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Medical Laboratory Technician


Video: Medical Laboratory Technician

Program Number: 10-513-1
School Year: 2017-2018
Associate of Applied Science Degree
Campus: Fond du Lac
Full-Time Enrollment Only

Program Description

At career entry, the medical laboratory technician will be able to perform routine clinical laboratory tests (such as hematology, clinical chemistry, immunohematology, microbiology, serology/ immunology, coagulation, molecular and other emerging diagnostics) as the primary analyst making specimen-oriented decisions on predetermined criteria, including a working knowledge of critical values. Communications skills will extend to frequent interactions with members of the healthcare team, external relations, customer service and patient education. The level of analysis ranges from waived and point of care testing to complex testing encompassing all major areas of the medical laboratory. The medical laboratory technician will have diverse functions in areas of preanalytical, analytical and post-analytical processes. The medical laboratory technician will have responsibilities for information processing, training and quality control monitoring wherever medical laboratory testing is performed.

The program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS, 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018; Phone: 773-714-8880). Upon graduation, students are eligible to sit for the National Board of Certification Exam through the ASCP.

Statewide Median Salary for Recent Graduates

  • $38,789

Approximate Costs

  • $132.20 per credit (resident)
  • $198.30 per credit (out-of-state resident)
  • Online students are not charged out-of-state fees.
  • Please refer to the MPTC Student Handbook for additional enrollment fee information.

Program Outcomes

  • Practice laboratory safety and regulatory compliance.
  • Collect and process biological specimens.
  • Monitor and evaluate quality control in the laboratory.
  • Apply modern clinical methodologies including problem solving and troubleshooting according to predetermined criteria.
  • Correlate laboratory results to diagnosis of clinical conditions and/or diseases.
  • Perform information processing in the clinical laboratory.
  • Model professional behaviors, ethics and appearance.

Career Opportunities

  • Graduates may find employment as a Medical Laboratory Technician in hospitals, clinics, doctor's offices, state and federal labs, and private/commercial laboratories. Opportunities also exist in commercial industries, medical supply companies, scientific research and infection control.

Clinical Information

  • Clinical affiliates associated with our clinical experience:

            Agnesian Healthcare – Consultant’s Laboratory

            Aurora Healthcare – ACL

            Ascension Healthcare

            Beaver Dam Reference Lab

            Froedtert Health System

  • Clinical site placement is based upon clinical site availability. In the event that there are more students than clinical sites, placement will be based on the following criteria: 
  1. Completion of the program according to the “term” schedule. Students completing the course work in consecutive terms will be given priority.
  2. Grade point average of core course work (513 program courses)
  3. Grade point average of general education courses.
  • Service Work:  Students cannot perform service work during their clinical experience; however, students may choose to perform service work after their clinical hours if there is an acceptable agreement between the parties.

Admission Process

  • Submit the college admission application.   
  • Submit the $30 one-time fee.   
  • Submit high school and other official college transcripts.   
  • Take the college assessment test (ACCUPLACER, ACT or other). The ACCUPLACER assessment can be taken at MPTC.   
  • Attend a program orientation with your advisor.   
  • Health Requirements need to be met and a Criminal Background Check is required.   

Please visit the Admissions page for general information.

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Clinical Admissions Requirements:

  • 806-177 General Anatomy and Physiology (4 credits)
  • Must complete the series of three hepatitis B immunizations


Number Title Crs
Term 1
103-159 **Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office 1
513-110 Basic Lab Skills 1
513-111 Phlebotomy 2
513-113 Quality Assurance and Laboratory Math 1
513-115 Basic Immunology Concepts 2
801-136 English Composition 1 3
806-186 Introduction to Biochemistry 4
890-101 **College 101 2
Total 16
Term 2
513-109 Blood Bank 4
513-114 Urinalysis 2
513-120 Basic Hematology 3
513-121 Coagulation 1
801-1xx Communication Course 3
806-197 Microbiology 4
Total 17
Term 3
513-130 Advanced Hematology 2
513-131 Clinical Chemistry 1 3
513-132 Clinical Chemistry 2 2
513-133 Clinical Microbiology 4
809-1xx Social Science Course 3
Total 14
Term 4
513-140 Advanced Microbiology 2
513-151 Clinical Experience 1 3
513-152 Clinical Experience 2 4
513-153 Clinical Experience Seminar 4
513-170 Introduction to Molecular Diagnostics 2
809-1xx Behavioral Science Course 3
Total 18
Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements 69

General Education Options

View the Medical Laboratory Technician General Education Course Options.

Institutional Requirements

** The credits for 103-159 Computer Literacy-Microsoft Office and 890-101 College 101 are Institutional Requirements for graduation.

Academic Planner

Current students, please see your Advisor for your academic planner.

Transfer Opportunities

Check out the Credit Transfers page for more information.

Additional Information

*Enrollment may limit the campus availability or delivery of certain courses.


The mission of the Medical Laboratory Technician Program at Moraine Park Technical College is to provide the medical community with entry-level Medical Laboratory Technicians competent to perform clinical laboratory analysis. Consistent with the institutional vision and mission statement, the program is committed to the development of the student’s educational and professional growth.  The program integrates both general and technical education to ensure that graduates can meet the multiple demands of rapidly changing technology in the medical field.

Program Effectiveness Data

In addition to the goals and student learning outcomes listed elsewhere on this site, the performance of the program is reflected through program effectiveness data as defined by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, (NAACLS),  Program effectiveness data includes program certification rate, graduation rate, attrition rate, and job placement rate. This data is calculated using the average of the past three program years. Additional questions about the program effectiveness data should be directed to the Program Director.  The Medical Laboratory Technician program's annual report to NAACLS reflected the following:

Medical Laboratory Technician Certification Rate:
This is a three year average of the number of students that took the American Society for Clinical Pathologist’s National Board of Certification Exam and successfully passed the exam within one year of graduation.   

Medical Laboratory Technician Graduation Rate
This is the three year average of the number of students that began the program’s third term and were eligible to complete the program in the fourth term resulting in graduation from the program.

Medical Laboratory Technician Attrition Rate

This is the three year average of the number of students that began the program’s third term and were eligible to complete the program in the fourth term resulting in graduation from the program.

Medical Laboratory Technician Job Placement Rate

This is the number of students that gain employment in the laboratory sciences within six months of graduation as published in the Graduation Follow-up Report found at  The College annually conducts a survey with graduates six months after they graduate to better understand their employment status and satisfaction with their Moraine Park education. The data from the survey is compiled into the Graduate Follow-Up Report, which is solely based on confidential surveys completed by Moraine Park graduates.

Moraine Park Medical Laboratory Technician Results

Certification Rate 2014-2016: 100%

Graduation Rate 2014-2016: 96%

Attrition Rate 2014-2016: 4%

Job Placement Rate 2014-2016: 100%  

Medical Laboratory Technician

Additional information related to this program can be found on our web site and in the Graduate Report at .

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