Medical Lab Technician Program

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 AIDS 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.

Medical Lab Technician Careers

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  • Veterinary Labs
  • Medical Clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Agricultural Testing Labs
  • Chemical Analytical Labs
  • Biodiesel/Ethanol Plants

Course Schedule

First Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
MLT-120 Urinalysis
3.0
BIO-168 Human Anatomy & Physiology I w/lab
4.0
CHM-110 Intro to Chemistry
3.0
CHM-111 Intro to Chemistry Lab
1.0
HSC-113 Medical Terminology*
2.0
MLT-111 Fundamentals of Lab Science*
4.0
 
Total Hours: 17.0

Second Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
BIO-186 Microbiology w/lab
4.0
BIO-173 Human Anatomy & Physiology II w/lab
4.0
MLT-133 Erythrocyte Hematology
3.0
MLT-171 Immunology & Serology
3.0
 
Total Hours: 14.0

Summer Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ENG-105 Composition I
3.0
PSY-111 Intro to Psychology
3.0
OR
PSY-121 Developmental Psychology
 
Total Hours: 6.0

Third Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
MLT-234 Leukocyte Hematology/Coagulation
4.0
MLT-250 Clinical Microbiology
4.0
MLT-241 Clinical Chemistry I
4.5
MLT-260 Immunohematology
4.0
 
Total Hours: 16.5

Fourth Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
MLT-243 Clinical Chemistry II
2.0
MLT-253 Parasitology & Mycology
2.0
MLT-280 Clinical Practicum
8.0
 
Total Hours: 12.0

Summer Semester (9 weeks)

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
MLT-290 Clinical Seminar & Review
2.0
MLT-281 Clinical Practicum
4.5
 
Total Hours: 6.5
 
Medical Lab Technician A.A.S Degree Total Hours: 72.0

*Test out option is available. See Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Medicine or Program Coordinator.

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

Optional Electives: CHM-165, CHM-130, ENG-106, PSY-121, LIT-121, MAT-102, SOC-110

Iowa Community colleges have developed the following Core Performance Standards for all applicants to Health Care Career Programs.  These standards are based upon required abilities that are compatible with effective performance in health care careers.  Applicants unable to meet the Core Performance Standards are responsible for discussing the possibility of reasonable accommodations with the designated institutional office.  To view the full Iowa Core Performance Standards, click here.

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Program Accreditation

The Medical Laboratory Technician Program is accredited by:

Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604
801.621.7740

Coordinator/Advisor

Dr. Stacy Mentzer
Coordinator
515-574-1148
mentzer_s@iowacentral.edu
Josh Kraushaar
Instructor/Advisor
515-574-1334
kraushaar@iowacentral.edu
Shawna Schuler
Instructor
515-574-1333
schuler@iowacentral.edu
Lindsay Eslick
Compliance Coordinator
515-574-1320
eslick@iowacentral.edu