Medical Laboratory Technology A.A.S.
  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

Are you interested in medical science and enjoy working with the latest technology? Become a Medical Lab Technologist and play a vital role in the diagnosis of disease and illness.

FVCC’s Medical Laboratory Technology Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree prepares students to work in the growing health care industry with skills in preparing and analyzing bio samples, operating highly advanced equipment and communicating test results with physicians and other health care providers. Graduates of this program are eligible to take the certification exam administered by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.

Commitment:

This degree can be obtained in two years with heavy emphasis on hands-on laboratory training and clinical internship experience.

Opportunities:

  • Demand for medical lab technologists in Montana is expected to increase 18 percent by 2024.
  • Health care employment in Flathead County has increased 47 percent since 2006 and is expected to continue growing.
  • Flathead County’s largest employer, Kalispell Regional Medical Center, seeks to hire qualified medical lab technologists as part of its growing team of health care professionals.

Interested? We would love to be in touch with you!

Program Accreditation

The MLT program is seeking accreditation through the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS). Questions about the accreditation status of the program can be made by contacting NAACLS.


NAACLS

Address: 5600 N. River Rd. Suite 720 Rosemont, IL 60018-5119

Phone: 773-714-8880

Email: info@naacls.org


Graduate Outcomes



























FVCCNAACLS Requirement20192020
Graduation3-year average = 70%
BOC Pass Rate3-year average = 75%
Employment3-year average = 70%


Advisor

Student Support Center Advisor

Karrie Bolivar

LRC 129

(406) 756-3880

kbolivar@fvcc.edu
Faculty Advisor

Dr. Janice Alexander

RH 107

(406) 756-3948

jalexand@fvcc.edu


For general information, contact the Admissions Office: (406) 756-3847.


The Medical Laboratory Technician Profession

The health of all Americans depends upon the educated minds and trained hands of the medical laboratory professional. The practice of modern medicine at the exacting standards currently required would be impossible without the scientific testing performed daily in the medical laboratory. Maintenance of these standards and progress toward improvement in the quality of laboratory services depends on the dedicated efforts of professional practitioners of medical laboratory science. Through their dedication, the medical laboratory professionals of the United States make a vital contribution to the quality of healthcare.


 


The clinical laboratory professional is qualified by academic and applied science education to provide service and research in clinical laboratory science and related areas in rapidly changing and dynamic healthcare delivery systems. Clinical laboratory professionals perform, develop, evaluate, correlate and assure accuracy and validity of laboratory information; direct and supervise clinical laboratory resources and operations; and collaborate in the diagnosis and treatment of patients. The clinical laboratory professional has diverse and multi-level functions in the areas of analysis and clinical decision-making, information management, regulatory compliance, education, and quality assurance/performance improvement wherever laboratory testing is researched, developed or performed. Clinical laboratory professionals possess skills for financial, operations, marketing, and human resource management of the clinical laboratory. Clinical laboratory professionals practice independently and collaboratively, being responsible for their own actions, as defined by the profession. They have the requisite knowledge and skills to educate laboratory professionals, other healthcare professionals, and others in laboratory practice as well as the public.


 


The ability to relate to people, a capacity for reasoned judgment and a demonstration of commitment to the patient are essential qualities. Communications skills extend to consultative interactions with members of the healthcare team, external relations, customer service and patient education. Laboratory professionals demonstrate ethical and moral attitudes and principles that are necessary for gaining and maintaining the confidence of patients, professional associates, and the community.


All medical laboratory professionals are encouraged to become active members of their national professional organization, the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) and the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP). It is through professional organization that laboratorians can control the destiny of their profession.


Medical laboratory technicians practice independently and collaboratively, being responsible for their own actions, as defined by the profession. They have the requisite knowledge and skills to educate laboratory professionals, other health care professionals, and others in laboratory practice as well as the public.


The ability to relate to people, a capacity for calm and reasoned judgment and a demonstration of commitment to the patient are essential qualities. Communications skills extend to consultative interactions with members of the healthcare team, external relations, customer service and patient education. Laboratory professionals demonstrate ethical and moral attitudes and principles that are necessary for gaining and maintaining the confidence of patients, professional associates, and the community.


