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Essential Skills

Essential Skills

Essential skills represent the non-academic ability of the applicant or the student to accomplish the essential requirements of the medical laboratory technology program. These standards are based on the essential skills of the medical laboratory technology student. They must be mastered in order to obtain credit for the educational program. Students are expected to perform satisfactorily in the following domains:


  • Identify sizes and shapes.
  • Discriminate colors or shades both macroscopically and microscopically.
  • Ability to freely maneuver around the assigned laboratory work areas and patient care settings.
  • Safely and accurately perform diagnostic laboratory procedures.
  • Lift, operate instruments, perform tests and phlebotomy procedures.


  • Communicate fluently in English by written and oral and/or alternate means.
  • Successfully receive and transmit information.
  • Read and follow instructions.


  • Accurately perform laboratory duties in a stressful environment.
  • Identify and respond to emergency and non-routine situations.

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November 11
Veterans Day holiday. College closed.

November 18
Registration opens for spring 2016 semester.

November 26, 27
Thanksgiving Recess. College closed.

November 28, 29
Thanksgiving Recess. No classes, College open. (Most offices closed.)

December 24 - January 3
College closed.

January 11
Faculty return for spring 2016 semester.

January 15
Winterim classes end.

January 18
Martin Luther King holiday. College closed.

January 19
Spring 2016 semester classes begin.

January 20
Winterim faculty grading due.

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