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.
- 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 either the ASCP- BOC or AMT national certification exam, within the first year of graduation, with a pass rate at or above the NAACLS benchmark 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.
Student Learning Outcomes (General Course Objectives)
Medical laboratory technicians will be prepared and proficient in skills
that are necessary for them to function as part of the healthcare team,
recognizing the responsibilities of other laboratory and health care
personnel and interacting with them with respect for their jobs and patient
care. These skills are reflected in the following student learning outcomes.
Upon completion of Jefferson State’s Medical Laboratory Technology program,
Degree graduates will
- Demonstrate knowledge in laboratory safety, blood borne
pathogens, HIPAA, hazardous communication, and other laboratory
standards necessary to protect themselves and the patients they serve.
- Demonstrate professional conduct and interpersonal
communication skills with patients, laboratory personnel, other health
care professionals, and with the public.
- Perform analytical tests including quality control on
biological specimens; including collecting and processing biological
specimens for analysis.
- Relate laboratory findings to common disease processes.
- Recognize and act upon individual needs for continuing
education as a function of growth and maintenance of professional
MLT Program Benchmarks
** Calculated by the most recent NAACLS survey three-year period
The MLT Program at Jefferson State will:
|Outcome||Measure||JSCC Program 3 year running Average July 2017 – June 2020 N=64
|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||Admission Statistics||N=63; 59/63 or 93% of students entering their third semester have graduated from the program|
|JSCC Program 3 year running Average July 2016 – June 2019: Students are given 1 year after graduation to obtain these benchmarks|
|Graduates will take either the ASCP- BOC or AMT national certification exam, within the first year of graduation, with a pass rate at or above the NAACLS benchmark of 75%||ASCP- BOC or AMT Certification Exam Pass Rate Combined Average
|N=44; 35/44 or 80% of students taking either certification exam during the first- year post graduation passed the certification exam|
|70% of graduates seeking employment in the laboratory field will be employed within one year of graduation.||Graduate Surveys||N=65; 60/65 or 93% of graduates found employment|