Medical Laboratory Technician
Associate of Applied Science
The MLT program at Otero Junior College in Southeast Colorado offers an accredited two year AAS degree and is designed to prepare qualified laboratory professionals for entry level employment in environments such as hospitals, outpatient clinics, and private medical laboratories. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take national examinations to become certified Medical Laboratory Technicians.
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The OJC Medical Laboratory Technician program prepares individuals to perform routine medical laboratory procedures and tests and to apply preset strategies to record and analyze data. Students will prepare for a career in Medical Laboratory Technology through online/hybrid formats, classroom laboratory practice, and supervised clinical experience. They will complete classes in general education along with Hematology, Clinical Chemistry, Clinical Microbiology, Immunohematology/Immunology, Urinalysis, and Parasitology/Mycology.
The MLT program is designed for the student to graduate with an AAS degree in two years. Three semesters will be spent at the OJC campus and two semesters will be partially spent in clinical rotations at an affiliated clinical facility.
The OJC MLT program is accredited by National Accreditation Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). Their contact information is: NAACLS; 5600 River Rd. Suite 720 Rosemont, IL 60018; Phone 773-714-8880; Fax 773-714-8886; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ; Web site: www.naacls.org
An optional Phlebotomy certificate can be obtained by completing the Hematology I course plus the Phlebotomy course. This optional Phlebotomy certificate can be obtained by enrolling in an additional summer semester.
The student must apply for general college admission to Otero Junior College. Applying
to OJC is free and can be completed online at: www.ojc.edu/apply_ojc.aspx or a print
copy can be downloaded from that site. In addition the student is required to:
1. Be a graduate of an accredited high school or equivalent. Courses in biology and chemistry are strongly recommended.
2. Background check and drug screen:
a. Clinical facilities require students to complete a drug screen prior to participating
in clinical experience. This will be arranged through the college. Please plan to
follow the procedures promptly when notified.
b. Students are required to take and pass the background check available at this web site address: cccs.certifiedbackground.com
3. Required necessary vaccinations: Annual influenza, Hepatitis B, Varicella, MMR
4. Colorblindness testing: this will be done in class or can be done on D2L (Desire2Learn).
5. Health Form: The student must submit a completed physical exam form before beginning clinical rotations in the second semester.