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Medical Laboratory Technician
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Our recent graduates of this program reported an average starting salary of $49,692.

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Medical Laboratory Technician
Program Number: 105131
Your Degree:
Associate Degree
Area of Study:
Health Sciences
Delivery Method:
Some Online/Some In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
64 Credits | Finish degree in 2 years
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  • Program Overview

    ​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.

    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 Healthcare Provider CPR certification. Please review the Caregiver Background Check information on the School of Health Sciences Forms and Policies to learn more.

    Program Details

    The Medical Laboratory Technician 2-year traditional program is offered full-time. 

    Traditional Classes are offered Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Medical Laboratory Technician program classes are offered at the Madison Truax campus.


    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



    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).

    Board Certification Pass Rate

    • 2021 Board of Certification pass rate - 100%
    • 2022 Board of Certification pass rate - 100%
    • 2023 Board of Certification pass rate - 100% 

    Employment Rate

    • 2021 - 100%
    • 2022 - 100%
    • 2023 - 100%

    Graduation Rate

    • 2021 - 100%
    • 2022 - 92%
    • 2023 - 100%
    Medical Laboratory Technician
    Play an integral part of the healthcare field!
  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2024-2025 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 Semester
    1 credit
    2 credits
    2 credits
    4 credits
    4 credits
    3 credits
    1 credit
    Second Semester
    2 credits
    3 credits
    4 credits
    1 credit
    3 credits
    4 credits
    Third Semester (summer)
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Fourth Semester
    4 credits
    4 credits
    2 credits
    Fifth Semester
    2 credits
    2 credits
    3 credits
    4 credits
    1 credit

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  • Admission

    To Apply

    Earning a degree is a great way to advance your career development opportunities, so apply today!

    International students who wish to apply for, maintain, or transfer their F-1 student visa status to Madison College are required to complete the International Admission Process.

    Application Dates

    Fall 2024

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is August 15, 2024

    Admission Requirements

    All materials must be submitted by the application deadline.

    1. Admission Application

    The online application allows you to save your work as you complete it and ensures fast, secure delivery to our office.

    2. Education Completion
    Official transcripts must be sent from the institutions you attended and indicate one of the following:

    • High school  transcript (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript)
    • GED/HSED transcript
    • College transcript(s) showing:
      • Completion of an associate degree or higher, or
      • At least 30 credits completed with a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4-point scale
        • The credits must be completed at a single college and cannot be combined with other transcripts
        • Any transfer credit listed on a transcript does not count toward the 30-credit minimum

    All high school and/or college transcripts are recommended to be submitted for Credit for Prior Learning evaluation.

    Additional Notes

    • Class capacity is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis.
    • Course prerequisites differ from admission requirements; admission into a program does not guarantee eligibility to enroll in courses or success in the program. Refer to program curriculum for details.

    After Acceptance

    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.


    Contact Enrollment Services at or 608.246.6210.

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  • Transfer Opportunities

    UW System Schools

    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.

    Wisconsin Private Schools

    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.
    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.

    Out-of-State Schools

    Students 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.
    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.
  • Career Outcomes

    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 Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      Number of Program Graduates25814
      Number of Surveys Sent25814
      Number of Surveys Returned17812
      Percent of Surveys Returned
      Available for Employment16812
      Percent Available for Employment94.10%100.00%100.00%
      Not in Labor Market
      Percent Not in Labor Market5.90%0.00%0.00%
      Available for Employment

      Graduates Employed16812
      Percent of Graduates Employed100.00%100.00%100.00%
      Employed in Related Occupation16811
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation100.00%100.00%91.70%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation001
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation0.00%0.00%8.30%
      Employed - No Response000
      Percent Employed - No Response0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Seeking Employment000
      Percent Seeking Employment0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)
      Number of Satisfaction Responses17812
      Very Satisfied (4)1246
      Percent Very Satisfied70.60%50.00%50.00%
      Satisfied (3)525
      Percent Satisfied29.40%25.00%41.70%
      Unsatisfied (2)010
      Percent Unsatisfied0.00%12.50%0.00%
      Very Unsatisfed (1)011
      Percent Very Unsatisfied0.00%12.50%8.30%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      Number of Primary Reason Responses17812
      Preparation for Getting a Job334
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job17.60%37.50%33.30%
      Career Change1145
      Percent Career Change64.70%50.00%41.70%
      Improvement of Existing Skills201
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills11.80%0.00%8.30%
      Preparation for Further Education102
      Percent Preparation for Further Education5.90%0.00%16.70%
      Personal Interest010
      Percent Personal Interest0.00%12.50%0.00%
      Percent Other0.00%0.00%0.00%
      When Employment was Obtained

      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses16812
      Before Enrollment002
      Percent Before Enrollment0.00%0.00%16.70%
      While Attending the College122
      Percent While Attending the College6.30%25.00%16.70%
      After Training at the College1568
      Percent After Training at the College93.80%75.00%66.70%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      Number of Employment Location Responses1387
      In College District1286
      Percent In College District92.30%100.00%85.70%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District000
      Percent of In Wisconsin0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Outside of Wisconsin101
      Percent Outside Wisconsin7.70%0.00%14.30%
      Employer Location Unknown000
      Percent Location Unknown0.00%0.00%0.00%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend202020212022
      Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count15611
      Average Monthly Wage$3,987$3,928$4,141
      Average Hourly Wage$23.18$22.84$24.08
      Average Work Hours per Week39.539.839.6
      Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count12
      Average Hourly Wage$21.02$20.70
      Average Work Hours per Week3226
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2022
      Employer(s)Job TitleCity*State**Positions
      Aurora Health CareMedical Laboratory TechnicianMilwaukee
      Aurora Health CenterMedical Laboratory TechnicianNew Berlin
      Hennepin County Drug LabMedical Laboratory TechnicianMinneapolisMN
      Marshfield Medical CenterMedical Laboratory TechnicianBeaver Dam
      Mercy Health SystemMedical Laboratory TechnicianJanesville
      SSM HealthClinical Laboratory Scientist LeadColumbus
      SSM HealthClinical Laboratory Scientist
      SSM HealthClinical Laboratory Technician
      SSM HealthMedical Laboratory Technician2
      Unity Point Health-MeriterMedical Laboratory Technician

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