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Medical Laboratory Technician

Do you want to contribute to the healthcare field, but don’t want to become a nurse or doctor? Does the idea of working in a laboratory environment sound appealing to you? To many, building a career in healthcare as a Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) has proven to be a meaningful and rewarding part of their lives. An MLT is part of a team of laboratory scientists who collect and conduct chemical analysis of bodily fluids, cultivate and identify microbial organisms for testing, and use a wide variety of lab equipment and techniques to establish the accuracy of test results.

The MLT program at Otero 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.

Three semesters will be spent at the Otero campus and two semesters will be partially spent in clinical rotations at an affiliated clinical facility.

The Otero MLT program is accredited by the 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: info@naacls.org ; Web site: www.naacls.org

Spring Semester

Credit

ENG 121
CIS 118
MLT 131
BIO 111
MAT 121
English Composition I
Intro to PC Applications
Introduction to Hematology
General College Biology
College Algebra
3 credits
3 credits
2 credits
5 credits
4 credits

Summer Semester

Credit

HPR 180 Internship (105 Clinical Hours) 3 credits

Fall Semester

Credit

BIO 201
COM 125
  OR
COM 115
MLT 132
CHE 111
Anatomy & Physiology I
Interpersonal Communication
  OR
Public Speaking
Hematology II
General College Chemistry
4 credits
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3 credits
4 credits
5 credits

Spring Semester

Credit

BIO 202
MLT 231
MLT 141
MLT 241
MLT 142
Anatomy & Physiology II
Clinical Microbiology
Immunohematology/Immunology
Introduction to Clinical Chemistry
Urinalysis
4 credits
4 credits
4 credits
2 credits
2 credits

Summer Semester

Credit

MLT 232
MLT 282
MLT 180
Parasitology/Mycology
Internship IV/Microbiology (90 Clinical Hours)
Internship/Blood Banking I (45 Clinical Hours)
2 credits
2 credits
1 credit

Fall Semester

Credit

MLT 242
MLT 253
MLT 280
MLT 182
Clinical Chemistry II
Seminar/Comprehensive Exams
Intern-III Clinical Chemistry  (157.5 Clinical Hours)
Intern-II Hemat/Coag/Urinalysis (157.5 Clinical Hours)
4 credits
1 credit
3.5 credits
3.5 credits

A Phlebotomy certificate can be obtained by completing the Hematology I course plus the Phlebotomy course. This certificate can be obtained through a compressed Spring semester or additional Summer semester.

The Otero Phlebotomy program is accredited by the 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: info@naacls.org ; Web site: www.naacls.org

Phlebotomy Certificate 

 

MLT 131
HPR 180

Introduction to Hematology 
Internship

2 credits 
3 credits

The student must apply for general college admission to Otero College. Applying to Otero is free and can be completed online.

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. See the Disqualifying Offenses document for more information:
    1. 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.
    2. Students are required to take and pass the background check
  3. Required necessary vaccinations: Annual influenza, Hepatitis B, Varicella, MMR, COVID-19
  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.

Medical Laboratory Technician Program Outcomes

Medical Laboratory Technician Program Outcomes


Phlebotomy Program Outcomes

Graph of Phlebotomy Certificate Outcomes

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