol 1001 or Biol 1101
    Clinical MicrobiologyView-MLT2080n/a4
    Course Subject: MLT         Course Number:2100
    Course Title:Clinical Chemistry      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:4

    Course Description:This course introduces the basic principles, procedures, and correlations of the clinical chemistry laboratory. The theory of basic laboratory instrumentation and procedures will be discussed and practiced. Prerequisite: Admission to the MLT Program; MLT 1000 and 1200 and Chem 1062.
    Clinical ChemistryView-MLT2100n/a4
    Course Subject: MLT         Course Number:2150
    Course Title:Clinical Immunohematology      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:3

    Course Description:This course will include principles of immunohematology and transfusion service procedures, including blood typing, antibody screening, compatibility testing, antibody identification, problem resolution, hemolytic disease of the newborn, and transfusion therapy. (two hours lecture, three hours lab) Prerequisite: Admission to the MLT Program; MLT 1250 and MLT 2050.
    Clinical ImmunohematologyView-MLT2150n/a3
     
    Program Courses - MLT Clinical Courses
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    Course Subject: MLT         Course Number:2310
    Course Title:Applied Phlebotomy      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:1

    Course Description:The course provides the student with experience in phlebotomy skills. Prerequisite: Admission to the MLT Program; Completion of MLT Didactic Courses
    Applied PhlebotomyView-MLT2310n/a1
    Course Subject: MLT         Course Number:2320
    Course Title:Applied Hematology      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:2

    Course Description:This course is designed to give the student clinical experience in the area of hematology and body fluids. Prerequisite: Admission to the MLT Program. Completion of MLT Didactic Courses
    Applied HematologyView-MLT2320n/a2
    Course Subject: MLT         Course Number:2330
    Course Title:Applied Coagulation      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:1

    Course Description:This course is designed to give the student clinical experience in the area of coagulation. Prerequisite: Admission to the MLT Program; Completion of MLT Didactic courses
    Applied CoagulationView-MLT2330n/a1
    Course Subject: MLT         Course Number:2340
    Course Title:Applied Urinalysis      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:1

    Course Description:This course is designed to give the student clinical experience in the area of urinalysis. Prerequisite: Admission to the MLT Program; Completion of MLT Didactic Courses
    Applied UrinalysisView-MLT2340n/a1
    Course Subject: MLT         Course Number:2350
    Course Title:Applied Microbiology      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:2

    Course Description:The course is designed to give the student clinical experience in the area of microbiology. Prerequisite: Admission to the MLT Program; Completion of MLT Didactic Courses
    Applied MicrobiologyView-MLT2350n/a2
    Course Subject: MLT         Course Number:2360
    Course Title:Applied Immunohematology      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:2

    Course Description:This course is the application of immunohematology policies and procedures in the clinical transfusion service setting. Students will perform pretransfusion compatibility testing in accordance with the American Association of Blood Bank Standards. Prerequisite: Admission to the MLT Program; Completion of MLT Didactic Courses
    Applied ImmunohematologyView-MLT2360n/a2
    Course Subject: MLT         Course Number:2380
    Course Title:Applied Chemistry      Goal Areas:n/a      Credits:2

    Course Description:The course provides the student with experience in the clinical chemistry laboratory as well as study in the theory and principles involved. Prerequisite: Completion of MLT Didactic Courses
    Applied ChemistryView-MLT2380n/a2
     
    NHCC Residency and GPA
    CoursesTitlesCourse OutlinesGoal AreasCredits
    15 Credits must be earned at NHCC
     
                                   Total Credit Required60
    Notes: Day or evening option for MLT didactic courses. The program concludes with a clinical component that is only offered on the day shift.


  • Program Outcomes

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    Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World:



    • Develop entry-level medical laboratory technology skills in a clinical setting to prepare them for the workplace.


    Intellectual and Practical Skills:



    • Develop and demonstrate professionalism and concern for the customer.

    • Develop competence in the theoretical knowledge and technical skills necessary for proficient performance of clinical laboratory procedures.

    • Utilize effective interpersonal communication skills with customers and coworkers.

    • Utilize effective written communication skills appropriate for the professional setting.

