Program Goals

Program Goals

Goals and Competencies of the MLT Program

Preparing a student for employment in a clinical laboratory setting. The MLT program prepares the graduates to:

  • Meet eligibility requirements for national certification examinations.
  • Perform routine laboratory procedures in many departments of a clinical lab
    with accuracy and precision.
  • Recognize normal and abnormal test results and take necessary action with critical values.
  • Perform and interpret basic quality control procedures and take corrective action when necessary.
  • Operate and maintain basic laboratory equipment.
  • Recognize and adhere to safety policies.
  • Demonstrate sound work practices and ethical behavior when interacting with faculty, staff, students, patients, co-workers and other health care personnel.

Respond to community workforce needs and train competent personnel.

  • With direction from the MLT Advisory Committee develop and update curriculum to meet the urgent shortage of personnel.
  • Maintain standards of practice in laboratory education for the region. 

Respond to educational needs of personnel currently working in the field.

  • Provide updating and cross training opportunities for laboratory personnel.
  • Prepare personnel trained in other countries to meet requirements for US national certification examinations.

Prepare MLT Program students for career-entry competency in:

  • Collection and processing biological specimens for analysis.
  • Performing analytic tests on clinical specimens including body fluids,
    cells, and tissues.
  • Recognizing factors that influence and affect procedures and results, and taking appropriate actions within set limits when corrections are indicated.
  • Monitoring and performing quality control within set limits.
  • Performing preventive maintenance on laboratory equipment or instruments, as well as taking corrective actions and making necessary repair services as needed.
  • Demonstrating professional conduct and interpersonal communication skills with patients, co-workers, health care professionals, patients, public and customers.
  • Recognize the role, scope of practice and responsibilities of laboratory and health care personnel.
  • Interacting with respect and concern for the best possible outcome for the patient, and respecting the confidentiality of all patient information.
  • Applying basic scientific principles and theory, as well as being able to learn new techniques and procedures.
  • Relating laboratory findings to clinical significance and many common diseases.
  • Maintaining continuing education as a function of growth within the clinical laboratory profession.

Page last updated February 5, 2018.

Contact Information

Department of Allied Health
101 Baldwin Blvd.
Corpus Christi, TX 78404
(361) 698-2820
(361) 698-2811 fax

Windward Campus, HS2-128
4101 Old Brownsville Road
Corpus Christi, TX 78405