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2012-2013 Catalog [Aug. 2012-Aug. 2013] [Archived Catalog]

Medical Laboratory Technology (2220) (A.S.)


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Associate in Science

 

Note: In addition to the membership application above (“Apply for this Program Now”), students must also meet the program requirements for this program.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Associate in Science in Medical Laboratory Technology (AS-MLT) program is to provide access to an affordable high-quality educational program designed to train and educate competent, ethical entry-level clinical laboratory professionals in partnership with affiliated healthcare institutions. Medical laboratory technicians/technologists play an important role in the diagnosis and management of disease. The program focuses on comprehension and mastery of the profession’s body of knowledge in conjunction with clinical skill development.  

The Career

Medical laboratory professionals have unlimited choices of practice settings: hospitals, reference laboratories, clinics, business and industry. Areas of scientific exploration open to students are the immune system, cell marker technology and cancer research. In the clinical area, drug testing, therapeutic drug monitoring and biogenetics are a few of the specialties with openings. For a qualified laboratory professional, the possibilities are as limitless as the imagination. Visit the Medical Lab Tech Career Network to view sample job opportunities and career resources.

For additional information about a rewarding career as a medical laboratory technician, write:

Board of Registry
American Society for Clinical Pathologists
P.O. Box 12270
Chicago, IL 60612

The Program

This limited access program, accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) at 8410 West Bryn Mawr Avenue, Suite 670, Chicago, Illinois 60631–3415, (773) 714-8880 enables graduates to sit for the national certification exams and to be licensed through the State of Florida, Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel, Department of Health. Students may be admitted each term. Students may find it difficult to work during the professional phase of the program due to clinical demands. Students will be expected to perform in a professional manner during the campus and clinical phases and must have excellent coordination skills.

Students must earn a grade of “C” or better in the medical laboratory courses and complete all campus-based courses with a grade point average of 2.0 or better before entering the clinical phase of their education. Placement in the clinical practicum phase of the program is on a space available basis; a GPA-ranked waiting list will determine placement should space become limited for reasons beyond the control of the program.

MLT 1022C - Introduction to Health Technology must be completed or in progress prior to acceptance in the program. Exceptions can be made if the student already has a degree.

Expected Job Growth and Earnings

The number of jobs in this field is expected to grow by 19–37% through 2010, according to the Department of Labor.*

*Upon completion of coursework, Florida State College at Jacksonville does not guarantee employment in a given field of study. Any jobs mentioned are given as examples of potential employment. Graduates may need to seek employment outside the local area.

Application Procedure

  1. Interview with the program director.
  2. Complete the program application.
  3. Enroll in  .
  4. Submit recommendation from MLT 1022C instructor.
  5. Complete the Health Occupations Test (HOT).

A physical examination will be required upon acceptance to the program.

Prior to contact with patients or patient specimens, students must furnish proof of childhood immunizations and Hepatitis B immunization. Contact program director for additional information.

Need More Information? Contact:

Rhoda Jost, Program Director, North Campus, (904) 766-6580 or rjost@fscj.edu
Wanda Ammons, North Campus, (904) 766-6511 or wammons@fscj.edu

More Information Online

Essential Functions  (PDF)
American Society for Clinical Pathology

Curriculum


Total Credit Hours: 76

General Education (Credit Hours: 16)


*Refer to A.S. General Education Requirements .
**Students who qualify may substitute CHM 2045C and CHM 2046C.

*Social and Behavioral Science Credit Hours: 3
*Humanities Credit Hours: 3

Professional Courses (Credit Hours: 60)


**Students may substitute HSC 1531 if approved by the program director.

Note


Students may substitute BSC 2020C for BSC 2085C.
Students may also substitute CHM 1032C and CHM 2205C for CHM 1025C and CHM 2045C.

