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Medical Lab Technician

Associate's Degree

Become an essential part of patient diagnosis with a Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) Associate’s degree. As an MLT student, you study comprehensive courses that include clinical chemistry and microbiology, hematology, transfusion medicine and phlebotomy. Hands-on curriculum and experienced training in our NAACLS-accredited MLT program prepare you to have a positive impact on patients’ lives while working primarily behind the scenes. In as few as 21 months, you can earn your degree, prepare for MLT certification and be on your way to a rewarding healthcare career.1

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Regional and Programmatic Accreditation

Rasmussen College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Learn more about programmatic accreditation and the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

Prep for MLT (ASCP) Certification

With comprehensive curriculum and real-world experience in our NAACLS-accredited program, you will be prepared for and can apply to take the MLT (ASCP) certification exam. Plus, the exam fee is included in your total program costs.2

Flex Choice®: Get Credit for What You Know

This Associate's degree is available with Flex Choice self-directed assessment offerings, which allows you to blend traditional online courses with self-directed assessments that provide optional coaching assistance. Assessments provide more flexibility, and—at $99 per attempt—this is a more affordable way to receive credit for what you already know. For additional information, visit our Flex Choice page.

Blend of On-Campus & Online Courses

The curriculum is offered through a blend of on-campus and online courses, through which you’ll gain a solid understanding of the healthcare industry.

Credentials Offered

Medical Lab Technician

Associate's Degree

Finish in as few as

21 months1

Learning options

  • On Campus
  • Online
  • Field Experience
  • Flex Choice®

Intended for

Students looking to have a positive impact on patients' lives, work behind the scenes of the medical field and start a successful career as a medical laboratory technician with well-rounded knowledge about the field.

Prepares you for

Medical and clinical laboratory technician

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Turn Your Education into a Career

We’ve made advancing your medical and clinical laboratory career even easier by offering classes and medical laboratory technician certification that fit into a busy working schedule. Throughout the Medical Laboratory Technician program, you gain the knowledge and skills you need to perform critical tests that provide physicians with the information to diagnosis life-threatening diseases and illnesses. To complement your academics, you also complete a practicum at clinical site affiliates. Upon graduation, you will be prepared for and can apply to take the MLT (ASCP) certification exam at no additional cost.2

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), earning a degree, regardless of the field of study, can improve income potential.3 Here is an example of where a Medical Lab Technician degree can take you.

Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians

  • BLS Earnings Data:3

    • $26,010 10th Percentile
    • $31,250 25th Percentile
    • $38,950 50th Percentile
  • BLS Projected Growth 2016–2026:3


  • BLS Typical Entry-Level Education:

    • Associate's Degree

Accreditation Information

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)

The Medical Laboratory Technician Associate's degree program at the Lake Elmo/Woodbury, Moorhead and St. Cloud campuses in Minnesota is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

Additional accreditation details

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
5600 N River Road
Suite 720
Rosemount, IL 60018
Fax: 773-714-8886

Maia Maiden, Medical Lab Technician Program Coordinator & Assistant Professor

The level of expertise the instructors provide at Rasmussen is amazing. We all have varied backgrounds and bring awesome real-world experience with a passion for education to the table.

Medical Lab Technician Program Coordinator & Assistant Professor

  1. Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and the number of courses completed each term.
  2. The application fee for each qualified student’s first exam attempt is included in the total program costs. Should you need to take the exam more than once to receive a passing score, you will be responsible for all subsequent exam application fees.
  3. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [salary data accessed May 21, 2019] Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed May 30, 2018] BLS salary data represents national, averaged earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries. Employment conditions in your area may vary.
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