Entry Level Competencies

At career entry, the Medical Laboratory Technician will possess the entry level competencies necessary to perform routine clinical laboratory tests in areas such as clinical chemistry, hematology/hemostasis, immunology, immunohematology/transfusion medicine, clinical microbiology, urine and body fluid analysis, laboratory operations, and other emerging diagnostics as the primary analyst making specimen oriented decisions on predetermined criteria, including a working knowledge of critical values. Communication skills will extend to frequent interactions with members of the healthcare team, external relations, customer service and patient education. The level of analysis ranges from waived and point of care testing to complex testing encompassing all major areas of the clinical laboratory.


The Medical Laboratory Technician will have diverse functions in areas of pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical processes. The Medical Laboratory Technician will have responsibilities for information processing, training, and quality control monitoring wherever clinical laboratory testing is performed.


Upon graduation and initial employment, the medical laboratory technician should be able to demonstrate entry-level competencies in the areas of professional practice listed below:



  1. collecting and processing biological specimens and other substances for analysis;

  2. performing analytical tests on body fluids, cells, and other substances;

  3. recognizing factors that affect procedures and results, and taking appropriate actions within predetermined limits when corrections are indicated;

  4. performing and monitoring quality control within predetermined limits;

  5. performing preventive and corrective maintenance of equipment and instruments or referring to appropriate source for repairs;

  6. applying principles of safety and governmental regulations compliance;

  7. demonstrating professional conduct and interpersonal communication skills with patients, laboratory personnel, other healthcare professionals, and with the public;

  8. recognizing the responsibilities of other laboratory and healthcare personnel and interacting with them with respect for their jobs and patient care;

  9. applying basic scientific principles in learning new techniques and procedures;

  10. relating laboratory findings to common disease processes;

  11. establishing and maintaining continuing education as a function of growth and maintenance of professional competence.


Program Goals and Objectives

  • To provide students both academic instruction and professional training in the field of laboratory medicine to meet employment needs of Flathead and Lincoln counties, and surrounding communities.

  • Provide a climate conducive to stimulating interest in MLT education and participating in professional organizations and encouraging awareness in changing trends in medical laboratory technology.

  • Produce graduates who meet entry level competency in the profession.

  • To produce skilled clinical laboratory workers who:

    1. through general and technical education, are qualified to perform with minimal supervision, the tests routinely performed in clinical laboratories.

    2. are able to collect, label, identify, and log in specimens accurately,

    3. have a working knowledge of the principles of the tests they are performing,

    4. keep accurate and legible records and are able to communicate reports clearly to fellow medical personnel,

    5. are able to correlate test results in order to confirm them.

    6. will strive for accuracy in the performance of tests and will make every effort to eliminate error through their ability to recognize irregularities in test results and procedures and make corrections according to preset strategies and criteria and refer them to more qualified personnel when appropriate,

    7. are skillful in the operation of laboratory instruments and are able to recognize instrument failures and take appropriate actions,

    8. are able to demonstrate and explain routine procedures to others in the laboratory,

    9. will take responsibility for their own work and are able to organize their work to make the most efficient use of time,

    10. will adapt well to various work situations,

    11. maintain the confidentiality of patient results,

    12. are constantly aware of patient welfare,

    13. will co-operate with their co-workers and all members of the healthcare team.

    14. are able to perform efficiently under stress,

    15. will strive to keep their competence and knowledge current in relation to the changing work environment,

    16. will have the qualities of honesty and intellectual integrity beyond reproach,

    17. will actively participate in professional organizations in their specialty,



  • To carry out the education of each student in a manner that encourages further education, participation in community service, participation in student organizations, and maintenance of special interests in the field.

  • To maintain accreditation of the program through the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

  • To produce graduates eligible to take and pass a nationally recognized certification examination upon completion of the program.

  • To maintain high academic and professional standards both in the program and in its students.

  • To serve as a resource for the clinical laboratories in the Flathead Valley.


Program Officials

Program Director

Terry Kotrla

tkotrla@fvcc.edu
Coordinator

Denise Pacovsky

dpacovsky@fvcc.edu