Medical Laboratory Science

Program

Medical Laboratory Science is a five-semester program designed to prepare the student to function as a member of the clinical laboratory staff. The technician performs routine procedures under the supervision of medical technologists and pathologists. Duties of the medical laboratory technician include performing such tests as complete blood counts, urinalysis, cross matching blood for transfusion, identifying pathogenic organisms, and analyzing blood and other body fluids for chemical components.

Results of these procedures aid the physician by providing 70 percent of the diagnostic and maintenance health care information used by physicians. Career opportunities for the MLT are found in hospitals, clinics, public health agencies, and privately owned medical and industrial laboratories in most locations throughout the United States. Advancement in the field is possible as work experience and continued education are acquired. The student must be able to sit, stand for short periods of time, use a microscope, an dbe able to lift 25 pounds.

The program has begun the process to become accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. Graduates will be eligible to sit for national certification examination administered by the Board of Registry of the American Society for Clinical Pathology and/or other national organizations. Currently, the program has a 90 percent graduation rate and an 80 percent job placement rate within the first three months of graduation

Associate of Applied Science

FALL SEMESTER
COURSE   SEM.HR.
ENGL 1113 Composition I 3
MATH 1023 College Algebra 3
CHEM 1014/L Chemistry I for Health-Related Professions 4
BIOL 2064/L Anatomy and Physiology I 4
MLS 1001 Orientation to Clinical Lab 1
HS 1001 Computer Basics 1
Semester Total 16
 
SPRING SEMESTER
COURSE   SEM.HR.
ENGL 1123 Composition II 3
BIOL 2074/L Anatomy and Physiology II/Lab 4
  Social Science Elective 3
MBIO 1124/L General Microbiology 4
HIT 1003 Medical Terminology 3
Semester Total 17
 
FALL SEMESTER
COURSE   SEM.HR.
MLS 1013/L Phlebotomy/Lab 3
MLS 1031 Phlebotomy Practicum 1
MLS 1022 Clinical Microscopy 2
MLS 1032 Clinical Microscopy Practicum 2
MLS 1034 Clinical Hematology/Coagulation 4
MLS 1044 Clinical Hematology/Coagulation Practicum 4
Semester Total 16
 
SPRING SEMESTER
COURSE   SEM.HR.
MLS 2004 Clinical Immunology/ Immune Hematology 4
MLS 2014 Clinical Immunology/Immune Hematology Practicum 4
MLS 2024 Clinical Microbiology 4
MLS 2034 Clinical Microbiology Practicum 4
Semester Total 16
 
SUMMER TERM
COURSE   SEM.HR.
MLS 2215 Clinical Chemistry 5
MLS 2225 Clinical Chemistry Practicum 5
MLS 2312 Seminar in Management/Professional Development 2
Semester Total 12
 
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS 77

Basic Studies Requirements:

Reading - ACT 19 or above (or) ASSET 41 or above (or) COMPASS 80 or above (or) complete BSTD 0113 Reading Skills II.

Writing - ACT 19 or above (or) ASSET 42 or above (or) COMPASS 75 or above (or) complete BSTD 0213 Fundamentals of Writing II.

Math - ACT 19 or above (or) ASSET Intermediate Algebra Skills 43 or above (or) COMPASS 71 or above (or) complete BSTD 0513 Intermediate Algebra.

SAS - A course required for all first-time, full-time degree-seeking students and students who test into two or more basic studies courses.

 

If you are interested in further information regarding this program, please contact:

Clifford Haak, Program Director
South Arkansas Community College
300 South West Avenue, El Dorado AR 71731
Phone (870) 875-7276 Fax (870) 864-7140

Admission Process

The freshman year of the program is open to any student. Admission to the sophomore year professional program is limited to 10 students, and a separate application is required. Applicants will be selected based upon a point system derived from a combination of prerequisite GPA and HOBET scores. Students will be allowed to take the HOBET V three times and the highest HOBET V score on file at the application deadline will be the score that is accepted. For additional information, contact the program director.

Application Process

  • Complete application process to SouthArk.
  • Applicants are eligible for an MLT Program application packet after placement test (ASSET, COMPASS, or ACT) scores or classes are completed showing no basic skills deficiency and successful completion of prerequisite courses.
  • Complete MLS application packet.  Applications can be picked up from the HNS Career Advisor, HSC #217.
  • Take the HOBET 5 and meet minimum score requirements.  Check with the Health Science Advisor for details.  
  • Following submission of the MLS application packet and completion of the academic requirements, interviews for the clinical program will be scheduled. 

 

 

Formal admission to the A.A.S. clinical program occurs upon completion of the preclinical requirements. Admission is based upon cumulative and selected grade point averages and ranking based upon criteria listed in the SACC catalog.

Application Deadlines

To apply for admission to a HNS Professional Program, applicants must have completed:

  • all basic studies requirements,
  • all prerequisite classes (or be currently enrolled in) as specified in the SouthArk catalog for each professional program.

See SouthArk catalog for specifics regarding each program's requirements and/or consult program advisor.

Program

Class Begins

Application Deadline

LPN – Spring Days and Warren

January, 2015
Spring Semester

September 25, 2014
By 5:00 p.m.

LPN -Evenings

January, 2016
Fall Semester

TBA

RN

January, 2015
Spring Semester

  August 31, 2014

Surgical Technology

Fall Semester
2014

Currently Accepting Apps until filled

OTA

Summer Semester
2015

April 01, 2015

PTA

Summer Semester
2015

March 1, 2015

Radiologic Technology

Fall Semester
2015

 March 30, 2015

EMT

  Fall & Spring
Semester

 No Application Process – 
Open Enrollment Until Filled 

Paramedic

August, 2013
Fall Semester

 Applications Due
 July 18, 2014

CNA

 CNA Classes offered each Semester
Fall/Spring/Summer

 Applications Available 
until filled 

Respiratory Therapy

Summer
2015

TBA

Coding - HIT

August, 2014

No Application Process –
Open Enrollment Until Filled 

Transcription - HIT

August, 2014

No Application Process – 
Open Enrollment Until Filled

MLS

Fall Semester
2014

Applications Available until filled

Phlebotomy/EKG

Fall Semster
2014

Applications Available until filled

Faculty and Staff

Clifford Haak, MHA, MT (ASCP)
Program Director
Office:  HSC 156
Phone: 870-875-7276