A.S. Medical Laboratory Technician
Why Medical Laboratory Technician?The mission of the Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) program is to provide a high quality, learning-centered education in medical laboratory theory and practice that maximizes student learning and makes students partners in their education. Medical laboratory technicians, under supervision of a physician or medical laboratory scientist, perform general laboratory tests that aid physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. The curriculum allows a student to meet employment and transferability goals. Students receive both theoretical and experiential study, including an internship through clinical affiliate Holy Rosary Healthcare in Miles City, MT. Students should consult the catalog of the institution to which they expect to transfer and select appropriate courses in consultation with their advisor.
Goals of the Medical Laboratory Technician program are to:
|First Year - Fall Semester     16 Credits||Credits|
M 121M 121 - College Algebra
This course covers the concept of functions; complex numbers; and solving systems of equations, sequences, and series. Functions investigated include linear, quadratic, polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic. Students who enter this class with lower than a grade of “B-” in the Pre-requisite course will be required to enroll in a regularly scheduled two hours per week of supplemental instruction and academic support (NC 021) where attendance and participation will be part of the student’s grade in M 121. Pre-requisite: M 095 or appropriate placement.
WRIT 101WRIT 101 - College Writing I
This is an introductory writing course with emphasis on writing to a targeted audience. College Writing I prepares students for success in a wide variety of academic and vocational writing concerns. The writing process, formal voice, audience concerns, close reading strategies, effective styles and techniques, and the use of the computer as a writing tool are covered. Asserting and supporting a central claim and using MLA documentation and format are addressed. Pre-requisite: appropriate placement.
|College Writing I||3|
PSYX 100PSYX 100 - Intro to Psychology
This course is an introduction to the methods of study in psychology, cognitive science, and neuroscience, including an overview of physiological aspects of behavior, sensation, perception, research methodology, statistics, learning principles, motivation, intelligence, cognition, abnormal behavior, personality, therapy, and social psychology.
|Intro to Psychology||3|
CHMY 121/122CHMY 121/122 - Intro to General Chemistry & Lab
This is an introductory general chemistry course. Topics covered include measurement systems, atomic structure, chemical periodicity, bonding, chemical reactions, acid-base chemistry, and nuclear chemistry. Prerequisite: M 090 Introductory Algebra or M 100 Introduction to Technical Math, or M 111 Technical Mathematics, ACT score of 18 or higher in Math or Compass Placement score of 44 or higher on the Algebra section. Co-requisite: CHMY 122.
|Intro to General Chemistry & Lab||4||First Year - Spring Semester     16(17) Credits||Credits|
BIOH 201/202BIOH 201/202 - Human Anatomy & Physiology I (equiv to 301) & Lab
This course is the first half of a one-year study in anatomy and physiology of the human body. The first semester will focus on the anatomy and physiology of cells, tissues, the integumentary system, the musculoskeletal system, and nervous system. Completion of CHMY 121 Intro to General Chemistry is strongly recommended prior to enrollment in this course. Co-requisite: BIOH 202.
|Human Anatomy & Physiology I (equiv to 301) & Lab||4|
WRIT 122WRIT 122 - Intro to Business Writing
This course is designed to teach students how to write better routine business correspondence. The basic concepts of letter, memo, and report writing are taught. Emphasis is on composing at the keyboard, given different office situations and following oral and written instruction. While grounded in solid business communication fundamentals, this course takes a strong workplace activity orientation, which helps students connect what they learn to what they do or will do on the job. Grammar and punctuation will be reviewed and emphasis on business usage. Pre-requisite: appropriate placement.
|Intro to Business Writing||3|
|Humanities & Fine Arts Core Requirement||3|
|History & Social Science Core Requirement||3|
|Intro to Organic & Biochemistry & Lab||4|
CAPP 120CAPP 120 - Introduction to Computers
This course emphasizes the practical aspects of today's computing environment. Instruction includes the basic computer architecture and operation, hardware, operating systems, network communication, ethical issues associated with computers, and aspects of integrated software with an emphasis on business applications.
|Introduction to Computers||(3)||Summer Semester     14 Credits||Credits|
|Introduction to Public Speaking||3|
|Microbiology for Health Sciences & Lab||4|
BIOH 211/212BIOH 211/212 - Human Anatomy & Physiology II (equiv to 311) & Lab
This course is the second half of a one-year study of anatomy and physiology of the human body. This second semester will focus on the structure and function of the lymphatic, respiratory, urinary, reproductive, digestive, and endocrine system. The relationship between body anatomy and physiology will be emphasized. Pre-requisite: BIOH 201/202. Co-requisite: BIOH 212.
