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Pending Approval to Start Spring Semester 2023

Campus Location: Atmore, Nursing and Allied Health Department

Length: Five Semesters (A.A.S. Degree)

This is a daytime program that prepares individuals, under the supervision of clinical laboratory scientists/medical technologists, to perform routine medical laboratory procedures and tests and to apply preset strategies to record and analyze data. Includes instruction in general laboratory procedures and skills; laboratory mathematics; medical computer applications; interpersonal and communications skills; and the basic principles of hematology, medical microbiology, immunohematology, immunology, clinical chemistry, and urinalysis.

Admission Requirements

  1. Must be in active status as a student at Coastal Alabama Community College and meet all admission requirements.
  2. Transcripts from all colleges attended must have been received by Coastal Alabama’s Registrar by program application deadline date. 
  3. A completed program application must be received by stated deadline.
  4. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required on a 4.0 scale based on the prerequisite academic courses: English Composition I (ENG 101), Mathematical Applications (MTH116) or higher-level Math such as MTH 100 or MTH 112, Principles of Biology (BIO103), and General Psychology (PSY 200).  Orientation to College (ORI 101) if needed.  A minimum grade of a ‘C’ is required for all courses in the Medical Laboratory Technology curriculum.
  5. Must be in good standing with the College including a minimum, cumulative GPA no less than 2.0. 
  6. Must meet Essential Eligibility Criteria as listed in the program application and on the College’s website.
  7. Submit ACT score for selection criteria.

Completion of the above requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.  Application deadlines and application packets, as well as program costs, are available on Coastal Alabama Community College’s website.  Once selected for the program, students are required to provide the following: drug screen, background check, physical exam documenting ability to perform essential eligibility criteria, immunization records, and proof of medical insurance.  A minimum grade of C is required in all required courses to progress in the program.

Selection

Applicants are rank ordered based on the following point system (total of 54 points possible):

  1. Three points are awarded for an A, two for a B, and one for a C in ENG 101, MTH 116 or higher-level math such as MTH 100 or 112, BIO 103, and PSY 200.
  2. Three points each are awarded for completion of BIO 201 and/or BIO 202 with a C or higher.
  3. Points are awarded equivalent to the student’s ACT composite score.

This is a career program designed for students to go directly into the labor market upon completion. Although some of the courses in this program will transfer to four-year institutions, this program is not designed to be a transfer program of study; therefore, it is not subject to the terms and conditions of STARS.

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Pending Approval to Start Spring Semester 2023

Campus Location: Atmore, Nursing and Allied Health Department

Length: Five Semesters (A.A.S. Degree)

This is a daytime program that prepares individuals, under the supervision of clinical laboratory scientists/medical technologists, to perform routine medical laboratory procedures and tests and to apply preset strategies to record and analyze data. Includes instruction in general laboratory procedures and skills; laboratory mathematics; medical computer applications; interpersonal and communications skills; and the basic principles of hematology, medical microbiology, immunohematology, immunology, clinical chemistry, and urinalysis.

Admission Requirements

  1. Must be in active status as a student at Coastal Alabama Community College and meet all admission requirements.
  2. Transcripts from all colleges attended must have been received by Coastal Alabama’s Registrar by program application deadline date. 
  3. A completed program application must be received by stated deadline.
  4. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required on a 4.0 scale based on the prerequisite academic courses: English Composition I (ENG 101), Mathematical Applications (MTH116) or higher-level Math such as MTH 100 or MTH 112, Principles of Biology (BIO103), and General Psychology (PSY 200).  Orientation to College (ORI 101) if needed.  A minimum grade of a ‘C’ is required for all courses in the Medical Laboratory Technology curriculum.
  5. Must be in good standing with the College including a minimum, cumulative GPA no less than 2.0. 
  6. Must meet Essential Eligibility Criteria as listed in the program application and on the College’s website.
  7. Submit ACT score for selection criteria.

Completion of the above requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.  Application deadlines and application packets, as well as program costs, are available on Coastal Alabama Community College’s website.  Once selected for the program, students are required to provide the following: drug screen, background check, physical exam documenting ability to perform essential eligibility criteria, immunization records, and proof of medical insurance.  A minimum grade of C is required in all required courses to progress in the program.

Selection

Applicants are rank ordered based on the following point system (total of 54 points possible):

  1. Three points are awarded for an A, two for a B, and one for a C in ENG 101, MTH 116 or higher-level math such as MTH 100 or 112, BIO 103, and PSY 200.
  2. Three points each are awarded for completion of BIO 201 and/or BIO 202 with a C or higher.
  3. Points are awarded equivalent to the student’s ACT composite score.

