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Medical Laboratory Technician

Campus Location: Calmar, Peosta

Program Entry: Fall

Award: Associate of Applied Science degree from Hawkeye Community College (HCC)


The Medical Laboratory Technician program offers you the opportunity to take two semesters of study at Northeast Iowa Community College and then a summer term and one semester at Hawkeye Community College (HCC) in Waterloo before completing the 24-week clinical internship. NICC is an academic affiliate of the MLT program at HCC.

The Medical Laboratory Technician program prepares you 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.

Upon completion of the prescribed curriculum, the student is awarded an AAS degree from HCC and is eligible for the national board examination through the American Society of Clinical Pathology. The Medical Laboratory Technician program at HCC is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science.

Medical Laboratory Technician

Admissions Requirements:

  • Submission of your official high school transcript with ACT score.
  • Submission of transcript from any college or university previously attended.
  • Completion of ACCUPLACER assessment if necessary.

In addition to the College admission requirements outlined, 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.

Medical Laboratory Technician

Academic Requirements:

Minimum Credits: 29 plus HCC course work

View the printable Ed Plan.

Term 1**
BIO:165 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3.0
BIO:167 Human Anatomy and Physiology I Lab 1.0
CHM:110 Intro to Chemistry 3.0
CHM:111 Intro to Chemistry Lab 1.0
MLT:101 *Intro to Lab Science 2.0
SOC:110 Intro to Sociology OR 3.0
PSY:111 Intro to Psychology 3.0
SPC:112 Public Speaking 3.0


Term 2***
BIO:170 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3.0
BIO:172 Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab 1.0
BIO:183 Microbiology 3.0
BIO:184 Microbiology Lab 1.0
ENG:105 Composition I 3.0
HIT:140 Medical Terminology 4.0
MLT:120 *Urinalysis 3.0

Summer session and second year are completed with Hawkeye Community College (HCC)

Term 3
MLT:110 *Fundamental Lab Techniques 3.0
MLT:130 *Hematology 3.0
MLT:250 *Clinical Microbiology 4.0


Term 4
MLT:230 *Advanced Hematology 3.0
MLT:233 *Hemostasis and Thrombosis 2.0
MLT:240 *Clinical Chemistry I 7.0
MLT:252 *Parasitology 1.0
MLT:260 *Immunohematology I 4.0
MLT:270 *Immunology and Serology 2.0


Term 5
MLT:285 *Clinical Practicum: Chemistry 4.0
MLT:287 *Clinical Practicum: Hematology 4.0
MLT:288 *Clinical Practicum: Microbiology 4.0


Term 6
MLT:283 *Clinical Practicum: Urinalysis 1.0
MLT:284 *Clinical Practicum: Immunohematology 2.0
MLT:286 *Clinical Practicum: Immunology and Serology 1.0
MLT:291 *Lab Survey and Review 1.0

*Course taken through HCC.

**Term One: BIO:163 may be taken at HCC in place of BIO:165 and BIO:167 at NICC.

***Term Two: BIO:113 or CHM:132 may be taken at HCC in place of BIO:170 and BIO:172 at NICC.

Note: Students enrolled in health occupations programs must pass all required course work with a minimum of a C- grade. However, a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA (C grade average) is required to graduate from the program and the College.

Medical Laboratory Technician

Employment Information:

Iowa Workforce Development Estimated Salary

$29,871 - $39,833

Iowa Workforce Development Estimated Annual Openings (Statewide)


Employers of Graduates

(from Hawkeye Community College)
Allen Memorial Hospital, Waterloo, IA
Mercy Hospital, Iowa City, IA
Mercy Medical Center - North Iowa, Mason City, IA
United Clinical Labs, Dubuque, IA
Wheaton Franciscan Hospitals, Waterloo, IA

Sample Job Titles

Assistant, Laboratory
Clinical Research Assistant
Histological Aide
Laboratory Assistant, Blood and Plasma
Laboratory Technician
Laboratory Worker
Medical Laboratory Assistant
Pathologist Assistant
Specimen Processor

Medical Laboratory Technician

Additional Information:

Certification/Licensure: Graduates of this program may take a national certification examination. Because of the increased demand for laboratory services, certified workers are needed in hospital laboratories, clinics, physicians’ offices, public health agencies, research institutions and the armed forces. Upon graduation, you may also continue your education at a four-year institution to become a medical technologist.

Essential requirements for MLTs are provided so that potential applicants can independently evaluate their own ability to fulfill the expected requirements of an MLT. See Essential Requirements available at


Rhonda Seibert, MS, RHIT
Program Director/Provost
800.728.2256, ext. 337