(Academic Affiliate with Hawkeye Community College)
The Medical Laboratory Technician program prepares men and women to work under the supervision of the medical laboratory scientist, pathologist, or other qualified physician in a medical laboratory. A technician performs tests that aid in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.
Specific tasks which the Medical Laboratory Technician might perform include collection of blood and other specimens, preparation and examination of stained slides of blood cells or bacteria, microscopic examination of urine, blood, and other body fluids, grouping and typing of blood, and the analysis of body fluids for chemical components.
The first two semesters of the program may be taken at NIACC and the completion of the program is taken at Hawkeye Community College, Waterloo, Iowa. The final semesters of the program are provided in the clinical setting, which may occur in a location of the student’s choice. This placement, however, is dependent on a space available basis in the agency of choice. Upon successful completion of the Medical Laboratory Technician curriculum, the student is awarded an Associate in Applied Science Degree by Hawkeye Community College and is then prepared to work in hospital laboratories, clinics, physicians’ offices, public health agencies, research institutions, and the Armed Forces.
This program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Services (NAACLS), a non-profit organization that independently accredits clinical laboratory science programs.
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2018 Medical Laboratory Technician Student Handbook [pdf]
Hawkeye Medical Laboratory Technology program outcomes are defined by NAACLS and reported using a three-year average from 2015–2017.
- Hawkeye Medical Laboratory Technology Placement Rate: 98%
- Employment in the laboratory field or pursuit of further education within 1 year of graduation.
- Hawkeye Medical Laboratory Technology Graduation Rate: 90%
- The percentage of students completing the program who started the final half of the program defined as the start of the fall semester in the second year.
- Hawkeye Medical Laboratory Technology Certification Exam (ASCP-BOC MLT): 93%
Graduates of the Medical Laboratory Technician program are eligible for the national certification examination from the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). Certification requirements includes government issued identification.
Medical Laboratory Technicians may continue their education at the college level and become Medical Laboratory Scientists.
Students must make formal application for the Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) program to Hawkeye Community College. Students may prepare for the program and complete two semesters of the MLT program while attending NIACC.
Applicants must be high school graduates or the equivalent to be eligible for admission to the MLT program. Applicants must then satisfy at least one of the following routes of requirements for entry into the program.
Route 1: Score at least the following standard score on each COMPASS assessment (43 on Algebra, 82 on Reading, and 65 on Writing) or receive a standard score of 19 on each of the ACT subtests of Math, Reading, and English. Students must also have completed one year of high school algebra, chemistry, and biology.
Route 2: Successfully complete the following NIACC courses with a 2.00 GPA.
Route 3: Successfully complete 4 out of the following 6 courses at HCC or NIACC with a minimum grade point average of 2.75.
The required related courses may be taken prior to enrolling or during the time the student is enrolled in the program. However, it is recommended that the curriculum be followed once the student is enrolled.
Students who withdraw from the program will be readmitted on a space-available basis. Preference will be given to those students who have been academically successful.
Medical Laboratory Technicians work for:
- Hospitals and medical laboratories
- Offices and clinics of physicians
- Blood banks
- Health maintenance organizations
- Public health agencies
- Pharmaceutical firms
- Research and testing laboratories
- The Federal Government
*The program curriculum update for Fall 2021 is pending approval by the Iowa Department of Education.