Medical Laboratory Technician
Under the supervision of Medical Laboratory Scientists, MLTs perform most of the common laboratory tests in a medical laboratory. They examine and analyze body fluids and cells. They look for bacteria, parasites, and other microorganisms; analyze the chemical content of fluids; match blood for transfusion; and test for drug levels in the blood that show how a patient is responding to treatment. The MLTs use microscopes, cell counters, and other high-tech, computer-operated laboratory equipment. After testing and examining the samples, they analyze the results and relay them to the physicians. Those test results help doctors determine the right treatments for patients — and occasionally lead to extraordinary breakthroughs.
Associate in Applied Science (Career Program)
Total Credit Hours: 65
Select a course number below to see a course description.
Required General Education Courses
|ENGL 110||COMPOSITION I ||3|
|COMM 110||INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION: PRESENTATION AND THEORY ||3|
|PSY 110||INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY ||3|
|HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY |
|PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I |
|BIOL 206||PRINCIPLES OF HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II ||4|
|BIOL 210||MICROBIOLOGY ||4|
|HUMANITIES/FINE ARTS *||3|
Required Program Courses
|PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY I |
|CHEM 130||GENERAL CHEMISTRY ||4|
|PRINCIPLES OF CHEMISTRY |
|CHEM 132||GENERAL CHEMISTRY ||4|
|INTRO TO MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE |
|INTRODUCTION TO GENERAL MEDICAL LABORATORY TECHNIQUES |
|MLT 110||INTRODUCTION TO THE MEDICAL LABORATORY AND PHLEBOTOMY ||2|
|MLT 115||FUNDAMENTALS OF URINALYSIS AND BODY FLUIDS ||3|
|MLT 116||FUNDAMENTALS OF IMMUNOLOGY AND SEROLOGY ||2|
|MLT 210||FUNDAMENTALS OF HEMATOLOGY AND HEMOSTASIS ||3|
|MLT 214||FUNDAMENTALS OF CLINICAL CHEMISTRY ||2.5|
|MLT 216||FUNDAMENTALS OF IMMUNOHEMATOLOGY ||4|
|MLT 218||FUNDMENTALS OF CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY ||3|
|MLT 220||ADVANCED CLINICAL HEMATOLOGY ||2|
|MLT 224||ADVANCED CLINICAL CHEMISTRY ||2|
|MLT 222||APPLIED CLINICAL EXPERIENCE I ||4|
|MLT 228||ADVANCED CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY ||2.5|
|MLT 230||PROFESSIONAL SEMINAR ||2|
|MLT 232||APPLIED CLINICAL EXPERIENCE II ||5|
* See specific requirements for the Associate in Applied Science Degree.
** Underlined courses may be taken prior to admission to the program.
Under the supervision of Medical Laboratory Scientists, MLTs perform most of the common laboratory tests in a medical laboratory. They examine and analyze body fluids and cells. They look for bacteria, parasites, and other microorganisms; analyze the chemical content of fluids; match blood for transfusion; and test for drug levels in the blood that show how a patient is responding to treatment. The MLTs use microscopes, cell counters, and other high-tech, computer-operated laboratory equipment. After testing and examining the samples, they analyze the results and relay them to the physicians. Those test results help doctors determine the right treatments for patients—and occasionally lead to extraordinary breakthroughs.
Students who have previously completed or transferred course requirements have accelerated program option.
The following courses may be taken to develop additional skills for the MLT graduate or for the student interested in employment in histology laboratory. Courses are offered in cooperative agreement with OSF Saint Francis Medical Center and ICC. Graduates of the Histotechnology Certificate Program are eligible to take the histologic technician certification examination by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).
MEDLB 125 HISTOLOGY I: GENERAL TECHNIQUES 8.0 CREDIT HRS.
MEDLB 126 HISTOLOGY II: SPECIAL STAINS 5.0 CREDIT HRS.
PREREQUISITE: An associate degree or higher to include the following: ENGL 110, MATH 098 or MATH 115; BIOL 140; BIOL 210; CHEM 120; CHEM 122, or equivalent courses with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better.
