Medical Laboratory Apprentice

 

The Medical Laboratory Apprentice program provides education and training in the major disciplines of the clinical laboratory to include: clinical chemistry, hematology, immunohematology, immunology, microbiology, parasitology, urinalysis, blood donor center operations, specimen collection and processing, and laboratory operations. This training program includes a Phase 1 resident portion at METC and a Phase 2 clinical portion conducted at military and civilian medical treatment facilities. Quality assurance and safety techniques are emphasized throughout the program. Lecture, demonstration, case studies, online materials, simulations, and laboratory practice are utilized throughout the program. This program provides graduates with knowledge and technical skills required to achieve medical laboratory apprentice entry-level competencies, and meets basic requirements of the DoD Clinical Laboratory Improvement Program (CLIP).The program prepares the laboratory technician to perform laboratory procedures at a Medical Treatment Facility (MTF) under the supervision of a qualified laboratory technician/ technologist. Graduates meet the personnel education requirements of the CLIP to perform high complexity testing. The program culminates in college credits that may be applied towards an associate degree. Graduates are eligible to take national certification exams as medical laboratory technicians.

 US Air Force
AFSC: Medical Laboratory Apprentice
Program Length: 2408 hours
Iterations per year: 4

 US Army
MOS: N/A

 US Navy
NEC: N/A
 

School Code 083


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MEDICAL LABORATORY PROGRAM SCOPE OF INSTRUCTION

 

 The Medical Laboratory Apprentice program provides requisite knowledge, simulated and clinical training in various aspects of emergency, nursing, and primary care. Student will receives training in subjects of Medical Terminology, Anatomy & Physiology, Basic Life Support (BLS), Emergency Medical Technician-Basic curricula, as well as various aspects of nursing, and primary patient care. Outcome-based practices and safety techniques are emphasized throughout the program.
 

What We Do

   
 
   
Entry-level Medical Laboratory Apprentice will work in fixed and deployable medical facilities, performing duties to provide quality emergency, nursing and primary care procedures. 

The Air Force Medical Laboratory Apprentice program provides education and training in the major disciplines of the clinical laboratory. 

The program prepares the laboratory technician to perform laboratory procedures at a medical treatment facility (MTF) under the supervision of a qualified laboratory technician/technologist. The instructional design of this program’s courses is group-lock step. This is a single service program that has a two-phase, field of study schedule. Resident training is first conducted at the METC and then the student transitions to clinical training that is conducted at military MTFs. 

Upon initial entry to METC, students are provided formal education and training that develops them into entry-level Medical Laboratory Technicians within fixed and deployable medical facilities. 

Students will learn the medical laboratory mission and scope of practice. Training includes the study of: clinical chemistry, hematology, immunohematology, immunology, microbiology, parasitology, urinalysis, blood donor center operations, specimen collection and processing, and laboratory operations/management. Methods of instruction include, but are not limited to: lecture, demonstration, online materials, simulations, laboratory practice, and practical exercises. 

The MLT program provides graduates with knowledge and technical skills required to achieve medical laboratory technician entry-level competencies, and meets basic requirements of the DoD Clinical Laboratory Improvement Program (CLIP). Quality assurance and safety techniques are emphasized throughout the program. 

 Clinical training provides students with clinical knowledge and hands-on experiential training which consists of clinical practicum in a MTF. The program prepares the student to exercise judgment and accept responsibility in performing clinical laboratory procedures in the care of patients. The training will include, but is not limited to: the application of specimen collection, clinical chemistry, microbiology, hematology and coagulation, immunohematology, urinalysis, and immunology/serology in a medical laboratory setting, using the areas of practice of medical laboratory department technicians at MTFs. 

 Proficiency advancement in clinical applications is determined by the program director and clinical advisor/coordinator on a case-by-case basis. 

 

Essential Functions


The ability to relate to people, a capacity for calm and reasoned judgment and a demonstration of commitment to the patient are qualities essential for a clinical laboratory technician/medical laboratory technician. They must demonstrate ethical and moral attitudes and principles, which are essential for gaining and maintaining the trust of professional associates, the support of the community, and the confidence of the patient and family. An attitude of respect for the patient and the confidentiality of the patient’s record and/or diagnoses must be maintained.

