Medical Lab Technician (MLT) Schools

While no one can deny the importance of physicians, surgeons, and nurses, there are a number of other healthcare professionals who work behind the scenes, often unnoticed, making significant contributions to healthcare. Not the least of these is the medical lab technician, or MLT, who, according to Motlow State Community College, located in Lynchburg, Tennessee, conducts a variety of lab tests to help with the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of conditions as varied as AIDS, cancer and diabetes.

“At career entry level, the MLT performs routine clinical lab tests such as hematology, clinical chemistry, blood bank, microbiology, serology/immunology, coagulation, molecular, and other emerging diagnostic tests,” MTCC’s website states. “Clinical laboratory science is a dynamic profession that continually changes as new medical knowledge is discovered.” Once medical lab technicians have the skills needed for employability, however, and complete any needed state licensure, one of the exciting aspects of their job is the ability to work in a wide variety of environments. These can range from hospital labs to research labs as well as vet labs and even to public health facilities.

Medical Lab Technician fast facts
Projected Jobs Created47,900
Projected Job Growth30%
Low Salary$25,210
Average Salary (Median)$37,970
High Salary$58,910
Entry-Level EDUAssociate's Degree (Technician) or Bachelor's Degree (Technologist)
Sourced from BLS, January 2015

Degree & certification Programs

Medical lab technicians typically need an associate degree to obtain entry-level work in the field, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Most associate degree programs can be completed in about two years, but some fast-track programs are also available to students, particularly those who already have training in a related healthcare field, such as nursing. There are many different programs available in the U.S., and below we list just six of the medical lab technician schools with offerings, although you should be aware that there are many more to choose from:

  1. Rasmussen College: This school offers a medical lab technician associate degree at several of its campus-based locations throughout the U.S., including in Lake Elmo/Woodbury, Moorhead and St. Cloud, Minnesota, as well as in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The program provides hands-on learning to students in areas like blood banking, clinical chemistry and microbiology. The program can be completed in as quickly as 24 months, and includes a six-month practicum that occurs at clinical sites. Students should be prepared to sit for the medical lab technician credentialing exam offered through the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) upon graduation, and the school even covers the application fee for the first attempt. (See more on certifications in the section further below).

  2. Folsom Lake College: The MLT program at this Folsom, California-based school leads to an associate degree in medical technology, and can take anywhere between 18 to 24 months to complete. The first two semesters consist of didactic coursework followed by a semester of rotations, but these rotations do not align with the school’s typical fall/spring calendar. In all, 10 med tech classes, including four practicums, are completed in the program. Example courses in the program include Clinical Microbiology, Hematology, and Clinical Chemistry and Urinalysis. Folsom Lake’s MLT degree should help prepare students sit for the national certifying exam available through the ASCP.

  3. El Centro College: This Dallas, Texas-based college offers an associate degree in MLT, but requires students to compete 39 credits in general education courses and health related courses in the first two semesters. From there, students can apply for acceptance into the program, but admission is fairly competitive, given that there are just 20 spaces each year. (The application period is January 1 to March 15 annually). If admitted, students begin their medical lab technician coursework mid-May, finishing over a 16-month period that features lectures, labs and clinical course work. A health information session providing more details about the school’s program can be found online.

  4. Allegany College of Maryland: With locations in Cumberland, Maryland, and Everett and Somerset, Pennsylvania, this school gives students the opportunity to complete an associate degree in MLT in two years. Students complete 13 courses specific to MLT, one of which includes an internship. Students also take a trip to the Regional Red Cross Facility in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, during their blood banking class. They can also join the MLT Club at the school. Additionally, students who have already completed general education courses, can finish an associate degree in MLT with a 12-month fast-track option. A biotechnology certificate is also available to those wanting to learn more about new biotechnology techniques. Students should be prepared to sit for certification through the ASCP upon completion of their medical laboratory technician school program, according to the school website.

  5. Keiser University: The associate degree program in MLT offered through this school is available at its Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, Florida locations. To obtain the school’s AS degree, students need to complete 73 credit hours in all, 26 of which are in general education (which all must be completed with a ‘C ‘or higher) and 47 of which are in the MLT major. In the program, students learn about the lab tests and standard lab practices used in clinical chemistry, clinical microbiology, immunohematology, hematology, serology/immunology and urinalysis. While there are 12 courses specific to MLT program, students may need to take an additional eight credit hours in biology and eight credit hours in chemistry to sit for MLT certification.

  6. Blackhawk Technical College: This Janesville, Wisconsin-based school offers a 67-credit MLT associate degree program that can be completed in two years, but that also requires students to take classes during one summer semester. This summer semester, which falls between the first and second year, allows students to complete two of their general education requirements, specifically in sociology and psychology. Several lab and clinical experiences also occur in the program, and students are required to complete a clinical portfolio during their fifth semester that summarizes all of their experiences gained from class projects, reports and assessments. Students should be prepared to sit for MLT certification exam offered through the ASCP upon completion.

