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Medical Laboratory Technician, AAS

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The Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) program prepares the student to perform a full range of laboratory tests - from a simple blood glucose test to complex tests to uncover diseases such as HIV and cancer. Medical Laboratory Technicians must work quickly and accurately. The information they give to The doctors influences the medical treatment a patient receives. In their search for data on a patient’s health, MLTs obtain blood samples from patients of all ages. They analyze blood, urine and other body fluids using a microscope or other complex precision instruments.

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Program Mission Statement: The Medical Laboratory Technician Program (MLT) provides a learning environment conducive to preparing students to function at entry level laboratory careers.

Student Responsibilities: Students receive clinical practice at a clinical site determined by the MLT Coordinator. All MLT students must complete a Medical Health form and a Criminal Record/Child and Adult Abuse Check prior to attending clinical. Students must begin the hepatitis immunization series during their enrollment in Fundamentals of Laboratory Science. Transportation to the clinical site is the responsibility of the student. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the MLT Board of Certification Exam (BOC) administered by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP). Granting of the AAS degree is not contingent on students passing any external examination or certification.

Accreditation: The Medical Laboratory Technician Program is accredited by the NAACLS, National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science, 5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018, 773-714-8880, 773-714-8886 (fax).

Admission Requirements: Successful completion of high school Biology and Algebra or equivalent is required. Required courses must be taken prior to entering the program. (High School chemistry is highly recommended). Chemistry may be taken the first semester in the MLT program. The following criteria is required for applicants: minimum of a high school diploma (GPA 2.5) or equivalent (GED 550) or HiSET 15, ACT scores of 18 in reading and English; ASSET scores of 40 in each category (writing, reading, numeric) or ALEKS score of 20 or higher. 

Advanced Standing: Individuals accepted into the MLT program who have an understanding of and prior experience in the operations of the medical laboratory may qualify to complete a proficiency exam to “test out” of the Fundamentals of Laboratory Science course.

Enrollment Date: Fall Semester
Minimum Required Credits: 71.5
Campus: Fort Dodge
Department: Health Science
CIP#: 51.10040200

Program Outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate entry level knowledge and skill in modern clinical laboratory science.
  2. Collect and process biological specimens and perform analytical tests on body fluids, cells, and products.
  3. Monitor quality control through understanding of basic laboratory statistics, recognize affected results, and take appropriate action.
  4. Perform preventative and corrective maintenance of equipment and instruments or refer to appropriate sources for repairs.
  5. Recognize the responsibilities of other laboratory and health care personnel and interact with them with respect for their position and patient care.
  6. Relate laboratory findings to common disease processes.

Program of Study

AAS Degree Total Hours: 71.5


Program Requirements: The student must complete all Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) core classes within four years.

Graduation Requirement: Must pass all program courses with a “C” or better.

Optional electives: CHM 165 , CHM 131 , ENG 106 , MAT 102 , SOC 110 , PSY 121 , HUM 113 , LIT 101 , CSC 110  

Students may extend the Medical Laboratory Technician Program over three years by taking partial semester class loads. See the MLT Coordinator.

Footnotes for Degree Requirements:

1 Required general education course.

2 Required elective course.

3 Institutional requirement.

4 May be substituted with a course from the same category on the General Education Course List  .

Non-Discrimination Policy

It is the policy of Iowa Central Community College not to discriminate in its programs, activities, or employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, religion, and actual or potential family, parental, or marital status.

If you have questions or complaints related to compliance with this policy, please contact Stacy Ihrig, Executive Director of Human Resources, One Triton Circle, Fort Dodge, Iowa, 50501, Telephone: (515)-574-1138, Email:  concerns@iowacentral.edu, or the Director of the Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczynski Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, Telephone: (312) 730-1560, Facsimile: (313) 730-1576, TDD 800-877-8339 Email: OCR.Chicago@ed.gov.

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