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    medical laboratory technician


      Video: Medical Laboratory Technician

      Program Number: 10-513-1
      School Year: 2018-2019
      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

      • $39,017

      Approximate Costs

      • $134.20 per credit (resident)
      • $201.30 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.

      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.   
      • Health Requirements need to be met and a Criminal Background Check is required.   

      Please visit the Admissions page for general information.

      Clinical Admissions Requirements:

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


      Semester 1
      103-159**Computer Literacy - Microsoft Office1
      513-110Basic Lab Skills1
      513-113Quality Assurance and Laboratory Math1
      513-115Basic Immunology Concepts2
      801-136English Composition 13
      806-186Introduction to Biochemistry4
      890-101**College 1012
      Semester 2
      513-109Blood Bank4
      513-120Basic Hematology3
      801-1xxCommunication Course3
      Semester 3
      513-116Clinical Chemistry4
      513-130Advanced Hematology2
      513-133Clinical Microbiology4
      809-1xxSocial Science Course3
      Semester 4
      513-140Advanced Microbiology2
      513-151Clinical Experience 13
      513-152Clinical Experience 24
      513-153Clinical Experience Seminar3
      513-170Introduction to Molecular Diagnostics2
      809-1xxBehavioral Science Course3
      Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements67

      Institutional Requirements

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

      Program Guide

      For additional information on program curriculum, prerequisites and general education course options, please contact your advisor.

      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 .

      For co-curricular activities and opportunities related to this program/certificate, click here.