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The Medical Laboratory Technology program is subject to the competitive admission process. It opens for application on October 1, and closes on February 15, each academic year. On February 15, paper applications are accepted until 4:30 p.m., and online applications are accepted until 11:59 p.m. (Saskatchewan times). All supporting documentation is required by 4:30 p.m. (Saskatchewan time) on March 1.

If you’re interested in the science and technology of health care, consider a career as a medical laboratory technologist. It will immerse you in an exciting diagnostic environment, working both independently and as part of a team to perform complex procedures and tests on all types of human specimens. You need to be meticulous, detail-oriented, committed to high standards and have aptitudes for critical thinking as well as math and science. If this sounds like you, check out Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Medical Laboratory Technology program.

Medical Laboratory Technology is a nationally accredited two-and-a-half-year diploma program offered at Saskatchewan Polytechnic in Saskatoon. Experienced instructors guide you through a well-rounded curriculum that includes classroom theory, lab work and actual clinical experiences. You’ll learn about:

  • clinical chemistry and microbiology
  • hematology and hemopathology
  • histotechnology and immunology
  • laboratory practice
  • specimen collection and handling
  • transfusion science

Build Practical Skills

Class time is augmented by hands-on training in labs. You’ll also get 42 weeks of clinical practicum experience in hospitals and laboratories around the province, including placements in different settings to gain specific laboratory experiences, organizational skills and technical competence.

Diploma to Degree

Use your Medical Laboratory Technology diploma to ladder into a degree program at the University of Regina or Athabasca University (Alberta). A degree is usually required if you are interested in moving into management or teaching positions.

Learning Environment

Each year, 40 students are accepted to this program. Students will experience a mix of traditional lectures, web-assisted learning, practical labs and clinical practicums that will increase in length as the program progresses.

For this program, there is a heavy workload with 20 – 30 hours/week of homework. Classes are Monday – Friday with variable hours between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Clinical practicum hours will coincide with health care hours, and may include early morning start times (5 or 6 a.m.), evening, night and weekend shifts.

Lectures and Practical labs: Saskatoon

Clinical Practicum Experiences
Clinical practicum placement may occur at any approved site in Saskatchewan.
Note: all sites require a rotation at a secondary site to meet program requirements

  • 42-week clinical, which includes:
    • One week in second year at a location outside of Saskatoon
    • 22 weeks in second year and 19 weeks in third year at an approved site within Saskatchewan.
    • Alternate sites may be required in second year and third year to meet program requirements.

Clinical practicum experiences are assigned by the Medical Diagnostics Committee on Practicum Placements (COPP). Students will have an opportunity to rank their preferred clinical sites. However, due to limited clinical placements in each location there is no guarantee that students will receive a clinical site assignment from their list of preferred sites. Students must be prepared to attend their assigned placement at any of the clinical sites in the province.

Not all clinical facilities are easily accessible by public transportation; students assigned to these sites must have access to personal transportation. Students are responsible for travel, accommodation arrangements and costs to, during and from clinical experience. Students will continue with their didactic students through online learning while on their clinical experience, and stable internet access is required.

Enrolment in the program will require acceptance of a clinical placement anywhere within Saskatchewan. Clinical placements are determined during the program closer to the dates for practicum experiences.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

Medical laboratory technologists work for regional health districts, government health agencies, educational institutions and both private and public labs. You could work in a hospital, community clinic, research lab, industrial lab or veterinary clinic.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
Medical Laboratory Technologist (I/II/III)Medical Laboratory Technologists (3211)$49,200 – $93,600
Medical Laboratory Technologist SupervisorMedical Laboratory Technologists (3211)$49,200 – $93,600

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): September
Length:

92 weeks

Year 1 – 35 weeks; Year 2 – 38 weeks; Year 3 – 19 weeks

Locations

  • Saskatoon

Admissions

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 with a minimum grade of 70% in English Language Arts A30, English Language Arts B30, Foundations of Math 30 or Pre-Calculus 30*, Physical Science 20*, Chemistry 30 and Biology 30
  • English Language Requirement (see Program-Specific ELP Requirements section)

*Previous Saskatchewan mathematics and physics requirements also accepted:

