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Medical Laboratory Technician Degree

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

Upon successful completion of the Medical Laboratory Technician curriculum, the student is awarded an Associate in Applied Science Degree by Hawkeye Community College and is then prepared to work in hospital laboratories, clinics, physicians’ offices, public health agencies, research institutions, and the Armed Forces. The program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences.


Tuition is based on the number of credit hours and legal residence and is subject to change or modification. To see the current cost per semester hour click here.

Financial Aid/Scholarships

Financial assistance is available in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, and part-time employment (work study). Students apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For more information on Financial Aid click here.

First Year - First Term - NIACC

BIO-206 Anatomy and Physiology I 4 s.h.
CHM-151 College Chemistry I 4 s.h.
ENG-105 Composition I 3 s.h.
MLT-101 Intro to Lab Science** 2 s.h.
SOC-110 Introduction to Sociology
OR PSY-111 Introduction to Psychology
3 s.h.
(3 s.h.)
16 s.h.
Second Term - NIACC
BIO-186 Microbiology 4 s.h.
BIO-207 Anatomy and Physiology II 4 s.h.
HSC-120 Medical Terminology I 3 s.h.
MLT-120 Urinalysis I** 3 s.h.
SPC-112 Public Speaking 3 s.h.
17 s.h.
Summer Session - Hawkeye
MLT-110 Fundamental Lab Techniques** 3 s.h.
MLT-130 Hematology 3 s.h.
MLT-250 Clinical Microbiology 4 s.h.
10 s.h.
Second Year - First Term - Hawkeye
MLT-230 Advanced Hematology** 3 s.h.
MLT-233 Hemostasis & Thrombosis 2 s.h.
MLT-240 Clinical Chemistry I 7 s.h.
MLT-252 Parasitology** 1 s.h.
MLT-260 Immunohematology 4 s.h.
MLT-270 Immunology and Serology 2 s.h.
19 s.h.
Second and Summer Terms - Area II Clinical Sites* (24-week term, clinical internship)
MLT-283 Clinical Practicum: Urinalysis 1 s.h.
MLT-284 Clinical Practicum: Immunohematology 2 s.h.
MLT-285 Clinical Practicum: Chemistry 4 s.h.
MLT-286 Clinical Practicum: Immunology and Serology II 1 s.h.
MLT-287 Clinical Practicum: Hematology 4 s.h.
MLT-288 Clinical Practicum: Microbiology 4 s.h.
MLT-291 Lab Survey & Review 1 s.h.
17 s.h.
Total Program Hours 79 s.h.

*As identified in the curriculum, this program is offered over a two-year period of time. The first two semesters are taken at NIACC. The next summer session and fall semester are taken at Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, Iowa. The final semester is a 24-week clinical internship. NIACC and Hawkeye will attempt to secure clinical experiences in the NIACC area (not guaranteed).

**Courses may be take prior to acceptance into the MLT program at Hawkeye Community College.