Medical Laboratory Technology

Associate Degree

Program Overview

Learn how to use basic and specialized Medical Laboratory Technology to provide precise lab results requested by physicians to diagnose, treat, and monitor disease. Curriculum combines academic courses with clinical experience in hematology, coagulation, microbiology, immunohematology, chemistry, parasitology, immunology, and urinalysis.

Career Possibilities

  • Medical Laboratory Technologist
  • Medical Laboratory Scientist
  • Biological Technician

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Associate in Science Degree

The Associate in Science in Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) prepares students as entry-level medical laboratory technicians.  Medical laboratory technicians use basic and specialized laboratory skills, computer technology and knowledge of the human body to provide accurate and precise laboratory results requested by the physician to help diagnose, treat, and monitor disease. Medical laboratory technicians must also demonstrate ethical and moral attitudes and principles. An attitude of respect for the patient and confidentiality of the patient's record and diagnoses must be maintained at all times.

The MLT program at New England Tech is a six quarter program that may be completed in as little as 18 months.  The MLT curriculum will offer academic courses in basic sciences (biology, chemistry, anatomy & physiology), mathematics, social sciences, and the humanities as well as both didactic (including student laboratories) and clinical experience courses in the areas of hematology, coagulation, microbiology, immunohematology, chemistry, parasitology, immunology, and urinalysis. 

Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for a national certification examination. The certification of choice for most employers is through the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification.  An individual must pass this examination to be eligible for state licensure.  Completion of the MLT Program is not contingent upon passage of any external certification examination.

Accreditation Status

The Medical Laboratory Technician program at New England Institute of Technology is seeking initial accreditation from the National Accrediting Agency of Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS).

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
5600 N. River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
773.714.8886 (FAX)

Program Mission
The mission of the Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) program is to provide quality didactic and clinical instruction.  The curriculum will include a combination of cognitive, psychomotor, and affective learning domains to prepare graduates to be competent entry-level Medical Laboratory Technicians. 
Program Goals
The goals of the New England Institute of Technology’s MLT program are to:
• Provide students with the highest quality academic and clinical education in the field of Medical Laboratory Technology.
• Provide students with the appropriate technical skills needed to accurately perform laboratory test procedures in an efficient manner.
• Provide a quality program that reflects continuing assessment, evaluation, and revision.
• Prepare students for the American Society of Clinical Pathologists’ (ASCP) Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) certification exam, employment in a clinical laboratory, and/or further education.
• Develop an understanding of the importance of the professional role of a Medical Laboratory Technician in the clinical laboratory.
Program Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the MLT program, the student will graduate with an Associate of Science Degree. Graduation from the program is not contingent upon student performance on the national certification examination. The graduate may also advance in the field to become a Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) by pursuing additional education and technical experience.

Upon completion of the Medical Laboratory Technology Program, the graduate is prepared to:
• Collect, process and preserve blood and other body fluid samples.
• Perform and report the results of clinical laboratory tests
• Operate laboratory equipment and instruments, performing preventive and corrective maintenance as required.
• Identify pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical variables that affect procedures, instruments and results, and take appropriate corrective action.
• Monitor and evaluate quality control in the laboratory.
• Practice laboratory safety and regulatory compliance.
• Perform information processing functions in the clinical laboratory.
• Correlate and apply laboratory results to diagnosis of clinical conditions and/or diseases.
• Communicate with colleagues and patients in a professional manner.
• Model professional behaviors, ethics, and appearance.
• Work effectively as a team member within the laboratory and with other healthcare professionals recognizing the comprehensive impact this has on health care.

Associate in Science Degree

  • MLT 110 Introduction to Medical Laboratory Technology
  • BIO 100 Anatomy & Physiology I
  • BIO 101 Anatomy & Physiology I Lab
  • MLT 120 Urinalysis and Body Fluids
  • MLT 121 Immunology
  • BIO 120 Anatomy & Physiology II
  • BIO 121 Anatomy & Physiology II Lab
  • CHM 101 Life Science Chemistry (MA/SCI Core)
  • MLT 130 Hematology I
  • MLT 131 Medical Microbiology I
  • MLT 132 Clinical Chemistry I
  • MLT 240 Hematology II
  • MLT 241 Medical Microbiology II
  • MLT 242 Clinical Chemistry II
  • MLT 250 Immunohematology
  • MLT 251 Clinical Practicum I (5 weeks)
  • MLT 260 MLT Seminar
  • MLT 261 Clinical Practicum II