This is a career program designed for students to go directly into the labor market upon completion. Although some of the courses in this program will transfer to four-year institutions, this program is not designed to be a transfer program of study; therefore, it is not subject to the terms and conditions of STARS.

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Medical Laboratory Technology (AAS-MLT)

We are pleased that you have chosen Coastal Alabama Community College to prepare you for a career as a medical laboratory technologist.  Our mission is to prepare graduates to perform routine medical laboratory procedures and tests and to apply preset strategies to record and analyze data. The following is information regarding application to the Associate in Applied Science Degree program for the medical laboratory technologist. 

Pending Approval to Start Spring Semester 2023

Campus Location: Atmore, Nursing and Allied Health Department

Length: Five Semesters (A.A.S. Degree)

This is a daytime program that prepares individuals, under the supervision of clinical laboratory scientists/medical technologists, to perform routine medical laboratory procedures and tests and to apply preset strategies to record and analyze data. Includes instruction in general laboratory procedures and skills; laboratory mathematics; medical computer applications; interpersonal and communications skills; and the basic principles of hematology, medical microbiology, immunohematology, immunology, clinical chemistry, and urinalysis.

Admission Requirements

  1. Must be in active status as a student at Coastal Alabama Community College and meet all admission requirements.
  2. Transcripts from all colleges attended must have been received by Coastal Alabama’s Registrar by program application deadline date. 
  3. A completed program application must be received by stated deadline.
  4. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required on a 4.0 scale based on the prerequisite academic courses: English Composition I (ENG 101), Mathematical Applications (MTH116) or higher-level Math such as MTH 100 or MTH 112, Principles of Biology (BIO103), and General Psychology (PSY 200).  Orientation to College (ORI 101) if needed.  A minimum grade of a ‘C’ is required for all courses in the Medical Laboratory Technology curriculum.
  5. Must be in good standing with the College including a minimum, cumulative GPA no less than 2.0. 
  6. Must meet Essential Eligibility Criteria as listed in the program application and on the College’s website.
  7. Submit ACT score for selection criteria.

Completion of the above requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.  Application deadlines and application packets, as well as program costs, are available on Coastal Alabama Community College’s website.  Once selected for the program, students are required to provide the following: drug screen, background check, physical exam documenting ability to perform essential eligibility criteria, immunization records, and proof of medical insurance.  A minimum grade of C is required in all required courses to progress in the program.

Selection

Applicants are rank ordered based on the following point system (total of 54 points possible):

  1. Three points are awarded for an A, two for a B, and one for a C in ENG 101, MTH 116 or higher-level math such as MTH 100 or 112, BIO 103, and PSY 200.
  2. Three points each are awarded for completion of BIO 201 and/or BIO 202 with a C or higher.
  3. Points are awarded equivalent to the student’s ACT composite score.

This is a career program designed for students to go directly into the labor market upon completion. Although some of the courses in this program will transfer to four-year institutions, this program is not designed to be a transfer program of study; therefore, it is not subject to the terms and conditions of STARS.

Courses Required for Program Application

*ORI 101 may not be required for those with prior college coursework.  The Humanities elective may be taken in any semester, but it is recommended that it be taken prior to the start of MLT courses.  A higher-level Math will substitute for MTH 116.  Click on the title for more information.

Item # Title Credits
BIO 103 Principles of Biology I 4
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
MTH 116 Mathematical Applications 3
ORI 101 Orientation to College 1
PSY 200 General Psychology 3
Sub-total Credits 14

Semester One

Item # Title Credits
BIO 201 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
MLT 111 Urinalysis 3
MLT 131 Laboratory Techniques 4
Humanities and Fine Arts Elective (I) + 3
Sub-total Credits 14

Semester Two

Item # Title Credits
BIO 202 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
MLT 121 Hematology and Body Fluids 6
MLT 151 MLT Clinical Chemistry 5
MLT 141 MLT Microbiology I 5
Sub-total Credits 20

Semester Three

Item # Title Credits
MLT 181 MLT Clinical Immunology 2
MLT 191 MLT Immunohematology 5
MLT 294 Medical Laboratory Practicum Hematology and Urinalysis 2
MLT 297 Medical Laboratory Practicum Chemistry and Immunology 2
Sub-total Credits 11

Complete Graduation Application

Semester Four

Item # Title Credits
MLT 142 MLT Microbiology II 3
MLT 293 MLT Clinical Seminar 2
MLT 295 Medical Laboratory Practicum Microbiology 2
MLT 296 Medical Laboratory Practicum Immunohematology 2
Sub-total Credits 9

GRAND TOTAL CREDITS 68

*Depending on the program or course, a student may also be required to purchase certain necessary tools and supplies.

