Medical Laboratory Technician

The Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) Program is a two-year Associates of Science degree program that prepares students for careers in medical laboratory science or related fields.  The curriculum in the program emphasizes basic sciences, medical laboratory sciences, critical thinking skills and communication skills, including structured learning in the laboratories of our clinical affiliates, Franciscan Alliance, Inc.

Medical laboratory technicians are competent in the collection, processing and analysis of biological specimens, the performance of lab procedures, the maintenance of instruments, and relating lab findings to common diseases/conditions.  MLTs are required to work both independently and collaboratively with other health care workers such as physicians, nurses, and patients to provide quality patient care.  Communication skills, the capacity for calm, reasoned judgment, the ability to multi-task and problem solve, and a passion for science are invaluable characteristics.  Professionalism, ability to maintain confidentiality, and ethical and moral behavior are essential elements of a successful MLT.  The work of a medical laboratory technician is demanding, exacting, and challenging and the laboratory field is continually growing.

Mission

The mission of the University of Saint Francis Medical Laboratory Technician Program is to prepare students for employment in the clinical laboratory profession by educating them in fundamental concepts, laboratory techniques, and critical thinking skills.

Crown Point: Medical Laboratory Technician

Goals

  1. Provide an educational program within the framework of the University setting in accordance with the Standards established by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS).
  2. Prepare adequate numbers of entry level medical laboratory technicians to meet the workforce needs of Northwest Indiana and neighboring areas.
  3. Support the health care community with quality individuals who are competent to conduct laboratory procedures in large medical facilities and small rural laboratories and who demonstrate positive professional attitudes, ethics, and practices.

Accreditation

The MLT Program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, (NAACLS, http://www.naacls.org), 5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720, Rosemont, Illinois 60018-5119; (773) 714- 8880. Accreditation by NAACLS assures students that they will be provided with a quality education in laboratory medicine. Upon successful completion of the program the graduate is awarded an Associate of Science Degree as a Medical Laboratory Technician and is eligible to sit for national certification exam.  Graduation from the program is not contingent upon passing an external certification exam.

Program Requirements

All students will enter the University as a Pre-MLT major and begin general education and basic science coursework.  The last year, or clinical year, of the program will include clinical focused diadatic classes and include clinical rotations with Franciscan Alliance, Inc.  The MLT program accepts up to 12 student per year for admission into the clinical year. Requirements for the final clinical year include:

  • Minimum college cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale in all college work attempted.
  • Minimum college science GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Grade of “C ” minimum in all general education and basic science courses.
  • Completion of all courses general education and basic science courses or equivalent before the start of the fall semester of the clinical year.
  • Ability to meet the non-academic Essential Functions of the program.

 Programmatic Outcomes

The MLT program utilizes NAACLS guidelines for program assessment. The following data provides outcomes from graduates, within given date ranges that consistent with NAACLS required reporting.

The MLT program utilizes NAACLS guidelines for program assessment. The following data provides outcomes from graduates, within given date ranges that are consistent with NAACLS required reporting.

Benefit

USF Crown Point offers a well-rounded program that weds a values-based education with a technical degree. In this program, you will receive the benefit of a transferable core of general education classes with a degree that will make you immediately employable. Market studies have identified associate-level clinical lab science as a substantial growth area in health sciences. It is a clear higher-education-to-career degree that will provide you with a pathway to baccalaureate and graduate degrees.

Contact

For questions regarding the MLT program, please contact Julie Gardner, program director at jgardner@sf.edu or 219-488-8888 X 5445.