You must visit with your Barton MLT Advisor before each semester's enrollment.
You must be able to manage the financial impact. Obvious costs include the tuition, regular fees, special technology fees and textbooks for the courses. You can see textbook list, ISBN and cost on the webpage. But you must also plan for the financial impact presented by your commitments to your cooperating lab, and your commitments to your assigned clinical affiliate for the clinical internships. Expect travel expenses, and consider the "lost income" while you are gone from your workplace.
You must identify and solicit the support of a cooperating laboratory. Your cooperating laboratory must agree to provide learning experiences that "mirror" those provided by our on-campus laboratory. The cooperating laboratory must be approved by the course instructor or the program director. If your primary cooperating laboratory does not have sufficient volume and variety of testing in certain areas (e.g. microbiology), you will need to have a second cooperating laboratory.
You must make arrangements and plans to complete the required clinical practica (internships). These internships must be in a laboratory that has a formal clinical affiliation with Barton's MLT Program. Six months BEFORE you plan on your clinical practicum, contact the MLT program director to see if a current Clinical Affiliation Agreement with the facility that is offering to support you. Clinical Practicum I (Approx. 122 hours) is a commitment, usually done during the summer following the successful completion of Heme/Coag, Immunology and UA/Body Fluids. Clinical Practicum II (Approx. 220 hours) is a commitment, usually done during the summer following the successful completion of Clinical Chem, Pathogenic Micro and Immunohematology. Will your employer allow you sufficient leave time?
You must have a manageable balance of employment, classes and family commitments. You must be able to budget sufficient time to study and complete assignments and exams. You must also plan on occasional visits to campus. If you must work full-time, consider a lighter course load and extend the MLT Program over more than two years.
You may be required to identify and solicit the support of 2 or more proctors. The proctor must be a professional in the community who agrees to monitor you while you are taking your online exams. The proctor must be approved by your course instructor.
You must make arrangements and plans to take the necessary general education courses. You must complete your general education courses with a C or better and be Phlebotomy National Certified eligible. Resources for the general education courses include your local community college or university, distance learning departments or colleges or universities (e.g. FHSU, KSU, and KU), and consortia (e.g. EduKan.org or Western Governor's University)
You must have appropriate personal management attributes. Do you stay on course-related tasks without direct supervision? Can you prioritize your own study workload? Can you follow direction? Are you planning to allocate as much time in your schedule for your online courses as you would for a more "traditional" classroom course? Are you good at assessing your own progress?
You must have basic computer skills. Are your keyboarding (typing) skills good? Do you know how to install software? Can you create, save and manage files on your computer? Do you know how to send and receive e-mail? If you need to upgrade your computer skills, check for classes at your local Internet provider or library or community college or university.
You must have reliable access to a computer that is capable of running the necessary software and accessing e-mail and the World Wide Web. It is by far the best to have your own computer. If that is not possible, the computer you plan to use must be available to you on a frequent and convenient basis, outside of your workplace.
You must have reliable Internet access. The Internet service provider should have a "good track record."