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Overview

A medical laboratory technician (MLT) uses laboratory skills, computers, technology, and knowledge of pathology to provide information needed by the physician to diagnose, treat, and prevent disease.

In clinical chemistry, for example, the MLT determines enzyme levels to diagnose a heart attack, glucose levels to monitor diabetes, and cholesterol levels to prevent heart disease. In hematology, the MLT studies blood cells to diagnose anemia and leukemia. In immunohematology, the MLT prepares blood for transfusions. In the microbiology department, the organism causing an infection is identified and antimicrobials for treatment are determined.

The granting of the Medical Laboratory Technology degree is not contingent on passing an external certification or licensure exam.

Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT)
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Accreditation

The Medical Laboratory Technology program is accredited by The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, 5600 North River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119. Phone: 773-714-8880

Contacts

Program Chair

Kellee M. Fields
Ed.D., MLS (ASCP)

Career Outlook

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

Representative Job Titles For Graduates

  • Medical Laboratory Technician

Graduate 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 regional clinical laboratories. Employment of medical laboratory technologists and technicians is projected to grow 22 percent through 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. An increase in the aging population will lead to a greater need to diagnose medical conditions, such as cancer or type 2 diabetes, through laboratory procedures.

$37,240 median annual salary

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

Education Options

Transfer History

  • University of Cincinnati

Representative Co-Op/Clinical/Intern Site

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

$7.95/hr - $17/hr

Co-op Salary Projections

Curriculum

Effective 2021-2022 academic year

Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT)

Semester 1 Lec Lab Credits
CHE 115 General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry ( B) 3 3 4
MAT 151 College Algebra ( G) 3 2 4
FYE 1XX First Year Experience Elective (B) 1 0 1
Semester 2
MLT 100 Introduction to Medical Laboratory Analysis ( B) 3 6 5
BIO 151 Anatomy and Physiology 1 ( B) 3 2 4
MLT 121 Hematology and Hemostasis 1 ( T) 3 3 4
ENG 101 English Composition 1 ( G) 3 0 3
Semester 3
MLT 140 Clinical Chemistry ( T) 3 3 4
MLT 170 Instrumentation for Medical Laboratory Technicians ( T) 0 3 1
BIO 152 Anatomy and Physiology 2 ( B) 3 2 4
ENG 10X English Composition Elective (G) 3 0 3
MLT 122 Hematology and Hemostasis 2 ( T) 2 3 3
Semester 4
MLT 187 Clinical Chemistry and Urinalysis Applications ( T) 0 3 1
MLT 294 MLT Internship: Specimen Collection ( T) 0 4 1
MLT 181 Phlebotomy Techniques for MLT ( T) 0 3 1
MLT 186 Hematology and Hemostasis Applications ( T) 0 3 1
MLT 295 MLT Clinical Internship ( T) 0 20 1
Semester 5
MLT 210 Clinical Immunology and Serology ( T) 2 3 3
MLT 191 Part-Time Cooperative Education 1: Medical Laboratory Technology ( T) 1 20 1
PSY 110 Introduction to Psychology ( G) 3 0 3
MLT 255 Clinical Microbiology with Applications ( T) 3 9 6
Semester 6
MLT 270 Medical Laboratory Seminar ( T) 0 3 1
MLT 192 Part-Time Cooperative Education 2: Medical Laboratory Technology ( T) 1 20 1
MLT 265 Immunohematology with Applications ( T) 2 9 5
Total Credits: 42 124 65

Electives

First Year Experience Elective
FYE 100 College Success Strategies: Overview 1
FYE 105 College Success Strategies: Overview and Application 2
FYE 110 College Success Strategies: Practice and Application 3
English Composition Elective
ENG 102 English Composition 2: Contemporary Issues 3
ENG 103 English Composition 2: Writing about Literature 3
ENG 104 English Composition 2: Technical Communication 3
ENG 105 English Composition 2: Business Communication 3
The letters G, B, and T (displayed after course titles or elective descriptions) identify types of courses required by the Ohio Department of Higher Education as part of an associate’s degree curriculum.

G = General Education course in this curriculum
B = Basic Skills course in this curriculum
T = Technical course in this curriculum
Some courses are offered in alternative versions identified with a letter after the course number -- for example, ENG 101 and ENG 101A.

• This curriculum displays only course numbers without the added letter.
• The alternative version, when available, meets the requirements of the course version without the added letter.

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Contacts

Program Chair

Kellee M. Fields
Ed.D., MLS (ASCP)