Medical Laboratory Technology

Associate Degree

Overview

As a lab tech, you perform precise procedures that provide a wide range of information for physicians to use in diagnosis and treatment. You’ll learn to operate computerized lab equipment and to use quality-control methods to guarantee accurate information for patient care.

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 laboratory scientists 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, cost-effective manner and to use quality control methods to assess the accuracy of lab data. 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.

Learning Settings 

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.

Requirements & Certificates

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).

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 $215.

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 repeated.

Courses must be taken in the appropriate sequences.

Accreditation

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

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

Admissions Criteria

  • Observation in a 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

How to Enroll

To pursue this degree, you must apply to MTC using our online application.

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Sample Program Plan and Costs

On-Campus Traditional. Classes meet on campus.
Virtual 100% online. Meets with a live instructor and classmates on specific days, at specific times. Uses web conferencing software, like Zoom.
Hybrid Some classes on campus. Some classes online or virtual.
Online 100% online. Due dates for projects and assignments. Self-paced work on your time.
Semester Course ID Course Title Classroom Online Hybrid Virtual Credits
Semester 1
(14 Credit Hours)
COL-106 Skills for College Success

Skills for College Success

ID: COL-106

Credit Hours: 1

This course is designed to enhance the skills of entering freshmen to facilitate their ability to succeed in the college environment. The course topics include student/instructor expectations, time management, library/computer orientation, listening/note-taking, studying for success, learning styles/personality types, and diversity and differences on campus.

1
MAT-102 Intermediate Algebra

Intermediate Algebra

ID: MAT-102

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the following topics: properties of numbers; fundamental operations with algebraic expressions; polynomials; systems of equations; ratio and proportion; factoring; functions; graphs; solutions of linear inequalities; and linear and quadratic equations.

3
ENG-160 Technical Communications

Technical Communications

ID: ENG-160

Credit Hours: 3

This course is a study of various technical communications such as definitions, processes, instructions, descriptions, and technical reports.

3
PHI-115 Contemporary Moral Issues

Contemporary Moral Issues

ID: PHI-115

Credit Hours: 3

This course examines moral issues in contemporary society, including basic principles and applications of ethics.

3
BIO-210 Anatomy and Physiology I

Anatomy and Physiology I

ID: BIO-210

Credit Hours: 4

This is the first in a sequence of courses, including an intensive coverage of the body as an integrated whole. All body systems are studied. Emphasis is placed on the manner in which systems interact to maintain homeostasis. The study includes general chemistry principles, biochemistry, cells and tissues and the following systems will be covered: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous and special senses.

4
Semester 2
(18 Credit Hours)
CHM-110 College Chemistry I

College Chemistry I

ID: CHM-110

Credit Hours: 4

This is the first course in a sequence that includes the following topics: atomic and molecular structure, nomenclature and equations, properties, reactions and states of matter, stoichiometry, gas laws, solutions, and equilibria.

4
MLT-102 Medical Lab Fundamentals

Medical Lab Fundamentals

ID: MLT-102

Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces basic concepts and procedures in medical laboratory technology.

3
MLT-110 Hematology

Hematology

ID: MLT-110

Credit Hours: 4

This course provides a study of the basic principles of hematology, including hemoglobins, hematocritc, white and red counts, and identification of blood cells.

4
PSY-201 General Psychology

General Psychology

ID: PSY-201

Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the following topics and concepts in the science of behavior: scientific method, biological bases for behavior, perception, motivation, learning memory, development, personality, abnormal behavior, therapeutic techniques, and social psychology.

3
BIO-211 Anatomy and Physiology II

Anatomy and Physiology II

ID: BIO-211

Credit Hours: 4

This is a continuation of a sequence of courses, including intensive coverage of the body as an integrated whole. All body systems are studied. Emplasis is placed on the manner in which systems interact to maintain homeostasis. The following systems will be covered: endocrine, lymphatic, immune, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive.

4
Semester 3
(12 Credit Hours)
MLT-104 Basic Medical Microbiology

Basic Medical Microbiology

ID: MLT-104

Credit Hours: 2

This course introduces the study of basic concepts of medical microbiology.

