The purpose of the School of Medical Laboratory Technology is to prepare graduates for employment in hospitals, private clinical laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, physicians' offices, health clinics, and physician treatment centers. At entry-level, the medical laboratory technician will possess the following competencies necessary to perform routine clinical laboratory tests in areas such as Clinical Chemistry, Hematology/Hemostasis, Immunology, Immunohematology/Transfusion medicine, Microbiology, Urine and Body Fluid Analysis, and Laboratory Operations:

  1. Collect and process biological specimens for analysis; use predetermined criteria to make specimen oriented decisions.
  2. Perform analytical tests on blood and body fluids, cells and/or products. The level of analysis ranges from waived and point-of-care testing to complex testing.
  3. Recognize critical values, pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical factors that influence procedures and test results, and take appropriate actions within predetermined limits when indicated.
  4. Monitor quality control samples. When results fall outside of predetermined limits, use troubleshooting techniques to solve the problem(s).
  5. Perform preventative and corrective maintenance of equipment and instruments and/or refer to appropriate sources for repairs.
  6. Correlate the significance of test results to the diagnosis and treatment of patients.
  7. Comply with safety guidelines and institutional and governmental regulations that apply to laboratory operations and personnel.
  8. Demonstrate ethical and professional conduct and communication skills to extend to frequent interactions with members of the healthcare team, external relations, customer service and patient education.
  9. Participate in the technical training and orientation of new employees.
  10. Apply basic scientific principles and methodologies in learning new techniques and procedures.
  11. Apply the principles and practices of quality assessment for all major areas practiced in the contemporary clinical laboratory.