School of Health Education

Health Education Building 103
1705 Hoffman Street
Madison WI 53704

CALL: (608) 246-6065 or (800) 322-6282 ext. 6065

Monday - Tuesday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Wednesday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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

Medical Laboratory Technician is on a career pathway that includes this associate degree. This degree will prepare you for a good job and you can also transfer to another college to earn your bachelor’s degree. Learn at your own pace and increase your earning potential with credentials that keep you moving on your career path.

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

Portions of this program are offered online.

Medical Laboratory Technician


To Apply

View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials and requirements. There is also an accelerated version of this program with additional admission requirements.

After Acceptance

Once you have been admitted in a pre-petition status for the Medical Laboratory Technician program, your next step is to complete the Medical Laboratory Technician Petition Requirements.

Once you have been admitted in a pre-petition status for the Medical Laboratory Technician: Accelerated program, your next step is to complete the Medical Laboratory Technician: Accelerated Petition Requirements.


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


The courses listed below outline the requirements for completion for students officially admitted in the 2016-2017 academic year. Requirements for completion may vary depending on the semester in which a student is admitted or may be completed by other equivalent courses. Current/continuing students should consult their Academic Requirements report available through their student account for specific requirements and equivalent courses.

First Semester
Second Semester

3 credits

Third Semester (summer)
Fourth Semester



2 credits

Fifth Semester

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).

(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


Related Training

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).