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Programs

Clinical Laboratory Technology

Program Mission

The mission of the Clinical Laboratory Technology Program at Jefferson State Community College is to promote and maintain standards of quality for the services and the environment necessary for students to achieve their educational goals and to enhance the social, cognitive, and professional skills required
for entry level employment as clinical laboratory technicians (CLTs) in the healthcare community.

Goals and Competencies

The goals of the Clinical Laboratory Technology program are to:

  1. Provide education which acknowledges individual differences and respects the rights of individuals to seek fulfillment of educational needs. The conduct, values and beliefs espoused by the program will shape the individual graduates of the program. These basis values and beliefs form the foundation of this
    program.
  2. Provide an environment encouraging the individual to benefit and contribute as a partner in the economic progress, development, and stability of the local community, State of Alabama, and the U.S. The basic philosophy of the Clinical Laboratory Program is founded upon the value of the individual student, contributions to Clinical Laboratory professions, and technical education.
  3. Provide education which develops the potential of each student to become productive, responsible, and upwardly mobile member of society. The program will assist each student in attaining his or her respective potential in the program. The student will also assume personal responsibility for learning by actively participating in the learning process.
  4. Provide quality Clinical Laboratory Technology education in an atmosphere that fosters interest in enthusiasm for learning. The overall Program will provide foundations in communications, mathematics, and human relations as well as technical training. Program graduates will be trained in the underlying fundamentals of Clinical Laboratory Technology and will be well equipped for employment and subsequent upward mobility.
  5. Prepare graduates to function as safe and competent practitioners in the Clinical Laboratory technology field. Graduates will have achieved competency in urinalysis, hematology, clinical chemistry, immunohematology, microbiology, serology and phlebotomy. They will meet the qualifying criteria for eligibility to gain certification from a national registry. The successful completion of the national registry will enable graduates of this program to achieve professional employment in the Clinical Laboratory field.
  6. Prepare graduates with the highest level of competence possible given the constraints of the interest and ability levels of the individual. The Clinical Laboratory Technology program will offer a high level of academic achievement through a combination of academic preparation and technical training at Jefferson State Community College.
  7. Provide educational and related services without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, and sex, age, handicapping condition, academic disadvantage or economic disadvantage.
  8. Foster employer participation, understanding, and confidence in the instructional process and the competence of Clinical Laboratory Technology program graduates.
  9. Provide guidance to Clinical Laboratory technology program students to assist them in pursuing educational and occupational opportunities that maximize their professional potential. Graduates will have attained career entry competencies expected of graduates and will provide the tools for a continuing and lifelong learning experience.
  10. Encourage program graduates to recognize and act upon individual needs for continuing education as a function of growth and maintenance of professional competence.
  11. Providing the healthcare community with graduates with the knowledge and skills to display ethical, professional conduct on campus and in clinical settings according to, but not limited by, the ASCP Code of Ethics.
Program Outcomes

The CLT Program at Jefferson State will:

Outcome  Measure JSCC Program
3 year Running
Average
2011-2013
N=16
All Programs
3 year running Average
2011-2013
Graduates will take either
the AMT or ASCP BOC
national certification exam
with a pass rate at or above the national average
ASCP Certification Exam: Pass Rate and Mean
Scaled Score
Pass Rate 75%
Mean Scaled Score
Pass Rate 74%
Within Six months of
graduation found
employment
Career Technical Surveys
Self- Reporting by
Student
95% Benchmark Met
Student retention upon
entering Third Semester
Admission Statistics 89% Graduation rate Benchmark Met

Student Learning Outcomes (General Course Objectives)

Medical laboratory technicians will be prepared and proficient in skills that are necessary for them to function as part of the healthcare team, recognizing the responsibilities of other laboratory and health care personnel and interacting with them with respect for their jobs and patient care. These skills are reflected in the following student learning outcomes. Upon completion of Jefferson State’s Clinical Laboratory Technology program, the Associate

Degree graduates will

  1. Demonstrate knowledge in laboratory safety, blood borne pathogens, HIPAA, hazardous communication, and other laboratory standards necessary to protect themselves and the patients they serve.
  2. Demonstrate professional conduct and interpersonal communication skills with patients, laboratory personnel, other health care professionals, and with the public.
  3. Perform analytical tests including quality control on biological specimens; including collecting and processing biological specimens for analysis.
  4. Relate laboratory findings to common disease processes.
  5. Recognize and act upon individual needs for continuing education as a function of growth and maintenance of professional competence