Medical Laboratory Technology


NCC has a shared program agreement with Kirkwood Community College (KCC) for the Medical Laboratory Technology program. Students will dually enroll in KCC and NCC. Kirkwood will provide the core MLT courses and NCC will provide the general education courses. Students will graduate from Kirkwood Community College.

Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLTs) work in the areas of healthcare and quality control. They perform, evaluate, and assure the accuracy and validity of laboratory test information. They also collaborate in the diagnosis, treatment and therapy of patients.

MLTs perform diverse functions of sample collection, test analysis, principle application, quality control monitoring, use and maintenance of automated and electronic instruments, trouble shooting and problem solving techniques under the supervision of a Medical Laboratory Scientist or Pathologist in compliance with safety and governmental regulations. MLTs develop competencies in areas such as chemistry, hematology, blood bank, microbiology, immunology, molecular diagnostics and quality assurance.

Upon successful completion of the program the student is eligible to take the national certification exam from the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

The Kirkwood Community College Medical Laboratory Technology Program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

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  • Associate of Applied Science Degree (Certificate Option Available)
  • Degree awarded by Kirkwood Community College.


  • Four Semesters & 2 Summer Terms
  • Fall semester entry

Student Profile

  • Excellent people skills
  • Communication skills

Program Location

  • The student may choose to take their general education courses for this program either online or face-to-face at Northwest Iowa Community College.  All Medical Lab Technician core courses are delivered through Kirkwood Community College either online or in-person at one or more hospitals located in Northwest Iowa.

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Student Story

Requirements for this program

Course #TitleCredits
Term 116
MLT105-EPathophysiology for the Laboratorian*3
MLT106-EIntroduction to Biosafety*1
MLT109-EPrinciples of Phlebotomy*3
MLT115-EClinical Lab Fundamentals*3
ENG105-EComposition I3
BIO162-EEssentials of Anatomy and Physiology3
Term 216
BIO184-AMicrobiology Lab1
SOC115-ASocial Problems3
ENG106-AComposition II3
Term 311
MLT233-EHemostatis and Thrombosis*2
MLT230-EAdvanced Hematology*3
MLT270-EImmunology and Serology*2
CHM110-AIntroduction to Chemistry3
CHM111-AIntroduction to Chemistry Lab1
Term 416
MLT245-EClinical Chemistry*5
MLT255-EClinical Microbiology*5
MLT290-EClinical Seminar and Review*2
Term 512
MLT283-EClinical Practicum: Urinalysis*1
MLT286-EClinical Practicum: Immunology 1 and Serology*1
MLT287-EClinical Practicum: Hematology*4
MLT293-EClinical Practicum: Immunohematology3
MLT297-EClinical Practicum: Chemistry3
Term 65
MLT288-EClinical Practicum: Microbiology*4
MLT291-ELab Survey and Review*1
Total Credits76
Course #TitleCredits
MLT105-EPathophysiology for the Laboratorian*3
MLT106-EIntroduction to Biosafety*1
MLT109-EPrinciples of Phlebotomy*3
MLT115-EClinical Lab Fundamentals*3
ENG105-AComposition I3
BIO162-AEssentials of Anatomy and Physiology3
Total Credits16

Frequently Asked Questions

MLTs are trained to work in multiple settings such as hospitals, physician’s offices, private reference laboratories, research, biotechnology, public health, non-clinical industrial laboratories, and sales or technical services.

If you stay in northwest Iowa, starting salary is $18 – $29/hour.

This is a hands-on program with learning in different lab environments.

This program is a dual enrolled program between NCC and Kirkwood Community College.

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office will work with you to reach the goal of attending college. Federal and state programs, scholarships and other funding sources, may be available to help you to afford college. We know there are a lot of questions and stress planning to pay for a college education. The Financial Aid Office staff administers aid programs and counsels students in planning individual methods of meeting college costs. Contact the Financial Aid Office for answers to any questions regarding financial aid. What are you waiting for? Let’s get started! Northwest Iowa Community College follows a nationally accepted philosophy in administering financial aid programs.

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