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Medical Laboratory Technician Department Overview


Play a Significant Role in the Medical World
As a Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) you will work in an expanding medical field under the supervision of a medical technologist or a physician. The job requires you to be dependable, give attention to detail, and to be honest and ethical. You will work with people mostly in hospitals but also in clinics and doctor’s offices. You will conduct laboratory tests for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease, and play a significant role in the medical world.

The Medical Laboratory Technician curriculum at South Central College allows you to apply your newly gained knowledge in a simulated laboratory setting. You will gain experience and practice in basic clinical laboratory techniques, procedures, and phlebotomy while you earn your AAS degree. The MLT program at South Central College is nationally accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). Once you have completed the program you will be eligible for the national certification exam through the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

South Central College’s Medical Lab Technician program is considered a “hybrid” class with hands-on and face-to-face laboratory experiences combined with online material. You will get the additional experience of being placed in a hospital or clinic internship.

The Medical Laboratory Technician Program at South Central College Includes:

  • Hematology
  • Microbiology
  • Immunology
  • Chemistry
  • Coagulation
  • Immunohematology

Core Competencies

  1. Demonstrate standard safety practices designed for the medical laboratory professions.
  2. Perform basic phlebotomy procedures that include both venipuncture and capillary techniques.
  3. Demonstrate multitasking skills where a wide variety of testing procedures are performed.
  4. Demonstrate standard quality assurance practices to ensure quality patient outcomes.
  5. Demonstrate proper procedures in maintenance, calibration, operation, and troubleshooting of laboratory analyzers and equipment.
  6. Correlate pathologic conditions and the laboratory's role in diagnosis and treatment.

Department Faculty

Stacy Hohenstein,   Cathy Smesrud

Medical Laboratory Technician Majors