Medical Lab Technician

Associate of Applied Science

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Financial Aid Eligible

Turn your interest in biology and chemistry into a career in healthcare. As a medical laboratory technician, you will have an important role in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases and conditions by collecting and analyzing blood, identifying microorganisms from diverse specimens, conducting microscopic and chemical examinations, and performing blood bank procedures such as cross-matching blood. You will also gain hands-on clinical laboratory experience by working in area labs.

Graduates are eligible to take a national certification registry exam through the American Society for Clinical Pathologists (ASCP). Passing the exam is not required for graduation.

Program-specific courses are held in the Health Science Center, a shared facility located a few blocks from the La Crosse main campus. Check our maps page for specific location information.

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Estimated Program Costs

Estimated Program Cost

Medical Lab Technician

This program will cost about $11,000* based on tuition and basic program fees. There may be additional fees for books, materials, and testing. For more information on tuition costs, visit the Tuition Page.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change.

Graduation Employment Stats

Medical Lab Technician 2016-2017 Graduation Employment Stats

Graduates Responding5
Employed in Related Occupation3
Employed in Non-related Occupations0
Seeking Employment0
Continuing Education1
Not in Labor Market0

Salary Data - Related Employment

Part TimeFull Time
Average Hours Per Week49
Median Hourly Wage$19.66
Hourly Wage Range$19.53 - $23.00
Median Annual Salary$43,053

Respondents in Related Occupations

  • Medical Laboratory Technician; Unity Point-Allen Hospital, Waterloo, IA
  • Medical Laboratory Scientist; Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, WI
  • Medical Laboratory Technician; Mayo Clinic Health System, La Crosse, WI

Career Opportunities

Medical Lab Technician (MLT)
Clinical Laboratory Technician

Program Outcomes

  • Use effective communication skills
  • Apply mathematical concepts
  • Transfer social and natural science theories into practical applications
  • Demonstrate ability to think critically
  • Demonstrate ability to value self and work ethically with others in a diverse population
  • Use technology effectively
  • Make decisions that incorporate the importance of sustainability
  • Practice laboratory safety and regulatory compliance.
  • Collect and process biological specimens for analysis.
  • 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 diseases.
  • Perform information processing in the clinical laboratory.
  • Model professional behaviors, ethics, and appearance.

Admission Requirements

College Requirements

$30 Application Fee
High School Transcript or GED/HSED

Program Requirements

Western Technical College uses ACCUPLACER, a computer-based, online assessment that measures your abilities in reading, sentence skills, and arithmetic. This information will be used to place you in courses that best fit your academic goals. Based on your scores, you may need to take additional general studies course(s) along with the general studies courses required for your program.

Several options for waiving the ACCUPLACER test are available; view the waivers here.

Learn more about placement tests and how they are used at Western: Placement Testing.

Additional Requirements:

To enroll in the Medical Laboratory Technician program, first apply for admission to the College, then read the program’s Essential Functions and complete a background check.  You can find links to these documents below.  In addition, you must complete the prerequisites for General Anatomy and Physiology with a grade of “C” or better.  The last step for admission to the program will be to complete an Intent to Enroll form. Please see the details below.


This program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, 5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119, phone 773-714-8880.

Additional Information

Our Health and Public Safety programs are required to report additional information to prospective students, including certification exams, licensure, program completion rates, etc. You can find this information in the documents below:

Program Contact

Karen Christenson
Program Chair, Medical Laboratory Technician

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