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.

Approximate Cost

$12,020
Tuition: $10987 , Books: $1033

Starting Salary

$33,602–$47,372
Average, based on the NTC Graduate Outcomes Report

Financial Aid

Available

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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.

Prerequisites

  • Chemistry (either high school or college level Chemistry)

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
URINALYSIS 2.00
GEN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY 4.00
INTRO TO BIOCHEMISTRY 4.00
COLLEGE 101 1.00

Second Term

BLOOD BANK 4.00
BASIC IMMUNOLOGY CONCEPTS 2.00
BASIC HEMATOLOGY 3.00
COAGULATION 1.00
MICROBIOLOGY 4.00
WRITTEN COMMUNICATION 3.00
ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 3.00

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
SPEECH 3.00

Fifth Term

CLINICAL EXPERIENCE 1 3.00
CLINICAL EXPERIENCE 2 4.00
CLINICAL EXPERIENCE 3 2.00
MLT SEMINAR 1.00
INTRO TO MOLECULAR DIAGNOSTICS 2.00

* College 101 (10-890-165) is not part of the program credit requirements but is a College Requirement for graduation that must be passed with a “C” or better. This requirement is effective for students beginning the program in Spring 2021 and beyond.

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.

ASCP MLT Board of Certification Exam Statistics

Program Outcome Goal: 100% Pass Rate

Exam Date NTC Pass Rate National Pass Rate
2021 100% 77%
2020 100% 83%
2019 100% 81%
Three Year Average 100%  

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

Year Graduation Rate Attrition Rate
July 2021 – June 2022 100% 0%
July 2020 – June 2021 100% 0%
July 2019 – June 2020 80% 20%
Three Year Average 94% 6%

Placement Rates

Employed or continued with education within one year of graduation.

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

Year Yearly Average Placement Rate
Graduation in Spring 2021 100%
Graduation in Spring 2020 100%
Graduation in Spring 2019 80%
Three Year Average 93%

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 Medical Laboratory Science
University of Cincinnati Medical Laboratory Science
UW Oshkosh B.S. in Human Services Leadership
UW Stevens Point 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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Additional Information

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

  • 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.
  • Current Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR certification is required prior to starting program courses or within the timeframe discussed at program orientation. Accepted certifications include BLS CPR from American Heart Association or American Red Cross.

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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. 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.

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.