Overview & Employment – Medical Laboratory Technician

The Medical Laboratory Technician program prepares men and women to work under the supervision of the medical laboratory scientist, pathologist, or other qualified physician in a medical laboratory. A technician performs tests that aid in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.

Specific tasks which the Medical Laboratory Technician might perform include collection of blood and other specimens, preparation and examination of stained slides of blood cells or bacteria, microscopic examination of urine, blood, and other body fluids, grouping and typing of blood, and the analysis of body fluids for chemical components.

The first two semesters of the program may be taken at NIACC and the completion of the program is taken at Hawkeye Community College, Waterloo, Iowa. The final semesters of the program are provided in the clinical setting, which may occur in a location of the student’s choice. This placement, however, is dependent on a space available basis in the agency of choice.

Graduates of the Medical Laboratory Technician program are eligible for the national certification examination.

Medical Laboratory Technicians may continue their education at the college level and become Medical Laboratory Scientists.

Entrance Requirements

Students must make formal application for the Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) program to Hawkeye Community College. Students may prepare for the program and complete two semesters of the MLT program while attending NIACC.

Applicants must be high school graduates or the equivalent to be eligible for admission to the MLT program. Applicants must then satisfy at least one of the following routes of requirements for entry into the program.

Route 1: Score at least the following standard score on each Accuplacer assessment (90 on Reading, 98 on Sentence Skills, and 103 on Arithmetic or 97 on Elementary Algebra) or receive a standard score of 19 on each of the ACT subtests of Math, Reading, and English. Students must also have completed one year of high school algebra, chemistry, and biology.

Route 2: Successfully complete the following NIACC courses with a 2.00 GPA.
BIO-102 Introductory Biology AND
BIO-103 Introductory Biological Lab
ENG-015 Elements of Writing
MAT-063 Elementary Algebra
RDG-125 College Reading Strategies

Route 3: Successfully complete 4 out of the following 6 courses at HCC or NIACC with a minimum grade point average of 2.75.
HSC-120 (NIACC) Medical Terminology I
MAT-110 (NIACC) Math for Liberal Arts
MLT-101 (NIACC) Intro to Lab Science
MLT-110 (HCC) Fundamental Lab Techniques
MLT-120 (NIACC) Urinalysis
MLT-130 (HCC) Hematology

The required related courses may be taken prior to enrolling or during the time the student is enrolled in the program. However, it is recommended that the curriculum be followed once the student is enrolled.

Students who withdraw from the program will be readmitted on a space available basis. Preference will be given to those students who have been academically successful.

Career Opportunities

Medical Laboratory Technicians work for:

    • Hospitals and medical laboratories
    • Offices and clinics of physicians
    • Blood banks
    • Health maintenance organizations
    • Public health agencies
    • Pharmaceutical firms
    • Research and testing laboratories
    • The Federal Government

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