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College: Kapiolani Community College
The last comprehensive review for this program was on 2013, and can be viewed at:
The Medical Laboratory Technician program (MLT) is fully accredited through 2015 and is one of eight programs in the Health Sciences Department at Kapi'olani Community College. The program is competency based and offers an Associate in Science degree. It is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).
Admission to the Medical Laboratory Technician program is on a best qualified, first accepted basis. Qualification is based on a rating system for a) grades of completed prerequisites, and b) grades of completed support courses. Selection is based on total qualifying score in rank order from the highest score until admission quota is reached.
All prerequisites must be completed by the application deadline, with the exception of MLT 100. Additionally, the requirement for MLT 100 and MLT 100B may be waived for individuals certified as phlebotomists with one year of clinical laboratory experience. Points are also awarded for support courses completed prior to the application deadline. Students on probation, suspension or having a GPA below 2.0 at KCC are not eligible to apply. First Aid and one rescuer CPR certifications are required by January 1, prior to program entry. Courses transferred from accredited institutions are accepted if course descriptions and competencies are consistent with or at a higher level than KCC courses listed as prerequisites.
Priority selection is given to Hawai’i State residents; nonresidents will be considered after all qualified residents have been accommodated. A grade of “C” or higher must be maintained in all prerequisites, support courses, and program requirements to continue in the programs.
The mission of the Medical Laboratory Technician program is to serve the needs of the clinical laboratory science community through employment of industry standards through partnerships with the clinical affiliates.
Majors Included: MLT Program CIP: 51.1004
|Demand Indicators||Program Year||Demand Health Call|
|1||New & Replacement Positions (State)||23||24||21||Healthy|
|2||*New & Replacement Positions (County Prorated)||17||17||17|
|3||*Number of Majors||24.5||27.5||25|
|3a||Number of Majors Native Hawaiian||1||3||5|
|3d||Fall Part-Time who are Full-Time in System||0%||0%||0%|
|3g||Spring Part-Time who are Full-Time in System||0%||3%||0%|
|4||SSH Program Majors in Program Classes||593||571||563|
|5||SSH Non-Majors in Program Classes||140||160||143|
|6||SSH in All Program Classes||733||731||706|
|7||FTE Enrollment in Program Classes||24||24||24|
|8||Total Number of Classes Taught||19||16||19|
|Efficiency Indicators||Program Year||Efficiency Health Call|
|9||Average Class Size||14.6||16.9||14.5||Healthy|
|11||FTE BOR Appointed Faculty||1||1||1|
|12||*Majors to FTE BOR Appointed Faculty||24.5||27.5||25|
|13||Majors to Analytic FTE Faculty||13.2||16.9||13.8|
|13a||Analytic FTE Faculty||1.9||1.6||1.8|
|14||Overall Program Budget Allocation||$224,523||$183,506||$134,442|
|14a||General Funded Budget Allocation||$224,523||$161,400||$82,752|
|14b||Special/Federal Budget Allocation||$0||$0||$0|
|14c||Tuition and Fees||$0||$22,106||$51,690|
|15||Cost per SSH||$306||$251||$190|
|16||Number of Low-Enrolled (<10) Classes||0||0||1|
|*Data element used in health call calculation||Last Updated: January 27, 2014|
|Effectiveness Indicators||Program Year||Effectiveness Health Call|
|17||Successful Completion (Equivalent C or Higher)||97%||93%||92%||Healthy|
|18||Withdrawals (Grade = W)||2||13||7|
|19||*Persistence Fall to Spring||94.1%||94.7%||100%|
|19a||Persistence Fall to Fall||66.6%|
|20||*Unduplicated Degrees/Certificates Awarded||12||17||11|
|20b||Certificates of Achievement Awarded||0||0||0|
|20c||Advanced Professional Certificates Awarded||0||0||0|
|20d||Other Certificates Awarded||0||0||0|
|21||External Licensing Exams Passed||100%||100%|
|22||Transfers to UH 4-yr||0||5||2|
|22a||Transfers with credential from program||0||3||2|
|22b||Transfers without credential from program||0||2||0|
Completely On-line Classes
|23||Number of Distance Education Classes Taught||0||0||0|
|24||Enrollments Distance Education Classes||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|26||Successful Completion (Equivalent C or Higher)||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|27||Withdrawals (Grade = W)||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|28||Persistence (Fall to Spring Not Limited to Distance Education)||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Perkins IV Core Indicators
|29||1P1 Technical Skills Attainment||90.00||100.00||Met|
|31||3P1 Student Retention or Transfer||74.25||95.24||Met|
|32||4P1 Student Placement||60.00||71.43||Met|
|33||5P1 Nontraditional Participation||17.00||35.14||Met|
|34||5P2 Nontraditional Completion||15.25||20.00||Met|
|Performance Funding||Program Year|
|35||Number of Degrees and Certificates||11|
|36||Number of Degrees and Certificates Native Hawaiian||3|
|37||Number of Degrees and Certificates STEM||11|
|38||Number of Pell Recipients||8|
|39||Number of Transfers to UH 4-yr||2|
|*Data element used in health call calculation||Last Updated: January 27, 2014|
The MLT program remains healthy in terms of demand, efficiency, and effectiveness for the last four reporting periods. State and country workforce demand has remained steady over the same time period. During the Fall 2012 application period, the program experienced a 25% increase in interest by receiving 64 applications confirming a continued demand over previous years.
