Program Description

At career entry, the medical laboratory technician will be able to perform routine clinical laboratory tests (such as hematology, clinical chemistry, immunohematology, microbiology, serology/immunology, coagulation, molecular, and other emerging diagnostics) as the primary analyst making specimen oriented decisions on predetermined criteria, including a working knowledge of critical values. Communications skills will extend to frequent interactions with members of the healthcare team, external relations, customer service and patient education. The level of analysis ranges from waived and point of care testing to complex testing encompassing all major areas of the medical laboratory. The medical laboratory technician will have diverse functions in areas of preanalytical, analytical, post-analytical processes. The medical laboratory technician will have responsibilities for information processing, training, and quality control monitoring wherever medical laboratory testing is performed. Accreditation Information: The Medical Laboratory Technician Associate Degree 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.

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Approximate Program Cost

Tuition & Fees: $11,514
Books & Supplies: $1,236

Starting Salary

Average, based on the NTC Graduate Outcomes Report

Financial Aid

Total financial aid offered may not exceed the estimated Cost of Attendance (COA).

Available Via

Distance Learning

Complete coursework online and demonstrate practical skills at an on-site lab location near you with our new Distance Learning option.

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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.

at Wausau
at Antigo
at Medford
at Phillips
at Spencer
at Wittenberg
at Online

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


  • Chemistry (either high school or college level Chemistry)


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


Some of the potential careers graduates can pursue are:

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


The Medical Laboratory Technician Associate Degree is a 65 Credit program. The following is a typical semester breakdown of the courses within the program.

First Term

Phlebotomy 2.00
Qa Lab Math 1.00
Basic Lab Skills 1.00
Gen Anatomy & Physiology 4.00
Intro To Biochemistry 4.00
Urinalysis 2.00
College 101 1.00

Second Term

Basic Immunology Concepts 2.00
Written Communication 3.00
English Composition 1 3.00
Blood Bank 4.00
Coagulation 1.00
Basic Hematology 3.00
Microbiology 4.00

Third Term

Intro To Sociology 3.00
Intro To Psychology 3.00

Fourth Term

Speech 3.00
Advanced Hematology 2.00
Clinical Microbiology 4.00
Advanced Microbiology 2.00
Clinical Chemistry 4.00

Fifth Term

Introduction To Molecular Diagnostics 2.00
Clinical Experience 1 3.00
Clinical Experience 2 4.00
Clinical Experience 3 2.00
Mlt Seminar 1.00

Credit for Prior Learning Available

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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.

ASCP MLT Board of Certification Exam Statistics

Program Outcome Goal: 100% Pass Rate

Exam DateNTC Pass RateNational Pass Rate
Three Year Average100% 

Graduation and Attrition Rates

For students who begin the final half of the program, with the final half being defined as the fall semester of the second year, the following table indicates the graduation and attrition rates:

Program Outcome Goal: Graduation Rate of 70% or better

YearGraduation RateAttrition Rate
July 2022 – June 202388%11%
July 2021 – June 2022100%0%
July 2020 – June 2021100%0%
Three Year Average96%4%

Placement Rates

Employed or continued with education within one year of graduation.

Program Outcome Goal: Placement Rates of 70% or better for respondent graduates

YearYearly Average Placement Rate
Graduation in Spring 2023100%
Graduation in Spring 2022100%
Graduation in Spring 2021100%
Three Year Average100%

Transfer Information

You can continue your education to earn a four-year degree in a variety of ways.

Program Transfer

The following transfer guides, executed in partnership with post-secondary institutions, are based on agreements that allow you to continue your program at another college.

School Name Degree Name
Siena Heights University Bachelor of Applied Science
South Dakota State University Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science
University of Cincinnati Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science
UW Oshkosh Bachelor of Human Services Leadership
UW Stevens Point Bachelor of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, Med Tech Option

General Transfer

All associate degrees transfer to a variety of programs at other partner colleges to give you the opportunity to continue your education in other areas of study.

