Medical Laboratory Technician

Medical Laboratory Technician

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

When healthcare providers order a blood test, collect a tissue sample, or have other bodily fluids from a patient tested, they are relying on the hands-on work of medical laboratory technicians to perform the medical tests needed to make a diagnosis. Laboratory technicians provide the results needed to help find cures, discover diseases, and report important and potentially life-saving findings.

A Closer Look

Medical laboratory technicians are detail-oriented professionals who work behind-the-scenes to test blood, urine, or tissue samples. They prepare specimens, analyze fluid chemical content, match blood compatibility for transfusions, and complete many other types of diagnostic duties. They are counted on to accurately record data and update patient files with the latest test results. In some clinical setting they’re the ones to collect the blood, fluid, or tissue sample themselves.

Most medical laboratory technicians work at a general medical facility or surgical hospital. However, some work in medical laboratories or physicians’ offices and others work directly out of colleges or universities.

What You'll Learn

The Medical Laboratory Technician program at Mid-State prepares graduates to process biologic specimens and perform lab tests to support disease prevention, medical diagnosis, and treatment of patients. You’ll learn to collect and process blood, body fluids, and tissues as well as perform analytical tests and process the resulting information. The program also emphasizes quality control, maintenance of lab instruments, and professional communication.

Clinical experience is included to give students practice with the principles and procedures of laboratory medicine in a clinical setting, including the operation of state-of-the-art instrumentation and use of laboratory information systems. Graduates are eligible to take the national certification exam offered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification (ASCP-BOC).


  • Phlebotomy Technician
  • Specimen Processor
  • Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT)
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Research Laboratory Technician
  • Medical Technician
  • Laboratory Assistant (Lab Assistant)
  • Clinical Laboratory Technician (Clinical Lab Technician)

Your Instructors

The instructors in the Medical Laboratory Technician program bring the right balance of professional experience and teaching expertise to the classroom. Meet our full-time faculty!


Nichol earned her BS from UW-Stevens Point and has worked as a certified medical technologist in various clinical settings for over 20 years. She enjoys working directly with patients to support specimen collection in order to provide clinicians with accurate test results.

“I enjoy teaching because it gives me the opportunity to see students progress from day one to the end of the program when they are confident and career-ready.”


Megan has been an instructor for thirteen years. She holds a master’s degree in bacterial genetics and pathogenicity from Texas A&M University. Prior to joining Mid-State, Megan worked and published with research labs at the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service.

“Teaching allows me to share my love of science with my students every day. I love seeing their faces when they realize they can accomplish their goals.”