Efficiency of the program, although healthy, requires additional instructors to keep up with demand. The program is less one FTE and has lost two lecturers over the last academic year.
Effectiveness of the program remains healthy. All of the graduates who have challenged the ASCP certification examination have passed with the highest raw scores to date. This notable feat was achieved due to the incorporation of an intense certification exam preparatory module which was added to the last semester of the program.
Long term plans for the Medical Laboratory program are guided by the college’s strategic plan. In the intermediate term, plans are guided by the program’s three-year comprehensive program review (CPR). The actions indicated in this report provide short term measures which will contribute to the goals of the three year comprehensive program review, aligned with the college’s strategic plan.
The following actions are expected to be accomplished prior to the next assessment period:
1. Hiring of additional teaching lecturers to deliver the program.
2. Update all course objectives to correlate with changes in industry standards and expectations of knowledge for entry level MLTs.
2. Review MLT 105 Serology as it relates to Clinical Immunology and Serology.
3. Increase proficiency standard from 70.0% to 74.0% to align the program with the other Health Sciences programs. This is a change from the original proposed percentage of 75.0%.
4. Update the online course catalog to reflect the modifications of program prerequisites, list of required program support courses in the curriculum, curriculum requirements, application period, admission criterion, program description, address of accrediting agency, program student learning outcomes, and special admission requirements in the course catalog.
5. Prepare the accreditation self study for submission in Spring 2014.
The resources needed to employ the action plans outlined:
1. Funding for additional instructor(s) to deliver the program more efficiently.
2. Obtain approval to recruit nationwide for another full or part-time, non-tenured faculty member or have administration return 1.0 FTE position to program.
3. Secure working and serviceable instrumentation for each area of the lab to provide a more realistic training environment.
For the 2012-2013 program year, some or all of the following P-SLOs were reviewed by the program:
|Program Student Learning Outcomes|
|Perform the clinical laboratory procedures expected of a medical laboratory technician.|
|2. Use knowledge of laboratory results to make clinical interpretations|
|Apply the cognitive and technical skills necessary to function effectively in a clinical laboratory|
|4. Maintain the ethical and professional standards necessary in a clinical laboratory and the healthcare industry.|
|5. Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to function in a multicultural society.|
|6. Utilize interactive and communicative skills necessary to function in the medical industry as well as society as a whole|
The MLT program is fully accredited through 2015 by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).
Graduates of this program will be eligible to sit for the American Society for Clinical Pathology national certification examination. Upon attainment of certification, the graduate is eligible for licensure as an MLT for the State of Hawai’i.
Ninety percent is the expected level of achievement.
The following courses assessed this year were: MLT 100, MLT 100B, MLT 105, MLT 107, MLT 108, MLT 112, MLT 118, MLT 204, MLT 207, MLT 211, MLT 212, MLT 242B, MLT 242C, MLT 242D, and MLT 242E.
The assessment strategies employed were course examination, laboratory exercises, and experiments for first year MLT students and the clinical rotation evaluations, online test preparatory assignments, and the ASCP certification examination for second year MLT students.
Of the pre-MLT and MLT students registered for MLT courses, 232/238 (97.48%) successfully completed the courses by achieving 70.0% or greater proficiency. The second year students were assessed through clinical rotation evaluations in which 60/60 (100%) successfully completed the courses by achieving 70.0% or greater proficiency. The second year students were additionally assessed through the passing of the ASCP certification examination. The ASCP Pass Rate for this year was 10/10 (100%) which is well above the national average of 77.42% for 2012. It should be noted that two students have yet to take the certification examination for this recent class.
Counseling SLOs for use across campus were developed in 2010. Since that time, units have assessed these SLOs. Completed templates and summaries of the assessment cycle for counseling support of this program are available at the OFIE website at http://ofie.kapiolani.hawaii.edu/program-review.
In an effort to better align terminology and respond to feedback gained in previous assessment cycles, on November 21 and 22, 2013, an assessment retreat was held to revise these SLOs. The revised Counseling SLOs will be assessed in the upcoming year.
Update curriculum for each class with the MLT alpha to reflect current trends and demands in the clinical laboratory field. Increase the minimum proficiency for the MLT program courses from 70.0% to 74.0% beginning Spring 2014. Amended the increase from 75.0% to 74.0% as proposed last year.