Medical Laboratory Technology

Associate in Applied Science Degree in Medical Laboratory Technology (AAS_CLAB)

Occupational Title: Medical Laboratory Technician
Flanagan Campus, Lincoln only

The Medical Laboratory Technology program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL, 60018; 773-714-8880.

Tremendous advances in medicine have resulted in an ever-increasing demand for diagnostic laboratory tests. The complexity of laboratory sciences today requires a highly trained technician to carry out these intricate analyses. The Medical Laboratory Technology program prepares students to enter this interesting and rewarding field.

This program provides the classroom and laboratory preparation required for students to work under supervision in a hospital or a public or private health laboratory, performing a wide variety of blood, chemical, microbiological, immunological and other clinical laboratory tests. Students undertake three semesters of preparation at CCRI and two semesters at an affiliated site where clinical practices are performed under the supervision of qualified, registered, professional personnel. Techniques of the operation, care, and maintenance of the latest equipment are emphasized throughout the clinical and academic experiences.

The Medical Laboratory Technology program prepares students as medical laboratory technicians with entry-level knowledge, application, and problem-solving skills to competently and safely perform a variety of laboratory procedures and function as an active member of the healthcare team.

Graduates of this program are eligible for employment in a hospital, public or private health laboratory, health care clinic, veterinary office, research lab, crime lab or pharmaceutical lab, performing a wide variety of blood, chemical, microbiological, immunological and other clinical laboratory tests. They also may choose to transfer to a bachelor’s degree program at a four-year college or university.

Graduates are eligible to sit for the national certification examination for MLT given by the ASCP Board of Certification (BOC).

Technical standards: The physical activity (strength) level for medical laboratory technician (078.381-014) is classified as “light” by the Department of Labor.

Note: Many courses require prerequisites, corequisites and/or testing. See course descriptions for details.


See important general policies in the beginning of this section on the performance-based Health Sciences application process, academic progress, advanced placement, background check, CPR certification, health insurance, health records, reinstatement, transportation, uniforms, and equipment.

Minimum requirements to apply to the Medical Laboratory Technology program
  1. CCRI application – Complete and submit a CCRI Application for Enrollment. General Studies should be the first choice; CLAB should be the second choice.
  2. High school transcript – An official copy of a high school or GED® transcript, including date of graduation, must be provided. If the applicant holds a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university, the high school transcript may be waived; a college transcript must indicate completion and degree awarded.
  3. Placement testing – Complete a standardized test (ACCUPLACER) issued by CCRI’s Department of Advising and Counseling. Students may NOT retake the ACCUPLACER test before completing the remedial course/ courses. Note: For application purposes, ACCUPLACER testing can be waived for students who provide documentation of a bachelor’s degree or higher. Students are advised that individual departments may still require ACCUPLACER testing as a prerequisite for their courses.
    Reading comprehension test must show competency of 80 or above or students must complete ENGL 0890 - Critical Reading with a grade of B- or better. ENGL 1300 will not substitute for ENGL 1010.
  4. Complete courses required for admission with a grade of C or better:
    1. BIOL 1002 - Introductory Biology: Cellular
  5. Aptitude Examination – Take the PSB Health Occupations Aptitude Examination administered through Advising and Counseling. The exam may be taken no more than three times. See
  6. GPA – A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better for all college courses.
  7. Health Sciences application – Complete and submit a performance-based Health Sciences application including a preadmission degree evaluation during the open enrollment period.
    1. IMPORTANT: Submission of a performance-based Health Sciences application does not guarantee acceptance to the program. Acceptance is based on points earned as listed in the program acceptance criteria point system. (See At the time of admission, students must meet the current admission requirements. Students declining acceptance into the program for the semester offered must resubmit a performance-based Health Sciences application and meet the current admission requirements. Once accepted, students must attend a mandatory orientation conducted by the Allied Health Department.
  8. Background check – Students are required to submit a background check when directed by notification from Enrollment Services
Program Requirements
  • Students are responsible for the purchase of books, uniforms, and transportation to clinical assignments.
  • Program faculty reserve the right to require withdrawal of any student from the program or to refuse reinstatement based on the student’s academic, clinical or behavioral performance.
  • Students must complete all courses in this program with a cumulative index of 2.0 to qualify for the Associate in Applied Science degree.
  • No grade of less than C is acceptable in any technical course (MLTC). Students receiving less than C will be dismissed from the program.
  • First semester (Summer): ENGL 1010; MATH 1200 OR 1175; PSYCH 2010
  • Second semester (Fall): BIOL 1002; CHEM 1040; MLTC 1120, 1210
  • Third semester (Spring): COMI 1100; MLTC 1110, 1130, 1150, 1160, 1190
  • Fourth semester (Summer): MLTC 1930, 1940, 1950, 1970
  • Fifth semester (Fall): MLTC 2110, 2120, 2190; Social Science Elective
  • Sixth semester (Spring): MLTC 2910, 2920, 2930, 2990

PREADMISSION General Education Requirement
This course must be taken prior to program admission.

PREADMISSION General Education Requirements
BIOL 1002 Introductory Biology: Cellular   4

Total PREADMISSION General Education Requirements Credits 4

General Education Requirements
ENGL 1010 Composition I   3
MATH 1175
OR MATH 1200
  College Algebra
OR Statistics for Health and Social Sciences
PSYC 2010 General Psychology   4
OR CHEM 1010
  General Chemistry
OR Survey of Biomedical Chemistry 
Social Science Elective   See this page for a complete list of courses that fulfill the SSCI attribute. 3

Total General Education Requirements Credits 18

Total General Education Credits 22

Unless otherwise noted in course descriptions, major requirements are open only to students who are formally accepted into the program.

Major Requirements
MLTC 1210 Introduction to Clinical Laboratory Science This course is open to any student interested in the field of medical laboratory technology. 3
MLTC 1110 Bacteriology   4
MLTC 1120 Clinical Immunology/Serology   3
MLTC 1130 Phlebotomy for Clinical Laboratory Technicians I   1
MLTC 1150 Urinalysis   3
MLTC 1160 Immunohematology   3
MLTC 1190 Fundamentals of Clinical Chemistry   3
MLTC 1930 Phlebotomy for Clinical Laboratory Technicians II   1
MLTC 1940 Clinical Immunology/Immunohematology   4
MLTC 1950 Clinical Urinalysis (2 weeks)   2
MLTC 1970 Information Technology for Clinical Lab Technicians   2
MLTC 2110 Clinical Microbiology I   4
MLTC 2120 Hematology   4
MLTC 2190 Clinical Chemistry I   5
MLTC 2910 Clinical Microbiology II   4
MLTC 2920 Clinical Hematology II   4
MLTC 2930 Clinical Laboratory Science Seminar   2
MLTC 2990 Clinical Chemistry II   4
COMI 1100 Introduction to Computers   3

Total Major Requirements Credits 59

Total Program Credits 81

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Last Updated: 2/13/19