Recommended high school subjects: 4 years English/communication; 2 years algebra; 1 year geometry; 1 year biological science; 1 year chemistry
Clinical experiences are provided in laboratories in Illinois and Iowa: American Red Cross, UnityPoint Health - Methodist|Proctor, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Illinois CancerCare, and Veterans Administration Clinic, Peoria; Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal; Advocate Eureka Hospital, Eureka; Graham Hospital, Canton; Hopedale Medical Complex, Hopedale; Mason District Hospital, Havana; OSF Saint Luke Medical Center, Kewanee; OSF St. Mary's Medical Center and Cottage Hospital, Galesburg; Pekin Hospital, Pekin; OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington; OSF Holy Family Medical Center, Monmouth; Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital, Lincoln; OSF Saint James – John W. Albrecht Medical Center, Pontiac; St. Margaret's Hospital, Spring Valley; Perry Memorial Hospital, Princeton; Illinois Valley Community Hospital, Peru; and Great River Medical Center, West Burlington, Iowa.
Recommended Course Sequence
|Summer Semester||BIOL 205 (if BIOL 205/206 option chosen)|
|Fall Semester 1||BIOL 140 or BIOL 206; CHEM 120 or CHEM 130; ENGL 110; Humanities/Fine Arts; MLT 101; MLT 102|
|Spring Semester 1||CHEM 122 or CHEM 132; BIOL 210; COMM 110; PSY 110; MLT 110 (if needed)|
|Summer Semester||MLT 115; MLT 116|
|Fall Semester 2||MLT 210; MLT 214; MLT 216; MLT 218; MLT 222|
|Spring Semester 2||MLT 220; MLT 224; MLT 228; MLT 230; MLT 232|
Program Contact Information
Health Careers Department
Peoria Campus, Cedar 105
Illinois Career Cluster
Pathway programs at ICC have a map that shows the courses/degree requirements that will lead students to their desired education and employment goals.
Pathway: Diagnostic Services
ICC Pathway: Medical Laboratory
If you are a high school junior or senior, you can get a head start on your future by taking college-level courses now! Visit our Dual Credit webpage for a listing of area high schools with courses available.
COMM 110 | ENGL 110 | HEOCC 114 | HLTH 121 | ICC 104 | PSY 110
Certificate of Completion
Phlebotomist(9-12 credit hours)
Radiologic Technician, Phlebotomist$10-13/hr
Associate of Applied Science Degree
Medical Laboratory Technician(65 credit hours)
Medical Laboratory Technician$15-18/hr
Occupation Bachelor Degree Transfer Options
Career Cluster Bachelor Degree Transfer Options
Program transfer guides layout course work to be taken at ICC and the transfer institution to complete specific programs of study or majors.
Many other degree completion programs are available.
Our MLT program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
5600 N River Rd, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018
(773) 714-8886 Fax
Graduation Rates and Local Salaries
|Over the past 3 years|
|Board Exam Pass Rate||100%|
|Employment Placement Rate||100%|
Locally, the average be rate compensation of a new MLT graduate is $16.74/hour or $33,814/year.
Essential Skills and Abilities
The below information is necessary for a MLT student to meet the requirements of the curriculum. Potential students are invited to meet with the Program Director and/or the Dean to discuss any issues associated with meeting or not meeting these requirements.
- Ability to discriminate color differences/variations. Reading color chemical reactions,identifying organisms, and differentiating blood cells depend on the student’s ability to see color, changes in color, shape, and texture differences.
- Ability to read and comprehend clinical textbooks, procedures, numbers, and graphs displayed in prints or on a video monitor.
- Ability to communicate, not only in speech but also in reading and writing, with faculty, classmates, patients, physicians, and other health care professionals in a positive, tactful manner.
- Ability to manipulate glass slides, tourniquets, needles, small tubes, and collection devices. (MLT students must have the dexterity to handle and manipulate safely and properly small phlebotomy devices to be able to complete required objectives.)
- Ability to stand, walk, and bend repeatedly throughout an eight (8) hour period. (MLT students will be required to travel quickly throughout the institution collecting specimens at the bedside, chairside, and at times difficult to reach situations.)
D. Intellectual-Conceptual Abilities
- Ability to analyze procedural tasks. Problem solving skills and critical thinking are essential to function in a clinical laboratory.
- Ability to recognize emergency situations and take appropriate actions in a timely manner.
E. Behavioral and Social Attributes
- Ability to maintain patient confidentiality and to exercise ethical judgment, integrity, honesty, dependability, and accountability in the performance of their laboratory responsibilities.
- Ability to adapt to changing environment and technology.
- Ability to maintain composure and continue phlebotomy procedures when subjected to high stress levels. (MLT students will be subjected to difficult, high stress situations in the Emergency Room, Intensive Care areas, Pediatrics, etc…, and must be able to complete the procedures safely and appropriately.)
- Verification of satisfactory health through completion of the physical examination.