Madison College's Traditional Medical Laboratory Technician - Traditional 2 year program combines fundamental laboratory techniques and clinical experience, preparing graduates for work in laboratories serving the health care sector. Medical Laboratory Technicians are an integral part of the healthcare field, collecting samples and performing tests to analyze body fluids, tissue and other substances.
Please note that after acceptance to the Medical Laboratory Technician program, you will be required to complete a background check and provide documentation of current required-immunizations and current Healthcare Provider CPR certification.
For more detailed information about the traditional and accelerated formats, please refer to the program information manuals in the resources section below.
Wisconsin law requires background checks for persons who provide care for others or have access to people who receive care. This law applies to students in many School of Health Sciences programs. Please review the Caregiver Background Check information on the School of Health Sciences Forms and Policies.
The Medical Laboratory Technician 2 year traditional program is offered full time. A 3 year option is available within this program. See details in the link at the bottom of this page. If you are interested in an accelerated format of this program, please see the details on that program page.
Traditional Classes are offered Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Medical Laboratory Technician program classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:
- Madison - Truax
Earning your associate degree in the Medical Laboratory Technician program at Madison Area Technical College prepares you for valuable work as a:
- Medical Laboratory Technician: performing routine laboratory tests on blood, urine, and body fluids to help in the diagnosis and treatment of disease and injury in a hospital, clinic laboratory, or reference laboratory.
- Laboratory Technician/Research Assistant: performing routine and special laboratory tests in a variety of laboratory settings, including research, industrial, environmental and food science labs
With additional training and/or work experience, graduates may find employment as:
- Clinical Laboratory Scientist (Medical Technologist)
- Medical Microbiologist
- Laboratory Computer Sales or Training Specialist
- Laboratory Sales/Product Representative
- Instrument Service Technician
- Quality Control Officer
- Biomedical Instrument Specialist
- Clinical Research Associate
- Safety Officer
- Laboratory Science Instructor/Trainer
- Clinical Affiliates (pdf)
- Traditional MLT Program Information Manual (pdf)
- Accelerated MLT Program Information Manual (pdf)
- Transfer opportunities
Madison College's Medical Laboratory Technician program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (5600 N River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018; 773-714-8880).
2018 Board of Certification pass rate - 100%
2019 Board of Certification pass rate - 100%
2020 Board of Certification pass rate - 100%
Curriculum and Experience
Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2021-2022 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.
Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:
- Progress toward your specific requirements
- Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements
If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.First SemesterSecond SemesterChoose from Microbiology or General Microbiology:Third Semester (summer)Fourth SemesterElective
2 creditsFifth Semester
- View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials and requirements
- Attend an Advising, Application, Information & More (AAIM) Session to get started on the admission process
- Visit Us to learn more about the Madison College experience including campus tours and program open houses
Once you are admitted into your program, complete the Next Steps after Program Acceptance to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College.