ANTICIPATED EXPENSES
The following approximates expenses for completion of the medical laboratory technologist program. Keep in mind that these expenses are estimates only and may vary (immunizations, physical, etc.) 

Uniforms and Shoes $200
Drug Screen $  35
Background Screen $  64
Immunizations and Physical Up to $800
(depending on individual needs)
Lab Fee $150
Tuition (In-state = $162.00/credit hour) $11,020
Books (estimate) $ 1,800
Estimated Total:  $13,270 - $14,100

PROGRESSION REQUIREMENTS
Once selected for the program, students are required to provide the following: drug screen, background check, physical exam showing ability to meet essential eligibility criteria, record of immunizations, and American Heart Association CPR.  Each student must maintain medical insurance.  A medical insurance plan through a third party is available, if desired.  More information is provided once students are admitted to the program regarding the requirements.

Students must complete all courses in the Medical Assistant Technology curriculum with a C or higher to progress, must maintain a 2.0 GPA, and must complete the curriculum in no more than two attempts.  Students may not progress to the next semester until all courses from the previous semester have been successfully completed, with the exception of Medical Terminology.  Medical Terminology may be taken with MAT 111, MAT 120, and MAT 125 if not completed prior to the start of that semester.  Students must be able to meet the essential eligibility criteria throughout the program, must be accepted by clinical agencies for clinical experiences, and must maintain required health records and CPR.   

HIV or HEPATITIS B REPORTING POLICY
Public law #102-141, Section 633, and “The Alabama Infected Health Care Worker Management Act” require HIV or Hepatitis B infected healthcare workers to notify the State Health Officer within 30 days of the time the diagnosis is confirmed.  Physicians caring for HIV or Hepatitis B infected healthcare workers are mandated to notify state health officials within 7 days of the diagnosis.  All students are required to comply with this law.

ESSENTIAL ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
The Alabama Community College System endorses the Americans' with Disabilities Act. In accordance with College policy, when requested, reasonable accommodations may be provided for individuals with disabilities.

Physical, cognitive, psychomotor, affective and social abilities are required in unique combinations to provide safe and effective care. The applicant/student must be able to meet the essential eligibility criteria with or without reasonable accommodations throughout the program of learning. Admission, progression and graduation are contingent upon one's ability to demonstrate the essential eligibility criteria delineated for the nursing assistant program with or without reasonable accommodations. The nursing assistant program and/or its affiliated clinical agencies may identify additional essential eligibility criteria. The nursing assistant program reserves the right to amend the essential eligibility criteria as deemed necessary.

In order to be admitted and to progress in the nursing assistant program one must possess a functional level of ability to perform the duties required of a nursing assistant. Admission or progression may be denied if a student is unable to demonstrate the essential eligibility criteria with or without reasonable accommodations.

The essential eligibility criteria delineated are those deemed necessary the Alabama Community College System nursing assistant programs. No representation regarding industrial standards is implied. Similarly, any reasonable accommodations made will be determined and applied to the respective nursing assistant program and may vary from reasonable accommodations made by healthcare employers.

The essential eligibility criteria delineated below are necessary for nursing assistant program admission, progression and graduation and for the provision of safe and effective nursing care. The essential eligibility criteria include but are not limited to the ability to: 

