Lab results provide a path to healthcare solutions. Our accelerated program will have you ready to work in 11 months!
Medical Lab Tech
Percentage of Graduates employed in the industry
100% of our recent graduates got a job in the industry
Percentage of student satisfaction
99% of our recent graduates report they are satisfied with their Madison College education.
Average annual wage
Our recent graduates of this program reported an average starting salary of $47,844.
Medical Laboratory Technician Accelerated
Program Number: 105131
Your Degree:
Associate Degree
Area of Study:
Health Sciences
Delivery Method:
Some Online/Some In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
66 Credits | Finish degree in 1-2 years
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$10,104.00 Tuition
$1,791.23 Materials/Supplemental Costs
$248.00 Other Costs
  • Program Overview

    Madison College's Medical Laboratory Technician - Accelerated 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.

    The accelerated Medical Laboratory Technician program begins in early August and concludes the following June. Students are required to have all required general education support classes completed prior to beginning the accelerated core classes. The accelerated curriculum is offered online. Students come to campus every Thursday evening and many Saturdays to complete the lab portion of the Medical Laboratory Technician program. The final weeks of the accelerated format is a clinical component, which requires students to attend full-time,  Monday through Friday for six weeks.

    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.

    Program Details

    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.

    Accelerated Medical Laboratory Technician Classes are offered Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. 

    Medical Laboratory Technician program classes may be offered at Madison College Truax campus.


    Earning your associate degree in the Medical Laboratory Technician - Accelerated program at Madison Area Technical College prepares you for valuable work as a:

    Medical Laboratory Technician

    Perform 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

    Additional Careers

    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).

    2019 Board of Certification pass rate - 100%

    2020 Board of Certification pass rate - 100%

    2021 Board of Certification pass rate - 93% 

  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2022-2023 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.

    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    4 credits
    3 credits
    2 credits
    Choose from Microbiology or General Microbiology:
    5 credits
    5 credits
    First Semester (Summer)
    1 credit
    1 credit
    Second Semester (Fall)
    2 credits
    3 credits
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    4 credits
    2 credits
    Third Semester (Winterim)
    1 credit
    Fourth Semester (Spring)
    4 credits
    4 credits
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    Fifth Semester (Summer)
    3 credits
    4 credits
    1 credit
  • Admission

    To Apply

    Students need to complete the petition process to get into core-program classes for this program. Before submitting an application, it’s important to review the Petition Process webpage which also includes estimated wait times for each program.

      • View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials, and requirements
      • There is no current estimated wait time between acceptance into pre-program and the start of core classes. The estimated time to enter the core-program is subject to change based on the variable number of students ready to petition each semester.
      • Learn more about the Madison College experience and get help with the admissions process

      After Acceptance

      Once you have been accepted in a pre-program status, your next step is to complete the Petition Requirements. See the Petition information in the next section.    

      Additional Notes

      Students will be required to meet the current admission and petition requirements. Requirements must be amended any time accreditation requirements are updated or changed. Requirements may also be amended based on Madison College programmatic assessment data.


      Contact Enrollment Services at or 608.246.6210.

    • Petition

      After Acceptance

      After you have been admitted into a pre-program status, complete all of the Petition Requirements for your program. Login to your student account and run a Degree Progress Report to review the Petition Requirements and see which requirements you have completed and which need to be satisfied.

      Requirements vary by program, and may include some or all of the following:

      • Prerequisites (examples: Algebra, Geometry, Chemistry, Biology, English and Reading): This varies by program
      • Course Requirements (examples: Anatomy and Physiology, Intro to Psychology, etc.): This varies by program
      • Testing Requirement (examples: ACT, HESI, TEAS): This varies by program
      • Petition Workshop: This is done online and can be found in Blackboard after you have been admitted in a pre-program status

      You can view the Petition Requirements for this program using the links below.

      Summer 2022, Fall 2022 and Spring 2023

      Summer 2023, Fall 2023 and Spring 2024  

      After completing the petition requirements, students are then selected for entry into core program courses through the Petition Process.


      Contact Enrollment Services at or 608.246.6210.

    • 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).


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    Your first step is to apply to Madison College. It's easy and free to apply, so get started today!
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    Madison Truax Campus
    Health Building, 103

    1705 Hoffman Street
    Madison, Wisconsin 53704


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