1. Application Procedure

    Apply to the Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) program before March 1st of each year. The MLT Program Application is on neo.edu/MLT. Applicants must have completed all general studies and science prerequisites prior to the beginning the program. Late applications will be considered if space allows.

    Submit applications, transcripts and immunizations by mail to Mitzie Miller, Director, MLT Program, Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, 200 I Street N.E., Box 3900 Miami, OK 74354 or deliver to Mrs. Miller in Room 104B, Science Lab building. Mrs. Miller can be contacted by phone at (918) 540‐6307 or email at mitzie@neo.edu.

  2. Grade Requirements

    1. Students must have an overall GPA of 2.0 and a minimum grade of C or better in prerequisite science courses (Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology).
    2. Students must also maintain a minimum grade of “C” or better in all MLT Program courses to remain in the program.

    Grading Scale:

    • A ‐ 93.0% ‐ 100%
    • B ‐ 85.0% ‐ 92.9%
    • C ‐ 77.0% ‐ 84.9%
    • D ‐ 67.0% ‐ 76.9%
    • F ‐ 66.9% and below
  3. Physical and Mental Essential Functions

    1. Communication skills
      1. Communicate effectively in written and spoken English
      2. Comprehend and respond to both formal and conversational English
        • Person to person
        • By telephone
        • In writing
      3. Appropriately assess nonverbal and verbal communication
    2. Large and small motor skills
      1. Move freely from one location to another in physical settings such as the clinical laboratory, patient care areas, corridors, and elevators
      2. Possess sufficient eye-motor coordination to allow delicate manipulations of specimens, instruments, and tools
      3. Grasp and release small objects (e.g., test tubes, pipette tips, microscope slides and coverslips); twist and turn dials/knobs (e.g., on microscopes, balances, centrifuges, spectrophotometers)
      4. Manipulate other laboratory materials (e.g., reagents, manual and automated pipettes)
    3. Other physical requirements
      1. Visual acuity
        • Identify and distinguish objects macroscopically and microscopically
        • Read charts, graphs, and instrument scales/readout devices
      2. Lift and move objects of at least 20 pounds
      3. Possess a sense of touch and temperature discrimination
    4. Professional and application skills
      1. Follow written and verbal directions
      2. Possess and apply mathematical skills
      3. Work under time constraints
      4. Prioritize requests and work concurrently on at least two different tasks
      5. Maintain alertness and concentration during a normal work period
      6. Apply knowledge, skills, and values learned from course work and life experiences to new situations
      7. Work safely with potential chemical, radiologic, and biologic hazards using universal precautions
    5. Valuing skills
      1. Show respect for self and others
      2. Project an image of professionalism including appearance, dress, and confidence
    6. Stability
      1. Possess the psychological health required for full utilization of abilities
      2. Recognize emergency situations and take appropriate actions
  4. Notification of Acceptance

    Notification will be mailed by June 15 each year.

  5. Selection Criteria

    Possible point total = 114
    Applicants will be ranked based on point totals.

    1. GPA in all general studies and science courses listed in the MLT curriculum = 104 possible points
    2. Fifteen (15) semester credit hours taken at NEO college = 5 points
    3. Credit for passing science pre-requisite courses first time (C or better) = 5 points
  6. Program Description

    A Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT), also called a Clinical Laboratory Technician (CLT), performs routine tests in all areas of the clinical laboratory. An MLT assists the physician in the diagnosis, monitoring or treatment of disease by performing testing on blood and body fluids. This skilled individual must be dedicated and self-motivated to perform laboratory tests efficiently and accurately for high quality patient care. Attention to detail and logical sequencing of lab procedures is required.