  • Minimum of 70% in Math B30
  • Minimum of 70% in Physics 20

Note

  • Physics 30 will not be substituted for Physical Science 20 or Physics 20.
  • Accepted applicants will be required to provide evidence of a Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Search upon admission into the program. At the discretion of the practicum agency, you may be declined access to a clinical or work placement based on the contents of the Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Search. The cost of the Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Search is your responsibility.
  • Accepted applicants are required to provide current immunization records and meet Saskatchewan Polytechnic immunization requirements prior to entry into clinical practicum.
  • All applicants are required to complete and submit their Essay of Traits and Awareness Questionnaire by March 1.
  • Effective for the application period October 1, 2022, to February 15, 2023, all applicants are required to complete and submit their Situational Assessment by March 1. The cost of the Situational Assessment is your responsibility.
  • Accepted applicants are required to provide evidence of current N95 and canister respirator mask testing prior to the start of clinical practicums as directed by the program. N95 and canister respirator mask testing is valid for two (2) years from the date of completion. Retesting may be required during your studies. The cost of N95 and canister respirator mask testing is your responsibility.
  • Accepted applicants are required to provide evidence of 2015 WHMIS Globally Harmonized System (GHS) certification upon admission into the program. Recertification will be required every three years to remain current. The cost of WHMIS certification is your responsibility. Register for WHMIS.
  • Accepted applicants will be required to provide evidence of Transferring Lifting Repositioning (TLR®) Object Moving certification or Safe Moving and Repositioning Techniques (SMART®) certification upon admission to the program. TLR® or SMART® certification is valid for three (3) years from the date of completion. Recertification may be required during your studies. The cost of TLR® or SMART® certification is your responsibility. Register for TLR.

Admission Method

Competitive

The competitive admissions process is used for programs where the number of qualified applicants regularly exceeds the number of spaces available. In competitive programs, higher admission requirements and/or additional selection criteria may be required. The application period for this program is October 1 to February 15, each academic year. All supporting documentation is required by 4:30 p.m. (Saskatchewan time), March 1.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Selection Criteria

For required information on preparing your application, refer to the Selection Process Guide for Applicants.

Phase I: Admission averages will be used to determine the applicants who progress into Phase II (based on highest admission averages). Admission averages will not be used in the Phase II process. Phase I requires applicants to submit all of the following:

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  • High School Graduates: The admission average is calculated from the final marks in high school courses required for admission to the program. The high school average will be compared to any grade point average(s) (UGPA) presented for a minimum of 30 passed post-secondary credits from a recognized post-secondary institution – and the highest average considered for admission. Such applicants must be in good standing with the institution. If transcripts from more than one post-secondary institution are submitted, the highest UGPA will be considered against the high school average. Applicants are then ranked in the order of the highest averages.
  • Current High School Students: The admission average is calculated from final marks provided by March 1. Conditional admission may be granted on this basis. Current high school students must order transcripts to be sent directly to Saskatchewan Polytechnic at the end of Semester 1 and the end of Semester 2 of the grade 12 year. The final grade 12 mark will be used where the course is completed. The final grade 11 mark will be used only in the absence of the grade 12 mark in the same subject.
  • Post-Secondary Education: If applicable

Situational Assessment:

  • All successful Phase 2 applicants will be notified to complete a Situational Assessment through CASPerTM. For the application period October 1, 2021, to February 15, 2022, only applicants moving forward to Phase 2 will be required to complete the Situational Assessment.
  • Effective for the application period October 1, 2022, to February 15, 2023, all applicants must complete a Situational Assessment  through CASPerTM prior to March 1. To register and sign up for a Situational Assessment, go to https://takecasper.com/.

Essay of Traits:

Awareness Questionnaire:

Phase II: Additional selection criteria is applied to applicants with the highest averages from Phase 1. Top ranked Phase II applicants will be offered a program seat

  • Relevant post-secondary education = 10%
  • Essay of Traits = 40%
  • Situational Assessment = 50%

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as approximate cost for books and supplies. Visit the Tuition and Fees web page for a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program.