These programs aside, students may need to meet different eligibility requirements to be accepted into or to stay enrolled in one of the medical lab technician schools. For example, a ‘C’ average in your classes might be necessary. You might also need to supply certain items yourself. For example, at Folsom College, admitted students need to pay for all lab fees, provide a lab coat and obtain malpractice insurance (available through the school). Students applying to programs may also be required to undergo a background clearance, a drug screening, and a physical exam to even be considered.

List of Medical Lab Technician Schools

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SchoolCityStateWebsiteTotal grads (2013)
West Kentucky Community and Technical CollegePaducahKentuckyhttp://www.westkentucky.kctcs.edu61
McCann School of Business & TechnologyPottsvillePennsylvaniahttp://www.mccann.edu59
Somerset Community CollegeSomersetKentuckyhttp://www.somerset.kctcs.edu/47
Tulsa Community CollegeTulsaOklahomahttp://www.tulsacc.edu46
Madisonville Community CollegeMadisonvilleKentuckyhttp://www.madisonville.kctcs.edu/45
Hazard Community and Technical CollegeHazardKentuckyhttp://www.hazard.kctcs.edu45
Miami Dade CollegeMiamiFloridahttp://www.mdc.edu/main/42
Lakeland Community CollegeKirtlandOhiohttp://www.lakelandcc.edu42
Ivy Tech Community CollegeIndianapolisIndianahttp://www.ivytech.edu39
SUNY Broome Community CollegeBinghamtonNew Yorkhttp://WWW.SUNYBROOME.EDU38
J Sargeant Reynolds Community CollegeRichmondVirginiahttp://www.reynolds.edu37
Houston Community CollegeHoustonTexashttp://www.hccs.edu36
Henderson Community CollegeHendersonKentuckyhttp://www.henderson.kctcs.edu/ 35
Santa Rosa Junior CollegeSanta RosaCaliforniahttp://www.santarosa.edu33
Northern Virginia Community CollegeAnnandaleVirginiahttp://www.nvcc.edu32
Jefferson Community and Technical CollegeLouisvilleKentuckyhttp://www.jefferson.kctcs.edu32
Sanford-Brown College-HoustonHoustonTexashttp://www.sanfordbrown.edu/houston31
San Diego Miramar CollegeSan DiegoCaliforniahttp://www.sdmiramar.edu/31
Miller-Motte Technical College-AugustaAugustaGeorgiahttp://www.miller-motte.edu31
Intellitec Medical InstituteColorado SpringsColoradohttp://ibmc.edu/colorado-springs-campus/ 30
Phoenix CollegePhoenixArizonahttp://www.phoenixcollege.edu29
Mt San Antonio CollegeWalnutCaliforniahttp://www.mtsac.edu29
Clark State Community CollegeSpringfieldOhiohttp://www.clarkstate.edu28
Argosy University-Twin CitiesEaganMinnesotahttps://www.argosy.edu/locations/twin-cities 28
Anne Arundel Community CollegeArnoldMarylandhttp://www.aacc.edu28
Southside Virginia Community CollegeAlbertaVirginiahttp://www.southside.edu27
Miller-Motte Technical College-ColumbusColumbusGeorgiahttp://www.miller-motte.edu27
Eastern Gateway Community CollegeSteubenvilleOhiohttp://www.egcc.edu27
Acadiana Technical College-Lafayette CampusLafayetteLouisianahttp://solacc.edu/ 27
Owensboro Community and Technical CollegeOwensboroKentuckyhttp://www.owensboro.kctcs.edu26
University of New Mexico-Main CampusAlbuquerqueNew Mexicohttp://www.unm.edu25
Cincinnati State Technical and Community CollegeCincinnatiOhiohttp://www.cincinnatistate.edu24
Tidewater Community CollegeNorfolkVirginiahttp://www.tcc.edu24
Mayo School of Health SciencesRochesterMinnesotahttp://www.mayo.edu/mshs/24
Erie Community CollegeBuffaloNew Yorkhttps://www.ecc.edu/ 24
Arapahoe Community CollegeLittletonColoradohttps://www.arapahoe.edu/ 23
Saint Paul CollegeSaint PaulMinnesotahttp://www.saintpaul.edu/Pages/default.aspx 23
Rasmussen College-MinnesotaSt. CloudMinnesotahttp://www.rasmussen.edu23
Northern Michigan UniversityMarquetteMichiganhttp://www.nmu.edu23
Community College of Allegheny CountyPittsburghPennsylvaniahttps://www.ccac.edu23
George C Wallace State Community College-HancevilleHancevilleAlabamahttp://www.wallacestate.edu22
Fortis Institute-BirminghamBirminghamAlabamahttps://www.fortis.edu/ 22
Eastern Florida State CollegeCocoaFloridahttp://www.easternflorida.edu22
Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical CollegeCumberlandKentuckyhttp://www.southeast.kctcs.edu21
Northeast Technical InstituteScarboroughMainehttp://www.ntinow.edu21
