Medical Lab Technologist (MLT)


Apply to the Program by Completing the MLT Application Packet (Required)

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The Medical Laboratory Technology Associate Degree in Applied Science program is offered at the community colleges through the Southern Illinois Collegiate Common Market (SICCM). The student will learn the technical skills necessary to perform routine studies in areas of hematology, serology, coagulation, clinical microbiology, clinical chemistry, blood banking, and urinalysis. The medical laboratory technician will also perform patient venipuncture and will maintain quality control data.

The Medical Laboratory Technologist program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL, 60018-5119, (773) 714-8880.

It is the student’s responsibility to be knowledgeable of the prerequisites of all courses.


Admission Requirements

  • Have graduated from an approved high school or demonstrate equivalent competency (GED examination).
  • Submit a completed MLT application form and any official college transcripts to the college by March 1.
  • Take the Health Occupation Aptitude Examination – Revised.
  • Meet all admission policies and complete all required admission forms of the college by March 1.
  • Submit to a criminal background check and drug testing after admission into the program.


MLT courses are cooperatively offered by SICCM. These classes could be scheduled at a site other than the Shawnee Community College campus.

Retention in the MLT program requires that the MLT student earn a grade of “C” or better in all MLT and natural science courses (Chemistry, Anatomy & Physiology, and Microbiology). The student must maintain a “C” average in all courses required in the MLT curriculum.

MLT students’ grades will be reviewed by the MLT program director at the end of each semester.

Students may apply to only one community college for entrance into the program.


Career Clusters: Health Science Technology

Career Pathways: Diagnostic Services

Possible Career Opportunities: Chief Medical Technologist * Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS) * Clinical Laboratory Technologist * Histologist Technologist; Medical Laboratory Technologist (Medical Lab Tech) * Medical Technologist (MT)  * Clinical Laboratory Scientist * Microbiologist * Microbiology Technologist * Research Assistant


Total Projected Program cost – $10,950.00
Books not included in projected cost. 
*Some courses may be available for online instruction. Additional $30 per class fee will apply.


Contact for More Information

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Phone:     (618) 634-3200