The mission of the Medical Laboratory Technology Program at Jefferson State Community College is to promote and maintain standards of quality for the services and the environment necessary for students to achieve their educational goals and to enhance the social, cognitive, and professional skills required for entry level employment as medical laboratory technicians (MLTs) in the healthcare community.
Goals and Competencies
The goals of the Medical Laboratory Technology program are to:
- Provide education which acknowledges individual differences and respects the rights of individuals to seek fulfillment of educational needs. The conduct, values and beliefs espoused by the program will shape the individual graduates of the program. These basis values and beliefs form the foundation of this program.
- Provide an environment encouraging the individual to benefit and contribute as a partner in the economic progress, development, and stability of the local community, State of Alabama, and the U.S. The basic philosophy of the Medical Laboratory Program is founded upon the value of the individual student, contributions to Medical Laboratory professions, and technical education.
- Provide education which develops the potential of each student to become productive, responsible, and upwardly mobile member of society. The program will assist each student in attaining his or her respective potential in the program. The student will also assume personal responsibility for learning by actively participating in the learning process.
- Provide quality Medical Laboratory Technology education in an atmosphere that fosters interest in enthusiasm for learning. The overall Program will provide foundations in communications, mathematics, and human relations as well as technical training. Program graduates will be trained in the underlying fundamentals of Medical Laboratory Technology and will be well equipped for employment and subsequent upward mobility.
- Prepare graduates to function as safe and competent practitioners in the medical laboratory technology field. Graduates will have achieved competency in urinalysis, hematology, clinical chemistry, immunohematology, microbiology, serology and phlebotomy. They will meet the qualifying criteria for eligibility to gain certification from a national registry. The successful completion of the national registry will enable graduates of this program to achieve professional employment in the medical laboratory field.
- Prepare graduates with the highest level of competence possible given the constraints of the interest and ability levels of the individual. The Medical Laboratory Technology program will offer a high level of academic achievement through a combination of academic preparation and technical training at Jefferson State Community College. Provide educational and related services without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, and sex, age, handicapping condition, academic disadvantage or economic disadvantage.
- Foster employer participation, understanding, and confidence in the instructional process and the competence of Medical Laboratory Technology program graduates.
- Provide guidance to Medical Laboratory Technology program students to assist them in pursuing educational and occupational opportunities that maximize their professional potential. Graduates will have attained career entry competencies expected of graduates and will provide the tools for a continuing and lifelong learning experience.
- Encourage program graduates to recognize and act upon individual needs for continuing education as a function of growth and maintenance of professional competence.
- Providing the healthcare community with graduates with the knowledge and skills to display ethical, professional conduct on campus and in clinical settings according to, but not limited by, the ASCP Code of Ethics.
The MLT Program at Jefferson State will:
- 70%** of students admitted to the MLT program and entering their sophomore year, will complete the program as technically competent individuals ready to enter the laboratory workforce.
- Graduates will take the ASCP- BOC national certification exam, within the first year of graduation, with a pass rate at or above the national average of 75%**.
- 70%** of graduates seeking employment in the laboratory field will be employed within one year of graduation.
- Employers and graduates returning surveys will report 85% satisfaction with educational preparation.
** Calculated by the most recent three year period