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Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT)

Health and Public Safety

Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT)

Health and Public Safety Division • 513.569.1670 • Clifton Campus, Health Professions Building, Room 312 • Program Chair: Janelle Gohn

Employment Options

Graduates are prepared to:

  • Analyze patient specimens for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease
  • Specialize in one area or work in all departments of the laboratory
  • Perform sophisticated tests using microscopes and computerized instruments


A medical laboratory technician must be certified by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. Over 95% of Cincinnati State graduates of the MLT program pass the certification exam on first attempt, compared to about 75% nationally.

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

$35,000 annually or $16–$18/hour. Many laboratories pay a $2–$4 shift differential, in addition to the base pay rate, for second and third shift work.

Employment Outlook

The placement rate for co-op assignments and for graduates of the Cincinnati State MLT program is nearly 100%, because of unmet demand for entry-level employees in area clinical laboratories. Nationally, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics  estimates that employment of medical laboratory technicians should grow by about 15% through 2020.

Education Options

Strong Transfer History

  • University of Cincinnati

Representative Co-op Employers

  • Dearborn County Hospital
  • Fort Hamilton Hospital
  • Mercy Health Partners
  • TriHealth
  • UC Health

Co-op Salary Projections


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