Wisconsin SchoolsStudents who complete any associate degree at Madison Area Technical College will have no additional general education core curriculum requirements to meet but must satisfy the Kirkpatrick Signature Series requirement. This applies to students who are pursuing a bachelors of arts, bachelors of science or bachelors of fine arts at Bellevue University.Per the agreement, students must complete the associates of arts, associates of science or associates of applied science with an overall GPA of a 2.0 prior to transferring. Articulation agreement is for students who graduate from appropriate program and wish to pursue one of the following degrees at Capella: Bachelor of Science in Business specializations, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Science in Public Safety specializations, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (must hold a valid RN license) and Bachelor of Science in Psychology.A student who completes an associate of arts, associate of science or associates of applied science is considered part of the ‘advanced core‘. The Advanced Core requires students to have earned at least 64 credits of transfer. If students transfer prior to completion or with less than 64 credits they will be considered part of the standard core and credits will be evaluated on a course by course basis.Students will be granted admission to a bachelors degree program upon completion of an approved transfer program at Madison College. Students must have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater while at Madison College. Regardless of the number of credits transferred students must complete at least 25% of their baccalaureate degree credits at Herzing University University.Student who earn an Associate Degree from Madison College can transfer a minimum of 60 credits and a maximum of 72 credits to Lakeland College to be applied to the requirements of the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Sciences degree.Any Madison College student who has successfully completed an associate degree in applied science after 2015, and meets admission requirements for the Rader School of Business (RSOB) at the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) can earn a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Technical Sales at MSOE by successfully completing the AAS to BBA Technical Sales Transfer Track in the Business Administration program. --- In particular, any Madison College student who successfully completes all technical courses and general education courses in their AAS program with a grade of C or better (not C-) in each course; successfully completes all other specified courses, as defined in this transfer agreement, with a grade of C or better (not C-) in each course; and meets the MSOE admission requirements for transfer students into the BBA Program at MSOE, minimum 2.75/4.0 cumulative GPA from the last regionally accredited school will be admitted into the AAS to BBA Technical Sales Transfer Track in the Bachelor of Business Administration program at MSOE.The terms of the Leadership & Org Studies agreement are limited to students who complete an associates of applied science degree and are admitted to the Organizational Studies emphasis of the Leadership and Organizational Studies at UW O. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. The terms of the Human Services Leadership agreement are limited to students who have complete an associates of applied science degree and have been admitted to the Human Services Leadership degree at UW O. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
Non-Wisconsin SchoolsStudents who complete any associate degree at Madison Area Technical College will have no additional general education core curriculum requirements to meet but must satisfy the Kirkpatrick Signature Series requirement. This applies to students who are pursuing a bachelors of arts, bachelors of science or bachelors of fine arts at Bellevue University.Per the agreement, students must complete the associates of arts, associates of science or associates of applied science with an overall GPA of a 2.0 prior to transferring. Articulation agreement is for students who graduate from appropriate program and wish to pursue one of the following degrees at Capella: Bachelor of Science in Business specializations, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, Bachelor of Science in Public Safety specializations, Bachelor of Science in Nursing (must hold a valid RN license) and Bachelor of Science in Psychology.A student who completes an associate of arts, associate of science or associates of applied science is considered part of the ‘advanced core‘. The Advanced Core requires students to have earned at least 64 credits of transfer. If students transfer prior to completion or with less than 64 credits they will be considered part of the standard core and credits will be evaluated on a course by course basis.Franklin University will guarantee acceptance of all Madison College graduates with an Associate in Arts, Associate in Science or Associate of Applied Science. Madison College graduates will have junior standing at Franklin University and may transfer additional credits (up to a maximum of 94) toward their baccalaureate degree.Students will be granted admission to a bachelors degree program upon completion of an approved transfer program at Madison College. Students must have earned a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater while at Madison College. Regardless of the number of credits transferred students must complete at least 25% of their baccalaureate degree credits at Herzing University University.
Madison College's Medical Laboratory Technician program serves to offer an associate degree designed for entry-level positions as a medical laboratory technician, to prepare students to successfully take national certification examinations, and to be successful medical laboratory professionals.
After completing the Medical Laboratory Technician program at Madison Area Technical College, you will be prepared to:
- Practice laboratory safety and regulatory compliance
- Collect and process biological specimens
- Monitor and evaluate quality control in the laboratory
- Apply modern clinical methodologies including problem solving and troubleshooting according to predetermined criteria
- Correlate laboratory results to diagnosis of clinical conditions and/or disease
- Perform information processing in the clinical laboratory
- Model professional behaviors, ethics, and appearance
- Perform preventative and corrective maintenance of equipment and instruments according to predetermined criteria
- Perform and report results of the clinical laboratory tests
- Communicate with colleagues and patients in a professional manner
- Participate in training peers on technical skills
Graduates of this program qualify for the American Society of Clinical Pathologists Board of Certification Exam for MLT (ASCP).
