Medical Laboratory Technician

Two lab assistants work in a medical lab surrounded by test tubes and beakers.

Medical Laboratory Technician

Subject Area: Health Sciences

Award: Associate of Applied Science

Minimum Credits: 29 plus Hawkeye Community College coursework

Location: Calmar, Peosta

Entry: Fall

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The Medical Laboratory Technician program offers students 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 Medical Laboratory Technician program at HCC.

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.

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.

Admissions Requirements
  1. Apply for admission.
  2. Complete ACCUPLACER® admission testing. Testing may be waived based on previous college coursework or submission of valid ACT®, ACT Compass® or ALEKS® test scores. Scores are valid for three years.
  3. Submit official high school, high school equivalency and/or college transcripts to the Admissions Office of the campus you plan to attend.

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.

Academic Requirements

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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.


Employment Information

With an annual income range of $28,849 - $55,307 and a projected growth of 19.8%, the career outlook for Medical Laboratory Technician graduates is outstanding.

Salary Source: Institutional Effectiveness; Salary range represents 10th-90th percentile earnings for related occupations in the NICC district. Growth rate based on projections from 2010-2020.

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

Additional Information


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 on Hawkeye Community College's website.


Transfer Information

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
Dean of Allied Health
563.556.5110, ext. 498