    • Develop competence in the theoretical knowledge necessary to prepare for the national certification examination of the profession.


    Personal and Social Responsibility and Engagement:



    • Value participation in continuous professional development.

    • Develop awareness of the role and responsibilities of the medical laboratory technician as a member of the health care team.


    Integrative and Applied Learning:



    • Apply critical thinking skills to correlating laboratory findings and common disease processes.

    • Apply critical thinking skills to learning new techniques and procedures.


    Upon successful completion of the program, the student will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination.


    Upon successful completion of the program, students may be eligible to transfer to the B.S. in Medical Laboratory Science program at St. Cloud State University.


    NAACLS requires accredited programs to meet the following program outcomes:

    70% Graduation Rate  (This is calculated based on students who began and completed the second half of the program.)

    75% Board of Certification Pass Rate  (This is calculated based on students who completed their exam within 1 year of graduation.)

    70% Job Placement Rate  (This is based on graduates that either entered the field or continued with higher education in the field.)

     

    MLT outcomes for our program at NHCC are listed below and are for the specified three year period:

    79% Graduation Rate between 7/1/14-6/30/17

    100% Board of Certification Pass Rate between 7/1/13-6/30/16

    95.6% Job Placement Rate between 7/1/13-6/30/16

  • Career Opportunities

    Information on careers, including salary and employment outlook data, is available on the iseek and Bureau of Labor Statistics websites: www.iseek.org and www.bls.gov.

  • Transfer Information

    >The Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree is intended for those students who plan to use the competence gained through their degree for immediate employment or enhancing current career skills. The A.A.S. degree includes a minimum of 20 semester credits in general education selected from at least three of the ten goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC). The MnTC courses within the A.A.S. programs transfer to any Minnesota State College or University. Many of the A.A.S. degree programs have articulation agreements with four-year institutions for transfer of the program.

    A student shall:

    • Earn a minimum of 60-71 semester credits as required in the program with a grade point average of 2.00 (C) or above in courses taken at North Hennepin Community College. Specific programs may have additional requirements or a higher minimum grade point average.
    • Earn a minimum of 15 semester credits at North Hennepin Community College.
    • Earn 20 credits in at least 3 MnTC goal areas

    Completion of an A.A.S. degree fulfills the Goal Area 2 requirement of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).


    Developmental Courses

    Some students may need preparatory course(s) in Math and/or English. Courses numbered below 1000 will not apply toward a degree.


    Equal Opportunity Employer and Disability Access Information

    North Hennepin Community College is a member of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and an equal opportunity employer and educator. This document is available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by calling 763-493-0555 or through the Minnesota Relay Service at 1-800-627-3529.

  • Degree Information

    The Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree is intended for those students who plan to use the competence gained through their degree for immediate employment or enhancing current career skills. The A.A.S. degree includes a minimum of 20 semester credits in general education selected from at least three of the ten goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC). The MnTC courses within the A.A.S. programs transfer to any Minnesota State College or University. Many of the A.A.S. degree programs have articulation agreements with four-year institutions for transfer of the program.

    A student shall:

    • Earn a minimum of 60-71 semester credits as required in the program with a grade point average of 2.00 (C) or above in courses taken at North Hennepin Community College. Specific programs may have additional requirements or a higher minimum grade point average.
    • Earn a minimum of 15 semester credits at North Hennepin Community College.
    • Earn 20 credits in at least 3 MnTC goal areas

    Completion of an A.A.S. degree fulfills the Goal Area 2 requirement of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).


    Developmental Courses

    Some students may need preparatory course(s) in Math and/or English. Courses numbered below 1000 will not apply toward a degree.


    Equal Opportunity Employer and Disability Access Information

    North Hennepin Community College is a member of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and an equal opportunity employer and educator. This document is available in alternative formats to individuals with disabilities by calling 763-493-0555 or through the Minnesota Relay Service at 1-800-627-3529.

  • Accreditation

    North Hennepin Community College is accredited by the:
    Higher Learning Commission
    30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
    Chicago, IL 60602-2504
    1-800-621-7440


    Program Accreditation


    National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720 Rosemont, IL 60018 773-714-8880