Madison Area Technical CollegeMadisonWisconsinhttp://madisoncollege.edu21
Jefferson State Community CollegeBirminghamAlabamahttp://www.jeffstateonline.com21
Columbus State Community CollegeColumbusOhiohttp://www.cscc.edu/20
Carrington College-Phoenix WestsidePhoenixArizonahttp://carrington.edu/ 20
Miller-Motte Technical College-LynchburgLynchburgVirginiahttp://www.miller-motte.edu/19
Thomas Nelson Community CollegeHamptonVirginiahttp://tncc.edu/ 18
Rose State CollegeMidwest CityOklahomahttps://www.rose.edu/ 18
Mountain Empire Community CollegeBig Stone GapVirginiahttp://www.mecc.edu18
Keiser University-Ft LauderdaleFort LauderdaleFloridahttp://www.keiseruniversity.edu18
Austin Community College DistrictAustinTexashttp://www.austincc.edu17
Amarillo CollegeAmarilloTexashttps://www.actx.edu/ 17
Virginia Western Community CollegeRoanokeVirginiahttp://virginiawestern.edu/17
Southwest Tennessee Community CollegeMemphisTennesseehttp://www.southwest.tn.edu17
Indian River State CollegeFort PierceFloridahttp://www.irsc.edu17
Florida State College at JacksonvilleJacksonvilleFloridahttp://www.fscj.edu17
Community College of PhiladelphiaPhiladelphiaPennsylvaniahttp://www.ccp.edu17
CUNY Bronx Community CollegeBronxNew Yorkhttp://www.bcc.cuny.edu16
Central New Mexico Community CollegeAlbuquerqueNew Mexicohttp://www.cnm.edu16
Boston UniversityBostonMassachusettshttp://www.bu.edu16
Tyler Junior CollegeTylerTexashttp://WWW.TJC.EDU16
Trident Technical CollegeCharlestonSouth Carolinahttp://www.tridenttech.edu16
Shoreline Community CollegeShorelineWashingtonhttp://www.shoreline.edu16
Laredo Community CollegeLaredoTexashttp://www.laredo.edu16
Harrisburg Area Community College-HarrisburgHarrisburgPennsylvaniahttp://www.hacc.edu16
Gadsden State Community CollegeGadsdenAlabamahttp://www.gadsdenstate.edu16
Fortis Institute-NashvilleNashvilleTennesseehttps://www.fortis.edu/ 16
Pierpont Community and Technical CollegeFairmontWest Virginiahttp://www.pierpont.edu/15
Orange County Community CollegeMiddletownNew Yorkhttp://www.sunyorange.edu/15
Orange Coast CollegeCosta MesaCaliforniahttp://www.orangecoastcollege.edu/pages/home.aspx 15
Northeast Wisconsin Technical CollegeGreen BayWisconsinhttps://www.nwtc.edu/15
North Hennepin Community CollegeBrooklyn ParkMinnesotahttp://www.nhcc.edu15
Mercer County Community CollegeWest WindsorNew Jerseyhttp://www.mccc.edu15
Lake Superior CollegeDuluthMinnesotahttp://www.lsc.edu15
Fortis Institute-CookevilleCookevilleTennesseehttps://www.fortis.edu/ 15
Farmingdale State CollegeFarmingdaleNew Yorkhttp://WWW.FARMINGDALE.EDU15
College of Coastal GeorgiaBrunswickGeorgiahttp://www.ccga.edu15
Brookline College-PhoenixPhoenixArizonahttp://brooklinecollege.edu/ 15
West Georgia Technical CollegeWacoGeorgiahttp://www.westgatech.edu14
The University of Texas at BrownsvilleBrownsvilleTexashttp://www.utb.edu/Pages/default.aspx 14
Tarleton State UniversityStephenvilleTexashttp://www.tarleton.edu/home/ 14
Southeast Community College AreaLincolnNebraskahttps://www.southeast.edu/ 14
Sheridan Technical CenterHollywoodFloridahttp://www.SheridanTechnical.com14
Darton State CollegeAlbanyGeorgiahttp://www.darton.edu14
Community College of Rhode IslandWarwickRhode Islandhttp://www.ccri.edu14
Coastal Carolina Community CollegeJacksonvilleNorth Carolinahttp://www.coastalcarolina.edu/14
Chippewa Valley Technical CollegeEau ClaireWisconsinhttp://www.cvtc.edu/home.aspx 14
Barton County Community CollegeGreat BendKansashttp://www.bartonccc.edu14
The Community College of Baltimore CountyBaltimoreMarylandhttp://www.ccbcmd.edu13
Quest CollegeSan AntonioTexashttp://questcollege.edu/ 13
Northeast Mississippi Community CollegeBoonevilleMississippihttp://www.nemcc.edu13
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community CollegePerkinstonMississippihttps://www.mgccc.edu13
Macomb Community CollegeWarrenMichiganhttp://www.macomb.edu13
Lorain County Community CollegeElyriaOhiohttp://www.lorainccc.edu13
Iowa Central Community CollegeFort DodgeIowahttp://www.iowacentral.edu13
Del Mar CollegeCorpus ChristiTexashttp://www.delmar.edu13
D G Erwin Technical CenterTampaFloridahttp://erwin.edu13
