Medical Laboratory Technician


The Medical Laboratory Technician program teaches the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. Earn an Associate of Applied Science or certificate and pursue work as a Medical Laboratory Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, and more.

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This program prepares you to play a crucial role in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. Medical laboratory personnel work in clinics, hospitals, reference laboratories, and physician office labs. They collect, process, and analyze blood and body fluid specimens. They use microscopes, centrifuges, computerized instruments, and other sophisticated laboratory equipment. The complexity of tests performed, the level of judgment needed, and the amount of responsibility workers assume depends largely on the amount of education they have.

You will study theory in the classroom, learn skills in campus labs, and complete clinical experiences in participating healthcare facilities and labs. Upon completion of the programs, you will be eligible to take national certification exams.

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Medical Laboratory Technician, AAS

The Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) AAS degree program prepares you to perform clinical laboratory testing which aids the physician in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases.

MLT courses start in the Fall term. There is no application for the MLT Program. You must have all pre-requisite courses completed to be able to register. At the time of registration, you must register for all co-requisite courses for that term or they will receive an error.

Each subject has a theory and lab component. Theory courses are taught in an online format using Brightspace. Lab courses are in-person and hands-on in our lab classroom at the South Valley Campus. Students complete two terms of subject-specific courses and one term of clinicals.


The Medical Laboratory Technician program is accredited by:

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS)
5600 N. River Rd. Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
(773) 714-8880
NAACLS Website

End Accreditation Date: April 30, 2024 

Phlebotomy Technician, Certificate of Achievement

In the Phlebotomy Technician (PHLB) program, you will learn how to collect and process blood specimens using approved venipuncture and capillary puncture techniques.

Phlebotomy has two options, a one-term, and a two-term option. The one-term classes are at the South Valley Campus and meet Monday through Friday during the day. This option is three courses completed in 10 weeks (five weeks of theory and lab, then five weeks of clinicals). The two-term class meets at the Westside campus on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in the evenings. It is also a Term II class.  For the two-term option, theory and lab are spread out over 10 weeks then students go to clinicals the next semester for 5 weeks.

These courses are paired to ensure completion of theory and lab before clinicals. You can see the pairings on the Learning Communities website.

Students should be aware that MLT 1001 is a pre- or co-requisite to PHLB 1010. Registration errors will occur if MLT 1001 is missing or if non-paired PHLB courses are selected. Department approval is only needed when students complete clinicals in a semester other than the one they complete PHLB theory and lab. If you receive a department approval error, please double-check the CRNs match the Learning Communities pairings.

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Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)

If you have a valid ACSP PBT certificate, you can receive credit for courses in the Phlebotomy Technician program by filling out the following form: