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Medical laboratory technicians play an important role in the practice of modern medicine. They perform diagnostic procedures in the health care setting, such as chemical analysis of body fluids, classification of blood cells, identification of disease producing microorganisms, and the selection of compatible donor blood for transfusion. The Medical Laboratory Technology Associate Degree program is designed to prepare graduates to perform laboratory procedures in a variety of settings. Career and employment opportunities include hospitals, research and reference laboratories, public health and veterinary facilities, and environmental and quality assurance laboratories. Graduates may also pursue careers in marketing, sales and customer service.

The first four semesters of the Medical Laboratory program provide the students with entry-level knowledge and skills in clinical chemistry, clinical microbiology, hematology, immunohematology, immunology, and phlebotomy in a classroom laboratory setting. This training is enriched during the fifth semester of the program when students have the opportunity to apply their previously acquired knowledge and skills in an actual working environment. Affiliated hospital and private laboratories located within our service district of approximately 60-miles around Columbus will be utilized for this clinical practicum experience.

Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to take the certification examination administered by the Board of Registry of the American Society for Clinical Pathology and become a certified MLT (ASCP). With additional education and/or technical experience, graduates may also advance in the field to become a technologist, research specialist, manager or educator.

The Medical Laboratory Technology program at Columbus State is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) at 5600 N. River Rd, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119, telephone (773) 714-8880. The program has produced over 800 graduates in the past 35 years who have consistently met or exceeded the national average on credentialing examinations.

The Medical Laboratory Technology Program delivers all program technical lecture courses in a web-based format (online) and the technical laboratories are offered face-to-face in the campus laboratories located in Union Hall.

Medical Laboratory Technology

Upon completion of the Associate Degree in Medical Laboratory Technology, the graduate will be able to demonstrate entry-level competencies in the following areas of professional practice:

  • Pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical processes in all disciplines of the clinical laboratory
  • Theoretical knowledge needed to assure accuracy and validity of test results by clinical correlation and quality control performance
  • Professional attitudes and behaviors which are necessary for gaining and maintaining the confidence of the health care community
  • Meeting the requirements to take a national certifying examination for Medical Laboratory Technicians.

Specific Program Admission Information

Listed below are additional requirements for admission to the Medical Laboratory Technology:

  • Place into NO READING REQUIRED or completion of DEV 0145
  • High school biology with grade of “C” or higher and completed within the last 5 years, or completion of BIO 0100 with grade of “C” or higher or equivalent college credit
  • Placement into ENGL 1100, or completion of ENGL 1100 with grade of “C” or higher
  • Completion of MATH 1030 with grade of “C” or higher, or equivalent college credit
  • Completion of CHEM 1113 with “C” or higher, or equivalent college credit
  • Completion of MLT 1100 with grade of “C” or higher
  • Completed health record on file in Health Records Office
  • GPA of 2.500 or higher through most recently completed course work
  • Students are required to complete drug testing and background screening
  • Students may be required to complete a Basic Entrance Exam

Medical Laboratory Technology Associate Degree

Semester 1 . .
MLT 1110 Intro to MLT Lecture  1
MLT 1111 Intro to MLT Lab  1
MLT 1120 Hematology I Lecture  2
MLT 1121 Hematology I Lab  2
COLS 1100 First Year Experience Seminar  1
STAT 1350 Elementary Statistics  3
BIO 2300 Human Anatomy  4
Semester 2 . .
MLT 1130 Immunology Lecture  2
MLT 1131 Immunology Lab  1
BIO 2215 General Microbiology  4
MLT 1140 Clinical Chemistry Lecture  3
MLT 1141 Clinical Chemistry Lab  2
BIO 2232 Human Physiology  4
Semester 3 . .
MLT 2260 Clinical Microbiology Lecture  4
MLT 2261 Clinical Microbiology Lab  3
MLT 2250 Body Fluids Lecture  2
MLT 2251 Body Fluids Lab  1
ENGL 1100 Composition I  3
SBS XXXX Refer to approved list  3
MULT 1916 Venipuncture for HC Providers  2
Semester 4 . .
MLT 2270 Immunohematology Lecture  3
MLT 2271 Immunohematology Lab  2
MLT 2290 Medical Lab Case Studies  2
MLT XXXX Basic Elective  4
MLT 2280 Hematology II Lecture  2
MLT 2281 Hematology II Lab  1
Semester 5 . .
MLT 2900 MLT Clinical Practicum  4
MLT 2800 MLT Clinical Seminar  1
HUM XXXX Refer to approved list  3

Basic Electives: (minimum 4 hours)

HIMT 1274 Intro to Medical Coding & Reimbursement  2
MULT 1010 Medical Terminology  1
MULT 2072 Health Care Resource Mgmt  4
COMM 2200 Business Communication  3
CLA 1100 Laboratory Theory for Health Related Ind  2
CLA 1101 Laboratory Techniques for Health Rel Ind  1


ANTH 2202 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology  3
GEOG 2240 Economic and Social Geography  3
POLS 1100 American Government  3
SOC 1101 Introduction to Sociology  3
PSY 1100 Introduction to Psychology  3
ECON2200 Microeconomics  3


HART 1201 History of Art I  3
HART 1202 History of Art II  3
HIST 1111 European History to 1648  3
HIST 1112 European History since 1648  3
HIST 1151 American History to 1877  3
HIST 1152 American History since 1877  3
HIST 1181 World Civ I: Non-Western/Non-Amer/1500  3
HIST 1182 World Civ II: Non-Western/Non-Amer/Since 1500  3
HIST 2223 African American History I:  1451-1876  3
HIST 2224 African American History II:  1877-Present  3
HUM 1100 Introduction to Humanities  3
HUM 1270 Comparative Religions  3
MUS 1251 Survey of Music History  3
PHIL 1101 Introduction to Philosophy  3
PHIL 1130 Ethics  3

Clinical Laboratory Assisting Certificate

The CLA Certificate program may fulfill one of the certificate requirements for the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Multi-Competency Health. These courses may also be taken as stand-alone courses that meet a professional need or personal interest.

Upon completion of the certificate in Clinical Laboratory Assisting, the graduate will be able to:

  • Prepare blood and body fluid specimens for analysis according to clinical laboratory industry standards
  • Prepare reagents, standards, and control materials for analysis according to clinical laboratory industry standards
  • Populate patient data into the Laboratory Information System (LIS) with accuracy.
  • Demonstrate safety practices consistent with clinical laboratory industry standards
  • Perform waived laboratory testing with accuracy and precision and correlate with clinical conditions

Clinical Laboratory Assisting Certificate

Semester 1 . .
MLT 1100 Introduction to Healthcare  2
HIMT 1274 Introduction to Medical Coding & Reimbursement  2
CLA 1100 Lab Theory for Health Related Industries  2
CLA 1101 Lab Techniques for Health Related Industries  1