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MLT Courses

HSC 160 Laboratory Supervision and Management 3 cr. hrs.
This course is designed to present a review of the knowledge and skills needed to be an effective laboratory supervisor. Topics to be included are: motivation, delegation, time management, stress management, communication, employee selection and evaluation, budgeting, workload recording, etc. Students enrolling for HSC 160 do not have to be formally admitted to the MLT Program. (Prerequisite: Previous laboratory experience, B.S. MT degree/certification, and permission of the MLT Program Director)


Students enrolling in any MLT course below must be formally admitted to the MLT Program or have special permission of the Program Director.

MLAB 1301 Introduction to Medical Laboratory Technology 3cr. hr.
An introduction to the clinical laboratory sciences which includes care and use of equipment , laboratory safety, basic laboratory math, medical terminology, principles of phlebotomy, quality control, preparation of chemical solutions and an orientation to the major testing areas in the medical laboratory.

MLAB 1510 Clinical Practicum I 5 cr. hrs.
Includes laboratory performances by students during progressive rotations through the affiliated clinical laboratory sites in the departments of Hematology, Coagulation, Urinalysis, Immunohematology, Serology, Microbiology, Clinical Chemistry and Phlebotomy. (230 clinical hours)

MLAB 1520 Clinical Practicum II 5 cr. hrs.
Includes laboratory performances by students during progressive rotations through the affiliated clinical laboratory sites in the departments of Hematology, Coagulation, Urinalysis, Immunohematology, Serology, Microbiology, Clinical Chemistry and Phlebotomy. A continuation of MLAB 1510. (230clinical hours)

MLAB 2130 Seminar I 1 cr. hr.
The student will be given the opportunity to develop a broader application of the clinical laboratory scientist's role as a health professional in a variety of learning experiences, including seminars, lectures, practices quizzes, and discussions in the seven knowledge areas (hematology, blood bank, clinical chemistry, microbiology, laboratory operations, immunology, and urinalysis/body fluids). It is also a seminar course designed to give students experience in researching and presenting case studies with emphasis on correlation of laboratory results. Included in this course are review and practice examinations as well as a comprehensive battery of examinations encompassing seven knowledge areas to prepare students for certification examinations.

MLAB 2201 Clinical Immunology 2 cr. hrs.

Basic principles of the immune system structure and function in health and disease. Topic include principles of a natural and acquired immunity, hypersensitivity, autoimmunity, immunodeficiency, transplant and tumor immunology, immunological techniques and flow cytometry. (two hours lecture; one hour lab)

MLAB 2202 Urinalysis and Body Fluids 2 cr. hrs.
This course examines the urinary system as related to the routine urinalysis. The component parts of the urinalysis, to include the physical, chemical and microscopic examination, are performed. The course also includes the examination of common types of body fluid. (1 hour lecture; 1 hour lab)

MLAB 2250 Special Topics/Medical Laboratory Technology 2 cr. hr.
Course focusing on specific issues and/or topics of interest in Medical Laboratory Technology. Permission of the instructor is required to register for this course. This course is designed to provide MLT Students with the confidence and experience necessary to meet career entry requirements in the area of specimen collection. (40 clinical hours)

MLAB 2270 Seminar II 2 cr. hrs.

The student will be given the opportunity to develop a broader application of the clinical laboratory scientist's role as a health professional in a variety of learning experiences, including seminars, lectures, and discussions in the seven knowledge areas. It is also a seminar course designed to give students experience in researching and presenting case studies with emphasis on correlation of laboratory results. Included in this course are review and practice examinations as well as a comprehensive battery of examinations encompassing seven knowledge areas to prepare students for certification examinations. (two hours lecture)

MLAB 2301 Immunohematology/Blood Banking 3 cr. hrs.

The theory and practice of blood group antigens and antibodies, donor selection, and component therapy. Topics include: ABO grouping, Rh typing, cross matching, antibody screening and identification, quality control, donor screening, component preparation, hemolytic disease of the fetus and newborn, autoimmune hemolytic anemias, and adverse effects of transfusion. (two hours lecture; two hours laboratory)

MLAB 2401 Clinical Chemistry 4 cr. hrs.
An overview of clinical chemistry theory, principles, procedures, and correlations. Tests for glucose, urea, creatinine, uric acid, proteins, bilirubin, enzymes and electrolytes are included. Colorimetric and photometric techniques used in examining normal and abnormal clinical specimens are introduced along with special procedures such as immunoassays and electrophoresis. (three hours lecture; four hours laboratory)

MLAB 2402 Hematology and Hemostasis 4 cr. hrs.
This course integrates the theory of hematology with application through assessment of laboratory test results. Laboratory test results are correlated with disease. Areas of study include formation of blood, composition of blood, morphology of blood cells and changes observed in blood cells in response to disease. An overview of coagulation theory is provided. (three hours lecture; two hours laboratory)

MLAB 2403 Clinical Microbiology 4 cr. hrs.
This course examines the study of microorganisms of medical importance as it relates to man and disease. The course includes discussions of proper collection, handling and examination of specimens, staining and culture techniques, identification methods, drug sensitivity testing, and quality control procedures. (three hours lecture; three hours laboratory)

MLAB 2510 Clinical Practicum III 5 cr. hrs.
Includes laboratory performances by students during progressive rotations through the affiliated clinical laboratory sites in the departments of Hematology, Coagulation, Urinalysis, Immunohematology, Serology, Microbiology, Clinical Chemistry and Phlebotomy.

MLAB 2520 Clinical Practicum IV 5 cr. hrs.
Includes laboratory performances by students during progressive rotations through the affiliated clinical laboratory sites in the departments of Hematology, Coagulation, Urinalysis, Immunohematology, Serology, Microbiology, Clinical Chemistry and Phlebotomy. A continuation of MLAB21510. (230 clinical hours)

Student Employment / Service Work

 Jackson State Community College MLT Program recommends that enrolled students work no more than 20 hours of work per week in order to allow sufficient time for class, study, and personal needs. This is an accelerated, highly specialized course of study, and our desire is for students to succeed.

 Medical Laboratory Technician students are not expected to perform service work in the clinical laboratory. Any service work is discretionary and ONLY at times considered outside of the scheduled classes or clinical practicum hours.

 Students may not be substituted for regular staff during their student experiences or practicum under any circumstances. The use of students as substitutes for licensed medical laboratory personnel is not permitted according to the Tennessee State Medical Laboratory Board’s rules and regulations. Students (trainees) must have adequate supervision and shall not be substituted for licensed medical laboratory personnel. Additionally, a licensed medical laboratory scientist/technologist or technician must check all laboratory reports before they can be released to a patient’s medical record.

 Such examples of Service Work include, but are not limited to:

  • working as a phlebotomist, specimen processor or laboratory assistant while completing Core curriculum courses or clinical practicum
  • continuing to work afternoon shifts or weekends in your assigned clinical affiliate during progression through the MLT program

 Students enrolled and completing the clinical practicum portion (second year) in JSCC’s Medial Laboratory Technician Program are considered “Trainees” according to the State of Tennessee Medical Laboratory Board. Such students may use a trainee permit to work and receive remuneration in those specialties for which they have completed their classroom lectures and clinical practicum, provided they are under direct supervision of licensed medical laboratory personnel at the technologist level or higher. Trainees may only work in the facility in which the specific specialty training was obtained and may begin training only if the facility has possession of a copy of the valid trainee permit. Also note that a trainee permit is void the day the trainee completes or withdraws from the training program.