Medical Laboratory Technician Degree

Prepares students to work in clinical laboratories performing routine analyses on blood and body fluids.

Degree Info at a Glance

Type: AAT Degree

Approx. # of Quarters: 4

Estimated Cost: $8,773

Admission Dates: Spring quarter

Prerequisites: High School diploma, or High School Equivalency Exam, as well as college-level courses in both Biology with a lab, and Chemistry with a lab completed within five years, with a grade of B or better, prior to beginning the program. Speaking, understanding, and writing the English language are required. To enter the program, a student must meet the prerequisites for college-level reading, writing, and math. In order to participate in the clinical aspect of the program, students must receive a No Record on File report related to Crimes Against Persons from the Washington State Patrol and students must have current immunizations or laboratory verification of immune status. This includes, but is not limited to, Hepatitis B series, Tetanus/Diphtheria, Tuberculosis Test, Measles/ Mumps/Rubella, and Varicella as required by contracts with clinical facilities and CDC recommendations. Proof of immunizations is required by the last day of class in Spring quarter, without exception. CPR certification from the American Heart Association with the designation “Health Care Provider” is required prior to commencing clinical rotation.

This program is four quarters in length, offered in two phases: 23 weeks of academics and 19 weeks of clinical experience.

During the academic phase (Spring and Summer quarters, and three weeks of Fall quarter), students are on campus in a simulated clinical laboratory, and study focuses on the theory of laboratory testing of body fluids.

Basic skills, normal values, the significance of abnormal values, and quality control are emphasized. Normal human anatomy and physiology, and the changes that occur in disease states are also studied.

During the clinical phase (Fall and Winter quarters), students are assigned to affiliated clinical laboratories in the Puget Sound area. Each student rotates through all the departments of the clinical laboratory, spending appropriate lengths of time in each.

Eight-hour day shifts are assigned by the affiliated laboratory during the clinical phase. Upon successful completion, graduates are eligible to take a certification examination qualifying them for employment as a Laboratory Technician or a Medical Laboratory Technician with professional recognition of having achieved MLT (ASCP) status.

Included in this program are academic courses in communication (English composition, speech), quantitative reasoning (math), and social sciences (psychology) that provide knowledge and abilities upon which technical skills are built and personal development enhanced.

This program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences:

5600 N. River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont IL 60018-5119
(847) 939-3547

Each student is required to carry personal health/medical insurance throughout their clinical rotations. Quarterly-based insurance for students may be purchased; further information is available through the Advising and Counseling Office.

No student will be allowed at a clinical site without proof of insurance.

Students pursuing an AAT or AAS-T degree must complete all College degree requirements prior to graduation. This includes courses that meet the capstone project, diversity, and computer literacy requirements.

Program Requirements

Catalog # Course Name Credits
MLT 110 Introduction to the Laboratory 2
MLT 203 Hematology 10
MLT 204 Hemostasis 5
MLT 208 Phlebotomy/Processing 2
MLT 210 Immunology 7
MLT 214 Immunohematology 6
MLT 216 Clinical Blood Banking 5
MLT 217 Microbiology 10
MLT 218 Urinalysis 3
MLT 221 Body Fluids 1
MLT 227 Clinical Chemistry 8
MLT 232 Clinical Experience I 11
MLT 235 Clinical Experience II 9
MLT 236CAP Clinical Experience III 7
ENGL& 101 English Composition (or higher) or CMST& 220 5
MAT& 141 Precalculus I 5
PSYC& 100DIV General Psychology (or other social science or humanities class that meets the diversity requirement) 5
Computer Literacy Requirement Course to meet computer literacy degree requirement
(or successful completion of computer literacy exam)
  Total Credits for Completion 104