Medical Lab Technician

Associate's Degree

With a Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) degree in Minnesota you can become an essential part of patient diagnosis. In the MLT program, 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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  • Institutional and Programmatic Accreditation

    Rasmussen University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional 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

    The MLT program offers a 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

  • Self-Directed Assessments

    Save time and money on your Associate's degree with self-directed assessments. These $99 online, interactive assessments allow you to show that you already achieved the skills and knowledge for a particular course and don't need to take it. We'll provide prep materials and you can work with a peer tutor to prepare at no additional cost. Learn more about self-directed assessments and other Knowledge Credit options.

  • Blend of On-Campus & Online MLT 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. The on-campus MLT courses are offered in Minnesota at the Lake Elmo/Woodbury Campus.

Medical Lab Technician Credentials Offered

Medical Lab Technician

Associate's Degree

Finish in as few as

21 months1

Learning includes

  • On-Campus and Online Classes
  • Field Experience

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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What Does a Medical Lab Technician Do? (A Closer Look)

You’ve heard about the exciting career opportunity in the healthcare industry, but you don’t exactly picture yourself as a nurse. Find out what you can do with a Medical Laboratory Technician Associate's degree and see if it’s the right one for you.

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Turn Your Medical Lab Technician 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.6 Here is an example of where a Medical Lab Technician degree can take you.

Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians – Minnesota

  • BLS Earnings Data:3

    • $37,820 10th Percentile
    • $46,220 25th Percentile
    • $54,620 50th Percentile
  • Projected Growth 2018–2028:5

    11%

  • BLS Typical Entry-Level Education:

    • Associate's Degree

Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians – National

  • BLS Earnings Data:4

    • $31,450 10th Percentile
    • $39,680 25th Percentile
    • $54,180 50th Percentile
  • BLS Projected Growth 2019–2029:4

    7%

  • BLS Typical Entry-Level Education:

    • Associate's Degree

Accreditation

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)

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

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
5600 N River Road
Suite 720
Rosemount, IL 60018
773-714-8880
Fax: 773-714-8886

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Medical Lab Tech Program Outcomes

Rasmussen University has MLT National Certification Pass Rates, MLT Placement Rates, MLT Graduation Rates and MLT Attrition Rates available to view.

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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."

Maia
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 reported through CareerOneStop, [salary data accessed November 27, 2019] https://www.careeronestop.org/toolkit/. BLS salary data represents averaged earnings in Minnesota 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.
  4. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [salary data accessed July 7, 2021] www.bls.gov/oes/. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed July 7, 2021] www.bls.gov/ooh/. 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.
  5. Labor Market Employment Outlook as reported by Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development [career information accessed December 11, 2019] https://apps.deed.state.mn.us/lmi/projections/Results.aspx?dataset=1&geog=2701000000&code=292012.
  6. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Study. Unemployment rates and earnings by educational attainment, 2019. Accessed by July 15, 2020. Data is for persons age 25 and older who are full-time wage and salary earners. https://www.bls.gov/emp/chart-unemployment-earnings-education.htm
  7. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed July 7, 2021] www.bls.gov/ooh/. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2019-2029). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement. Employment conditions in your area may vary.
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