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medical laboratory technician


    Video: Medical Laboratory Technician

    Program Number: 10-513-1
    School Year: 2019-2020
    Associate of Applied Science Degree
    Campus: Fond du Lac
    This program is eligible for financial aid
    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

    • $40,234

    Approximate Costs

    • $136.50 per credit (resident)
    • $204.75 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

    1. Visit the Admissions Page for details
    2. In addition to standard admissions, this program also has:
      1. Health Requirements   
      2. Criminal Background Check   

    Clinical Admissions Requirements:

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


    Number Title Crs
    Semester 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
    Semester 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
    Semester 3
    513-116 Clinical Chemistry 4
    513-130 Advanced Hematology 2
    513-133 Clinical Microbiology 4
    809-1xx Social Science Course 3
    Total 13
    Semester 4
    513-140 Advanced Microbiology 2
    513-151 Clinical Experience 1 3
    513-152 Clinical Experience 2 4
    513-153 Clinical Experience Seminar 3
    513-170 Introduction to Molecular Diagnostics 2
    809-1xx Behavioral Science Course 3
    Total 17
    Total Program Credits and Institutional Requirements 67

    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), www.naacls.org.  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 but did not complete 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 Graduate Follow-Up Report. 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 2016-2018: 100%

    Graduation Rate 2016-2018: 92%

    Attrition Rate 2016-2018: 8%

    Job Placement Rate 2016-2018: 100%  

    Medical Laboratory Technician

    Additional information related to this program can be found on our web site www.morainepark.edu, in the Graduate Follow-Up Report and the Medical Laboratory Technician Clinical Experience Handbook.

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