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College: Kapiolani Community College
Program: Medical Laboratory Technician

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Program Description

Program Description

The Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) Program is a fully accredited program 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). 

This curriculum is designed to prepare students to perform many laboratory procedures and to operate and care for laboratory equipment. Graduates of this program will be eligible to write the national registry examination for MLT given by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). When certified, the MLT graduate will meet the requirements to become licensed to work in the State of Hawai‘i as a Medical Laboratory Technician.

Admission to the Medical Laboratory Technician program is on a first-qualified, first-accepted basis. The prerequisite courses must be completed or in process of being completed prior to application to the program. First Aid and one rescuer CPR certification is 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. The requirement for MLT 100 may be waived for individuals certified as phlebotomists with one year of clinical laboratory experience.

Medical Laboratory Technician Program Mission Statement

The mission of Kapi’olani Community College’s Health Education Unit is to develop and deliver student-centered health career programs that employ industry standards through partnerships with the healthcare community.   The mission of the MLT program is to follow the Health Education Unit as well as to serve the needs of the Medical Laboratory healthcare community by:

Part I. Quantitative Indicators

Glossary | Health Call Scoring Rubric

Part II. Analysis of the Program

The Program shows strength in many areas. The student-faculty ratio is such that students receive individual attention which, in turn, contributes to the high program completion rates. Two full-time faculty run the program in accordance with NAACLS recommendations. The program experiences low dropout rate and improved Fall to Spring persistence as evidenced by both the efficiency and effectiveness indicators.

The unavailability of data on new and replacement positions at the state and county level is a detriment to determine fully the meaning of the demand indicators. The missing values in the table does not allow the complete evaluation of this section.

Part III. Action Plan

The MLT program’s long-term plan is guided by the College’s Strategic Plan. The Program is in alignment with the College’s mission and vision. The program strives to provide students with access to learning by providing a safe environment conducive for learning, and faculty who are subject matter experts with clinical experiences to facilitate learning.

The MLT program is accredited by NAACLS, and the focus is to continue meeting and surpassing the NAACLS standards to maintain accreditation. The program is currently engaged in a self-study due in April, 2019 with a site visit scheduled for Fall,  2019.

The Program is undergoing curriculum revisions to meet industry requirements. The proposed curriculum changes are undergoing review by the Curriculum Committee. Proposed changes include prerequisite requirements and course realignment.

The Program is focusing on meeting specific Perkin’s Core Indicators to meet the college’s expectation. The focus is on improving the nontraditional student participation and program completion. The program plans to increase enrollment of nontraditional students by working with local laboratories to encourage Technical Laboratory Assistants to seek certification through the MLT program.

The Program is in need of laboratory equipment upgrades in several areas of the clinical laboratory which will assist students in learning new techniques and in developing skills to match the current trends in clinical laboratories. 

Part IV. Resource Implications

The MLT Program successfully recruited a second FTE after one year of operating with a single FTE and several lecturers. The second FTE started in Spring 2019 and is bringing valuable experience and relief to the program.

The number of applicants for the MLT program is expected to rise. The Program is working with area laboratories to encourage uncertified laboratory assistants to seek laboratory certification through the program. The Program holds monthly information sessions for prospective students.  Further, the Program has plans to work with other departs such as Math and Science to provide students with more career choices.

The MLT program is in the process of purchasing a new Level 2 Biosafety Hood, a table hematology analyzer, a tabletop chemistry analyzer, and an incubator. This equipment will greatly improve student learning. This equipment will further allow students to keep abreast with new techniques and skills trending in clinical laboratories. The program is still in need of serofuges used in immunohematology laboratories. The current serofuges are inoperable or in unsafe condition for students to use. The accreditation agency (NAACLS) recommended the purchase of new serofuges during the last site visit in 2015.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

For the 2017-2018 program year, some or all of the following P-SLOs were reviewed by the program:

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Program Student Learning Outcomes


Perform routine clinical laboratory procedures within acceptable quality control parameters in Hematology, Chemistry, Immunohematology, Immunology/Serology, and Microbiology under the general supervision of a Medical Technologist/Medical Laboratory Scientist, or Pathologist.


Demonstrate technical skills, social behavior, and professional awareness incumbent upon a laboratory technician as defined by the American Society for Clinical Pathology and American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science.


Effect a transition of information and experiences learned in the MLT program to employment situations and performance on the certification examination conducted by the American Society for Clinical Pathology.


Apply systematized problem solving techniques to identify and correct procedural errors, identify instrument malfunctions and seek proper supervisory assistance, and verify the accuracy of laboratory results obtained.


Operate and maintain laboratory equipment, utilizing appropriate quality control and safety procedures.


Perform within the guidelines of the code of ethics of the American Society for Clinical Pathology and the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science, in addition to the restrictions established by local, state, and federal regulatory agencies.


Recognize and participate in activities which will provide current knowledge and continuing education in an effort to upgrade skills in clinical laboratory medicine.

A) Evidence of Industry Validation

Graduates of the MLT program are eligible to write the national certification examination for MLT given by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). When certified, the MLT graduate will meet the requirements to become licensed to work in the State of Hawai‘i as a
Medical Laboratory Technician. The MLT program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

B) Expected Level Achievement

The expected level of achievement for the national certification examination pass rate is 90%.  The accreditation agency, NAACLS, expects an achievement level of 70%. For the 2017-18 year, 13 students took the certification exam and 13 passed for 100% pass rate. 

C) Courses Assessed

  All MLT courses are currently being assessed in this Spring 2018 to meet the 5-year review requirement.

D) Assessment Strategy/Instrument

The didactic courses (MLT 100, MLT 107, MLT 108, MLT 118, MLT 204, MLT 207, MLT 211, MLT 212) are assessed through grades achieved on laboratory exercises, class presentations, class exercises, and examinations.

Clinical courses [MLT 100B, (proposed 242A), MLT 242B, MLT 242C, MLT 242D, MLT 242E] are assessed through final clinical evaluations given at each training site.

MLT 240, a seminar course is evaluated through student presentations and case studies from grades achieved on online assignments and examinations

E) Results of Program Assessment

The MLT Program is assessed through the NAACLS accreditation process.  The program submits an annual report to NAACLS.

The next program review through re-accrediation takes place in 2020.  The program will submit a self study to NAACLS in Spring of 2019, and a NAACLS campus visit is expected in Fall 2019.

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G) Next Steps