2021/22 Academic Year

Year 1 – $12,025
Year 2 – $9,600
Year 3 – $4,830

Additional programs costs that students are responsible for include:

  • Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Search
    • approx. $75
  • Immunizations
    • no cost if immunizations are completed with a Saskatchewan Polytechnic Health Nurse.
    • completed outside of Saskatchewan Polytechnic fees range from $90 to $120 for Hepatitis B series
  • Mask FIT Testing – both required
    • N95 – approx. $75 to $125
    • Canister – approx. $75 to $125
    • Mask Fit testing is recommended to be updated annually, however, it is mandatory to be updated every two years. If expiry date occurs during programming student must re-submit proof of testing to the program. Cost of re-testing is the student’s responsibility.
  • WHMIS 2015 – Globally Harmonized System (GHS) certification
    • Approx. $35
  • Transferring Lifting Repositioning (TLR®) Object Moving certification
    • Approx. $95
  • Students will be required to purchase an iPad or tablet size device for use within the program. Associated expenses are the students’ responsibility.

Courses

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Year 1

CodeName/DescriptionCredits APHY 191Anatomy and Physiology 13

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APHY 282Anatomy and Physiology 23

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CHEM 176Clinical Chemistry 15

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CHEM 184Urinalysis2

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ETHC 185Professional Practices 13

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ETHC 280Professional Practices 22

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HEMA 179Hematology5

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HEMA 188Hemopathology – Erythrocytes2

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HEMA 192Introductory Hemostasis2

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HSTC 184Microanatomy2

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HSTC 185Histotechnology 13

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HSTC 187Histotechnology 23

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IMMU 183Immunology2

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INFC 180Infection Control and Safety2

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MICR 187Microbiology 16

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MICR 188Microbiology 23

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MTER 180Medical Terminology1

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PROC 180General Laboratory Practice2

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PROC 181Specimen Collection and Handling3

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QC 194Quality Management2

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TRFS 180Transfusion Science 13

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Year 2 – Semester 1

CodeName/DescriptionCredits BIOL 181Molecular Biology1

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CHEM 279Clinical Chemistry 23

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CHEM 288Clinical Chemistry 32

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HEMA 189Hemopathology – Leukocytes2

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HEMA 283Advanced Hemostasis2

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MICR 189Microbiology 32

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PATH 181Laboratory Result Correlation3

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QC 193Best Practices in Point of Care Testing1

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TRFS 181Transfusion Science 24

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TRFS 182Transfusion Science 32

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Year 2 – Semester 2 and Year 3

CodeName/DescriptionCredits CLIN 284Clinical Hematology19

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CLIN 285Clinical Transfusion Science12

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CLIN 286Clinical Microbiology22

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CLIN 287Clinical Histotechnology10

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CLIN 291Specimen Procurement and Management 12

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CLIN 292Clinical Molecular Biology2

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CLIN 293Specimen Procurement and Management 27

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CLIN 294Clinical Chemistry 419

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RSCH 280Applied Investigation1

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Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training.  See links below to more information about PLAR and detailed PLAR candidate guides for courses in this program.

Transfer Credit

Many Sask Polytech students benefit from transferring course credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit to Sask Polytech or to another college or university.Athabasca UniversityThompson Rivers UniversityUniversity of Regina

Student Awards

Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. Not all student awards are based on marks – some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

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Accreditation

Accreditation Canada/EQual Canada has accorded the MLT program full accredited status for a 6 year term.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) program is an accredited program. Program content is based on the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science competency profile, with topics added as appropriate for addressing local needs.

Graduates are eligible to write the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) General Medical Laboratory Technology certification exam. This entitles you to work anywhere in Canada and to register as a licensed Medical Laboratory Technologist with the Saskatchewan Society of Medical Laboratory Technologists (SSMLT).

The cost of CSMLS General Medical Laboratory Technology national certification examination is the responsibility of the student. For more information, see www.csmls.org/About-Us/What-We-Do/Certification.aspx.

Additional Information

MEDICAL LABORATORY TECHNICIAN

Program Overview

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Medical Laboratory Assistant/Technician are important members of the Medical Laboratory Science profession. Centennial College’s Medical Laboratory Technician program will immerse you in the exciting and rewarding world of the medical laboratory, which offers a unique combination of technical employment and the satisfaction of working with a diverse client population.

This is a competency-based program. The program’s curriculum is based on the national (CSMLS) standards and the provincial (MLPAO) standards of practice for entry-level medical laboratory assistants/technicians (MLA/T). Areas of focus to ensure students become proficient are; blood sample collection, performing ECGs, operating laboratory equipment, medical terminology and laboratory computer. Students will also develop the professional attitude and mannerism for close patient contact as excellent communication and good interpersonal skills are essential.

