The essential functions/technical standards reflect performance abilities that are necessary for a student to successfully complete the requirements of the Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) curriculum. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, "A qualified person with a disability is one who can perform the essential function of a job with or without reasonable accommodation." Read the standards carefully and seek clarification if necessary.
According to the nature of the work required in MLT, the student must be able to meet the following standards:
Operate equipment necessary for laboratory work
Manipulate a patient as necessary for the performance of laboratory procedures
Evaluate patients, test reactions, medical test results and the working environment
Communicate with the patient, family, medical personnel and others to disseminate information relevant to patient care and work duties and to accurately gather information relevant to patient and work duties
Interact consistently in a rational manner with patients, visitors, staff and peers in routine and non-routine decision-making processes and in the daily execution of didactic and clinical assignments
Use a microscope to differentiate microscopic components
Analyze clinical test results
If a Medical Laboratory Technology student believes that he or she cannot meet one or more of the standards without accommodation or modifications, the college must determine, on an individual basis, whether the necessary accommodations or modifications can be made reasonably.