Baker College of OwossoOwossoMichiganhttp://www.baker.edu13
Youngstown State UniversityYoungstownOhiohttp://www.ysu.edu12
Wake Technical Community CollegeRaleighNorth Carolinahttp://www.waketech.edu/ 12
Stark State CollegeNorth CantonOhiohttp://www.starkstate.edu12
Mount Wachusett Community CollegeGardnerMassachusettshttp://MWCC.EDU12
Middlesex County CollegeEdisonNew Jerseyhttp://www.middlesexcc.edu12
Kankakee Community CollegeKankakeeIllinoishttp://www.kcc.edu/Pages/Home.aspx 12
Hinds Community CollegeRaymondMississippihttp://www.hindscc.edu12
Greenville Technical CollegeGreenvilleSouth Carolinahttp://www.gvltec.edu/index.aspx 12
Des Moines Area Community CollegeAnkenyIowahttps://www.dmacc.edu/Pages/welcome.aspx 12
ATA CollegeLouisvilleKentuckyhttp://www.ata.edu12
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community CollegeAshevilleNorth Carolinahttps://www.abtech.edu/ 12
Alamance Community CollegeGrahamNorth Carolinahttps://www.alamancecc.edu/ 12
University of New Mexico-Gallup CampusGallupNew Mexicohttp://www.gallup.unm.edu11
Tri-County Technical CollegePendletonSouth Carolinahttp://www.tctc.edu/11
St Philip's CollegeSan AntonioTexashttp://www.alamo.edu/spc/11
Spencerian College-LexingtonLexingtonKentuckyhttp://spencerian.edu/programs-lexington.asp11
Spartanburg Community CollegeSpartanburgSouth Carolinahttps://www.sccsc.edu/home/ 11
Southwestern CollegeChula VistaCaliforniahttp://www.swccd.edu/11
Shawnee State UniversityPortsmouthOhiohttp://WWW.SHAWNEE.EDU11
San Jacinto Community CollegePasadenaTexashttp://www.sjcd.edu11
Saddleback CollegeMission ViejoCaliforniahttp://www.saddleback.edu11
Pennsylvania State University-Penn State HazletonHazletonPennsylvaniahttp://www.hn.psu.edu/11
Northeast Texas Community CollegeMount PleasantTexashttp://www.ntcc.edu11
Moraine Park Technical CollegeFond du LacWisconsinhttp://www.morainepark.edu11
Mississippi Delta Community CollegeMoorheadMississippihttp://www.msdelta.edu11
Minnesota State Community and Technical CollegeFergus FallsMinnesotahttp://www.minnesota.edu11
Kapiolani Community CollegeHonoluluHawaiihttp://www.kapiolani.hawaii.edu//page/home 11
El Paso Community CollegeEl PasoTexashttp://www.epcc.edu/_layouts/temp/index.html 11
Central Piedmont Community CollegeCharlotteNorth Carolinahttp://www.cpcc.edu11
Midlands Technical CollegeWest ColumbiaSouth Carolinahttp://www.midlandstech.edu10
McLennan Community CollegeWacoTexashttp://www.mclennan.edu10
Marshall UniversityHuntingtonWest Virginiahttp://www.marshall.edu/landing/home/index.html 10
Kellogg Community CollegeBattle CreekMichiganhttp://www.kellogg.edu10
Edison State Community CollegePiquaOhiohttp://www.edisonOHIO.edu10
Casper CollegeCasperWyominghttp://www.caspercollege.edu10
Carrington College-TucsonTucsonArizonahttp://carrington.edu/ 10
Camden County CollegeBlackwoodNew Jerseyhttp://www.camdencc.edu10
Bluegrass Community and Technical CollegeLexingtonKentuckyhttp://www.bluegrass.kctcs.edu/10
York County School of Technology-Adult & Continuing EducationYorkPennsylvaniahttp://www.ytech.edu10
Western Technical CollegeLa CrosseWisconsinhttp://www.westerntc.edu/default.aspx 10
St Petersburg CollegeClearwaterFloridahttp://www.spcollege.edu10
Southwestern Illinois CollegeBellevilleIllinoishttp://www.swic.edu10
Southwest Wisconsin Technical CollegeFennimoreWisconsinhttps://www.swtc.edu/ 10
Southwest Virginia Community CollegeRichlandsVirginiahttp://sw.edu/ 10
Southern University at ShreveportShreveportLouisianahttp://www.susla.edu10
Rasmussen College-North DakotaFargoNorth Dakotahttp://www.rasmussen.edu10
Pima Community CollegeTucsonArizonahttps://www.pima.edu/ 10
Okefenokee Technical CollegeWaycrossGeorgiahttp://www.coastalpines.edu/programs/allied-health-programs/10
Oakton Community CollegeDes PlainesIllinoishttp://www.oakton.edu10
North Arkansas CollegeHarrisonArkansashttp://www.northark.edu10
Nassau Community CollegeGarden CityNew Yorkhttp://www.ncc.edu/10
Mitchell Technical InstituteMitchellSouth Dakotahttps://www.mitchelltech.edu/ 10
Milwaukee Area Technical CollegeMilwaukeeWisconsinhttp://www.matc.edu/ 9
Miller-Motte Technical College-RoanokeRoanokeVirginiahttp://www.miller-motte.edu9
Mid-Plains Community CollegeNorth PlatteNebraskahttp://www.mpcc.edu9