The theoretical and practical portions of this Centennial College program will be completed within a year. The third and final semester will be an unpaid clinical field placement with hospital and private laboratory partners that will offer real-work experience. The compressed delivery format makes the Medical Laboratory Technician program an ideal choice if you wish to enter the workforce quickly.

Medical laboratory assistant/technician work under the direction and supervision of a medical laboratory technologist. Their duties include specimen collection, performing ECGs, positioning Holter monitors, processing specimens and basic laboratory testing. With the MLA/T’s role expanding, there are opportunities for employment in clinics, private laboratories and hospital laboratories as well as in government, research and veterinary laboratories.

EQual™ Accreditation Canada accredits our program

Please note:

  • Applicants must demonstrate language proficiency for admission.
  • A current criminal background check, including a vulnerable section screening, will be required prior to field placement. Certain criminal convictions may prevent participation in placements and pro¬gram completion.
  • Your health must be such that you can successfully cope with the program of instruction, the clinical placement experience and meet the health requirements of clinical placement settings.
  • Clinical placements are arranged by the program placement coordinator and may be located outside of the GTA. The student finances travel, room and board and tuition.

ACCREDITED ONLINE MEDICAL LABORATORY TECHNICIAN DEGREES

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There are two types of jobs when it comes to healthcare: those that interact directly with patients and those that support patients behind the scenes. Medical laboratory technician positions are among the most in-demand healthcare jobs that serve the needs of patients from a laboratory rather than from a traditional setting like a clinic or hospital environment.

Keeping pace with other healthcare occupations, medical laboratory technician (MLTs) jobs are on the rise. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that positions for clinical laboratory technologists and technicians, a similar job title to medical laboratory technicians, are expected to swell 7 percent between 2019 and 2029 (BLS 2021). At this rate, 24,700 fresh openings will open in this field nationally. By comparison, this predicted growth rate is nearly double the average across all occupations during that same decade (4 percent).

Furthermore, the 337,800 skilled professionals in this field earn median annual salaries of $54,180, which keeps pace with the national average for all occupations at $56,310 (BLS May 2020). With a two-year associate’s degree required for most positions, this is a high-growth and lucrative field with a wealth of openings in the coming years.

While many aspiring MLTs decide to enroll in traditional, on-campus programs, a growing number are pursuing their degree online. Several online medical lab technician degrees are available from reputable colleges and universities, driven in part by the demand for people in this field as the industry expands. Associate degree programs for medical laboratory technicians generally take two years to complete.

So how does an online MLT program work? These programs combine rigorous distance-based coursework and laboratory experiences that can be completed on campus or at approved facilities located close to a student’s home. Experienced mentors progressively sign off on skills attained to ensure students achieve the learning outcomes necessary to be successful when they find jobs in the future.

Due to the requisite lab training in these degree programs, online MLT degrees are typically offered in “hybrid” formats, which involve a combination of in-person and web-based learning experiences. The hybrid format provides increased access to MLT degrees and jobs because students do not have to be constrained by geographic or time-based considerations to earn a degree.

Who should enroll in an online MLT program? Anyone who requires flexible, web-based learning. By earning a degree with a hybrid MLT program, working professionals and people with family responsibilities can earn a degree and on-the-job experience. Hybrid and online programs allow students to keep their jobs and stay in their communities instead of relocating to complete a degree program.

An online MLT program may prove an excellent option for parents with significant childcare responsibilities or others with strict schedules. Of course, anyone who wishes to pursue a degree in this subject may benefit from the relative flexibility of an online program. Successful hybrid and online students should have strong time management skills or be willing to learn how to structure their time well to succeed.

This page gives an overview of what to expect from an online medical laboratory technician program, including discussions of admissions requirements, typical coursework, and exemplary online MLT schools.

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS FOR ONLINE MEDICAL LAB TECHNICIAN DEGREE PROGRAMS

UNIVERSITY OF WEST FLORIDA

Online BS – Clinical Laboratory Sciences (MLT Cert Required)

UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI ONLINE

BS – Medical Laboratory Science (MLT/CLT Cert Required)

ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY

Biochemistry – Medical Chemistry (BS)Biological Sciences – Biomedical Sciences (BS)Biological Sciences – Genetics, Cell And Developmental Biology (BS)sponsored

The application materials for online medical lab technician degree programs vary by institution but typically include:

  • Official transcripts from the last school attended with proof of prerequisite coursework (e.g., biology, chemistry, physics)
  • Competitive GPA (e.g., >3.0)
  • Personal statement or letter of intent (500-600 words)
  • Test scores (e.g., SAT, ACT, GRE, or TOEFL for ESL students)
  • Application fee

Please note that some programs may ask for candidate interviews, letters of recommendation from employers or professors, or sample work in a clinical portfolio. Some programs may accept students without either a diploma or a GED. Of course, these students will need to complete some college-level courses before they are granted admission. Still, other online MLT programs require applicants to actively work at a hospital, supporting students by offering opportunities to earn clinical hours and school credit.

