Medical Laboratory Technology

M State's Medical Laboratory Technology degree program prepares you to fill an essential role on a health care team.

Medical Laboratory TechnologyM State's 60-credit Associate of Applied Science degree in Medical Laboratory Technology prepares students for lab technician positions, primarily in hospitals and clinics, where they test specimens to help physicians make medical decisions and determine treatment options.

The two-year program  includes three semesters of general education, science and MLT courses, followed by 16 weeks of clinical experience in an affiliate hospital laboratory. General education and MLT lecture courses are taught online, and MLT labs are conducted on the Fergus Falls campus once or twice a week.

Graduates are prepared for the MLT Board of Certification exam.

Here is what you'll learn

  • Evaluation of the importance of patient identification, transport and processing of blood and body fluid specimens for analysis
  • Safe collection and processing of biological specimens for analysis
  • Procedures for accurate lab testing including quality assurance and quality control procedures
  • Operation of laboratory instruments/analyzers and performance of preventive and corrective maintenance
  • Multitasking skills for situations where a wide variety of testing procedures are performed
  • Correlation of didactic and clinical phases of laboratory education in the evaluation and interpretation of laboratory test data
  • Career entry competencies as defined by the National Accreditation Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
  • Professional conduct and communication with patients, medical staff and the public

How to apply

MLT is a selective admission program.

1. Apply to M State

2. Review the Medical Laboratory Technology application packet

3. Apply to the Medical Laboratory Technology program

Program accreditation

M State's MLT program is accredited by the National Accreditation Agency for Clinical Laboratory.

Background check, immunizations required

Students in the program must meet criminal background check requirements and have current immunizations. Requirements are outlined in the program application.