In an associate's degree program, aspiring medical lab technicians get lecture-based and hands-on training. This can prepare them for professional certification and an entry level job in the field.
Schools with MLT Programs
At these schools, students can enroll in programs that prepare them to become medical laboratory technicians:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|Community College of Philadelphia||Philadelphia, PA||2-year, Public||Associate||$4,920 in-district, $9,360 in-state, $13,800 out-of-state|
|Jefferson State Community College||Birmingham, AL||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate||$4,380 in-state, $7,830 out-of-state|
|John C Calhoun State Community College||Tanner, AL||2-year, Public||Associate||$4,320 in-state, $7,770 out-of-state|
|Gadsden State Community College||Gadsden, AL||2-year, Public||Associate||$3,216 in-state, $5,976 out-of-state|
|North Georgia Technical College||Clarksville, GA||2-year, Public||Associate||$2,724 in-state, $4,860 out-of-state|
|Des Moines Area Community College||Ankeny, IA||2-year, Public||Associate||$3,913 in-state, $7,825 out-of-state|
|Community College of Baltimore County||Baltimore, MD||2-year, Public||Associate||$3,712 in-district, $6,650 in-state, $9,718 out-of-state|
|Argosy University-Twin Cities||Eagan, MN||4-year, Private||Associate||$13,560|
|Bismarck State College||Bismarck, ND||4-year, Public||Associate||$3,604 in-state, $8,383 out-of-state|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
School Selection Criteria
Consider the following when looking for an MLT school:
- Students are encouraged to enroll in National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences accredited associate degree programs in order to sit for the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) examinations for certification. ASCP certification is preferred by employers, and this could be advantageous when entering the professional setting.
- Aspiring MLTs may consider enrolling in programs that allow specialization in office administration or phlebotomy.
- Students may consider the clinical experiences available through either on-site training laboratories or off-campus medical facilities.
Associate Degree for Clinical Laboratory Technicians
Associate degree programs prepare aspiring MLT to perform tests or monitor treatments for physicians in a hospital, physician's office or other healthcare facility. A 2-year program may offer specialization opportunities through coursework or certificate options. Clinical experiences, either on-campus or through cooperating medical facilities, are commonly required.
By earning an associate's degree from an accredited program, which may offer concentration and real-world training options, students can prepare to become licensed medical lab technicians.