Medical Lab Technician

Medical Lab Technician Program Information

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

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

Course Schedule

The Medical Laboratory Technician program consists of two academic years and two summer sessions. The program prepares graduates to work under the supervision of the medical technologist, pathologist or other qualified physician in a medical laboratory, and in industrial laboratories.

Medical Lab Technician A.A.S Degree

First Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
MLT-120 Urinalysis
3.0
BIO-168 Human Anatomy & Physiology I w/lab
4.0
CHM-165 General Chemistry I
4.0
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 Health Science or Program Coordinator.

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

Instructors

Stacy Mentzer 515-574-1334 mentzer_s@iowacentral.edu  
Kate Stuart 515-574-1333 stuart_k@iowacentral.edu  

Program Accreditation

The Medical Laboratory Technician Program is accredited by NAACLS, National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science, 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018, 773-714-8880.