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

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Requirements for this program

Course #TitleCredits
Term 116–21
BIO161-ABasic Anatomy and Physiology*3
BIO168-AHuman Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO173-AHuman Anatomy and Physiology II4
COM222Communication for Health Care Professionals*3
MLT105-EPathophysiology for the Laboratorian3
MLT106-EIntroduction to Biosafety1
MLT109-EPrinciples of Phlebotomy3
MLT115-EClinical Lab Fundamentals3
Term 214
CHM110-AIntroduction to Chemistry*3
CHM111-AIntroduction to Chemistry Lab*1
Term 310
ENG105-EComposition I3
ENG108-AComposition II: Technical Writing3
ENG120-ACollege Writing3
MLT230-EAdvanced Hematology3
MLT233-EHemostatis and Thrombosis2
MLT270-EImmunology and Serology2
Term 416
MLT245-EClinical Chemistry5
MLT255-EClinical Microbiology5
MLT290-EClinical Seminar and Review2
Term 512
MLT283-EClinical Practicum: Urinalysis1
MLT286-EClinical Practicum: Immunology 1 and Serology1
MLT287-EClinical Practicum: Hematology4
MLT293-EClinical Practicum: Immunohematology3
MLT297-EClinical Practicum: Chemistry3
Term 68
MLT288-EClinical Practicum: Microbiology4
MLT291-ELab Survey and Review1
ElectiveSocial Science3
Total Credits76
Course #TitleCredits
BIO162-AEssentials of Anatomy and Physiology3
ENG105-AComposition I3
MLT105-EPathophysiology for the Laboratorian*3
MLT106-EIntroduction to Biosafety*1
MLT109-EPrinciples of Phlebotomy*3
MLT115-EClinical Lab Fundamentals*3
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

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