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Associate of Applied Science, Medical Laboratory Technology

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Overview

The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences provides the following description: At career entry, the medical laboratory technician will be able to perform routine clinical laboratory tests (such as hematology, clinical chemistry, immunohematology, microbiology, serology/immunology, coagulation, molecular 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 health care 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 scientist should be able to demonstrate entry-level competencies in the above areas of professional practice. Graduates are eligible to sit for national certification examinations in medical laboratory science after completion of the program.

A.A.S. Medical Laboratory Technology Outcome Measured Table

 

  • Prerequisite Courses

    Students who apply to the associate of applied science medical laboratory technology major and who qualify for admission to UAA at the associate level are admitted as pre-medical laboratory technology majors. Admission as a pre-medical laboratory technology major does not guarantee admission to the program. There are a limited number of seats available in each MEDT course. The process for advancement to the full major and the formal admission to the medical laboratory technology major are:

    1. Satisfy the Application and Admission Requirements for Associate Programs.
    2. Accepted by UAA as pre-medical laboratory science major with transcript evaluations (if any) from Enrollment Services.
    3. Meet with an academic advisor regarding application, program admission and development of a program of study.
    4. Completion of specified prerequisite courses or equivalent transfer courses with a grade of C or better; grades received for courses repeated more than once will not be considered in the application process:

    • BIOL A111              Human Anatomy and Physiology I                                                  (4 credits) 
    • BIOL A112              Human Anatomy and Physiology II                                                 (4 credits)
    • CHEM A103            Introduction to General Chemistry                                                  (4 credits)
        & A103L                and Introduction to General Chemistry Laboratory          
      or CHEM A105       General Chemistry I
           & A105L             General Chemistry I Laboratory    
    • CHEM A104            Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry                                      (4-7 credits)
        & A104L                and Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry Laboratory
       or CHEM A106      General Chemistry II
           & A106L             and General Chemistry II Laboratory
           & CHEM A321   and Organic Chemistry I

    5. Minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.5.
    6. Complete the General Admission Requirements for the Medical Laboratory Science Department.
    7. Apply to the program between December 1st and March 1st for entry into the program in Summer or Fall.  All applications will be reviewed after the March 1st deadline.  No applications received after March 1st will be considered.  Follow the steps listen in the application procedure here.

  • General Degree Requirements

    In order to progress within the Associate of Applied Science in Medical Laboratory Technology program, students must earn a minimum grade of C or P in all Medical Laboratory Science (MEDT) courses required for the degree and demonstrate professional behavior as defined by the Medical Laboratory Science Department Core Abilities and associated behavior criteria. Satisfactory progress is demonstrated by exhibiting developing level criteria by the end of the second year (assessed by core faculty), and entry level criteria by the end of the clinical practicum (assessed by clinical instructors). Students must receive a score of 3 or higher on the developing level criteria in order to progress in the program and demonstrate the critical core abilities during clinical practicum in order to graduate from the program. Students who are unable to earn an acceptable grade in a MEDT course during their initial enrollment may attempt to earn a satisfactory grade one additional time on a space available basis.

    When the number of students admitted to the program exceeds the number that can be accommodated in the clinical practicum, students are placed on an alternate list and informed they can complete their practicum should space become available, or they are given preference for a subsequent semester. Students receive a letter stating they are an alternate; students must sign and return the letter acknowledging alternate status. UAA is affiliated with clinical sites throughout the state of Alaska. Students training at clinical sites outside of Anchorage may incur additional costs related to travel and housing. The practicum coordinator will ask for volunteers to train outside of Anchorage. If there are no volunteers, students may be assigned placement. Students with higher GPAs in MEDT courses will have first preference for location. If a student is unable or unwilling to go outside of Anchorage, they will be placed on the alternate list and given preference for a subsequent semester.

  • Major Requirements

    Complete the major requirements listed below with a minimum grade of C or P:
         Support Courses

    • BIOL A111              Human Anatomy and Physiology I                                                  (4 credits) 
    • BIOL A112              Human Anatomy and Physiology II                                                 (4 credits)
    • CHEM A103            Introduction to General Chemistry                                                  (4 credits)
      & A103L                  and Introduction to General Chemistry Laboratory          
      or CHEM A105       General Chemistry I
      & A105L                  General Chemistry I Laboratory    
    • CHEM A104            Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry                                      (4-7 credits)
      & A104L                  and Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry Laboratory
      or CHEM A106       General Chemistry II
      & A106L                  and General Chemistry II Laboratory
      & CHEM A321        and Organic Chemistry I
  • Course Sequencing

    Summer Semester

    • MEDT A132 Phlebotomy and Specimen Processing Techniques lecture & Lab (4 credits)
    • MEDT A133 Basic Techniques in Laboratory Medicine (2 credits)
    • MEDT A134 Immunology and Serology (3 credits)

     

     Fall Semester

    • MEDT A202 Clinical Chemistry (4 credits)
    • MEDT A203 Clinical Microbiology (6 credits)
    • MEDT A208 Urine & Body Fluid Analysis (3 credits)

     

     Spring Semester

    • MEDT A204 Hematology & Coagulation lecture & lab (6 credits)
    • MEDT A211 Blood Banking (4 credits)
    • MEDT A250 Cultural Diversity in Health Care (1 credit)

     

    Summer Semester

    • MEDT A395 Practicum (11 credits)

    Fall Semester

    • MEDT A132 Phlebotomy & Specimen Processing Techniques lecture & lab (4 credits)
    • MEDT A133 Basic Techniques in Laboratory Medicine (2 credits)
    • MEDT A134 Immunology and Serology (3 credits)

     

    Spring Semester

    • MEDT A204 Hematology & Coagulation (6 credits)
    • MEDT A211 Blood Banking (4 credits)
    • MEDT A250 Cultural Diversity in Health Care (1 credit)

     

    Fall Semester

    • MEDT A202 Clinical Chemistry (4 credits)
    • MEDT A203 Clinical Microbiology (6 credits)
    • MEDT A208 Urine & Body Fluid Analysis (3 credits)

     

    Spring Semester 

    • MEDT A395 Practicum (11 credits)

     


A minimum of 70 credits is required for the degree.