Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT)


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.

Program Code



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

Program Outcomes

Graduation Year ASCP Certification
Pass Rate
Job Placement Rate Retention Rate
(for students who enter 4th semester)
2015 100% 100% 86%
2016 100% 100% 89%
2017 100% 100% 91%

Certification Pass Rate

The pass rate of MLT graduates on the certification exam offered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) has been 100% for 14 of the last 17 years, compared with around 80% nationally.


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

Representative Job Titles For Graduates

  • Medical Laboratory Technician

Graduate Starting Salary Projections

$37,240 median annual salary

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. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment of medical laboratory technologists and technicians will grow 22 percent through 2022 (much faster than average). An increase in the aging population will lead to greater need to diagnose medical conditions, such as cancer or type 2 diabetes, through laboratory procedures.

Education Options

Strong Transfer History

  • University of Cincinnati

Representative Co-Op/Clinical/Intern Sites

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

Co-op Salary Projections

$11/hr - $17/hr


Effective 2018-2019 academic year

Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT)

Semester 1LecLabCredits
CHE 115General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry 334
MAT 151College Algebra 324
FYE 1XX First Year Experience Elective (B)  101
Semester 2  
MLT 100Introduction to Medical Laboratory Analysis ( B) 264
BIO 151Anatomy and Physiology 1 ( B) 324
MLT 121Hematology and Hemostasis 1 ( T) 334
ENG 101English Composition 1 ( G) 303
Semester 3  
MLT 140Clinical Chemistry ( T) 334
MLT 170Instrumentation for Medical Laboratory Technicians ( T) 031
BIO 152Anatomy and Physiology 2 ( B) 324
ENG 10X English Composition Elective (G)  303
MLT 122Hematology and Hemostasis 2 ( T) 233
Semester 4  
MLT 187Clinical Chemistry and Urinalysis Applications ( T) 031
MLT 294MLT Internship: Specimen Collection ( T) 041
MLT 181Phlebotomy Techniques for MLT ( T) 031
MLT 186Hematology and Hemostasis Applications ( T) 031
MLT 295MLT Clinical Internship ( T) 0201
Semester 5  
MLT 262Clinical Microbiology Applications ( T) 011
MLT 210Clinical Immunology and Serology ( T) 233
MLT 191Part-Time Cooperative Education 1: Medical Laboratory Technology ( T) 1201
PSY 110Introduction to Psychology ( G) 303
MLT 261Clinical Microbiology ( T) 295
Semester 6  
MLT 251Immunohematology ( T) 254
MLT 252Immunohematology Applications ( T) 031
MLT 270Medical Laboratory Seminar ( T) 031
MLT 192Part-Time Cooperative Education 2: Medical Laboratory Technology ( T) 1201
Total Credits:  4012464


First Year Experience Elective
FYE 100College Survival Skills1
FYE 105College Success Strategies2
FYE 110Community College Experience3
English Composition Elective
ENG 102English Composition 2: Contemporary Issues3
ENG 103English Composition 2: Writing about Literature3
ENG 104English Composition 2: Technical Communication3
ENG 105English Composition 2: Business Communication3

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


Program Chair
Kellee M. Fields, Ed.D., MLS (ASCP)
(513) 569-1672
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