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Associate Degree

Medical Laboratory Technician

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Medical Laboratory Technician Overview

Scope out your future in the Medical Laboratory Technician program at CVTC. If you find research exciting and like the thought of working in a lab, this is the right choice for you. This program helps you acquire the entry-level knowledge and skills you need to work in a clinical laboratory. Your work as a medical lab technician will provide clinicians with critical information necessary for diagnosis, treatment and management of a wide variety of diseases.

In the program you will learn how to:

  • Collect and process biologic specimens for analysis.
  • Perform analytical tests on blood, body fluids, and tissues.
  • Recognize pre-analytical and analytical variables in laboratory testing.
  • Monitor quality control.
  • Perform preventative and corrective maintenance on laboratory instruments.
  • Maintain professional conduct in communication with patients, health care professionals, and the public.

The program includes a clinical experience allowing students to practice the principles and procedures of laboratory medicine in a clinical laboratory setting, including the operation of state-of-the-art instrumentation and the use of laboratory information systems to report.

When you complete the program, you will be awarded an associate of applied science degree as a Medical Laboratory Technician and will be eligible to take the national certification exam offered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification (ASCP-BOC).

Earn credit for prior learning! Do you have previous educational or work experience in the field? You could be eligible to receive credit for prior learning.

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Just the Facts

Medical Laboratory Technician
67 Credit Associate Degree

Program Length
Two Years

Delivery Method
Face-to-Face

Program Location
Eau Claire

Start Months
August

 

Financial Aid Eligible

 

 

Non-Traditional Occupation

Bloodborne Pathogens

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

 

Bloodborne Pathogens

Students entering health programs at CVTC should understand the risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens, including Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV/AIDs, through saliva and blood with direct patient care as part of their education.

This exposure can be minimized or eliminated using a combination of engineering and work practice controls, personal protective clothing and equipment, training, medical surveillance, Hepatitis B vaccination, signs and labels, and other provisions.

All programs at CVTC comply with local, state, and federal infection control policies, including the use of standard precautions as stipulated by current CDC guidelines. Written policies and instructions on infection control protocol to minimize the risk of disease transmission is provided throughout the courses in the curriculum. Compliance of safety practices is evaluated throughout the students' clinical experiences to ensure a safe educational environment.

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Estimated Program Cost 

Learn more about the cost of attendance.

Term 1

$

2,986

Term 2

$

3,157

Term 3

$

966

Term 4

$

2,737

Term 5

$

2,319

Books

$

663

License, Certificate, or Credential

$

215

 Estimated Total: $13,043

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Graduate Employers

Allina Health

Cumberland Healthcare

HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital

Indianhead Medical Center

Marshfield Clinic

Mayo Clinic Health System

Program Outcomes

CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking several questions related to employment. Here are the program outcomes and job data.

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$45K
Yearly Salary

Our recent Medical Laboratory Technician graduates reported an average starting salary of $44,877.

 

100%
Employed

100% of our recent Medical Laboratory Technician graduates got a job in the industry.

 

21
Regional Jobs

There are 21 job openings in the CVTC district for the Medical Laboratory Technician industry.

Transfer

Credits to Other Institutions

Should you choose to continue your education after you leave CVTC, we have agreements in place with several institutions to ensure an easy transfer.

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Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you will take in this program. Courses and the recommended sequence change from year to year; once you are enrolled in a program at CVTC you will be given a recommended course sequence that outlines what courses you should take and the order in which to take them.

You may search for available courses. If you are ever unsure of what courses to take, talk to your academic advisor. If you are looking for course information for previous years, check out our past catalogs.

Here are a few of the courses you can take in the Medical Laboratory Technician program.

Sample Courses

Blood Bank
This course focuses on blood banking concepts and procedures including blood typing, compatibility testing, work-ups for adverse reaction to transfusions, disease states, and donor activities.

Urinalysis
This course prepares you to perform a complete urinalysis which includes physical, chemical, and microscopic analysis.

Basic Hematology
This course covers the theory and principles of blood cell production and function and introduces you to basic practices and procedures in the hematology laboratory.

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Career Pathways 

Career Pathways are a clear, manageable way to access education that provides employer-recognized, stackable credentials tied to specific jobs, education, and career progression. Career Pathways are beneficial to high school students and teachers, parents, adult students, and employers.

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I can not express how well CVTC prepared me for the workforce. The instructors were the best I have ever had and the quality of education went above and beyond all expectations.

Margery

Medical Laboratory Technician Graduate

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Whether you're looking to continue your learning to another program or to gain continuing education credit, CVTC offers a variety of learning opportunities for students.

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CVTC can help you achieve your learning goals whether you are looking to advance your career or enrich your personal life.

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Program Accreditation

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The Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) Program at Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC) is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) View accreditation information.

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Admission Requirements

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