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Medical Laboratory Technician

The mission of the BSC Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) program is to provide a high quality, learning-centered education in medical laboratory theory and practice that maximizes student learning and makes students partners in their education.

Overview

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On-campus
Medical Laboratory Technician

Delivery method:  Lecture - On campus or online synchronous
                                Lab - On campus
Program begins:  Fall only

Program Description

The mission of the Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) program is to provide a high quality, learning-centered education in medical laboratory theory and practice that maximizes student learning and makes students partners in their education.

Medical laboratory technicians, under supervision of a physician or medical laboratory scientist, perform general laboratory tests that aid medical providers in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.

Goals of the MLT program are to:

  • Train competent MLTs with the knowledge and skills necessary for entry level proficiency in all areas of medical laboratory science including:
    • Phlebotomy
    • Hematology
    • Chemistry
    • Microbiology
    • Immunohematology (Blood Banking)
    • Molecular Diagnostics
    • Urinalysis
  • Provide a two-year associate degree program
  • Operate a program in which a maximum number of credits will fulfill requirements for four-year Medical Laboratory Science programs

The MLT program at BSC prepares a student for employment in a variety of career opportunities and/or acceptance to a 4-year MLS program. Students receive both theoretical and experiential study, including a 22-week rotation through one of its clinical affiliates: Sanford Health Laboratory or Northern Plains Laboratory in Bismarck, ND; CHI St. Joseph, Dickinson, ND; Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital, Glasgow, MT; Fallon Medical Complex, Baker, MT; Holy Rosary Healthcare Laboratory, Miles City, MT; Central Montana Medical Center, Lewistown, MT; Glendive Medical Center, Glendive, MT; Billings Clinic, Billings, MT; and Sidney Health Center, Sidney, MT.

BSC’s MLT program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science, 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL, 60018-5119. Phone:  773-714-8880.

Preparation

Medical laboratory science is a demanding field. Success depends on self-discipline, self-motivation, self-reliance, integrity and the ability to work independently to solve problems with the goal of producing accurate laboratory results under stressful conditions. A strong science background with high school classes in chemistry, biology and algebra is recommended.

Program Requirements

The MLT program is highly selective and has a limited enrollment of 17 students per year. Selection depends upon academic preparation as well as early date of application. Deadline for application is August 1. The student is required to discuss the MLT curriculum with program officials prior to acceptance. Purpose of the discussion is to assist students in making the right career choice and to design a curriculum plan that affords him/her the greatest opportunity for success. Students are required to earn a “C” or better in all prescribed science, math and technology courses and a minimum overall grade point average of 2.00 for successful completion of the program.

Those completing the curriculum requirements receive an Associate in Applied Science degree and are eligible to take the Board of Certification of the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) to become certified as a medical laboratory technician.

Career Opportunities

A critical shortage of clinical laboratory professionals exists throughout the nation. MLTs are in demand in clinical and research facilities, public health laboratories, and blood donor collection and processing centers.

Additional Information

Since the BSC Medical Laboratory Technician program began in 1978, graduates have achieved a 97 percent first-time pass rate on the national board certification examination. 

                                                                         2017-2018          2018-2019          2019-2020          2020-2021
Certification Exam Pass Rate                          100%                    100%                   100%                   100%

Graduation Rate                                                   50%                      80%                     86%                      80%
Placement Rate                                                  100%                    100%                    83%                    100%   
Attrition Rate                                                         37%                      20%                    14%                       20%


Contacts

Cathleen Smesrud • Health Sciences 155A
701-224-5669
cathleen.smesrud@bismarckstate.edu

Tracie Seibel • Health Sciences 155B
701-224-2485
tracie.seibel@bismarckstate.edu

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