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Medical Laboratory Technician


The program is designed to serve the needs of those who wish to enter the field of clinical laboratory science on the technician level.  Training is open to all adults 17 years of age or older (including handicapped, disadvantaged, or unemployed) who meet the requirements of the program and those specified by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences.  The code of medical ethics as prescribed by the American Medical Association, American Society of Clinical Pathologists, and American Society of Medical Technologists is adhered to during all phases of instruction.

Mission Statement

The mission of the MLT program is to prepare the student for gainful employment as a medical laboratory technician. The program focuses on assisting students in the development of the technical skills and knowledge necessary to perform in the clinical laboratory.

Program Goals & Competencies

Associate in Applied Science in Medical Laboratory Technician (Program specific)

Upon completion of the Medical Laboratory Technician Program, the graduate should be able to:

  1. Perform laboratory tests in all areas of the clinical laboratory.
  2. Maintain laboratory materials and equipment.
  3. Prevent and detect technical errors.
  4. Solve problems as they occur in the clinical laboratory.
  5. Carry out an established quality assurance program.
  6. Demonstrate professionalism.
  7. Follow established clinical laboratory safety guidelines.
  8. Demonstrate responsibility for his/her own behavior and dependability towards required duties.
  9. Follow all institutional policies.
  10. Apply the principles of medical ethics.
  11. Demonstrate professionalism.
  12. Demonstrate a satisfactory working relationship with peers and clinical instructors.
  13. Exhibit enthusiasm and initiative towards all subject areas.
  14. Recognize his or her own limitations and seek help when necessary.

Program Description

The Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) program provides students with the opportunity to acquire the necessary skills to work under the supervision of a registered clinical scientist or pathologist in a clinical laboratory, hospital, or other health agency.  It is a 2-year Associate in Applied Sciences degree program.  

The MLT student learns to collect specimens from the patient and perform laboratory tests in all areas of the clinical laboratory including immunohematology, clinical chemistry, hematology, microbiology, serology and urinalysis.

Students enrolled in the MLT program must achieve a minimum grade of “C” in each of the medical laboratory technician courses to progress in the program.

Upon completion of the program, the graduate is eligible to take the national certification examination as a medical laboratory technician to be MLT(ASCP).

KCTCS Certificates are available in Phlebotomy and Physicians Office Laboratory and can be earned in the first and second semesters of the program.

Looking for scientists interested in medicine

Medical Laboratory Technicians are an essential part of the health care team. They perform laboratory tests critical to the diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up of disease processes. If you like laboratory testing, this program is for you. It leads to jobs in health care or research in all kinds of fields. You must be dedicated, skilled, and self-motivated.

How do I learn what to do?

You collect patient samples and conduct tests in blood banking, chemistry, hematology, microbiology, serology, and urinalysis. You learn lab theory and lab practice and use these skills to help doctors analyze diseases.  Check the academic plan for a list of courses you will take.

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What should I know going into the program?

MLT requires an aptitude for science. The potential student must also possess the desire to serve others and demonstrate the highest degree of integrity, honesty, confidentiality, and responsibility.

What certificates or degrees can I get?


  • Phlebotomy for the Health Care Worker
  • Physicians Office Laboratory


  • Associate in Applied Science 

The pass rate on the national MLT(ASCP) certification exam, which all graduates of the MLT program at Henderson Community College are eligible to take, for the past three years is 89%. The graduation rate for students entering the second year of this program is 100% for the past three years. The graduate job placement rate in a related field for the past three years is 90% (data from fall 2011 through spring 2015).

Academic Plans

What do I do with the certificate or degree?

MLTs work in hospitals, clinics, doctors' offices, research facilities, public health centers, veterinary offices, colleges, industry, and the armed forces. Graduates may transfer their credits toward a bachelor’s degree in Medical Technology (Clinical Laboratory Sciences).

Websites of interest:
MLT Education Portal

How much will I earn?

Check to learn more about salaries in this field of study.


The Associate in Applied Sciences at Henderson Community College’s MLT Program is accredited by: 

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018
Phone:  773-714-8880
FAX: 773-714-8886
Web Page:

Phlebotomy Certificate

A phlebotomy certificate can be obtained either through the MLT program, the Medical Assisting program, or independently. This certificate provides a student with the basic skills and practice to be able to perform phlebotomy. The certificate can be obtained through completion of MLT 101, PHB 151 and PHB 152 for those interested in MLT or a student can take MAI 120 and PHB 152 if interested in the Medical Assisting program. We also offer PHB 100 and PHB 155 as a phlebotomy certificate option for students who wish to be prepared to take a national certification exam in phlebotomy. This is an excellent certificate for anyone seeking a phlebotomy position at a local healthcare facility. A student can also obtain a certificate by completing PHB 170 and PHB 152. With any of these plans, the phlebotomy certificate can be earned in one semester. Job opportunities are available in hospitals, doctors' office laboratories, and private medical labs.

Phlebotomy Program Brochure

The certificates are KCTCS certificates and are not accredited by NAACLS.

For more information contact:

woman in white lab coat sitting at desk  Randa Hawa, MHSA, BS, MT(ASCP)
MLT Program Coordinator
Academic Technical Building, Room 205F