Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT)


About the program

MLTs perform a wide variety of laboratory tests which aids the physician in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. MLTs provide compatible blood components for transfusion, perform chemical analysis of body fluids, classify blood cells, and identify microorganisms. They work in a variety of settings such as hospitals, clinics, industry, research, and independent laboratories.

Program format(s)

Students enrolled in this program will take traditional, 16-week classes each semester. 

Degree option

Two-year (five semesters) degree schedule; mixture of core lab tech, science, and communications; required clinical experience provides professional development in the modern workplace; program can be completed on a full or part-time basis.

Essential Program Requirements — Technical Standards

An MLT applicant must assess their ability to meet the Technical Standards required to progress and successfully complete the program. Please review the Standards in the Medical Science Student Handbook and direct questions to an MLT advisor.


Students completing the Medical Laboratory Technology major are eligible to take the certification exam offered by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP), 33 West Monroe, Suite 1600, Chicago, IL 60603, 312-541-4999, Successful completion results in an MLT (ASCP) certification.


The MLT Program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS, 5600 North River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5519, 773-714-8880)

Award Letter

  • Collect, process, and analyze biological specimens.
  • Perform routine clinical laboratory tests in clinical chemistry, hematology/hemostasis, immunology, immunohematology, microbiology, body fluid analysis and laboratory operations.
  • Perform pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical processes.
  • Perform mathematical calculations related to all areas of the clinical laboratory.
  • Perform problem solving and troubleshooting techniques for laboratory methodologies.
  • Correlate laboratory test results with patient diagnosis and treatment and determine the significance of clinical procedures and results.
  • Perform quality assessment within the clinical laboratory; recognize factors which interfere with analytical tests and take appropriate actions.
  • Demonstrate the technical training sufficient to orient new employees within the clinical laboratory.
  • Demonstrate professional interpersonal, oral, and written communications skills sufficient to serve the needs of patients and the public including an awareness of how diversity may affect the communication process.
  • Apply basic scientific principles in learning new techniques and procedures; demonstrate application of principles and methodologies.
  • Utilize computer technology applications to interact with computerized instruments and laboratory information systems.
  • Demonstrate proficient knowledge of computer software as it applies to document production, spreadsheets, and presentations.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of infection control and safety practices and follow established guidelines and governmental/accreditation regulations.
  • Demonstrate professional conduct and apply legal, social, and ethical responsibilities within the health care environment.
  • Pursue certification and continued professional development.

Career Opportunities

  • Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians
  • Field Service Engineers
  • Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists

Application Requirements - Limited Enrollment

  • MTC Application for Admission including application fee and final high school transcript.
  • A minimum 2.5 accumulative grade point average (on 4.0 scale) in high school or college-level courses (whichever is most recent).
  • American College Test (ACT) scores with a minimum composite score of 18, or successful completion of college-level required program courses with a minimum accumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher.
  • Demonstrate college-readiness by achieving the required minimum score on a placement test, successfully completing any required college foundation courses, or satisfying other measures including but not limited to high school coursework, previous college coursework, samples of work, etc. College transfer credit may also be used with a grade of C or better.
  • Completion of high school biology and chemistry with a grade of C or better or completion of SCI1050 with a grade of C or better.
  • Minimum of four (4) hours of laboratory observation and a completed Laboratory Observation form and signed Confidentiality Agreement.
  • Completed MLT application packet available by request or online on MTC’s website.
  • Completion of successful criminal background check and successful drug screen. Students admitted into the program are required to submit to a criminal background check facilitated by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and identification. Students with certain felony, misdemeanor, or drug-related arrests will be ineligible for admission into the program
  • Applicant must read the Medical Sciences Student Handbook. A listing of requirements, policies, and procedures for the program is available in the Student Handbook located on MTC’s website.