  • Sensory Perception  
    • Visual 
      • Observe and discern subtle changes in physical conditions and the environment
      • Visualize different color spectrums and color changes
      • Read fine print in varying levels of light
      • Read for prolonged periods of time
      • Read cursive writing
      • Read at varying distances
      • Read data/information displayed on monitors/equipment
    • Auditory 
      • Interpret monitoring devices
      • Distinguish muffled sounds heard through a stethoscope
      • Hear and discriminate high and low frequency sounds produced by the body and the environment
      • Effectively hear to communicate with others
    • Tactile 
      • Discern tremors, vibrations, pulses, textures, temperature, shapes, size, location and other physical characteristics
    • Olfactory 
      • Detect body odors and odors in the environment
  • Communication/ Interpersonal Relationships 
    • Verbally and in writing, engage in a two-way communication and interact effectively with others, from a variety of social, emotional, cultural and intellectual backgrounds
    • Work effectively in groups
    • Work effectively independently
    • Discern and interpret nonverbal communication
    • Express one's ideas and feelings clearly
    • Communicate with others accurately in a timely manner
    • Obtain communications from a computer
  • Cognitive/Critical Thinking 
    • Effectively read, write and comprehend the English language
    • Consistently and dependably engage in the process of critical thinking in order to formulate and implement safe and ethical nursing decisions in a variety of health care settings
    • Demonstrate satisfactory performance on written examinations including mathematical computations without a calculator
    • Satisfactorily achieve the program objectives Motor Function
    • Handle small delicate equipment/objects without extraneous movement, contamination or destruction
    • Move, position, turn, transfer, assist with lifting or lift and carry clients without injury to clients, self or others
    • Maintain balance from any position
    • Stand on both legs
    • Coordinate hand/eye movements
    • Push/pull heavy objects without injury to client, self or others
    • Stand, bend, walk and/or sit for 6-12 hours in a clinical setting performing physical activities requiring energy without jeopardizing the safety of the client, self or others
    • Walk without a cane, walker or crutches
    • Function with hands free for nursing care and transporting items
    • Transport self and client without the use of electrical devices
    • Flex, abduct and rotate all joints freely
    • Respond rapidly to emergency situations
    • Maneuver in small areas
    • Perform daily care functions for the client
    • Coordinate fine and gross motor hand movements to provide safe effective nursing care
    • Calibrate/use equipment 
    • Execute movement required to provide nursing care in all health care settings
    • Perform CPR and physical assessment
    • Operate a computer
  • Professional Behavior 
    • Convey caring, respect, sensitivity, tact, compassion, empathy, tolerance and a healthy attitude toward others
    • Demonstrate a mentally healthy attitude that is age appropriate in relationship to the client
    • Handle multiple tasks concurrently
    • Perform safe, effective care for clients in a caring context
    • Understand and follow the policies and procedures of the College and clinical agencies
    • Understand the consequences of violating the student code of conduct
    • Understand that posing a direct threat to others is unacceptable and subjects one to discipline
    • Meet qualifications for certification by examination 
    • Not to pose a threat to self or others
    • Function effectively in situations of uncertainty and stress inherent in providing care to clients
    • Adapt to changing environments and situations
    • Remain free of chemical dependency
    • Report promptly to clinical and remain for assigned hours
    • Provide care in an appropriate time frame
    • Accepts responsibility, accountability, and ownership of one's actions
    • Seek supervision/consultation in a timely manner
    • Examine and modify one's own behavior when it interferes with client care or learning
       

Upon admission, an individual who discloses a disability can request reasonable accommodations. Individuals will be asked to provide documentation of the disability in order to assist with the provision of appropriate reasonable accommodations.  Coastal Alabama Community College will provide reasonable accommodations, but is not required to substantially alter the requirements or nature of the program or provide accommodations that inflict an undue burden on the college.  In order to be admitted one must be able to perform all of the essential eligibility criteria with or without reasonable accommodations.  If an individual's health changes during the program of learning, so that the essential eligibility criteria cannot be met with or without reasonable accommodations, the student will be withdrawn from the medical assistant program. The medical assistant faculty reserves the right at any time to require an additional medical examination at the student's expense in order to assist with the evaluation of the student's ability to perform the essential eligibility criteria.


Requests for reasonable accommodations should be directed to: Mr. Lee Barrentine: Lee.Barrentine@coastalalabama.edu

ADVISOR INFORMATION
Khori Fields   -    khori.fields@coastalalabama.edu    -    251 580-2257

POINTS FOR ADMITTANCE TO MEDICAL LABORATORY TECHNOLOGY

After meeting all minimum admission requirements, applicants are rank ordered using the following point system:

Core Courses Credit Hours Possible Points Student Grade Points
MTH 116 or higher (such as MTH 100, MTH 112, etc.) 3 A = 3, B = 2, C = 1    
BIO 103 4 A = 3, B = 2, C = 1    
ENG 101 3 A = 3, B = 2, C = 1    
PSY 200 3 A = 3, B = 2, C = 1    
BIO 201  4 3 points for a C or higher    
BIO 202 4 3 points for a C or higher    
ACT Composite Score     Points equal to the ACT composite score (example: an ACT of 19 would be 19 points)    
TOTAL POINTS   54 possible