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.
Please download and review our handbook specifically created for ICC Medical Laboratory Technician program students.
Essential Skills and Abilities
- 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.
General Program Information
Graduation Rates and Local Salaries
NAACLS requires the publishing of program outcomes for the last 3 consecutive years. The benchmarks which must be met to retain accreditation are
- Graduation rates – NAACLS requires that 70% of students who begin the final half of the program successfully graduate.
- ASCP Board of Certification Exam Pass rates – NAACLS requires that 75% or greater pass rate required
- Graduate Placement rates – NAACLS requires that 70% of graduates either find employment in the field or closely related field (for those who seek employment) or continue their education with one year.
Graduation Rate (based on final half of the program)
Board Certification Exam Pass Rate
Graduation Placement Rate (Employment)
Locally, the average rate compensation of a new MLT graduate is $16.74/hour or $33,814/year.
Admission to the Program:
- High School graduate with GPA 2.6 or higher, or equivalent (i.e. GED of 165 or higher) OR 9 hours of required courses from program sequence with a “C” or higher.
- Completion of MATH 098 with a “C” or higher OR placement into MATH 115 or higher.
- One year high school Chemistry with a “C” average or higher OR completion of an equivalent college science course with a “C” or higher.
- Placement into ENGL 110.
- Mandatory observation in a clinical laboratory or MLT student laboratory or completion of MLT 100 or MLT 110.
- ICC grade point average (GPA) of a 2.0 or above (if you have attended ICC).
- GPA of 2.0 or above at the last college attended (other than ICC) OR 9 hours of required courses from program sequence with a “C” or higher.
Requirements upon Program Acceptance:
- Drug screen, fingerprint criminal background check, physical exam, and immunizations.
- Documentation of current CPR certification from the American Heart Association (AHA) BLS (Basic Life Support) Provider or American Red Cross (ARC) Professional Rescuer and BLS Provider, or ICC course HLTH 041 or equivalent, is required. This CPR certification must remain current throughout student enrollment within the health career program.
The MLT Program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018, Tel. (773) 714-8880, Fax (773) 714-8886 or email [email protected].
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|
|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 222||APPLIED CLINICAL EXPERIENCE I ||4|
|MLT 224||ADVANCED CLINICAL CHEMISTRY ||2|
|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.
*** Students seeking to transfer to a 4 year university after completing the MLT program may need to take specific general education courses, such as BIOL 205/206 and CHEM 130/132 in order to fulfill Illinois Articulation Initiative general education requirements. Students should consult their departmental advisor for more information on these courses.
**** If BIOL 205/206 option is chosen, then BIOL 205 needs to be completed prior to the first semester and BIOL 206 should be taken in place of BIOL 140 on the course sequence
4 Year University Seeking Students
Students with Transfer Credit or Completed Degrees
Graduation and Board of Certification Examination Eligibility
OSF Histotechnology Certificate Program
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 with 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
Recommended Course Sequence
|Fall Semester 1||BIOL 140****; CHEM 120 or CHEM 130; ENGL 110; Humanities/Fine Arts|
|Spring Semester 1||CHEM 122 or CHEM 132; BIOL 210; COMM 110; PSY 110; MLT 110|
|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.
Health Sciences 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 Composition I (ENGL 110) | Human Anatomy & Physiology (BIOL 140) | Humanities/Fine Arts | Introduction to Communication (COMM 110) | Introduction to Health Careers (ICC 104) | Introduction to Psychology (PSY 110) | Medical Terminology (HLTH 121) Phlebotomist
(8 credit hours) PBT (ASCP) Radiologic Technician Phlebotomist
Medical Laboratory Technician(65 credit hours) MLT (ASCP) Medical Laboratory Technician$15-18/hr 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. Transfer agreements formalize the transfer process from ICC to other colleges and universities. For additional transfer information, including information on transfer partnerships and transfer guides:
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ICC Pathway: Medical Laboratory
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Associate of Applied Science Degree
OCCUPATION BACHELOR DEGREE TRANSFER OPTIONS
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GENERAL BACHELOR DEGREE TRANSFER OPTIONS
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
Composition I (ENGL 110) | Human Anatomy & Physiology (BIOL 140) | Humanities/Fine Arts | Introduction to Communication (COMM 110) | Introduction to Health Careers (ICC 104) | Introduction to Psychology (PSY 110) | Medical Terminology (HLTH 121)
Phlebotomist (8 credit hours)
Radiologic Technician Phlebotomist $10-13/hr
Medical Laboratory Technician(65 credit hours)
Medical Laboratory Technician$15-18/hr
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.
Transfer agreements formalize the transfer process from ICC to other colleges and universities. For additional transfer information, including information on transfer partnerships and transfer guides: