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Medical Laboratory Technician

Medical Laboratory is a rewarding, stimulating field that is absolutely vital to the world of healthcare. Physicians determine treatment from objective clinical data-over 70% of which comes from tests that Medical Laboratory Technicians perform on the patient’s samples. As a Medical Laboratory Technician you might:

  • Use sophisticated lab equipment to perform analysis of various chemicals in blood and body fluids.
  • Isolate bacteria, parasites and other microorganisms for identification and determine appropriate treatment options.
  • Diagnose viral diseases in blood specimens using immunological techniques.
  • Observe urine, bacteria, body fluids, and blood slides through a microscope to aid in diagnosis of various conditions.
  • Use hematology analyzers to count and identify various blood cells.
  • Determine kidney health and metabolic problems through chemical analysis of urine.
  • Type, screen and cross match blood for transfusion.
  • Test drug levels in the blood to show how a patient is responding to treatment.

Medical laboratory technicians (MLTs) often interact with physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other health professionals to explain test results and answer specific questions. You could be employed in a hospital lab, physician’s office, clinic, commercial firm, research facility, the armed forces, public health center, industrial and pharmaceutical laboratory, or veterinary clinic.

Jobs: Medical Lab Tech students at Lake Area Tech have an outstanding three-year average job placement rate at 100%. This applies to students obtaining a job or continuing their education within the first year of graduation. According to the Bureau of Labor, “Employment of medical laboratory technologists and technicians is projected to grow 16 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. An increase in the aging population is expected to lead to a greater need to diagnose medical conditions, such as cancer or type 2 diabetes, through laboratory procedures.”

The Program: Gain real-world lab experience in our three fully equipped medical labs, which include a new simulation lab and blood banking equipment. In addition, you will complete a full semester of clinical training at an approved site.

Certification: Once you complete the program you are eligible to take a national certification exam. In 2020, the program’s certification pass rate was 88% (three year average for graduates taking the exam within a year.)  Specific regulations may vary from state-to-state; however, most employers require certification. After successfully passing the exam you will earn the title of Medical Laboratory Technician – MLT (ASCP). Some states require certification and licensure.  To determine whether our MLT Program will meet licensure in a different state, please contact that state’s licensure agency.

Graduation Rates: Graduation and attrition rates are based on the number of students in the final half of the MLT program and includes data for three years. The graduation rate for MLT students at Lake Area Tech is 82% and the attrition rate is 10.41%.

2020 MLT Program Outcomes based on a three year rolling average


Certification Pass Rate:
Students passing within the first year of graduation


Graduation Rate:
Students graduating in the final half of the program


Attrition Rate:
Students who left in the final half of the program


Placement Rate:
Students finding employment within 1 year of graduation


On October 31, 2019, the Medical Laboratory Technician program received its certificate of accreditation from the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont IL, 60018. (773)-714-8880. The 10-year accreditation will be up for renewal in 2029.

Students in programs which customarily lead to professional licensure are responsible for determining whether or not this program or course meets requirements for licensure in the state in which the student resides or intends to reside upon graduation. We encourage you to contact the licensure agency noted above for additional information or the program faculty for assistance.

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