Miami-Jacobs Career College-DaytonDaytonOhiohttp://www.miamijacobs.edu9
John C Calhoun State Community CollegeTannerAlabamahttp://www.calhoun.edu9
Georgia Piedmont Technical CollegeClarkstonGeorgiahttp://www.gptc.edu9
College of the CanyonsSanta ClaritaCaliforniahttp://www.canyons.edu/Pages/Home.aspx 9
College of the AlbemarleElizabeth CityNorth Carolinahttp://www.albemarle.edu9
College of Southern NevadaLas VegasNevadahttp://www.csn.edu9
North Georgia Technical CollegeClarkesvilleGeorgiahttps://northgatech.edu/ 9
Wytheville Community CollegeWythevilleVirginiahttp://www.wcc.vccs.edu9
Western Piedmont Community CollegeMorgantonNorth Carolinahttp://www.wpcc.edu9
Three Rivers Community CollegePoplar BluffMissourihttp://www.trcc.edu9
Springfield Technical Community CollegeSpringfieldMassachusettshttp://www.stcc.edu9
Southern West Virginia Community and Technical CollegeMount GayWest Virginiahttp://www.southernwv.edu9
Blackhawk Technical CollegeJanesvilleWisconsinhttp://www.blackhawk.edu8
Baker College of Allen ParkAllen ParkMichiganhttp://www.baker.edu8
Arkansas State University-BeebeBeebeArkansashttp://www.asub.edu8
Allegany College of MarylandCumberlandMarylandhttp://www.allegany.edu8
Alexandria Technical & Community CollegeAlexandriaMinnesotahttp://www.alextech.edu8
Victoria CollegeVictoriaTexashttp://www.victoriacollege.edu8
Stanly Community CollegeAlbemarleNorth Carolinahttps://www.stanly.edu/ 8
Southeastern Technical CollegeVidaliaGeorgiahttp://www.southeasterntech.edu8
South Arkansas Community CollegeEl DoradoArkansashttp://www.southark.edu8
Seminole State CollegeSeminoleOklahomahttp://www.sscok.edu8
Sandhills Community CollegePinehurstNorth Carolinahttp://www.sandhills.edu/8
Reading Area Community CollegeReadingPennsylvaniahttp://www.racc.edu8
Quincy CollegeQuincyMassachusettshttp://www.quincycollege.edu8
Northcentral Technical CollegeWausauWisconsinhttp://www.ntc.edu8
Marion Technical CollegeMarionOhiohttp://www.mtc.edu8
Louisiana State University-AlexandriaAlexandriaLouisianahttp://www.lsua.edu8
Lake Area Technical InstituteWatertownSouth Dakotahttp://www.lakeareatech.edu8
Jackson State Community CollegeJacksonTennesseehttp://www.jscc.edu8
Grayson CollegeDenisonTexashttp://www.grayson.edu8
Fortis College-Baton RougeBaton RougeLouisianahttps://www.fortis.edu/ 8
Dutchess Community CollegePoughkeepsieNew Yorkhttp://www.sunydutchess.edu8
Davidson County Community CollegeThomasvilleNorth Carolinahttps://www.davidsonccc.edu/ 8
River Valley Community CollegeClaremontNew Hampshirehttp://www.rivervalley.edu7
Northeastern Oklahoma A&M CollegeMiamiOklahomahttp://www.neo.edu7
Navarro CollegeCorsicanaTexashttp://www.navarrocollege.edu7
Lord Fairfax Community CollegeMiddletownVirginiahttp://www.lfcc.edu7
El Centro CollegeDallasTexashttp://www.elcentrocollege.edu/7
Eastern Kentucky UniversityRichmondKentuckyhttp://www.eku.edu7
Bismarck State CollegeBismarckNorth Dakotahttp://www.bismarckstate.edu7
Beaufort County Community CollegeWashingtonNorth Carolinahttp://www.beaufortccc.edu7
Lanier Technical CollegeOakwoodGeorgiahttp://www.laniertech.edu/default2.aspx 6
Elgin Community CollegeElginIllinoishttp://elgin.edu/homepage.aspx 6
Delgado Community CollegeNew OrleansLouisianahttp://WWW.DCC.EDU6
De Anza CollegeCupertinoCaliforniahttp://www.deanza.edu/6
Central Texas CollegeKilleenTexashttp://www.ctcd.edu6
Central Community CollegeGrand IslandNebraskahttp://www.cccneb.edu/Home/ 6
Bristol Community CollegeFall RiverMassachusettshttp://bristolcc.edu/6
Baptist Health Schools-Little RockLittle RockArkansashttps://www.bhclr.edu/ 6
York Technical CollegeRock HillSouth Carolinahttp://www.yorktech.edu6
Washington State Community CollegeMariettaOhiohttp://www.wscc.edu6
Southwest Georgia Technical CollegeThomasvilleGeorgiahttp://southernregional.edu/ 6
Southeastern Community CollegeWhitevilleNorth Carolinahttp://www.sccnc.edu6
San Juan CollegeFarmingtonNew Mexicohttp://www.sanjuancollege.edu/pages/1.asp 6
Rend Lake CollegeInaIllinoishttps://www.rlc.edu6
Rasmussen College-WisconsinGreen BayWisconsinhttp://www.rasmussen.edu6
Miami-Jacobs Career College-IndependenceIndependenceOhiohttp://www.miamijacobs.edu/6
