Medical laboratory technology
Laboratory tests play an important part in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of many diseases.
As a medical laboratory technician, you’ll analyze the blood, tissues and fluids in the human body with precision instruments, such as microscopes and automated analyzers. You’ll assist in 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 cross-match blood samples. Medical technicians also collect blood samples.
Technicians employed in small laboratories often perform a variety of tests, while those in large labs may specialize in areas such as microbiology, parasitology, clinical chemistry, blood banking and hematology.
Program graduates are eligible to take the national certification exams given by the ASCP and NCA.
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 of applied science in medical laboratory technology
Placement and graduation rates (2016, 2017, 2018)
- Three-year average BOC certification pass rate = 97%
- Three-year average graduation rate = 100%
- Three-year average employment placement rate = 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
Rosemont, IL 60018
Program learning outcomes
- Demonstrates an understanding of laboratory analysis ranging from waived and point of care testing to complex testing encompassing all the major areas of the clinical laboratory and be able to function at all phases of the analytic process, pre-analytic, analytic, and post-analytic.
- Demonstrates the ability to perform routine clinical laboratory tests (hematology, clinical chemistry, immunohematology, microbiology, serology/immunology, coagulation) as the primary analyst. The level of analysis ranges from waived and point of care testing to complex testing encompassing all major areas of the clinical laboratory (NAACLS).
- Demonstrate the ability to use previously learned information and skills to new situations, recognize and resolve problems that arise in the testing process.
- Demonstrates the ability to communicate in the English language, verbally, written, and in electronic formats (as in laboratory information system).
- Demonstrate commitment to the patient and profession by displaying ethical and moral attitudes required for interacting with patient, professional associates, and the community.