Graduate Report Summary Overview
2018 2019 2020 Number of Program Graduates 21 18 25 Number of Surveys Sent 21 18 25 Number of Surveys Returned 17 17 17 Percent of Surveys Returned Available for Employment 16 17 16 Percent Available for Employment 94.1% 100.0% 94.1% Not in Labor Market 1 0 1 Percent Not in Labor Market 5.9% 0.0% 5.9% Available for Employment
2018 2019 2020 Graduates Employed 15 17 16 Percent of Graduates Employed 93.8% 100.0% 100.0% Employed in Related Occupation 13 16 16 Percent Employed in Related Occupation 86.7% 94.1% 100.0% Employed in Unrelated Occupation 2 1 0 Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 13.3% 5.9% 0.0% Employed - No Response 0 0 0 Percent Employed - No Response 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% Seeking Employment 1 0 0 Percent Seeking Employment 6.3% 0.0% 0.0% Reaction To Training at Madison College
2018 2019 2020 Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.4 3.2 3.7 Number of Satisfaction Responses 17 17 17 Very Satisfied (4) 7 7 12 Percent Very Satisfied 41.2% 41.2% 70.6% Satisfied (3) 9 8 5 Percent Satisfied 52.9% 47.1% 29.4% Unsatisfied (2) 1 1 0 Percent Unsatisfied 5.9% 5.9% 0.0% Very Unsatisfed (1) 0 1 0 Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.0% 5.9% 0.0% Primary Reason for Attending Madison College
2018 2019 2020 Number of Primary Reason Responses 17 17 17 Preparation for Getting a Job 7 7 3 Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 41.2% 41.2% 17.6% Career Change 9 8 11 Percent Career Change 52.9% 47.1% 64.7% Improvement of Existing Skills 1 2 2 Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 5.9% 11.8% 11.8% Preparation for Further Education 0 0 1 Percent Preparation for Further Education 0.0% 0.0% 5.9% Personal Interest 0 0 0 Percent Personal Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% Other 0 0 0 Percent Other 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% When Employment was Obtained
2018 2019 2020 Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 15 17 16 Before Enrollment 2 0 0 Percent Before Enrollment 13.3% 0.0% 0.0% While Attending the College 4 0 1 Percent While Attending the College 26.7% 0.0% 6.3% After Training at the College 9 17 15 Percent After Training at the College 60.0% 100.0% 93.8% Location of Employment (related and unrelated)
2018 2019 2020 Number of Employment Location Responses 15 17 16 In College District 12 13 12 Percent In College District 80.0% 76.5% 75.0% In Wisconsin, Not in District 2 3 3 Percent of In Wisconsin 13.3% 17.6% 18.8% Outside of Wisconsin 1 1 1 Percent Outside Wisconsin 6.7% 5.9% 6.3% Employer Location Unknown 0 0 0 Percent Location Unknown 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% Salary Trend Salary Trend 2018 2019 2020 Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 11 15 15 Average Monthly Wage $3,593 $3,711 $3,987 Average Hourly Wage $20.89 $21.57 $23.18 Average Work Hours per Week 39.8 38.9 39.5 Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 2 1 Average Hourly Wage $22.62 $21.02 Average Work Hours per Week 28.0 32.0
Graduate Employers for academic year: 2020 Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions Advocate Aurora Healthcare Medical Lab Technician Summit Covance Laboratories, Inc Medical Laboratory Technician Dean Health Systems Clinical Laboratory Technicin Exact Sciences Certified Clinical Lab Scientist Fort Health & Rehabilitation Medical Laboratory Technician Fort Atkinson Group Health Cooperative Medical Laboratory Technician 2 Lake Health Medical Lab Technician Mentor OH Mercy Health System Medical Lab Technician Lake Geneva Prairie Clinic SC Medical Laboratory Technician Sauk City Prairie Ridge Health Certified Lab Technician Columbus Sauk Prairie Health Care Medical Laboratory Technician Prairie du Sac SSM Health Medical Laboratory Technician 2 UW Health Hospital & Clinics Medical Technologist Watertown Memorial Hospital Medical Laboratory Technician Watertown
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