Medical Lab Technician (MLT) Program
Medical Lab Technician Program
Career Options / Medical Lab Technician

Medical Lab Technician Program

Call Shawna Schuler at 515-574-1333 or email to schuler@iowacentral.edu to get enrolled today!

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 HIV 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.

Scholarship Opportunities


  • Iowa Central Scholarships
    General, Foundation, and External scholarships available to all Iowa Central students can be explored by clicking here.
  • National Accreditation Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science Scholarships
    Click here to visit the organization (NAACLS) which accredits our Iowa Central MLT Program.  Find additional links to and information about scholarships available to MLT students through professional laboratory organizations from around the nation! 
  • American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science – Iowa Scholarships
    The Iowa chapter of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) has annual scholarships available to MLT and MLS students in our home state!  Click here to learn more!

Course Schedule


More Information


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.

Iowa Central MLT Program Outcomes


Outcome Measure MLT Graduate Year
  2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Total # of Graduates 9 10 8 10 8
Graduation Rate 100% 91% 89% 100% 73%
*Attrition Rate 0% 9% 11% 0% 27%
Employment Rate 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
# of Examinees (ASCP Board Exam) 9 10 8 9 8
ASCP Board Exam Pass Rate 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%

*Attrition Rate stats are defined as students who start the final year (Clinical Year) of the MLT program but did not graduate.

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

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
5600 N River Road
Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119

773.714.8880
773.714.8886 (Fax)
info@naacls.org

Professional Licensure and Certification Disclosure Information


For more on Professional Licensure and Certification Disclosure Information, click here.

Medical Lab Technician Careers


  • Hospitals
  • Medical Clinics
  • Veterinary Labs
  • Agricultural Labs
  • Chemical/Analytical Labs
  • Biodiesel/Ethanol Plants
Iowa Central Medical Laboratory Technician program graduates have earned a 100% board of certification pass rate for the last 9 years!

Contact Us


Shawna Schuler, M.Ed., MLS (ASCP)

Medical Laboratory Technician Program Director
Office: BHS-206
515-574-1333
schuler@iowacentral.edu

Amber Patterson, BS, MLS (ASCP)

Instructor
Office: BHS-208
515-574-1334
patterson_a@iowacentral.edu

Sydney Suntken
Academic Advisor
515-574-1309
suntken@iowacentral.edu
Cindy Simpson
Compliance Coordinator
Office: AST-201B
515-574-1304
simpson_c@iowacentral.edu
Neale Adams
Dean of Career and Technical Education, Associate Vice President of Instruction
515-574-1284
adams_n@iowacentral.edu

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