Medical Laboratory Technician

Health Sciences

The Medical Laboratory Technician program prepares students to work under supervision of a medical technologist, pathologist or other qualified physician in a medical laboratory. A technician performs tests that aid in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. This program offers students the opportunity to take two semesters of study at Northeast Iowa Community College and a summer term plus one semester at Hawkeye Community College (HCC) in Waterloo, Iowa before completing the 24-week clinical internship. NICC is an academic affiliate of the Medical Laboratory Technician program at HCC.

Award: Associate of Applied Science
Credits: 33+
Locations: Calmar, Peosta
Entry: Fall

Paying for the Program

Financial Aid Eligible

Out-of-State Tuition & Fees: $6,272*

Financial Aid Info

Career Outlook

$20,494 - 63,716

Estimated annual salary range for Health Sciences graduates based on EMSI. Salary range represents 10th percentile - median annual wage for related occupations ​within a 100-mile radius from the center distance between Calmar and Peosta Campuses.

Potential Careers

  • Clinical Research Assistant
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Medical Laboratory Assistant
  • Specimen Processor
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  1. Apply for admission.
  2. Apply for admission at Hawkeye Community College.
  3. Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.
  4. Complete ACCUPLACER® reading and writing assessment and ALEKS® math assessment for course placement. Assessments may be waived based on previous college coursework or submission of valid ACT®, or SAT® test scores. Reading and writing scores are valid for three years, and math scores are valid for two years. 

The health sciences programs have additional admission requirements including background checks, health records and training requirements. Please review these requirements for program admission.

Current physical and immunization records are required prior to the start of the clinical laboratory courses. You may also be required to complete a criminal record/child and adult abuse registry check for some clinical affiliations. A positive report may prevent you from attendance in clinical and completion of the program. You may be required to take preparatory courses in math, biology and chemistry prior to entering college courses. Students are subject to meeting all clinical requirements established by HCC.

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Academic requirements, program details and any additional admission requirements for this program can be found on the program page in the college catalog.

The Medical Laboratory Technician program at Hawkeye Community College, of which NICC is an academic affiliate, is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Services (NAACLS), a non-profit organization that independently accredits clinical laboratory science programs.

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Graduates are eligible to take the national certification exam from the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). Essential requirements for Medical Laboratory Technicians are provided so that potential applicants can independently evaluate their own ability to fulfill the expected requirements of a Medical Laboratory Technician. See Essential requirements on Hawkeye Community College's website.

Licensure and Certification Disclosure

Successful completion of this program leads to a professional licensure or certification. Use this state guide to identify the states in which program requirements fulfill the state guidelines for professional licensure and certification.

The Medical Laboratory Technician program currently has transfer opportunities in place with Allen College. Students are encouraged to speak with representatives at their intended transfer institution to verify that their planned courses at NICC will meet requirements.

Laura Menke

Laura Menke, R.N., A.D.N., B.S.N., M.Ed.
Dean of Allied Health

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  • Phone: 844.642.2338, ext. 2498
  • Location: Peosta