Medical Laboratory Technician - Associate of Applied Technology Degree

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

During the academic phase (spring and summer quarters and three weeks of fall quarter), students are on campus in a simulated clinical laboratory; 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. Students may have the opportunity to meet with clinical site representatives through field trips and/or the meet and greet. Students will provide instructions to students from Osaka Jikei during a “hands-on” lab experience during the cultural event.

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.

The affiliated laboratory assigns eight- or nine-hour day shifts during the clinical phase. Some clinical sites may also assign 1-2 weeks of either swing or night shifts as part of the clinical phase. Upon successful completion, graduates are eligible to take the ASCP Medical Laboratory Technician certification examination, qualifying them for employment as a medical laboratory technician with professional recognition of having achieved MLT (ASCP) status.

Included in this program are academic courses in communication, English, math, and social sciences (psychology) that provide knowledge and abilities that enhance personal development and serve as a foundation for technical skills. Please refer to the Program Course list for details.

Students are 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.

Program Accreditation

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

5600 N. River Road
Suite 720
Rosemont IL 60018

Employability Requirements

Graduates are required to pass a national certification exam (ASCP) prior to employment. Prior to being allowed to perform clinical rotations, students must pass a background check. Current immunizations and American Health Association CPR Health Care Provider card are also required.

Physical Requirements

Students must be able to safely lift and carry objects up to 40 lbs. and stand for long periods of time. Frequent standing, walking, grasping, and carrying. The ability to read charts, instrument displays, and printed words on paper or a computer monitor. Must also be able to distinguish gradients of colors and interpret microscopic and macroscopic details.

Program Length

This program is a combination of on-line, classroom, laboratory and clinical experiences.  This program is approximately four quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements. The program courses are offered in two phases: approximately 23 weeks of academics and approximately 19 weeks of clinical experience. The MLT program currently runs in a hybrid schedule during the academic portion of the MLT program.

Admission Dates

Spring Quarter.

Program Outcomes

• Evaluate pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical phases of clinical laboratory testing to ensure accurate laboratory results.

• Analyze appropriate samples in accordance with standard clinical laboratory operating procedures.

• Evaluate the results of clinical laboratory tests to determine clinical significance.

• Apply systematized problem-solving techniques to identify the appropriate course of action to correct procedural errors.

• Identify situations which require assistance when a problem exceeds capabilities.

• Integrate new techniques and procedures into modern laboratory practices.

• Apply laboratory infection control protocols to prevent the spread of infectious agents.

• Model effective communication with colleagues, health care professionals, and patients.

Completion Requirements


High school diploma or high school equivalency diploma. College-level courses in both biology with a lab and chemistry with a lab passed with a grade of “B” (3.0) or better. Students will be required to pass a colorblind test. The colorblind test should be done by a medical professional such as a licensed optometrist or ophthalmologist, and the results submitted on or before the first day of school. 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 pass a comprehensive national background check. A non-refundable fee is charged to each student for the background check. Additionally, students must have current immunizations or laboratory verification of immune status by the end of spring quarter. This includes, but is not limited to, Hepatitis B series, which includes a follow-up positive titer, Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (TDap), Tuberculosis Test, Measles/Mumps/Rubella MMR, 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. Students are 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.

Program Course List

MLT 110Introduction to the Laboratory


MLT 205Hematology


MLT 207Hemostasis


MLT 209Phlebotomy/Processing


MLT 211Immunology


MLT 215Immunohematology


MLT 220Clinical Blood Banking


MLT 217Microbiology


MLT 218Urinalysis


MLT 222Body Fluids


MLT 228Clinical Chemistry


MLT 233Clinical Experience I


MLT 237Clinical Experience II


MLT 239CAPClinical Experience III


ENGL& 101English Composition I


MATH& 146Introduction to Statistics


PSYC& 100DIVGeneral Psychology


COLL 102College Success for All


Computer Literacy Requirement


Total Credit Hours:106

Computer Literacy Requirements: Complete an approved computer literacy course or successfully pass the computer literacy exam.