ONLINE MLT SCHOOL ACCREDITATION & STATE AUTHORIZATION

Before seeking enrollment in a distance-based medical lab tech program, aspiring students are strongly encouraged to verify the accreditation and state authorization status of the institution and programs. Accreditation is granted at the program and institutional levels.

In this field, the predominant programmatic accreditation body is the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), which “in collaboration with its professional organizations, provides comprehensive services including program accreditation, program approval, consultation, and continuing education.” Accreditation from the NAACLS is only applicable to the MLT program itself and may be required for specific certifications.

In addition to programmatic accreditation, there are institutional accreditation bodies that evaluate an entire school. Six regional accreditation organizations are recognized by the US Department of Education’s Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), including the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Graduating from an accredited program is a prerequisite for the medical lab technician certification examination administered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification. In some states, this certification is a requirement to work in this field. Credentialing shows future employers that an MLT has achieved a certain level of subject area knowledge and expertise.

All students applying to online or distance-based programs are encouraged to verify a school’s state authorization status. Most distance-based schools disclose this status on their websites, detailing the states from which they cannot accept students.

Due to differing legislation surrounding the provision of distance-based education, institutions physically located in one state may not receive program candidates from students residing in other specific states. If this information isn’t available on program websites, applicants should contact program coordinators to ensure eligibility.

Finally, aspiring online MLT students should check how many campus visits are required in their desired programs. Particularly at the associate degree level, there are no programs offered 100 percent online due to the hands-on nature of laboratory technology. All of the following programs are considered hybrid or blended learning and require a mix of online and in-person experiences.

MEDICAL LAB TECHNOLOGY CURRICULUM & SPECIALIZATIONS

While the medical lab technology curriculum varies by degree level and institution, there are some commonalities in curriculums. Students in these programs typically complete coursework in areas including:

  • Hematology
  • Urinalysis
  • Microbiology
  • Immunohematology
  • Serology
  • Clinical chemistry

As emphasized above, online MLT programs typically require students to participate in clinical practicum courses in addition to their distance-based coursework. Clinical training can take place on campus or in a location conveniently accessible for distance learning students, such as a hospital or clinic.

Also, some online medical lab technician degree programs may allow students to specialize in a specific field of laboratory science, although this will not always be possible. Where this option is available, students may specialize in areas such as:

  • Blood-banking
  • Histotechnology
  • Phlebotomy

In general, the specializations available reflect the available certifications in medical lab technology. The leading certifying organizations in this field include the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), American Medical Technologists (AMT), or the American Association of Bioanalysts (AAB). The ASCP, for instance, provides certifications in phlebotomy, donor phlebotomy, and histotechnology, as well as a general medical lab technician credential. Online MLT students should ensure that their program aligns with their credentialing goals.

FEATURED ONLINE MEDICAL LAB TECHNICIAN DEGREE PROGRAMS

Several highly regarded schools currently offer MLT degrees online, including the following five accredited programs, several of which are included among the American Society of Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) Guide to Online MLT Programs. The ASCLS is a partner of the NAACLS.

As mentioned above, due to the hands-on nature of MLT work, these programs require some in-person components and may be considered blended or hybrid learning. Some require students to reside in the immediate geographic region, such as in a neighboring state, to enroll.

SUNY Broome Community College

Students at SUNY Broome Community College can pursue an online associate of applied science (AAS) in clinical laboratory science. Students in this program must reside in the “immediate geographical location of the college,” even if they aren’t required to come to campus often.

Over the four semesters, students take classes in hematology & coagulation, urinalysis & body fluids, microbiology, anatomy & physiology, pathogenic microbiology, immunohematology, statistics, and other subjects. Students are required to complete 400 clinical training hours in approved medical facilities.

