Program Description

This program prepares learners to act as entry-level Medical Laboratory Technicians. The Medical Laboratory Technician is a member of the health care team who provides clinical information for disease prevention, medical diagnosis and treatment of the patient by processing specimens and performing laboratory tests. Medical Laboratory Technicians may also have responsibilities for information processing, training and quality control monitoring. They perform tests manually, with automated equipment or both. Graduates are qualified to take the Board of Certification examination from the American Society for Clinical Pathology. The majority of Medical Laboratory Technicians work in hospital or clinical labs. Some Medical Laboratory Technicians may choose to work for veterinary laboratories, industrial labs, insurance companies, research facilities, environmental labs or public health. The Medical Laboratory Technician program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 North River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018, 773.714.8880. Potential occupations include: Medical Laboratory Technician, Pathology Research Assistant, Quality Control Technician and Phlebotomist.

Approximate Cost

$12,960
Tuition: $10731 , Books: $2229

Starting Salary

$37,086
Average, according to Economic Modeling Specialists International

Financial Aid

Available

Availability

Courses for this program may be available at a variety of campus locations through multiple modes of delivery if you meet the admission requirements and prerequisites.

100%
at Wausau
10-20 %
at Antigo
20-30 %
at Medford
10-20 %
at Phillips
10-20 %
at Spencer
10-20 %
at Wittenberg
20-30 %
at Online

* Campus and online availability of courses and programs may be subject to change.

Outcomes

Graduates will be able to…

  • Model professional behaviors, communication, ethics and appearance
  • Perform information processing in the clinical laboratory
  • Correlate laboratory results to diagnosis of clinical conditions and/or diseases
  • Apply modern clinical methodologies including problem solving and troubleshooting according to predetermined criteria
  • Monitor and evaluate quality control in the laboratory
  • Collect and process biological specimens
  • Practice laboratory safety and regulatory compliance

Careers

Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

  • Laboratory Assistant
  • Specimen Processor
  • Phlebotomist
  • Quality Control Technician
  • Pathology Research Assistant
  • Medical Laboratory Technician

Courses

The Medical Laboratory Technician Associate Degree is a 64 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

First Term

BASIC LAB SKILLS 1.00
PHLEBOTOMY 2.00
QA LAB MATH 1.00
BASIC IMMUNOLOGY CONCEPTS 2.00
GEN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY 4.00
INTRO TO BIOCHEMISTRY 4.00

Second Term

BLOOD BANK 4.00
URINALYSIS 2.00
BASIC HEMATOLOGY 3.00
COAGULATION 1.00
SPEECH 3.00
MICROBIOLOGY 4.00

Third Term

INTRO TO SOCIOLOGY 3.00
INTRO TO PSYCHOLOGY 3.00

Fourth Term

CLINICAL CHEMISTRY 4.00
ADVANCED HEMATOLOGY 2.00
CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY 4.00
ADVANCED MICROBIOLOGY 2.00
WRITTEN COMMUNICATION 3.00
ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 3.00

Fifth Term

CLINICAL EXPERIENCE 1 3.00
CLINICAL EXPERIENCE 2 4.00
CLINICAL EXPERIENCE 3 3.00
INTRO TO MOLECULAR DIAGNOSTICS 2.00

Credit for Prior Learning Available

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Accreditation

The Medical Laboratory Technician program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 North River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018, 773.714.8880.

2017 ASCP Board of Certification Exam Statistics

Criteria Result
# Students Taking Exam 7
Pass Rate 100%
Program Mean Score 659
National Mean Score 533

View Full 2018 Annual Report

Transfer Information

The following transfer guides executed in partnership with post-secondary institutions are based on articulation agreements and are a guide to provide an easy way to understand how credits transfer.

Additional Information

View the student handbook for more information on the MLT program including: program outcome statistics, a listing of clinical sites, student policies, and faculty and staff contact information.

Functional Ability Criteria

Admissions Process

Our application process takes just a few minutes to complete, but we want to make sure you have the things you’ll need on hand to complete the application. We’re here to help if you have any questions while submitting your application.

Before you apply, you should know

This program requires a criminal background check. Acceptance to Northcentral Technical College will not be denied based on a criminal background, however, a check may be required for placement at clinical sites or field experiences.

Current CPR certification is required prior to clinical placement. Accepted certifications include Professional Rescuer & Healthcare Provider (ARC) or Healthcare Provider (AHA).

Fill out our application

The application can be submitted online and takes just a few minutes to complete. A $30.00 non-refundable application fee is required. Pay at the time you apply or bypass to pay in person within a week of applying.

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Then, submit one of the following

Documentation can be sent via email to admissions@ntc.edu, via mail, addressed to: Northcentral Technical College, ATTN: Admissions, 1000 W. Campus Drive, Wausau, WI 54401, or delivered in person to any NTC campus.

  • High school transcript indicating a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above. Contact the high school you attended if you do not have a copy of your transcript.
  • ACT composite score of 18 or above. Request an ACT College Report from ACT or contact the high school you graduated from if you do not have a copy on hand.
  • Accuplacer scores of 47 or above in math, 74 or above in reading, and 79 or above in sentence skills. If you did not take the Accuplacer at NTC, contact the college at which you took it to obtain a copy of your scores.
  • College transcript indicating a cumulative GPA of 2.5 over a minimum of 12 credits, earned at a single college.

If you do not meet any one of the above criteria, don’t worry, complete the application anyway and we will contact you to discuss your options.

What’s Next?

We’ll review your application and let you know if we need anything else. If you’re all set, your acceptance letter will be mailed to you.