Medical Laboratory Technician

The Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) Program is designed to prepare students for employment in medical, clinical, research, and public health laboratories.

The technician collects or receives patient specimens, performs many general laboratory tests, records data, and reports results to physicians to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.

The MLT program combines academic general education with a concentration in basic life sciences, didactic studies in medical laboratory science and clinical training at hospital laboratories. The program requires two years, (four semesters and one summer session) of full-time study. Students with previous college work may apply for advanced placement pending evaluation of transcripts.

Upon completion of the academic and clinical requirements, students will be awarded an associate degree and become eligible to take the national certification examination.

Students completing the MLT program may transfer up to sixty semester credit hours to the University of Nebraska Medical Technology program.

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What do MLTs do?

The challenges and rewards of medicine and science-the medical laboratory technician has the best of both worlds.

A medical laboratory technician performs general tests in all laboratory areas. Working under the supervision of a medical technologist, a medical laboratory technician hunts for clues to the absence, presence, extent, and cause of disease.

Medical laboratory technicians must be accurate, dedicated and skilled. They must also be self-motivated to take initiative to do what must be done everyday—pitch in to help the healthcare team.

Admission Requirements

The MLT program is a selective admission program.

Upon contacting the MLT Program Director, prospective MLT students will undergo a screening process. Prior to admission to the MLT program, the applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least 17 years of age
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED
  • Be able to meet essential functions (contact MLT Program Director for specific details)
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED to Mid-Plains Community College
  • Submit official college transcripts if other than Mid-Plains Community College
  • Fulfill Mid-Plains Community College General Admission Requirement
  • Complete application to Mid-Plains Community College specifying interest in MLT program
  • Submit MLT program application
  • Submit three letters of recommendation from teachers and/or current employers
  • Complete COMPASS placement exam with minimum scores of: Writing–74, Reading–80, Pre-Algebra–43
  • Submit a pre-entrance medical statement
  • Submit documentation of current immunizations or proof of immunity
  • Have satisfactory criminal background check results
  • Schedule an interview with the MLT program director

All of the above admission requirements must be met prior to being accepted into the MLT program. Failure to respond to requests for information, incomplete files, or failure to meet deadlines will inactivate the application for MLT program admission. Approval for admission will be granted by MLT program faculty with the final approval decision resting with the MLT program director.

After MLT program admission approval is granted, the student will be accepted into the first available class and receive written notification of acceptance.

All program coursework must be successfully completed prior to beginning clinical practicums. Students must obtain and maintain health care coverage during clinical practicum experience.

Program Outcomes

  • Three Year Average Certification Pass Rate: 95.7%
  • Three Year Average Graduation Rate: 94.4%
  • Three Year Average Attrition Rate: 5.6%
  • Three Year Average Placement Rate: 86.9%

Employment Opportunities

Medical laboratory technicians are employed by hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices, veterinary clinics, research centers, colleges and universities, medical schools, government agencies, and industrial medical laboratories.

Recommended Electives

Students wishing to pursue an Associate of Arts degree will have to complete additional general education requirements.

Is the MLT Program right for me?

All medical laboratory technicians have certain common characteristics: they are problem-solvers.They like challenge and responsibility. They are accurate, reliable, emotionally stable, work well under pressure and are able to finish a task once started. They communicate well, both in writing and speaking. They set high standards for themselves and expect quality in the work they do. But, above all, they are deeply committed to their profession and are truly fascinated by all that science has to offer.
An application should be started 4-6 months in advance of entering the program to assure adequate time to complete the admission process. All other rules and regulations shall be in accordance with standards required of all students at Mid-Plains Community College.

*Clinical Practicums are conducted in Hospital laboratories affiliated with the program for a period of 18 weeks (5 of these 18 weeks are in North Platte). Students must be prepared to drive or find lodging on their own to attend clinical practicum experience. Clinical site assignments are made by one of the following two means:

  1. Agreement among classmates for site choices.
  2. If no agreement can be reached, the Program Director will assign student sites.