Tyler Junior College

Medical Laboratory Technology

Essential Functions

The following essential functions adopted for the Medical Laboratory Technology Program at Tyler Junior College were published in Clinical Laboratory Science, Vol. 9, No 1, Jan/Feb 1996.

Essential Observational Requirements for the Clinical Laboratory Sciences

The CLS student must be able to:

  • observe laboratory demonstrations in which biologicals (i.e. body fluids, culture materials, tissue sections, and cellular specimens) are tested for their biochemical, hematological, immunological, microbiological, and histochemical components.
  • characterize the color, odor, clarity, and viscosity of biologicals, reagents, or chemical reaction products.
  • employ a clinical grade binocular microscope to discriminate among fine structural and color (hue, shading, and intensity) differences of microscopic specimens.
  • read and comprehend text, numbers, and graphs displayed in print and on a video monitor.

Essential Movement Requirements for the Clinical laboratory Sciences

The CLS student must be able to:

  • move freely and safely about a laboratory.
  • reach laboratory benchtops and shelves, patients lying in hospital beds or patients seated in specimen collection furniture.
  • travel to numerous clinical laboratory sites for practical experience.
  • perform moderately taxing continuous physical work, often requiring prolonged sitting, over several hours.
  • maneuver phlebotomy and culture acquisition equipment to safely collect valid laboratory specimens from patients.
  • control laboratory equipment (i.e., pipettes, inoculating loops, test tubes) and adjust instruments to perform laboratory procedures.
  • use an electronic keyboard (i.e. 101-key IBM computer keyboard) to operate laboratory instruments and to calculate, record, evaluate, and transmit laboratory information.

Essential Communication Requirements for the Clinical Laboratory Sciences

The CLS student must be able to:

  • read and comprehend technical and professional materials (i.e. textbooks, magazine and journal articles, handbooks, and instruction manuals).
  • follow verbal and written instructions in order to correctly and independently perform laboratory test procedures.
  • clearly instruct patients prior to specimen collection.
  • effectively, confidentially, and sensitively converse with patients regarding laboratory tests.
  • communicate with faculty members, fellow students, staff, and other health care professionals verbally and in a recorded format (writing, typing, graphics, or telecommunication).
  • independently prepare papers, prepare laboratory reports, and take paper, computer, and laboratory practical examinations.

Medical Laboratory Technology Contact Information

Catherine Baker, MA, BSMT (ASCP)
Department Chair
Office: Pirtle T-255

Email: cbak@tjc.edu

Telephone: 903-510-2367

Advising contact: 903-510-2662