2
MLT-108 Urinalysis and Body Fluids

Urinalysis and Body Fluids

ID: MLT-108

Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces the routine analysis and clinical significance of urine and other body fluids.

3
MLT-115 Immunology

Immunology

ID: MLT-115

Credit Hours: 3

This course provides a study of the immune system, disease states, and the basic principles of immunological testing.

3
MLT-210 Advanced Hematology

Advanced Hematology

ID: MLT-210

Credit Hours: 4

This course provides a study of the diseases of blood cells and other hematologic procedures including coagulation.

4
Semester 4
(7 Credit Hours)
MLT-120 Immunohematology

Immunohematology

ID: MLT-120

Credit Hours: 4

This course introduces the theory and practice of blood banking, including the ABO, RH and other blood group systems, compatibility testing, and hdn.

4
MLT-260 Clinical Practicum I

Clinical Practicum I

ID: MLT-260

Credit Hours: 3

This course provides clinical experience in a supervised setting for developing technical proficiency in routine laboratory procedures.

3
Semester 5
(12 Credit Hours)
MLT-130 Clinical Chemistry

Clinical Chemistry

ID: MLT-130

Credit Hours: 4

This course focuses on the study of nutritional, functional and excretional chemicals in blood and body fluids, including testing techniques and clinical significance.

4
MLT-230 Advanced Clinical Chemistry

Advanced Clinical Chemistry

ID: MLT-230

Credit Hours: 4

This course includes advanced theory, principles, and instrument techniques used in clinical chemistry.

4
MLT-205 Advanced Microbiology

Advanced Microbiology

ID: MLT-205

Credit Hours: 4

This course provides a detailed study of microorganisms and the currently accepted procedures for identification of these microorganisms in the clinical laboratory.

4
Semester 6
(12 Credit Hours)
MLT-270 Clinical Applications

Clinical Applications

ID: MLT-270

Credit Hours: 12

This course provides sequential practical experience in selected areas of a supervised clinical setting.

12
  Total Credit Hours 75
  Estimated Cost
Financial Aid
$13,350.00
Not including fees and equipment

Careers

Medical Laboratory Technician

Enter the workforce after earning an associate degree plus the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) national certification. Bench-level technicians in clinical facilities work in areas of hematology/coagulation, clinical chemistry, clinical microbiology, serology, and blood banking.

Projected Job Growth

+21%

Average Annual Salary

$52,954
According to EMSI data as of 2018

Where Can I Work?

  • Hospitals
  • Medical Clinics
  • Public Health Laboratories

Careers

Medical Laboratory Scientist

Become a medical laboratory scientist after earning a bachelor’s degree with required science/math courses, 1-year generalist clinical experience, and MLT(ASCP) certification. Once that level is reached, graduates will have the opportunity to move into administrative/supervisory and management positions.

Projected Job Growth

+87.6%

Average Annual Salary

$62,818
According to EMSI data as of 2018

Where Can I Work?

  • Hospitals
  • Veterans Affairs Health System
  • Public Health Agencies

Careers

Technical Representative and Sales

This position is good for a graduate who likes to travel, and requires an MLT or MLS with experience in the field of laboratory medicine.

Projected Job Growth

+23.2%

Average Annual Salary

$52,838
According to EMSI data as of 2018

Where Can I Work?

  • Medical Equipment and Technology Companies

What’s next after I complete this program?

Begin a career immediately upon graduation

Medical Laboratory Technicians work behind the scenes in health care providing physicians with the vital information they need to diagnose, treat, and monitor patient health. Without the lab team, physicians are just guessing. Many opportunities are available for entry-level positions in hospital labs.

Begin a career upon graduation, then work on a bachelor’s degree to advance to a Medical Laboratory Scientist

Most MLTs want to advance in the field, and getting a bachelor’s degree with 1-year of lab experience makes students eligible for the MLS certification. This puts candidates in a position to move into supervisory and management roles. Most employers offer tuition assistance to obtain the bachelor's degree.