Meridian Community CollegeMeridianMississippihttp://www.meridiancc.edu6
Madonna UniversityLivoniaMichiganhttp://www.madonna.edu6
Moberly Area Community CollegeMoberlyMissourihttp://www.macc.edu5
Minnesota West Community and Technical CollegeGranite FallsMinnesotahttp://www.mnwest.edu5
Medvance Institute-West PalmPalm SpringsFloridahttps://www.fortis.edu/ 5
Manhattan Area Technical CollegeManhattanKansashttp://www.manhattantech.edu5
Laurel Technical InstituteSharonPennsylvaniahttp://www.laurel.edu5
John A Logan CollegeCartervilleIllinoishttp://www.jalc.edu5
Illinois Central CollegeEast PeoriaIllinoishttp://icc.edu/ 5
Halifax Community CollegeWeldonNorth Carolinahttp://www.halifaxcc.edu5
Florence-Darlington Technical CollegeFlorenceSouth Carolinahttp://WWW.FDTC.EDU5
CUNY Hunter CollegeNew YorkNew Yorkhttp://www.hunter.cuny.edu/main/ 5
Copiah-Lincoln Community CollegeWessonMississippihttp://www.colin.edu5
Central Georgia Technical CollegeWarner RobinsGeorgiahttp://www.centralgatech.edu5
Brookdale Community CollegeLincroftNew Jerseyhttp://www.brookdalecc.edu5
Baker College of JacksonJacksonMichiganhttp://www.baker.edu5
Allen CollegeWaterlooIowahttp://www.allencollege.edu5
Wiregrass Georgia Technical CollegeValdostaGeorgiahttp://www.wiregrass.edu/5
Siena Heights UniversityAdrianMichiganhttp://www.sienaheights.edu5
Saint Louis Community CollegeSaint LouisMissourihttp://www.stlcc.edu5
Platt College-TulsaTulsaOklahomahttp://www.plattcolleges.edu5
Platt College-DallasDallasTexashttp://www.plattcolleges.edu5
Pennsylvania College of Health SciencesLancasterPennsylvaniahttp://www.pacollege.edu/ 5
Montgomery County Community CollegeBlue BellPennsylvaniahttp://www.mc3.edu5
University of Alaska AnchorageAnchorageAlaskahttp://www.uaa.alaska.edu4
Southwestern Oklahoma State UniversityWeatherfordOklahomahttp://www.swosu.edu4
Phillips Community College of the University of ArkansasHelenaArkansashttp://www.pccua.edu4
Mount Aloysius CollegeCressonPennsylvaniahttp://www.mtaloy.edu/homecoming/ 4
Laurel Business InstituteUniontownPennsylvaniahttp://www.laurel.edu/ 4
Blessing Hospital School of Medical Laboratory TechnologyQuincyIllinoishttp://www.blessinghealthsystem.org/4
Zane State CollegeZanesvilleOhiohttp://www.zanestate.edu/ 4
Rappahannock Community CollegeGlennsVirginiahttp://www.rappahannock.edu/3
Paul D Camp Community CollegeFranklinVirginiahttp://www.pdc.edu/3
Miller-Motte Technical College-GulfportGulfportMississippihttp://www.miller-motte.edu3
Indian Hills Community CollegeOttumwaIowahttp://www.indianhills.edu3
Hawkeye Community CollegeWaterlooIowahttp://www.hawkeyecollege.edu3
Clarion University of PennsylvaniaClarionPennsylvaniahttp://www.clarion.edu3
Central Virginia Community CollegeLynchburgVirginiahttp://www.cvcc.vccs.edu3
Akron Institute of Herzing UniversityAkronOhiohttp://WWW.AKRONINSTITUTE.COM3
Mercyhurst University-North East CampusNorth EastPennsylvaniahttp://northeast.mercyhurst.edu/2
Mansfield University of PennsylvaniaMansfieldPennsylvaniahttp://www.mansfield.edu2
Eastern Oklahoma State CollegeWilburtonOklahomahttp://www.eosc.edu2
Diablo Valley CollegePleasant HillCaliforniahttp://www.dvc.edu2
College of Southern MarylandLa PlataMarylandhttp://www.csmd.edu/2
Bunker Hill Community CollegeBostonMassachusettshttp://www.bhcc.mass.edu2
American Health InstitutePort RicheyFloridahttp://www.americanhealth.edu/ 2
Baker College of Port HuronPort HuronMichiganhttp://www.baker.edu/1
Southeastern Illinois CollegeHarrisburgIllinoishttp://www.sic.edu1
Shawnee Community CollegeUllinIllinoishttp://www.shawneecc.edu1
Platt College-North OKCOklahoma CityOklahomahttp://www.plattcolleges.edu1
Platt College-MooreMooreOklahomahttp://www.plattcolleges.edu1
Miller-Motte Technical College-MaconMaconGeorgiahttp://www.miller-motte.edu1
Kaskaskia CollegeCentraliaIllinoishttp://www.kaskaskia.edu/home/Default.aspx 1
John Wood Community CollegeQuincyIllinoishttps://www.jwcc.edu/ 1
Fortis Institute-Fort LauderdaleLauderdale LakesFloridahttps://www.fortis.edu/ 1
Ferris State UniversityBig RapidsMichiganhttp://www.ferris.edu/1
Delta CollegeUniversity CenterMichiganhttp://www.delta.edu/1
2013 School Data from IPEDS (Sourced in January, 2015)