    • ON CAMPUS PROGRAM: The theory portion of the course will be delivered online. The lab portion will be delivered on the NEO campus in the Osborn Science Lab building room 104.
    • DISTANCE PROGRAM: The theory portion of the course will be delivered online. Distance students are required to be present on the NEO campus two days prior to each semester, two days mid-semester, two days at the end of each semester for final exams, and one day for end-of-program review. Qualified students are accepted into the program provided that a hospital in their area agrees to conduct laboratory sessions for the student.
  7. Clinical Practice Rotations

    MLT Students perform four clinical practice rotations in area hospital laboratories. Clinical rotations are conducted eight hours per day on day shift, five days per week (Monday through Friday). Students are normally assigned to clinical rotations in more than one hospital laboratory in order to enhance their potential for employment and to experience different work environments.

  8. MLT Program Mission

    The mission of the NEO A&M College Associate in Applied Science Degree in medical laboratory technician is to prepare traditional and nontraditional students to successfully move into the profession by providing entry level competencies in all areas of the clinical laboratory.

  9. MLT Program Goals and Objectives

    The primary goal of this program is to prepare students for a career as medical laboratory technicians. This goal is accomplished through the following objectives:

    • Provide a curriculum that will produce a laboratory technician that is competent in handling technical procedures, reliable, and adept in handling interpersonal relationships with patients, peers, and other healthcare professionals. This curriculum will meet the requirements for an Associate of Applied Science Degree as set forth by the College and for an MLT as set forth by National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).
    • Provide an efficient monitoring and feedback system for students so he/she may realistically evaluate his/her progress and potential.
    • Provide qualified program and clinical instructors.
    • Encourage leadership and professional advancement.
    • Provide experience of continuing education seminars for laboratory professionals.
    • Promote the profession of medical technology and the allied health professions in the community.
    • Assess program effectiveness at the classroom, program and institutional level.
  10. Class Size

    Class size is variable, based on availability of sites for clinical training and employment projections of area hospitals. Maximum on campus class size is normally 12 campus students and 12 distance students. Should there be more students than there are clinical sites available, the MLT Program Director will select students for clinical experience based upon their Grade Point Average (GPA) in MLT Program courses.

    Distance Program: Class size is limited by the ability to locate a hospital laboratory in the student’s geographic area that will provide clinical experience to the student.

  11. Program Length

    One year; once general education and science pre-requisite courses have been completed. Four (4) MLT Program courses are offered in the Fall semester, two 8-week courses in the Spring semester followed by 12 consecutive weeks of clinical experience (rotations) at an affiliated hospital (Mid-March through the first week of June).

  12. Program Hours

    MLT courses are offered online. Course labs for campus students will be conducted from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon Monday through Thursday. Dates and times for distance student labs will be announced at the beginning of each semester. Clinical rotations are conducted eight hours per day on day shift only, Monday through Friday.

  13. Program Accreditation

    The MLT Program at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) located at 5600 N. River Rd, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018. The telephone number for NAACLS is (773) 714-8880 and their email address is naacls.org. Students are eligible to take the certification examination offered by the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP), after graduation. Successful completion of national certification is not a requirement for graduation nor awarding of the Associate in Applied Science degree.

  14. Curriculum

    Section A: Gen. Ed. Requirements – 18 hours
    Freshman Composition I
    Freshman Composition II
    American History
    American Government
    General Psychology
    Computer Proficiency*
    *See catalog for list of approved computer courses
    Program Requirements – 47 hours
    Section B: Technical/Occupational Support – 12 hours
    Anatomy & Physiology
    Chemistry for Health Science, Principles of Chemistry or General Chemistry I
    Introduction to Microbiology
    Section C: Technical/Occupational Specialty – 35 hours
    Basic Hematology
    Phlebotomy, Urinalysis & Body Fluids
    Clinical Chemistry
    Pathogenic Bacteriology
    Immunology and Serology
    Clinical Practice I
    Clinical Practice II
    Clinical Practice III
    Clinical Practice IV
    >Total Hours – 65 Hours
  15. Program Costs

    MLT students incur costs associated with the program in addition to normal college expenses for tuition, fees, books, housing, meals, etc. The following is a list of estimated additional expenses incurred by MLT students.

    Background Check $76.00
    Drug Screen $40.00
    Immunizations (Hep B) $150.00
    Physical Examination $45.00
    Liability Insurance $15.00