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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).

Career Opportunities

Clinical Laboratory Technician

Medical Laboratory Technician

Phlebotomist Lab Assistant

Graduate Employers

Allina Health

HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital

Indianhead Medical Center

Marshfield Clinic

Mayo Clinic Health System

Prevea Health

Just the Facts

Medical Laboratory Technician
67 Credit Associate Degree

Length of Program //
Two Years

Delivery Method //

Program Location //
Eau Claire

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August and January

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Start Dates //
August and January

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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Financial Aid Eligible



Non-Traditional Occupation

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 Estimated Total: $12,919

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Program Courses

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

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.

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.

Medical Laboratory Technician Outcomes

CVTC graduates are ready for the workforce. Each year, we send our graduates the Graduate Follow-Up Survey asking where they are working, whether it is in their degree field, and several other questions related to employment. Below are the program outcomes and job data.

// Program Outcomes


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


Yearly Salary

Our recent Medical Laboratory Technician graduates reported an average starting salary of $41,451.


Regional Jobs

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


Credits to Other Institutions

Transfer your CVTC credits to another institution to continue your education. Explore transfer agreements.

Focus On Student Success

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

Related Programs & Certificates

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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Continue Your Learning

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


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.