Dallas Associate of Science (AS) Degree in Medical Laboratory Technology
Argosy University, Dallas offers an Associate of Science (AS) in Medical Laboratory Technology degree program. The mission of this program is to teach students to work as healthcare professionals; to interact with pathologists, technologists, and other medical personnel and patients in a professional and ethical manner; to develop the best possible technical skills in laboratory analysis; and to demonstrate at all times the utmost respect and concern for the well-being of the patients they serve.
The modern medical laboratory is a technologically advanced working environment that offers entry-level career opportunities for medical laboratory technicians. Technicians perform extensive laboratory testing procedures in hospitals, clinics, and other laboratory settings that aid in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.
Students with an earned secondary degree or equivalent (GED) may apply to Track I of the AS in Medical Laboratory Technology degree program. The Track I program of study requires the satisfactory completion of 75 semester credit hours that includes 30 credit hours of general education, 39 credit hours of program-specific courses, and 6 credit hours of clinical training. Full-time students following the recommended Track I course sequence can complete the didactic portion of the program in as little as 24 months.
The maximum allowable time frame to complete the Track I program requirements based upon full-time status is 36 months.
Students with an earned bachelor’s degree may apply to Track II of the AS in Medical Laboratory Technology degree program. The Track II program of study requires the satisfactory completion of 51 semester credit hours that includes 3 credit hours of general education, 42 credit hours of program-specific courses, and 6 credit hours of clinical training. Full-time students following the recommended Track II curriculum outline can complete the program in as little as 16 months. The maximum allowable time frame to complete the Track II curriculum based upon full-time status is 24 months.
Program Learning Outcomes
Demonstrate entry level competency in collecting, handling, and processing samples according to laboratory policies and procedures.
• Determine the appropriate sample requirements for the requested test(s) (cognitive).
• Perform and/or describe the proper technique for specimen collection (psychomotor, cognitive).
• Perform and/or describe the appropriate technique for sample handling and processing (psychomotor, cognitive).
Demonstrate ability to follow operating procedures to perform accurate and appropriate analytical testing.
• Utilizes procedures, techniques, and laboratory equipment appropriately, efficiently and effectively for maintenance, quality control, and patient testing according to laboratory protocol (psychomotor, cognitive).
• Select and perform appropriate methods and apply theoretical knowledge and concepts when performing laboratory tests (psychomotor, cognitive).
• Given multiple laboratory requests, prioritize and organize the workload to meet established turn-around times (psychomotor, cognitive).
Utilize critical thinking skills to recognize and/or report normal, abnormal, and critical values and take appropriate action.
• Utilize quality assurance procedures to ensure validity and accuracy of laboratory results (cognitive).
• Evaluate results as normal, abnormal or critical and select the appropriate course of action, thus providing the physician with pertinent information related to diagnosis and treatment of the patient (cognitive).
• Investigate the cause of erroneous laboratory results and determine and apply the appropriate corrective measures (psychomotor, cognitive).
Demonstrate a professional relationship with healthcare workers and patients.
• Project an image of confidence and professionalism through appearance, reliability, communication skills, ethical conduct and attitude (affective).
• Work independently and/or cooperatively with others, maintain composure under environmental stress, and support colleagues to provide quality patient care (affective).
• Actively support the professional organizations for clinical laboratory technology through participation and representation (psychomotor, affective).
• Provide quality service to others while demonstrating tolerance and respect for differences including protected classes, nature of illness and personal attributes (affective).
• Protect patients’ and colleagues’ right to privacy by maintaining professional confidentiality (affective).
Students who successfully complete this program will be eligible to sit for the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification exam to become a Certified Medical Laboratory Technician/Clinical Laboratory Technician. Information pertaining to the ASCP and NCA registry certification exams can be found at www.ascp.org. Completion of the program requirements does not guarantee passage of the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification Exam. Requirements for taking and passing certification exams are subject to change without notice to Argosy University. Information pertaining to the ASCP Board of Certification exam can be found at www.ascp.org.
Launch your career potential by enrolling in the AS in Medical Laboratory Technology program at Argosy University, Dallas. You can learn more about specific financial aid programs (available to those who qualify) on our Financial Aid & Scholarships pages, or by contacting us to request more information.