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AS Medical Laboratory Technician

Medical laboratory technicians (MLT)

MLT collect, process and analyze biological specimens (blood, urine, other body fluids, tissue samples) for microscopic, chemical, hematologic, immunologic and microbial testing or transfusion services. This array of complex laboratory tests is significant in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of diseases.

Mission Statement

The University of New Mexico - Gallup Medical Laboratory Technician Program develops life long learners to be clinically competent and culturally sensitive professionals delivering diagnostic testing services to clients within our rural health care setting.

Admission to the MLT Program

Students are admitted into the MLT Program each regular semester based on a selection criteria. Class size is limited to twelve, and all MLT classes are restricted to students who are declared as majors in the MLT Program. Priority is given to continuing students who are in good academic standing.

To be admitted into the MLT Program, students must meet with the MLT Program Director/Faculty prior to enrolling in MLT classes. Students must also meet with the Program Director/Faculty for academic advisement prior to the beginning of each semester while enrolled in the program.

Selection Criteria:

  1. Declared MLT major.
  2. Continuing MLT students who are in good academic standing.
  3. New full-time students or part-time students who have completed all general education degree requirements.
  4. Returning MLT students who have been on MLT academic probation.

Students who are enrolled in part-time status are required to complete the general education component of the curriculum prior to enrolling in MLT courses. This ensures that professional content is covered at the end of the student's course of study.

Students must complete all degree requirements within a five-year time period. Students who fail to do so may be required to repeat selected MLT courses to update their knowledge, skill and abilities.

Deadline for submission of application to the MLT Program is June 1st for fall admissions and October 1st for spring admissions. Please make sure all required documents are attached to the application form. Interested students must first be admitted to UNM-Gallup before applying to the MLT Program. You may download, print and fill out the application form on this webpage and mail or hand-carry it to the MLT Office (Health Careers Center, Room 131), UNM-Gallup, 705 Gurley Ave., Gallup, NM 87301. Printed copies are also available at the MLT Office.

Clinical Affiliates

As capstone to the Associate Degree in Medical Laboratory Technology, students who have successfully completed their didactic MLT courses are given the opportunity to directly experience working in clinical laboratories under the supervision of qualified clinical instructors. The current clinical laboratory affiliates of the MLT Program are as follows:

Clinical Affiliates
Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services
1901 Red Rock Dr
Gallup, NM 87301
Telephone no: (505) 863-7000
Gallup Indian Medical Center (Indian Health Services Navajo Area)
516 Nizhoni Blvd
Gallup, NM 87301
Telephone no: (505) 722-1000
Zuni Comprehensive Community Health Center
12 B Ave
Zuni, NM 87327
Telephone no: (505) 782-4431
Fort Defiance Indian Hospital
P.O. Box 649 Corner of Routes N12 & N7
Fort Defiance, AZ 86504
Telephone no: (928) 729-8000

Career opportunities

In 2010, medical laboratory professionals held about 330,600 jobs in the US. Most were employed in hospitals (52%), others were in medical and diagnostic laboratories (16%), physicians' offices (10%), and federal government (3%).
Source: www.bls.gov

The MLT Program

The Associate of Science Degree in Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) is structured to meet the standards mandated by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) and has been granted full accreditation since 1986. Articulation for the Bachelor's Degree is in place. A student successfully completing the program is eligible to take the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification examination.

Students are required to meet with the MLT advisor prior to selection of courses. A grade of C or better is required in all courses. Courses can be repeated once.

Students are required to complete all professional coursework within a five-year time period.

Student Outcomes

In FY 2012-2013, the MLT Program's graduation rate is 83.33% (10 out of 12).

The Medical Laboratory Technician Program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
5600 N. River Rd. Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
(847) 939-3597, (773) 714-8880
http://www.naacls.org

AS Medical Laboratory Technician

Contact:

Michael Nye,Program Director
Phone: (505) 863-7598
Email: mnye@unm.edu

For inquiries and advisement:
Corine Gonzales,Lecturer II
Phone: (505) 863-7598
Email: gonzalesc@unm.edu

Ted Lewis,Adjunct Lecturer
Phone: (505) 863-7598
Email: tjlewis@unm.edu

Terri Templeton,Adjunct Lecturer
Phone: (505) 863-7598
Email: ttempleton@unm.edu

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AS Medical Laboratory Technician
AS Medical Laboratory Technician