Hybrid & online programs

University of Cincinnati
Online BS in Medical Laboratory Science (MLS)
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You may also be able to find medical lab technician schools throughout the U.S. that offer hybrid or flexible online programs. Often, very specific parts of these programs are offered online, typically the didactic learning components. (‘Didactic’ means ‘designed or intended to teach people something,’ according to Merriam-Webster). Because lab and clinical experiences are often part of medical lab technician programs, students may need to be on campus or at a clinical site during some segment or segments of their learning. Two schools offering hybrid learning include:

  1. Arapahoe Community College: Students attending the medical lab technician program at this Littleton, Colorado-based school can work toward an associate of applied science degree over two years time, although a one-year fast track option is also available. The lab sections that comprise the program are held Friday and Saturday afternoons, but the MLT courses are offered through hybrid instruction, meaning that many are partially online. Students also do 13 weeks of a clinical internship, occurring at hospital clinical sites. Finally, students who are interested in a bachelor’s degree can turn to advisement at the school, which has many transfer agreements in place with four-year schools.

  2. Columbus State Community College: Students in the MLT program at this Columbus, Ohio-based school can complete an associate degree over five semesters. In the fifth semester, students test their skills through hands-on experiences arranged in environments located within 60 miles of Columbus. All of the program’s technical lecture courses are delivered using a Web-based format while lab work is done on campus at the school’s laboratories in Union Hall. The program provides students with career-needed knowledge and skills in areas like clinical chemistry, hematology, immunology, phlebotomy and others, and also prepares them to take the certifying exam offered through the ASCP.

