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2018-2019 College Catalog 
2018-2019 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Medical Laboratory Science (Formerly Clinical Laboratory Technology), AAS

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Program Description

The Associate of Applied Science in Medical Laboratory Science (formerly Clinical Laboratory Technology) provides the student with entry-level competence in the laboratory that would render him/her competitive for employment and/or advancement as well as allowing him/her to take the national (American Society of Clinical Pathologists, ASCP) certification examination for Medical Laboratory Technicians. Classroom instruction and clinical experiences prepare individuals to perform diagnostic tests and procedures under the supervision of medical technologists and pathologists. Students should note that some courses have prerequisites, which must be completed before enrolling in upper-level courses and continuing in the program. This program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) and the American Medical Association (AMA). Although a terminal degree program, general education requirements, as well as some of the technical courses, may be transferable to a variety of baccalaureate programs.

Program Goals

  • To enable students to acquire the general education competencies expected of an associate of applied science degree graduate
  • To teach basic scientific and clinical concepts which will prepare students for entry-level as Medical Laboratory/Clinical Laboratory Technicians
  • To provide students with an opportunity to develop the psychomotor skills necessary to function effectively in the clinical laboratory

Program Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Associate of Applied Science degree in Medical Laboratory Science (formerly Clinical Laboratory Technology) will:

  • Collect and process biological specimens for analysis.
  • Observe safety regulations.
  • Utilize laboratory computer systems to maintain patient records.
  • Perform analytical tests on body fluids, cells, and products.
  • Monitor quality control within predetermined limits.
  • Recognize factors that affect procedures and results and take appropriate action within predetermined limits when corrections are indicated.
  • Perform preventative and corrective maintenance of equipment and instruments or refer to appropriate sources for repair.
  • Relate laboratory findings to common disease processes.
  • Demonstrate ethical and professional conduct (including confidentiality) and interpersonal communication skills with patients, laboratory personnel, other healthcare professionals, and with the public.
  • Recognize the responsibilities of other laboratory and health care personnel, and interact with them with respect for their jobs and patient care.
  • Apply basic scientific principles in learning new techniques and procedures.
  • Attain a level of proficiency sufficient to orient new employees after employment.
  • Recognize individual needs for continuing education as a function of growth and maintenance of professional competence and seek means of meeting these needs

Program Cycle

Campus Start
Lafayette Fall 



Applying for the Program

Before applying, all interested applicants should read the complete packet before applying to Medical Laboratory Science.

Specific Degree Requirements

Students wishing to earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Medical Laboratory Science (formerly Clinical Laboratory Technology) from South Louisiana Community College must:

  • Submit a History & Physical examination report certifying they are physically and emotionally fit for the program
  • Provide recent (less than one year) TB skin test or Chest x-ray.
  • Submit proof of current immunizations.
  • Pass a color-blindness examination.
  • Pass a background check.
  • Pass a drug screen.
  • Must purchase the required class and clinical uniform(s), and supplies as outlined by the instructor
  • Obtain CPR for Healthcare Provider certification.
  • Adhere to HIPAA and other confidentiality clauses involving client care or clinical training.
  • Arrange transportation to clinical sites, any additional trainings, or any extra-curricular activities.
  • Have a degree program adjusted SLCC cumulative average of 2.0.   
  • Have earned at least 25 percent of the credit hours required for the degree through SLCC courses.
  • Have earned at least a “C” in each course unless stated by a specific program.
  • Have no more than one-third credit hours in required major courses and no more than 50 percent of credit hours total from non-traditional sources, Credit for Prior Learning (CPL), to meet the degree requirements, unless required by a specific program.
  • Have completed at least the number of credits stipulated in the degree program.

Major Requirements - Total Credit Hours: 46

  • CLTS Courses 43 Credits
  • SFSE 1003  3 Credits

Total Credit Hours: 62


AAS: Medical Laboratory Science - Total Credits: 62

A grade of “C” or higher is required in all courses.

Note**Medical Laboratory Science has additional requirements to complete the registration process. You will need to contact the faculty member located on the campus you are attending to schedule your classes. **

¹CTS: Medical Laboratory Basics is awarded after a student has earned a “C” or higher in the following courses: CHEM 1030, CHEM 1031, CLTS 1030, CLTS 1073, CLTS 1130, CLTS 1131, and CLTS 1203.

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