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Cost of Attendance

2023-2024 Estimated Academic Year Budgeted Cost of Attendance

The estimated Cost of Attendance (COA) is a budget that includes categories of expenses that a student can expect to incur while attending college. The COA does not reflect actual charges. It is an average based on the estimated living costs typical of our region. In determining the cost of attendance, Northcentral Technical College uses the budget established by the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) Financial Aid Budget Work Group. This budget is used to determine financial need for all students who apply for financial aid. A student's cost of attendance is composed of all educational expenses that can be included for financial aid purposes that a student may accrue while pursuing their education for the year (or semester, if enrolled less than a year). A student's financial aid cannot exceed their cost of attendance. Schools are required to provide a fuller picture of what it may cost students to pursue their degree, not just what they will owe in tuition/fees and books/supplies.

Please Note: this COA budget estimate assumes full-time attendance for two semester Fall 2023 and Spring 2024.
ExpensesStudent Living With Parents (Home)Student Living on Own (Other)
Full-time Tuition (based on a total of 30 credits, 15 credits fall and 15 credits spring)

In-State Tuition & Fees


Out-of-State Tuition & Fees


In-State Tuition & Fees


Out-of-State Tuition & Fees


Living Expenses (Housing & Food)$4,052$9,614
Books / Supplies$2,061$2,061
Personal Expenses$2,245$2,245
Loan Fees$83$83
Professional Licensure / Certification$215†$215†
Total Estimated Cost Of Attendance









* Tuition listed is based on approved rates for the 2023-2024 academic year with a projected base increase of 1.65%. Rates are approved each March by the Wisconsin Technical College System Board and estimated budgets are updated at that time.

Students with dependent care, computer or study abroad expenses should contact the Financial Aid Office to document allowable expenses which may serve to increase their COA.

Students awarded Federal Direct Loan(s) also have an average of the mandatory loan fees automatically added to their COA.

Students with disability-related expenses may contact the Financial Aid Office to have their additional expenses considered. Disability-related expenses include but are not limited to: personal assistance, equipment, and supplies. The Financial Aid Office may potentially include disability expenses in the COA that are not provided by other assisting agencies.

† Medical Laboratory Technician, MLT(ASCP): $215 — as of 7/1/23 this cost will increase by $10 (incurred during second year, spring semester).

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Additional Information

Distance Learning Option Now Available

The Medical Laboratory Technician program is now available in a Distance Learning format, allowing you to complete coursework online, but demonstrate lab skills at a lab location near you. This option may be ideal if you like a more flexible course schedule and have full laboratory support. Please note, there are additional admissions steps required for this option.

Want to learn more about this program?

Fill out our Medical Laboratory Technician Exploration form to talk with one of our instructors from the Medical Laboratory Technician program or to attend a hands-on lab.

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

Licensure/Certification Information

NTC’s Medical Laboratory Technician Associate Degree is designed to meet the State of Wisconsin's licensing and certification criteria. However, NTC has not made a determination whether this program meets licensure/certification requirements in states other than Wisconsin. Students who may be seeking professional licensure or certification in states other than Wisconsin should contact the appropriate licensing board in that state to verify that the NTC program meets licensure or certification requirements.

Scholarship Opportunities

Collaboration of Wisconsin Rural Investment in Community Healthcare (COW RICH) Grant (for students graduating by Spring 2024)

Additional funding may be available to assist with your training through external sources.

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

  • If you are interested in the Distance Learning Option of this program, you must complete a Statement of Support from your desired lab location and email it to before you can be accepted into this program option.
  • This program may require a Criminal Background Check and/or Health Record. Acceptance to Northcentral Technical College will not be denied based on a criminal background or health record, however, a check may be required for placement at clinical sites or field experiences.

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Documentation can be sent via email to, 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. Score requirements vary by program and version of the Accuplacer test that was taken. For more details, please contact Admissions. 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.

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