SchoolCityStateWebsiteTotal grads (2013)
George Washington UniversityWashingtonD.C.http://www.gwu.edu351
Weber State UniversityOgdenUtahhttp://www.weber.edu121
Portland Community CollegePortlandOregonhttp://www.pcc.edu26
Volunteer State Community CollegeGallatinTennesseehttp://www.volstate.edu18
Hibbing Community CollegeHibbingMinnesotahttp://www.hibbing.edu10
South Central CollegeNorth MankatoMinnesotahttp://www.southcentral.edu10
Spencerian College-LouisvilleLouisvilleKentuckyhttp://www.spencerian.edu8
Southwestern Community CollegeSylvaNorth Carolinahttps://www.southwesterncc.edu/ 6
Harcum CollegeBryn MawrPennsylvaniahttp://www.harcum.edu/s/1044/edu/start.aspx 4
Seward County Community College and Area Technical SchoolLiberalKansashttp://www.sccc.edu2
2013 School Data from IPEDS (Sourced in January, 2015)

Core & Elective Courses

The educational components of a medical lab tech program should generally be similar across the board since students need to be able to complete the same types of lab tasks no matter where they are employed in the U.S. For this reason, some of the common courses featured in medical lab tech programs include:

  • Basic and Intermediate Lab Skills

  • Blood Banking

  • Hematology

  • Immunology

  • Medical Terminology

  • Phlebotomy

  • Urinalysis

Students working on an associate degree will also need to complete a broad number of general education courses, usually in the social sciences, liberal arts and math, or even related to career development. Your coursework may also include science components in anatomy, chemistry and physiology. In addition to general education classes, medical lab tech schools also typically require students to gain hands-on skills through clinical practicums or externships, which often occur during the final semester or semesters.

Accreditation

Many medical lab technician programs in the U.S. will have accreditation through the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), although some programs may be regionally accredited or accredited through state agencies. Of course, others may be in the accrediting process or some may not be accredited at all. Accreditation generally helps assure students that a specific program meets necessary education and training standards, but can also be needed to seek certification through credentialing organizations.

A search, as recent as January 2015, on the NAACLS website reveals that 236 medical lab technician programs are accredited through the institution. Results can be ordered by state or by zip code. The phone number for each school’s MLT program and the e-mail for its director is provided for each search result. NAACLS also accredits many other types of educational programs including those for clinical assistants, histotechnicians (who cut very thin slices of tissue for microscopic inspections), pathologists assistants, phlebotomy and more.

Career Outlook

Job demand for medical and clinical lab technicians is expected to grow by 30 percent from 2012 to 2022, according to the BLS. This job growth is much faster than average and could lead to 47,900 additional positions becoming available during this time. What are the reasons for this expected job demand? Access to health insurance, driven by new federal legislation, is providing more people with coverage and leading to needs for more lab personnel, as a result. Additionally, an aging Baby Boomer population should place more demands on the health services industry, as individuals and doctors turn to more laboratory workers to help diagnose diseases or conditions. In all, by 2022, the BLS predicts that 209,400 people in the U.S. will be employed as clinical and medical laboratory technicians, an increase from 161,500 in 2012.

Career FactsMedical Lab Technician
Related CareersVeterinary Technologist, Dental Lab Technician
Common Job TitlesMedical Lab Technician, Medical Laboratory Technician, Medical Laboratory Scientists
Technology & EquipmentMicroscopes, Cell Counters, Computerized Instruments
Sourced from BLS, January 2015

Licensing & Certification

There are a number of organizations offering medical lab technician certification, which may be preferred by some employers or may even be necessary to seek licensure in some states. For example, in New York, to become licensed as a Certified Clinical Laboratory Technician, you must pass the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board for Registry's Medical Laboratory Technician exam. Other steps may be required for licensure, too. A licensing fee is needed as are specific educational requirements and proof of supporting documentation in New York, for example. The ASCP provides links to licensing boards in the states that do require workers to seek MLT licensing. That said, some of the certifications available for medical lab technicians are offered through:

American Medical Technologists:

The Medical Lab Technician (MLT) certification, offered through American Medical Technologists (AMT), requires applicants to have completed an associate degree in medical lab technology from an accredited institution or to have taken other alternate routes. The exam, which can be taken at a PearsonVUE test center, includes questions in general laboratory, chemistry, hematology and other areas.

American Association of Bioanalysts:

The MLT generalist certification offered through the American Association of Bioanalysts (AAB) requires students to complete an associate degree in laboratory science or medical laboratory technology from an accredited program, or complete alternative education routes and pass the organization’s certifying exam. Having five years of clinical laboratory experience within the past 10 years or completing a military program are other ways to qualify for AAB’s MLT exam.

American Society for Clinical Pathology:

MLT certification is also available through the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) for students completing an associate degree from an accredited institution and having at least three years of experience within the past six years. The ASCP offers a broad number of other certifications, as well, including in specialist areas such as blood banking, chemistry, hematology, microbiology.

Why get certified? The benefits can be many, according to the AMT website. These include opportunities for higher wages and promotions and simply a way to initially become employed. “Certification translates to an advantage in the work place,” the AMT website reads. “Many employers now require certification because they know that individuals who are certified are committed to their profession and to quality patient care.”