SUNY Broome Community College provides a list of affiliated clinical locations, although students residing elsewhere can seek approval to precept at clinical locations in their specific geographic area. Graduates of the program are eligible for New York State licensure and national certification.

  • Location: Binghamton, NY
  • Duration: Two years
  • Tuition: $2,544 per semester (in-state residents); $5,088 (out-of-state residents)
  • Accreditation: National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)

Rasmussen University

Rasmussen University offers a blended on-campus and online associate’s degree program to become a medical lab technician (MLT). Students can earn a degree in a blended format, including online and on-campus coursework and experience. Students may be eligible to graduate from this program in as little as 21 months.

Students take courses on blood banking, microbiology, clinical chemistry, hematology, and an MLT capstone. Students in this program can receive credit for what they already know through a program called Flex Choice which awards credits based on previous knowledge and coursework.

This program also includes a mandatory 12-credit clinical practicum, which helps prepare enrolled students for the work they will perform when they begin working in this industry. Students who complete this program will be eligible to apply for the ASCP certification examination to become certified as medical lab technicians. The examination fee is included in the total program cost.

  • Location: Oak Brook, IL
  • Duration: 21 to 24 months
  • Tuition: Varies; see Rasmussen’s tuition estimator
  • Accreditation: National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS); Higher Learning Commission

Weber State University

Weber State University offers an online medical lab technician AAS degree that can be completed in two years. This program is open to those currently employed in a hospital or clinical laboratory.

The admissions standards for this specific program are slightly more stringent than others. Specifically, this program requires admitted students to possess an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher. It requires 20 college credits and at least three college courses in specific subject areas, including chemistry, human anatomy and physiology, and microbiology.

Classes in this MLT program include an introduction to laboratory sciences, principles of clinical hematology & hemostasis, clinical chemistry, and clinical microbiology, among others. Upon completing this program, students can graduate and find work as medical laboratory technicians or continue their studies in the online bachelor of science program in the medical laboratory science program. Graduates from this program are eligible to sit for national certification examinations upon completion of the program.

  • Location: Ogden, UT
  • Duration: Two years
  • Tuition: $5,090 for two, full-time semesters (in-state residents); $15,272 for two, full-time semesters (out-of-state residents);
  • Accreditation: National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)

Barton Community College

Aspiring MLTs studying at Barton Community College have the opportunity to pursue a hybrid medical lab technician associate of applied science degree.

Students in this program are only required to visit the Great Bend, Kansas campus location for their MLT pinning ceremony, but they must visit an affiliated campus location periodically. Those residing in central and western Kansas, for example, visit the main Barton campus near Great Bend. At the same time, those in the northeast of the Kansas City metropolitan area meet in Overland Park. To help students meet on-campus requirements, a complete list of other facilities available from the school.

Students in this program can work with an advisor who will help them create a personally tailored plan of study to help meet their individual needs. The school also offers a cooperative lab on campus, or the ability to work with a supporting cooperative laboratory or clinic near the student’s home.

Courses include urinalysis & body fluids, immunohematology, human parasitology, mycobacterium & mycology, and human parasitology. The program requires the completion of 68 credits in total.

  • Location: Great Bend, KS
  • Duration: Two years
  • Tuition: $150 per semester-credit
  • Accreditation: National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), Higher Learning Commission

Albany State University

Albany State University’s Darton College of Health offers a 70-credit online associate of science (AS) degree in medical lab technology in traditional and online distance learning formats.

Before students are granted admission to this program, they must show successful completion of specific prerequisite courses as well as a letter of support from “a current clinical affiliate of the program or a hospital willing to affiliate with the program that can meet the training needs” of the applicant. Once admitted, students in the MLT program take courses in human anatomy and physiology, chemistry, medical laboratory technology, and parasitology, mycology, and virology.

An externship is required to provide students with the hands-on learning experience necessary to prepare graduates for MLT work. In addition to tuition, students should be ready to pay for additional costs to support their learning and clinical work, such as liability insurance, personal protective equipment, immunizations, drug screenings, and a background check. Graduates from this program are eligible to sit for the MLT exam offered by the ASCP.

  • Location: Albany, GA
  • Duration: Two years
  • Tuition: $95 per credit
  • Accreditation: Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)

In addition to the schools listed above, there are several blended and online MLT associate degree programs available from the following institutions that have similar coursework and clinical requirements:

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