Medical Laboratory Technology

Associate Degree

About the Program

Medical laboratory technicians provide a wide range of information for physicians to use in diagnosis and treatment.  Technicians work in clinical settings under the supervision of medical technologists and pathologists and are required to perform precise tests and procedures to guarantee accurate information for patient care. Technicians analyze body fluids, isolate and identify microorganisms, study blood components, perform pre-transfusion tests and determine disease-related immune responses.

The MLT Degree program prepares students to operate computerized lab equipment in a safe, costeffective manner and to use quality control methods of assigned procedures. Students acquire a working knowledge in the areas of hematology, urology, parasitology, immunology, clinical chemistry, clinical microbiology and blood banking.  In addition, they develop important communication skills to be used in translating reports, records and results.

Graduates of the program are eligible to take the Board of Certification (BOC) examination offered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) to earn the designation Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT).

The program is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. Please see our Program Outcomes Data.

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
5600 N. River Road, Suite 720
Rosemount, Illinois 60018-5119
847-939-3597
773-714-8880
www.naacls.org

Learning experiences for students in the Medical Laboratory Technology Degree Program are provided in classrooms and laboratories on the Airport Campus in the Health Sciences Building. Student preclinical experience is provided through state-of-the-art medical lab science equipment available in the two on-campus labs. Required clinical experiences (externships/internships) are arranged through affiliations with local healthcare facilities.

Special Requirements

(Hint) For information on the Pre-Medical Laboratory Technology Certificate, which must be completed first, click here.  

Students are required to purchase and maintain standard white uniforms, fluid-resistant laboratory coats, white shoes and safety equipment at an approximate total cost of $300. The American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Certification examination fee is approximately $200.

Students must attain a grade of “C” in all curriculum courses to successfully complete the program. No course may be repeated more than one time. No more than 2 courses within the curriculum program may be repeated and only one Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT prefix) course may be re- peated.

Courses must be taken in the appropriate sequences.

In addition to the college’s placement test and the admission requirements for the Health Sciences Department, specific eligibility and interview criteria to the Medical Laboratory Technology program include:

Acceptable Eligibility Criteria

  • TEAS V (September 2014-present): 60 total percent (reading 70 percent, mathematics 68 percent, science 47 percent) and MTC writing sample score of 30; or
  • HOBET V (May 2012-September 2014): 60 total percent (reading 70 percent, mathematics 68 percent, science 47 percent) and MTC writing sample score of 30; or
  • HOBET (May 2011-May 2012): 50 composite percent (minimum reading 50 percent, algebra 50 percent, mathematics 50 percent) and MTC writing sample score of 30; or
  • SAT 990 (minimum critical reading 475, minimum mathematics 515) and MTC writing sample score of 30; or
  • ACT 19 (minimum verbal 18, minimum mathematics 23) and MTC writing sample score of 30; or
  • Successful completion of Pre-MLT certificate with a 2.0 GPA and “C” or higher in each course, or successful completion of pre-health certificate with 2.5 GPA and “C” or higher in each course; or
  • Associate degree or higher.

Admissions Criteria

  • Observation in clinical setting
  • TOEFL test for international students
  • Interview by the Medical Laboratory Admissions Committee
  • Acceptable criminal background check and drug screening
  • Physical Examination with TB test (completed after interview) by entry date.

Other Criteria

  • High school or college credits in science/mathematics (algebra, chemistry, physics, biology) recommended
  • High school diploma or equivalent

Essential Functions

Essential Function Technical Standard Example of Necessary Activity
Critical Thinking Critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment. Identify cause-effect relationships in clinical laboratory situations or with instrument responses; synthesize data; draw sound conclusions.
Interpersonal Skills Interpersonal Skills Establish rapport with patients and colleagues.  Function (consult, negotiate, share) as part of a team.
Communication Skills Communication abilities sufficient for effective interaction with others in spoken and written English. Use of professional oral and written communication while exhibiting self control and a positive attitude through ones body language. Document and interpret instructions.  Listen attentively.
Mobility Physical abilities sufficient to move from room to room and maneuver in small spaces; full range of motion; manual and finger dexterity; and hand-eye coordination.

Move around in work area. 
Use pipettes to transfer fluids.

Motor Skills Gross and fine motor skills sufficient to provide safe health care delivery and operate equipment. Use equipment and instruments with necessary dexterity.
Visual Ability Normal or corrected visual ability sufficient to perform laboratory procedures, ability to discriminate between subtle changes in density (black and grey) or a color at low light. Observe instrument readings, reagent and reaction color.  Read thermometer, chart, computer screen, digital printouts, labels and gauges.
Tactile Ability Tactile ability sufficient for vein palpations. Perform palpation of vein for venipuncture.
Olfactory Ability Olfactory Ability Distinguish smells which are necessary for environmental safety (fire, acid, gas leaks).
Professional Attitude and Demeanor Ability to present professional appearance and implement measures to maintain ones own physical and mental health and emotional stability. Work under stressful conditions.  Be exposed to communicable diseases and contaminated body fluids.  React calmly in emergency situations.  Demonstrate flexibility.  Show concern for others.

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