Record of Conviction of a Crime


Effective July 1, 2009, pursuant to Section 456.0635, Florida Statutes, health care review boards shall refuse to renew a license, certificate or registration, issue a license, certificate or registration and shall refuse to admit a candidate for examination if the applicant has been convicted or plead guilty or nolo contendre, regardless of adjudication, to a felony violation of: chapters 409, 817, or 893, Florida Statutes; or 21 U.S.C. ss. 801-970 or 42 U.S.C. ss. 1395-1396, unless the sentence and any probation or pleas ended more than 15 years prior to the application, terminated for cause from Florida Medicaid Program (unless the applicant has been in good standing for the most recent 5 years) or terminated for cause by any other State Medicaid Program or the Medicare Program (unless the termination was at least 20 years prior to the date of the application and the applicant has been in good standing with the program for the most recent 5 years). The Florida nursing or allied health licensure or certification application requires disclosure of any criminal history and the disposition of all cases prior to board review. Being convicted of, or having entered a plea of guilty or nolo contendre to, any of the listed felonies in Florida Statute 456.0635 or termination for cause from the statutorily-described Medicaid programs will preclude an applicant from obtaining a nursing or allied health license or certification in the state of Florida. Entry and acceptance into the nursing or allied health program does not guarantee licensure or certification in the State of Florida.

Note


Most clinical agencies require students to undergo drug screen and criminal background checks prior to placement in the agencies for clinical experiences. Students whose drug screening and criminal background checks are deemed unsatisfactory may be denied access to clinical experiences by the clinical agencies. Failure to qualify for and meet clinical requirements at clinical sites may prevent completion of the program. Withdrawal from the program may be necessary if students cannot be placed for clinical experiences

Some practice settings may have additional requirements including health insurance, a volunteer application, references, fingerprinting and background check, drug testing, and/or an interview prior to the start of the clinical experience. The additional requirements are the responsibility of the student, including expenses.

The cost of the background check(s) and drug screen(s) is borne by the student. Additionally, it is the student’s responsibility to have all paperwork completed by the program’s published deadline.

Students who are unable to complete the clinical requirements after acceptance into selective access programs are not eligible for refunds of tuition.

A physical examination will be required upon acceptance to the program.

Graduation Requirements


In order to be awarded the associate in science degree, students must have met the following requirements:

  1. Earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (“C”) at Florida State College in courses eligible toward the associate in science degree programs (A.S. Florida State College GPA).
  2. Earned an all–college cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (“C”) on all courses attempted, including transferred credits. (All college cumulative.)
  3. Completed at least 25 percent of credit semester hours required for the degree at Florida State College.
  4. Completed the minimum required semester hours, as specified by the degree, of which a minimum of 15 semester hours must be General Education requirements.
  5. Earned a grade of at least a “C” in each course used to satisfy the General Education Requirements .
  6. Students must have fulfilled all financial obligations to the College before they may graduate.

Note: Students are cautioned to pay particular attention to the following statements.

  1. Graduation dates will be the date at the end of the college term in which the students complete the academic requirements for the degree or certificate for which students are applicants. (The removal of an incomplete grade does not affect students’ graduation dates, since the grade change is effective as of the end of the term in which the incomplete grade was assigned rather than the term in which the incomplete work was made up.)
  2. If students expect to complete the coursework under the terms of the catalog in effect during the term of their first registration, they must graduate within five years or they will need to be reassigned to an active catalog. Accordingly, students who enter under this catalog (2012/2013) must graduate by the end of the Summer Term 2017, or they will automatically be reassigned to the 2016/2017 catalog requirements. Changes to requirements as mandated by law or by rule of the District Board of Trustees may supersede this provision.
  3. The General Education Requirements may be taken on any Florida State College campus or center.
  4. Many courses in this catalog have prerequisite and/or corequisite courses which are listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements.
  5. Students who place into college preparatory courses are required to complete designated college preparatory courses with a grade of “C” or better regardless of program of study.
  6. Degree–seeking students whose native language is not English, who fall below a designated cutoff score on the English as a second language (ESL) entry placement test, will be required to take ESL courses with EAP prefix prior to registering for other college credit classes. The level of these courses will be determined by the entry placement scores. Individual exceptions will be determined by the ESL program manager.
  7. Degree–seeking students identified as non–native speakers must take an English as a second language (ESL) placement test prior to taking the College’s standard course placement test. Students who place into ESL, as determined by the test, must complete ESL courses before registering for other college credit classes. Non–degree seeking college credit students who plan to take English or reading courses must also meet these requirements. Exceptions to these requirements can be made by the ESL program manager or designee.

Articulation


This A.S. degree program articulates into a bachelor’s degree program. For more information, please visit the Transfer Services Web page and look for your A.S. program of study.

University Transfer


This associate in science degree program is intended primarily for students who desire to complete an associate in science degree and become employed. Students who decide to pursue university transfer study must meet certain course and test requirements. For details refer to the University Transfer Guide.

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