Under the supervision of Medical Laboratory Scientists, MLTs perform most of the common laboratory tests in a medical laboratory. They examine and analyze body fluids and cells. They look for bacteria, parasites, and other microorganisms; analyze the chemical content of fluids; match blood for transfusion; and test for drug levels in the blood that show how a patient is responding to treatment. The MLTs use microscopes, cell counters, and other high-tech, computer-operated laboratory equipment. After testing and examining the samples, they analyze the results and relay them to the physicians. Those test results help doctors determine the right treatments for patients — and occasionally lead to extraordinary breakthroughs.
Associate in Applied Science (Career Program)
Total Credit Hours: 65
Select a course number below to see a course description.
|ENGL 110||COMPOSITION I **||3|
|COMM 110||INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION: PRESENTATION AND THEORY **||3|
|PSY 110||INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY **||3|
|HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY **
|PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I **
|BIOL 206||PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II **||4|
|BIOL 210||MICROBIOLOGY ||4|
|HUMANITIES/FINE ARTS *||3|
|PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY I
|CHEM 130||GENERAL CHEMISTRY ||4|
|PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY
|CHEM 132||GENERAL CHEMISTRY ||4|
|INTRO TO MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE **
|INTRODUCTION TO GENERAL MEDICAL LABORATORY TECHNIQUES **
|MLT 110||INTRODUCTION TO THE MEDICAL LABORATORY AND PHLEBOTOMY **||2|
|MLT 115||FUNDAMENTALS OF URINALYSIS AND BODY FLUIDS ||3|
|MLT 116||FUNDAMENTALS OF IMMUNOLOGY AND SEROLOGY ||2|
|MLT 210||FUNDAMENTALS OF HEMATOLOGY AND HEMOSTASIS ||3|
|MLT 214||FUNDAMENTALS OF CLINICAL CHEMISTRY ||2.5|
|MLT 216||FUNDAMENTALS OF IMMUNOHEMATOLOGY ||4|
|MLT 218||FUNDMENTALS OF CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY ||3|
|MLT 220||ADVANCED CLINICAL HEMATOLOGY ||2|
|MLT 224||ADVANCED CLINICAL CHEMISTRY ||2|
|MLT 222||APPLIED CLINICAL EXPERIENCE I ||4|
|MLT 228||ADVANCED CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY ||2.5|
|MLT 230||PROFESSIONAL SEMINAR ||2|
|MLT 232||APPLIED CLINICAL EXPERIENCE II ||5|
* See specific requirements for the Associate in Applied Science Degree.
** Underlined courses may be taken prior to admission to the program.
Under the supervision of Medical Laboratory Scientists, MLTs perform most of the common laboratory tests in a medical laboratory. They examine and analyze body fluids and cells. They look for bacteria, parasites, and other microorganisms; analyze the chemical content of fluids; match blood for transfusion; and test for drug levels in the blood that show how a patient is responding to treatment. The MLTs use microscopes, cell counters, and other high-tech, computer-operated laboratory equipment. After testing and examining the samples, they analyze the results and relay them to the physicians. Those test results help doctors determine the right treatments for patients—and occasionally lead to extraordinary breakthroughs.
Students who have previously completed or transferred course requirements have accelerated program option.
The following courses may be taken to develop additional skills for the MLT graduate or for the student interested in employment in histology laboratory. Courses are offered in cooperative agreement with OSF Saint Francis Medical Center and ICC. Graduates of the Histotechnology Certificate Program are eligible to take the histologic technician certification examination by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).
MEDLB 125 HISTOLOGY I: GENERAL TECHNIQUES 8.0 CREDIT HRS.
MEDLB 126 HISTOLOGY II: SPECIAL STAINS 5.0 CREDIT HRS.
PREREQUISITE: An associate degree or higher to include the following: ENGL 110, MAT 098 or MATH 115; BIOL 140; BIOL 210; CHEM 120; CHEM 122, or equivalent courses with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better.
Recommended high school subjects: 4 years English/communication; 2 years algebra; 1 year geometry; 1 year biological science; 1 year chemistry
Clinical experiences are provided in laboratories in Illinois and Iowa: American Red Cross, UnityPoint Health - Methodist|Proctor, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Illinois CancerCare, and Veterans Administration Clinic, Peoria; Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal; Advocate Eureka Hospital, Eureka; Graham Hospital, Canton; Hopedale Medical Complex, Hopedale; Mason District Hospital, Havana; OSF Saint Luke Medical Center, Kewanee; OSF St. Mary's Medical Center and Cottage Hospital, Galesburg; Pekin Hospital, Pekin; OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington; OSF Holy Family Medical Center, Monmouth; Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Lincoln; OSF Saint James – John W. Albrecht Medical Center, Pontiac; St. Margaret's Hospital, Spring Valley; Perry Memorial Hospital, Princeton; Illinois Valley Community Hospital, Peru; and Great River Medical Center, West Burlington, Iowa.
|Fall Semester 1||BIOL 140 or BIOL 205 and BIOL 206; CHEM 120 or CHEM 130; ENGL 110; Humanities/Fine Arts; MLT 101; MLT 102; or MLT 110|
|Spring Semester 1||CHEM 122 or CHEM 132; BIOL 210; COMM 110; PSY 110; MLT 101, MLT 102; or MLT 110|
|Summer Semester||MLT 115; MLT 116; MLT 110|
|Fall Semester 2||MLT 210; MLT 214; MLT 216; MLT 218; MLT 222|
|Spring Semester 2||MLT 220; MLT 224; MLT 228; MLT 230; MLT 232|
Health Careers Department
Peoria Campus, Cedar 105
Our MLT program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
5600 N River Rd, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018
(773) 714-8886 Fax
|Over the past 3 years|
|Board Exam Pass Rate||100%|
|Employment Placement Rate||100%|
Locally, the average be rate compensation of a new MLT graduate is $16.74/hour or $33,814/year.
The below information is necessary for a MLT student to meet the requirements of the curriculum. Potential students are invited to meet with the Program Director and/or the Dean to discuss any issues associated with meeting or not meeting these requirements.