|Human Anatomy & Physiology II (equiv to 311) & Lab||4|
|Humanities & Fine Arts Core Requirement||3||Second Year - Fall Semester     15 Credits||Credits|
MLS 101MLS 101 - Introduction to Medical Laboratory Science
An introduction to the medical laboratory and the profession of clinical laboratory science. Professional ethics, medical terminology, laboratory safety, the use and care of basic laboratory equipment. Open to all students.** Source: Bismarck State College 2020-2021 Academic Catalog
|Introduction to Medical Laboratory Science *||1|
MLS 202MLS 202 - Immunology and Molecular Diagnostics
This course will serve as an introductory immunology course that will stress the fundamental concepts of immunology and serology. Topics include historical figures, innate and adaptive immunity, antibodies, antigens, adaptive immune response, complement, allergy and serological procedures. The goal of the course is to provide the student with an understanding of the basic principles of immunology and serology. Course must be taken concurrently with MLS 202L.** Source: Bismarck State College 2020-2021 Academic Catalog
|Immunology and Molecular Diagnostics *||2|
MLS 202LMLS 202L - Immunology and Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory
This course serves as a supplemental laboratory for MLS 202, the courses must be taken concurrently. Laboratory procedures will include immunology and molecular testing methods.** Source: Bismarck State College 2020-2021 Academic Catalog
|Immunology and Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory *||1|
|Clinical Chemistry *||2|
|Clinical Chemistry Laboratory *||1|
|Clinical Parasitology and Mycology *||1|
MLS 116LMLS 116L - Clinical Parasitology and Mycology Laboratory
This is the laboratory companion to MLS 116. Study of fungi, parasites and their relationship to the human host, through microscopic identification of the fungi, ova and parasites by clinical laboratory techniques. Concurrent registration with MLS 116 required.** Source: Bismarck State College 2020-2021 Academic Catalog
|Clinical Parasitology and Mycology Laboratory *||1|
|Urinalysis and Body Fluids *||1|
|Urinalysis and Body Fluids Laboratory *||1|
|Phlebotomy Fundamentals Lab||1||Second Year - Spring Semester     15 Credits||Credits|
MLS 220MLS 220 - Hematology and Hemostasis
The study of hematopoiesis and blood function. The student will learn to recognize normal and abnormal blood cells and acquire knowledge of hematology disorders and the tests used to diagnose them. The theory of hemostasis and blood coagulation will be covered. Must be taken concurrently with MLS 220L.** Source: Bismarck State College 2020-2021 Academic Catalog
|Hematology and Hemostasis *||3|
MLS 220LMLS 220L - Hematology and Hemostasis Laboratory
This is the laboratory companion to MLS 220, the two courses are taken concurrently. The student will put to use the knowledge obtained in MLS 220. The student will learn to recognize normal and abnormal blood cells and acquire knowledge of hematology disorders and tests used to diagnose them. Performance of hemostasis and blood coagulation routine procedures. Proper blood collection techniques and manual routine hematology and hemostasis procedures will be covered.** Source: Bismarck State College 2020-2021 Academic Catalog
|Hematology and Hemostasis Laboratory *||1|
MLS 242MLS 242 - Immunohematology
Fundamental principles of immunology are presented and applied to serology and blood banking. Donor selection, blood collection and processing, blood components, and compatibility testing. Preparation and administration of blood and genetics of blood group inheritance. Must be taken concurrently with MLS 242L.** Source: Bismarck State College 2020-2021 Academic Catalog
MLS 242LMLS 242L - Immunohematology Laboratory
Students will perform the following procedures: Donor selection, blood collection and processing, blood components and compatibility testing. Also covered will be preparation and administration of blood and genetics of blood group inheritance. Must be taken concurrently with MLS 242.** Source: Bismarck State College 2020-2021 Academic Catalog
|Immunohematology Laboratory *||1|
MLS 250MLS 250 - Clinical Microbiology
The morphology, cultural characteristics and identification of bacteria pathogenic to man and their role in infectious disease are discussed, as well as antibiotic susceptibility testing and rapid identification systems. Must be taken concurrently with MLS 250L.** Source: Bismarck State College 2020-2021 Academic Catalog
|Clinical Microbiology *||2|
MLS 250LMLS 250L - Clinical Microbiology Laboratory
This course is a supplemental laboratory to MLS 250, student will demonstrate skill in morphology, cultural characteristics and identification of bacteria pathogenic to man and their role in infectious disease are discussed, as well as antibiotic susceptibility testing and rapid identification systems. Must be taken concurrently with MLS 250.** Source: Bismarck State College 2020-2021 Academic Catalog
|Clinical Microbiology Laboratory *||2|
MLS 105MLS 105 - Phlebotomy Internship
Students will complete at least 135 hours of clinical lab experience in multiple clinical sites. Upon satisfactory completion of the course, the student will have demonstrated a working knowledge of many of the skills necessary to be a valuable member of the patient health care team and qualify to sit for the PBT (ASCP) [Phlebotomy Technician, American Society of Clinical Pathologists] national certifying exam. Transportation to the clinical sites in surrounding communities shall be the responsibility of the student. Internship hours are non-paid. A student may not acquire a job as a Phlebotomist before completion of the program and count those paid hours toward the internship hours. A person who has been employed as a non-board certified Phlebotomist may apply for experiential learning credit for MSL 105. Each case will be evaluated individually based on the documentation of length, range and scope of experience. Pre-requisites: MLS 103/104. Before internships are assigned, the student must: 1) successfully pass a drug screen; 2) successfully pass a criminal background check; 3) submit proof of health insurance; 4) submit proof of current CPR training; 5) submit documentation of a current 2-step TB skin test; 6) submit documentation of current vaccinations (or sign a waiver of exemption).
|Phlebotomy Internship||3||Summer Semester     3 Credits||Credits|
|Clinical Internship I *||1|
|Clinical Internship II *||2||Third Year - Fall Semester     12 Credits||Credits|
|Clinical Internship III *||12|
Please refer to the the Current Catalog for specific program details.