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Medical Laboratory Technician

Associate Degree in Applied Science

Program number: 105131


Madison College's Medical Laboratory Technician 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 Medical Laboratory Technician program is offered in two formats: the regular five-semester program and an accelerated format.

The accelerated program begins in early August and concludes the following June. Successful students 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 Thursday evenings and every other Saturday to complete the lab portion of the Medical Laboratory Technician program. 

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.

Program Details

The Medical Laboratory Technician is offered full time or in an accelerated format.

Classes are offered Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. 

Medical Laboratory Technician program classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Traux

Explore financial aid eligibility for this program. 

Some of the courses for this program may be available online.

Medical Laboratory Technician


To Apply

View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials and requirements.

Regular Program         Accelerated Program

  • Review the admission checklist to learn how to apply to a program or certificate at Madison College. 
  • Attend an Academic Information Session to get started in the admission process.
  • Visit MATC to learn more about the Madison College experience including campus tours and program open houses.

After Acceptance

Once you have been admitted in a pre-petition status, your next step is to complete the petition requirements.



Contact the Enrollment Center at or (608) 246-6210.


Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2018-2019 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

Current program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:

  • Progress toward your specific requirements
  • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.

First Semester

Second Semester

3 credits

Choose from Microbiology or General Microbiology:

Third Semester (summer)

Fourth Semester



2 credits

Fifth Semester


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).

Madison College's Medical Laboratory Technician program 2017 graduate Board of Certification pass rate: 100%.
Madison College's Medical Laboratory Technician program 2017 graduation and attrition rates: 11% attrition, 85% graduation in two years.

(Final submitted by Mary Nelson 10/18/04. Revised 4/27/06. State Wide Curriculum revised 11/2012).


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

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Madison College's Medical Laboratory Technician program is approved by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (5600 N River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018; 773-714-8880).