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Medical Laboratory Technician

Medical Laboratory Technician

  • Associate Degree - Two Years
  • Program Code: 10-513-1
  • Eligible for Financial Aid
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  • Hospital or clinic laboratory technician
  • Medical researcher
  • Research/development of laboratory products
  • Laboratory equipment sales or field service representative


This program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. 

​Students in this program should be aware of the risks associated with bloodborne pathogens. Learn more.

If you are interested in medicine and health care, enjoy laboratory work, and want to provide a service to others, the Medical Laboratory Technician Program could be for you. The program helps you acquire the entry-level knowledge and skills you need to work in a clinical laboratory.

  • Collecting and processing biologic specimens for analysis
  • Performing analytical tests on blood, body fluids, and tissues
  • Recognizing pre-analytical and analytical variables in laboratory testing
  • Monitoring quality control
  • Performing preventative and corrective maintenance on laboratory instruments
  • Maintaining professional conduct in communication with patients, health care professionals, and the public

This program includes a 20-week internship which might require you to relocate. Medical internship sites could include Amery, Ashland, Barron, Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Hudson, Menomonie, Rice Lake, and Stanley. Upon graduation, you will be eligible to complete the national certification examination for Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT).

As a Medical Laboratory Technician, you would be qualified to work in all kinds of health care settings. Employment of clinical laboratory workers through 2016 is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations. Job opportunities are excellent!
This program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (, 5600 N. River Rd, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018.

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Minimum Program Credits Required - 67
Admissions Requirements

Admission Overview

The admissions process has been broken down into phases. Some programs only have one phase, while others have multiple phases.

Phase One: General Admission

  • If you have an international degree/diploma you must take the TOEFL® exam and receive a minimum score of 61 on the internet-based test, or 500 on the paper-based test. If you want to be included in a study group to prepare for the TOEFL exam contact Lynette Neibauer at 715-858-1892 or
  • Complete a Wisconsin Criminal Background Check and Background Information Disclosure Form through A $34 background check fee will be required at the time of your order. View Order Instructions.

Entrance Assessment

ACT scores (copy of score sheet required) or an Associate Degree or higher (transcript required) may be used as a substitution for the Compass test.

COMPASS Reading: 85 (required for admission)
COMPASS Writing: 60 (required for admission)
COMPASS Pre-Algebra: 45 (required for admission)
ACT Reading: 23 (required for admission)
ACT English: 18 (required for admission)
ACT Math: 18 (required for admission)

Phase Two

Students whose COMPASS® scores do not meet the minimum levels should meet with an academic advisor to develop a Remediation Plan which may include taking specific coursework.

Submit proof through a transcript that you have received a grade of C or better in the course(s) below: Two semesters at high school level with a "C" grade or better each semester (high school transcript) OR One semester at postsecondary level with "C" grade or better (college transcript).

  • Algebra
  • Biology
  • Chemistry

Phase Three: Core Course Eligibility

Once you have successfully completed Phase One and Two you will either be accepted into your program, or placed on a waiting list if your program is full.

Applicants in the process of satisfying COMPASS® minimums and completing academic prerequisites coursework must submit a Core Course Eligibility Form (CCE Form) to the Admissions Office after all coursework is completed and grades have been processed.

Additional Requirements

A pre-entrance health history and physical examination must be on file three weeks prior to entering the core courses of this program. The Admissions Office will notify you at the appropriate time with a specified deadline.

International Students

See our International Students website for more information.

Estimated Costs

2014-2015 Tuition & Fees

View a breakdown of additional fees, on our Tuition & Fees page.

  • $125.85 per credit (resident)
  • $188.80 (out-of-state resident)


The figure below is an estimate of what you will pay for books throughout the duration of your program if you purchase your books through the CVTC bookstore. For more details visit


Additional Fees

Additional fees vary by program and may include tool boxes, shop/lab coats, safety glasses, parts room deposit, shirts, etc.

Total Program Cost

The figure below is an estimate based on current tuition and fee rates and is intended for planning purposes only.