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Technical Standards/Essential Skills Requirements

The Associate in Applied Arts and Science (A.A.A.S.) Degree and Certificate of Proficiency (CP) in Medical Laboratory Technology prepares graduates to work as a team member in a clinical laboratory. The graduates will be prepared to perform scientific laboratory tasks. Employment opportunities are available to students taking the MLT (ASCP) certification examination. The Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

The faculty in the MLT department has a responsibility for the welfare of students enrolled in the program, for patients affected or treated by students in the program and for staff working in the program. The MLT department has established minimum essential requirements that must be met, with or without reasonable accommodation, in order to participate in the program and graduate. The MLT department does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, age, or disability.

Candidates for admission into the clinical laboratory technician program must possess abilities and skills in these areas including: 1) observation 2) communication in English, 3) motor function 4) intellectual, conceptual, integrative and quantitative abilities and 5) behavioral and social skills. Reasonable accommodation can be made for some disabilities in these areas, but a candidate must be able to perform in a reasonably independent manner. Each applicant to the program must attest that they can meet the abilities and skills listed below before entry into the program.

Essential Skills Requirements

  1. Observation - An applicant must have the ability to participate actively in classroom demonstrations, lectures, student laboratory, and clinical practicum sessions. He/she must have the ability to see projected images and discriminate color variations in slide and computer format, as well as under a microscope.
  2. Communication - The applicant must be able to communicate in English with instructors, fellow students, patients, and other members of the health care team. He/she must be able to write and transmit information clearly, accurately, and efficiently.
  3. Motor Function - The applicant must have sufficient motor function to perform a variety of basic and advanced laboratory testing. These may include manipulation of a variety of pipettes, microscopes, phlebotomy equipment, laboratory equipment, and supplies.
  4. Intellectual, Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities - The applicant must be able to master basic science and clinical laboratory information presented in lecture and laboratory curriculum. He/she must also be able to measure, calculate, reason, analyze, evaluate and synthesize laboratory information / data. Problem solving and interpretation of patient laboratory data is critical to all laboratory practitioners. The applicant must be able to decide when to seek supervisory help in a clinical setting.
  5. Behavioral and Social Skills - The applicant must be able to exercise good judgment in the lecture, laboratory, and clinical settings. He/she must be able to complete tasks on time in a mature, sensitive, and effective manner with instructors, coworkers, patients, and other members of the health care team. He/she must be able to work under both routine and increased workload situations, prioritize tasks, and make correct judgments with regards to patient results. Applicants must be flexible with scheduling and be able to adapt to changing environments in the laboratory. Other professional attributes may include dependability, self-motivation and initiative, maturity, confidentiality and concern for others.

These technical standards identify the requirements for admission, retention, and graduation of applicants and students in the program. I certify that I have read and understand the Shoreline Community College MLT Program's Essential Skills Requirements for admission and that I meet each of them, with or without reasonable accommodation.