Medical Laboratory Technician

Prepare for a career as medical laboratory technician in hospitals, clinics and doctors' offices. In the laboratory, the MLT and CLT perform analytical procedures under the supervision of a medical technologist or physician. Career potential also exists in epidemiology, forensic medicine and biomedical manufacturing.

The Blackhawk Technical College Medical Laboratory Technician Associate Degree Program is accredited through the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Rd, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018. Phone: 773-714-8880, email:  A combination of fundamental laboratory techniques and clinical experience prepares graduates for work in laboratories serving the health care sector. The final semester of the program is a clinical experience in laboratories in community healthcare facilities.  Students must petition to enter the clinical MLT classes, and should anticipate the possibility of traveling to complete the clinical experience.

Graduates of the program qualify for the American Society of Clinical Pathologists Board of Registry  certification exam for medical laboratory technicians under the direction of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.  

Program Outcomes

  • Apply modern clinical methodologies including problem solving and troubleshooting according to predetermined criteria
  • Collect and process biological and other specimens
  • Perform and report results of clinical laboratory tests
  • Apply laboratory results to diagnosis of clinical conditions and/or diseases
  • Communicate with colleagues and patients in a professional manner
  • Participate in training peers on technical skills
  • Monitor and evaluate quality control in the laboratory
  • Practice laboratory safety and regulatory compliance
  • Perform information processing in the clinical laboratory
  • Model professional behaviors, ethics, and appearance

Suggested courses for program preparation:

  • One year of high school chemistry, biology and algebra or college equivalent
  • Medical Terminology or 2 years of occupational experience in the medical field

Program Requirements:

Once admitted to the program, the following requirements must be met in order to participate in the clinical experience.

  1. Caregiver background check
  2. Physical exam and completed personal history form on file prior to the beginning the first semester clinical rotation.
  3. Successful completion of all program courses with a C or better.

Program Completion Three Year Statistics:

  • Program's Graduate Certification Pass Rates: 69%
  • Program's Graduation and Attrition Rates:  95.2%
  • Program's Graduate Placement Rates: 68%