Medical Laboratory Technology

Laboratory tests play an important part in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of many diseases. Medical laboratory technicians perform a wide variety of tests and laboratory procedures that require a high level of skill.

The medical laboratory technician analyzes the blood, tissues and fluids in the human body by using precision instruments such as microscopes and automated analyzers. Technicians assist in performing complicated chemical, microscopic and bacteriological tests including: blood cholesterol level; microscopic examination of the blood to detect the presence of diseases; and cultures of body fluid or tissue samples to determine the presence of bacteria, parasites or other microorganisms. Technicians may also type and crossmatch blood samples. Collection of blood samples by venipuncture and skin puncture is a required skill of medical technicians.

Technicians employed in small laboratories often perform a variety of tests, while those in large laboratories may specialize in areas such as microbiology, parasitology, clinical chemistry, blood banking and hematology. Medical laboratory technicians are valued members of the health team. Graduates of the program are eligible to take the national certification exams given by the ASCP and NCA.

Applicants should review the program essential functions to determine if they meet these requirements, available from the program director.

According to various sections of the Ohio Law and Regulations for Certification and Licensure Boards, persons convicted of any felony or a misdemeanor related may not be accepted into a health program at Stark State College; may not be able to take the licensure or certification examinations; may be refused acceptance of placement by the clinical/practicum sites; or may have restrictions placed on their ability to practice. For more information, contact the dean of student services and the applicable licensure/certification board.

Associate Degree Course Sequence

  • Student Success Seminar
    Principles of Human Structure & Function (lab)
    General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry I
    Fundamentals of Laboratory Techniques
    Hematology I
    General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry II
    Hematology II
    Principles of Microbiology (lab)
    Urinalysis and Body Fluids
    College Composition
    Clinical Chemistry
    Clinical Microbiology
    Social Science Elective
    MLT Applications
    MLT Directed Practice
    MLT Seminar


Associate of applied science in medical laboratory technology

  • MLT Program Placement rate for the last 3 years =75%
  • MLT Program Graduation rate for the last 3 years = 92%

The medical laboratory technology program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), which is sponsored by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and the American Society (ASCLS) of Clinical Laboratory Scientists. NAACLS can be reached at:

5600 N River Rd
Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018