Clinical Facilities

 

  • Andrews AFB, MD
  • Nellis AFB, NV 
  • Eglin AFB, FL
  • Offutt AFB, NE
  • Keesler AFB, MS  
  • Scott AFB, IL
  • Joint Base Langley-Eustis, VA  
  • Joint Base San Antonio - Lackland AFB, TX
  • Sheppard AFB, TX
  • Travis AFB, CA
  • Luke AFB, AZ
  • Wright-Patterson AFB, OH

Prerequisites


High school or college algebra, biology, and chemistry are required -- NOT waiverable. 

Normal color vision as defined in Air Force Instruction 48-123 is mandatory. 

Minimum ASVAB General Score of 62. ECL 70. 
 

Uniform Requirements


Duty uniform varies between a combination of Blues and OCPs, ensure you have complete sets of each uniform requirement. 

Students must bring Air Force Physical Training (PT) uniform and participate in the squadron PT program. As per AFI 36-2905, personnel enrolled in the Fitness Improvement Program (FIP) will continue the program while TDY to Fort Sam Houston. On Day 1, please hand carry your FIP along with a copy of your orders and present to the AF in-processing personnel. 
 

EMRC


This course is conducted in an austere environment. NO amenities are provided or available for purchase, you must bring items to sustain you for the duration. 
 
CHECKLIST FOR ITEMS YOU NEED TO BRING WITH YOU:
  • Leather Work Gloves
  • Protective Eye Wear
  • Combat Boots
  • Canteen or Camel Pack
  • $20 CASH, in small bills (meals at the field kitchen)
  • Towel
Suggested items: Sun Block, Insect Repellent
 
Prohibited Items: Tobacco products and Cell Phones 

Reporting Instructions 

Before you can attend classes at METC you will be required to establish an AKO account TWO WEEKS PRIOR to class start . 

To establish your account, from a government computer, go to https://www.metc.mil, select "Newcomers", "I am an Airmen". YOU MUST COMPLETE ALL required actions, failure to complete actions could result in a delayed class start. 

Day 0 – Sunday 
(Prior Service/Active Duty/ANG/AFRES) – Arrive in local area.

Day 1 - Monday
Attend EMRC/Field conditions and lecture/discussion. Everyone will ride bus to and from the Training Facility - see requirements tab for information. 
(ANG/AFRES - After class, contact the liaison located in Bldg 1469.) 

Day 2 - Tuesday
Attend EMRC/Field conditions and lecture/discussion. Everyone will ride bus to and from the Training Facility - see special requirements section. 

Day 3 - Wednesday
First day of class. Report NLT 0745 to class.

*In the event Monday is a holiday, Day 0 will be Monday, and EMRC will be conducted on Tuesday & Wednesday with a METC Class start of Thursday. 

Billeting

IHG Army Hotels - Fort Sam Houston:
Direct Group/DVQ Reservations:(210)357-2705 ext.5006
Hours of Operation: 24 hours 7 days a week 365 days a year. 

Meals

Fort Sam Houston has a full service dining facility, all three meals are available.

Certification


Upon completion of the Medical Laboratory Technician Program (Phase I and Phase II), students will be eligible to take the American Society for Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification (BOC) Medical Laboratory Technician examination. 

 Additional information about the ASCP BOC may be accessed at 
https://www.ascp.org/Board-of-Certification/
 

Program Stats: 

Student to Faculty Ratio:

Lecture: 32 to 1
Lab: 6 to 1


Graduation Rate: 97% 
2020: 98%
2019: 97%
2018: 98%
 
Attrition Rate:  7% 
Note: rates based on students who began the Phase II portion of the program.
 
Placement Rate: 100%
 

Board of Certification First Time Examination Pass Rate:

2019: 61%
2018: 67%
2017: 73%

Accreditation:


The Medical Laboratory Apprentice program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (www.naacls.org). 

 National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
 5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720
 Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
 (773) 714-8880 
 
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Program Director (210) 808-5306 
Air Force Service Lead (210) 808-5308 
Phase II Coordinator (210) 808-5305
 
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