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2016-2017 Academic Catalog 
2016-2017 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Medical Laboratory Technology, AAS

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My Academic Plan (MAP) - Medical Laboratory Technology
Degree: Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S)
Major Code: 0660
Advising: Sherry Gibbany, MLT Program Director (870) 391-3288 OR
Advising Center: M184 South campus (870) 391-3115

This MAP serves as a guideline to graduate in 5 semesters. The Key Milestones/Prerequisites listed for each semester highlight significant achievements that must be completed in the degree track. Students who do not follow the five semester plan and/or who do not complete identified milestones may jeopardize their financial aid (if applicable) and/or delay graduation. Please refer to the Northark catalog or advisor for any changes or modifications which may have occurred after the publication of this document.

  • Program Application Required: YES
    Contact Sherry Gibbany, MLT Program Director (see above)

Academic Preparedness

Northark recognizes the important connection between student success and academic preparedness. Students may be required to complete one or more of the following courses before enrolling in the MAP sequence of courses. Summer and/or intercession courses may be required to graduate within 5 semesters. Developmental course credits earned do not count towards degree completion requirements.

Medical Laboratory Technology

The Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) Program is a two-year program which provides clinical and didactic education in the field. Upon graduation the student receives an Associate of Applied Science degree. The program is designed to prepare the student to take the American Society of Clinical Pathologist (ASCP) examination for Medical Laboratory Technicians after graduation. This examination certifies the applicant as a registered Medical Laboratory Technician, MLT (ASCP). Contact the Program Director for additional information concerning admission requirements for the program.

To be eligible for admission, the student must:

  1. Be accepted as a student in the college. (See admission requirements)
  2. Have completed the ACT, ASSET, or COMPASS test and have scores sent to Northark (see college requirements for placement). Transfer students must submit a complete transcript. All college preparatory classes (based on ACT, ASSET, and/or COMPASS test scores) must be completed with a “C” or above before being accepted into the program.
  3. Receive a “C” or above for any prerequisite courses (ALDH 1013 - Basic Phlebotomy  and BIOL 1434  or higher Fundamentals of Anatomy and Physiology or higher) required for the MLT Program as well as each course required in the MLT curriculum.
  4. Hold a 2.5 grade point average for admission to the MLT Program.
  5. Complete the Medical Laboratory Technology Program application by May 1 for program consideration. The application process must be renewed yearly. The student will be subject to any revised entrance requirements that may be in effect at the time of reapplication. The application file must include the following:
    1. Medical Laboratory Technology Program Application form
    2. Reference forms (2) from employers, teachers, medical personnel, etc.
    3. Health-Related Work Form (if applicable)
    4. All transcripts
  6. Complete the health statement and turn it into the MLT Program Director by the first day of MLT classes. Immunizations listed are required of all persons participating in the clinical component associated with the Northark MLT Program. The only exception would be for medical reasons. An annual tuberculosis skin test (PPD) or chest x-ray is required. Students must furnish proof of MMR and Varicella verified or declination. Students must obtain the Hepatitis B vaccine series or sign a waiver.
  7. Carry malpractice insurance which is obtained each fall when paying dues.
  8. Accept by phone or in writing by the date indicated on the acceptance letter for all students offered a place on the entering class of the MLT Program.
  9. Be willing, if required by some clinical affiliates, to undergo a criminal background check before being placed into that clinical site.
  10. Complete MLT 1003 - Orientation to Clinical Laboratory Science  in the fall semester in which the student has been accepted into the program if he/she has not already completed the course.

Technical Standards
North Arkansas College Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) Program has specified the following nonacademic criteria (Technical Standards) which all applicants are expected to meet in order to participate in the MLT training program and function as a laboratory professional. These essential functions have been formulated in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act 29 U.S.C.A. Section 794 and the Americans with Disabilities Act 1992.

  1. Observation: The applicant must possess a sufficient sense of vision to obtain accurate readings and complete report forms accurately, to analyze results and apply techniques to discriminate color reactions, and to ready charts, graphs, instrument scales, and printouts.
  2. Communication: The applicant must possess a sufficient sense of speech and hearing to be able to effectively and efficiently receive and transmit information to patients, fellow students, faculty and staff, and all members of the health care team.
  3. Motor: The applicant must possess sufficient motor function and muscle strength to perform all basic testing procedures, to manipulate tools, equipment and instruments, to lift supplies and reagent boxes up to 40 pounds, 42 inches off the floor, and to apply the manual dexterity necessary to perform phlebotomy.
  4. Intellectual and Conceptual Abilities: The applicant must be able to measure, calculate, reason, analyze, evaluate, and synthesize data and information, solve problems, recognize emergency situations, and take appropriate actions in a timely manner.
  5. Behavioral and Social Attributes: The applicant must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of the applicant’s intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, and prompt completion of all responsibilities required of a MLT. Applicants must also be able to tolerate taxing workloads, function effectively under stress, adapt to changing environments and methodologies, display flexibility, and possess sufficient aptitude in interactive skills and sensitivity to maintain a cooperative productive climate of work relationships.

MAT or ET 1134 - Applied Algebra & Trigonometry  will not be accepted as an option for the math requirement for this program.

Possible Prerequisite Courses


Students must complete each required course in the remainder of this MAP with a minimum grade of “C” to obtain this degree.

Students begin in the Pre-Allied Health Technical Certificate. Required courses (bold) from the Pre-Allied Health Technical Certificate are to be completed prior to program entry include:

Semester 1 (Fall)

Total Credits: 16

Semester 2 (Spring)

Total Credits: 17-18

  • Students who complete the above Pre-Requisites (Sciences taken no longer than 5 years previous to application) are ready to apply to the MLT Program.
  • Applicants who have taken or enrolled in a science course more than two times and have not earned a grade of C or better will be advised to consider application to other programs. Withdrawals are counted as an enrollment. The MLT Director may review applicant’s grades for special admission consideration.
  • Upon written program acceptance, the following courses are taken in sequence.

Total Credits: 16

Total Credits: 14

Total Credits: 5

ET 1134  (previously MAT 1134) Applied Algebra & Trigonometry will not accepted as an option for the Math requirement for this program

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