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Medical Laboratory Technician

Associate Degree  |  10-513-1  |  1-800-547-2882


General Information

Academic Advising & Student Success

Academic advisors assist students with developing academic plans based on their degree evaluations. Their goal is to plan the right pathway to graduation by maximizing students' potential and ensuring success based on the student's previous academic experience, career path, and responsibilities outside of being a student. Student success specialists assist students in overcoming barriers that many students encounter over their academic career. Their goal is to help students become academically successful by assisting with goal setting, interpersonal issues, success plans, and community-based referrals. More information can be found on Commons (Student Services & Support).

Academic Support

Free academic help including drop-in tutoring, test preparation, and technology support available online and face-to-face. More information is available on Commons (Student Services & Support).

Technology Requirements

Students should have access to a computer/device with reliable Wi-Fi at home/off-campus. 

Students with Disabilities

CVTC welcomes individuals with disabilities. We will provide and coordinate reasonable accommodations for all individuals with documented disabilities. Students that might benefit from accommodations during their college experience at CVTC can contact Diversity Resources at 715-833-6234 or to determine what accommodations they may be eligible for and what documentation may be required.

Title IX Pregnancy and Postpartum

CVTC does not discriminate against any student on the basis of pregnancy or related conditions and will fully comply with Title IX regulations. Absences due to medical conditions relating to pregnancy and maternity leave will be excused for as long as deemed medically necessary by a student’s medical provider, and students will be given the opportunity to make up missed work. Students are encouraged to contact Diversity Resources at 715-833-6234 or to set up an appointment as soon as the pregnancy is known.

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)

CPL offers CVTC students and opportunity to earn college credit toward and associate degree or technical diploma for previous knowledge and mastered skills directly related to program curriculum. Previous knowledge and skills may be the result of work or volunteer experiences, certifications, apprenticeships, military experience, and courses at other institutions. If a student wishes to attempt CPL for a course in progress, it is imperative that CPL is attempted within the first week of class (or sooner) to be eligible for a tuition refund. More information can be found at

Financial Aid Consideration

Courses must be part of a program to be eligible although some specific courses may not be eligible for financial aid. Students must follow their program requirements to be eligible for financial aid. To be eligible for financial aid, students must maintain Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress of a 2.0 Term GPA, 2.0 Cumulative GPA, complete 67% of attempted credits each semester, and complete their program by the time 150% of the published credits have been attempted.

Pre-Program Information

Students who have pre-program status have been accepted into the college but not into the program. Pre-program status may be granted because the program is filled to capacity, admission requirements need to be satisfied, or the program start date is in the future. For more detailed information, visit the Pre-Program Health Advisement page.

Criminal Background Check

This is an admission requirement. Students will be provided direction on how to request a criminal background check from a third party vendor. Upon receipt of the criminal background check results, if a student has a criminal history, they will be advised of the possibility of being denied clinical placement. This denial will result in not being able to attend clinical(s) or graduate from the program. Additional background checks may be required during the student's enrollment in the program based on clinical site requirements. Students will be informed by CVTC if they need a criminal background check renewal.

Courses Available to Pre-Program Students

By completing the courses listed below ahead of time, students can decrease their credit load when they reach the highly demanding core program courses and increase their success rate in the program. It is strongly recommended that pre-program students complete these courses while waiting to enroll (or before enrolling) in the core program. Students who complete these courses as pre-program students will NOT be able to finish the MLT program early, because program core courses involve many pre-requisites and must be taken sequentially.

These courses are typically taken by pre-program students:

  • 834-110 Elementary Algebra with Applications*
  • 836-113 Prep for Basic Biology*
  • 836-133 Prep for Basic Chemistry*
  • 801-136 English Composition 1
  • 806-186 Introduction to Biochemistry
  • 806-177 General Anatomy and Physiology (Prerequisite: High School Chemistry or 836-133, or taken concurrently)
  • 806-197 Microbiology (Prerequisite: 806-177 General Anatomy & PhysiologyFace-to-face instruction vs. online is strongly encouraged.
  • 809-198 Introduction to Psychology
  • 801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Communication or 801-197 Technical Reporting (Prerequisite: 801-136 English Composition 1or 801-198 Speech
  • 809-195 Economics or 809-172 Introduction to Diversity Studies or 809-166 Intro to Ethics: Theory and Application

*These courses are admission requirements. 

Additional course(s) recommended, but not required for this program include:

501-101 Medical Terminology (Strongly recommended. Provides a foundation for better understanding of topics covered in subsequent courses, and is best taken prior to 806-177 General Anatomy & Physiology, if possible.)

Transfer Credit

Students planning to transfer to a university have the option to take 200-level courses that will count toward general education requirements in the four-year degree being pursued. While some of the 100-level general education courses listed on the program sheet may meet approval for transfer, the 200-level courses are more widely accepted for transfer. To determine what courses may transfer, utilize Students should also contact the college or university they are pursuing to determine exactly what the school will accept and when to seek admission. Students should maintain contact with the other institution, given that program requirements are subject to change.

Program Information

Pre-Entrance Health History and Physical Exam

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

Healthcare Prep Seminar

This program requires attendance at a two-day in-person Healthcare Prep Seminar the week before the fall semester begins. Students will be sent invitations to these sessions via mail and email. Students will get to meet their cohort and faculty, learn more about the program and resources, and how to be successful in the program.

Clinical Compliance

To be in compliance with CVTC's partnering clinical agencies and the agencies' regulating bodies, for example the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), students must be prepared to abide by vaccination and health and safety guidelines as dictated by those bodies.

Clinical Placement

The location of available clinical sites vary each year. Due to geographic location of clinical sites, relocation or travel in the final semester should be expected. No student is guaranteed a site based on location. Each student who has met the requirements for clinical placement will be assigned a based on educational needs and student/site compatibility.

Lab Assistant - Embedded Technical Diploma

This technical diploma introduces students to the fundamental principles and procedures performed in the laboratory, utilizing medical terminology and basic laboratory equipment. Coursework includes safety and infection control procedures and performance of simple laboratory tests including routine venipuncture, capillary puncture, and special collection procedures. To gain employment, a high school diploma or GED/HSED, and a criminal background check will be required by the employer.

  • 513-110 Basic Lab Skills
  • 513-111 Phlebotomy

This technical diploma will be awarded to MLT program students automatically upon completion. You will see that, along with any other degrees awarded, on your official transcript for employment purposes. If you would like a diploma printed, please send a request to Records & Registration at from your CVTC student email account requesting a diploma.

Last Updated: 2024-02-22T14:19:32Z

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