Essential Functions of a Medical Lab Technician

Upon admission to the MLT Program, students must meet certain requirements in order to participate in the on-campus classroom and laboratory experiences and/or clinical pracitcums. 

ENTRY-LEVEL PROFICIENCIES OF THE MEDICAL LABORATORY TECHNICIAN

In order to successfully progress through teh Medical Laboratory Technician Program and function as a practicing medical laboratory technician upon graduation, an individual must be able to perform certain physical and mental activities.  These physical and mental abilities include, but are not limited to:

The visual ability to:

  • Differentiate color changes during the performance of laboratory procedures.
  • Observe patient's condition during phlebotomy procedures.
  • Read laboratory instruments technical procedure manuals, standard opearating procedures and information system computer screen.

The motor function to:

  • Collect and process biological specimens for analysis.
  • Perform analytical tests on body fluides, cells, and products.
  • Perform preventive and corrective maintenance of equipment and instruments or refer to appropriate source for repairs.

The behavioral and social skills to:

  • Demonstrate professional conduct and interpersonal communication skills with patients, laboratory personnel, other health care professionals, and the public.
  • Recognize the responsibilities of other laboratory and health care personnel and interact with them with respect for their jobs and patient care.
  • Recognize and act upon individual needs for continuing education as a function of growth and maintenance of professional competence.

The critical thinking abilities to:

  • Recognize factors that affect procedures and results, and take appropriate actions within predetermined limits when corrections are indicated.
  • Monitor quality control within predetermined limits.
  • Apply basic scientific principles in learning new techniques and procedures relating laboratory findings to common disease processes.

These competencies are recommended by the ESSENTIALS AND GUIDELINES OF ACCREDITED EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS FOR THE MEDICAL LABORATORY TEHCNICIAN, as published by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), for graduation and initial employment as medical laboratory technician.

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

NEO College fully subscribes to all principles and requirements of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 for qualified disabled individuals.  The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statue that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities.  Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities.  If you believe you have a disability requiring an accomondation, please contact the ADA Coordinator (Cheryl Butler) at 918-540-6236.  If any student has a disability and needs special accommodations due to this disability, the MLT Program Director will work with the ADA Coordinator to provide reasonable accommodations for the student.