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What exactly is a Medical Laboratory Technician, and what do they do?

The Associate Degreed Medical Laboratory Technician is a highly trained professional, who performs a wide variety of complex biochemical, microbiological, serological, hematological and microscopic laboratory tests that lead to the diagnosis of diseases and aids physicians in monitoring the progress of the patient’s health. In addition, MLT’s cross match blood, perform quality control in the laboratory, operate and maintain complex biological instruments, and may perform phlebotomy.

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What employment opportunities exist for MLT's?

Medical Laboratory Technicians work in a hospital, research, veterinary, reference, or physician’s office laboratories, emergency medical centers, public health facilities, for the American Red Cross or industry. Jobs are available on all three shifts, full time, part-time and PRN. There is a shortage of qualified laboratory technicians both nationally and locally. Employment opportunities are many. Some area hospitals are offering sign-on bonuses. With additional education, jobs may be available in areas such as DNA research, transplant and forensic medicine.

What is the typical salary for a MLT?

Starting salary varies with location and type of facility, however is generally $35,000 to $46,000 in the Cleveland area with a registry certification.

Are you required to be licensed or certified?

Currently, there is no licensure for MLT’s in Ohio. After successful completion of Tri-C’s MLT Program, students may be eligible to sit for a national certification examination, such as that given by American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). Inquire to the certification agency regarding specific eligibility requirements. The local medical facilities usually require that a medical laboratory technician be certified. Taking a certification examination is NOT a condition for being awarded the Associate of Applied Science Degree.

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How would you describe Tri-C’s MLT Program?

The Medical Laboratory Technology program at Cuyahoga Community College is an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree that gives students an integrated curriculum of classroom work and an abundance of hands-on, professional experience. The program offers students a solid foundation in mathematics, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, medical laboratory procedures, and medical ethics. This, along with the integrated liberal arts/general education courses and a 900-hour clinical practicum experience in a Cleveland area hospital, results in a high quality, well-rounded program. Tri-C program’s technical courses are offered at the Metropolitan Campus, and the general education and science courses may be taken at any of Tri-C’s three campuses. The 900 hour, hands-on clinical training is performed in the laboratories of Cleveland area hospitals. A short-term (16 week) blood drawing course (Phlebotomy) is also available through MLT Department.

Pass/No Pass (P/NP):

The Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) and Phlebotomy (LP) programs require a letter grade for all students who are eligible to elect a pass/no pass score. Credits that are awarded for letter grades are used in the computation of current or cumulative grade point averages needed to progress through these programs. Therefore, all MLT and LP curriculum courses, including general degree requirements must reflect a letter grade.

How long is the program?

The MLT Program (AAS degree) is a 21 month program; you cannot complete the course work in less than 21 months. All MLT courses must be taken in sequence.

Can I complete the program on a part-time basis?

NO. The program is considered a day program and full time due to the hours of the practicum. Early morning hours may be required at times. Entry into the program begins each fall semester only.

Is the program offered in the evenings or weekends?

General Degree courses may be taken on evenings and weekends but the clinical practicum and most the MLT technical courses are only offered during the daytime hours. Some of the MLT lecture courses are offered in the distance learning, internet mode, but may have daytime seminars.

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Can I work part-time while in the program?

Students enrolled in the MLT Program are cautioned regarding accepting employment. The intensity and continuity of the program is such that employment may negatively impact coursework responsibilities. The second year of the program, September through March, consists of a clinical rotation (28 hours a week) in an area hospital in addition to advanced technical lecture courses and other associate degree requirement courses.

What is the application deadline?

Students are admitted to the MLT Associate Degree Program on a first come first served basis after the above mention criteria has been met.

Can I transfer credits from another college or university?

Generally, yes. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with an academic counselor after your transcripts have been forwarded to the college.

I already have credits; can I complete the program in less than two years?

The Medical Laboratory Technician Program (AAS degree) is a 21 month program; you cannot complete the course work in less than 21 months due to the clinical practicum rotations. All MLT courses must be taken in sequence.

How many students do you accept each year?

20 students may be accepted per year (contingent upon available clinical sites)

When does the Medical Laboratory Technician start?

The program begins fall semester yearly, application deadline is August 1.

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How much does the program cost?

Tuition (approximate for in-county) $ 80.54/credit hr * $ 5,880
Laboratory Fees $120
Books and Supplies $1,500
Liability insurance (2 years) $25
Background Check $95
Total Estimated Cost $7,620


*Seventy three credit hours are needed to complete the program. You pay only for the credit hours for which you are enrolled each semester. If credits are transferred in from another college, the cost will be decreased. If a student needs remedial courses to become eligible, the cost will be higher depending on the number of extra courses needed. Textbooks vary in cost, but plan to spend an average of $75 per book per class.

What are some other associated costs?
The following costs are also incurred, and are subject to change:

  • Background check by Corporate Screenings, $85-$94
  • Professional Liability Insurance from Tri-C, $12.50
  • Physical examination, including vision test (variable)
  • Immunizations (including Hepatitis B series) (variable)
  • Certification in adult CPR American Heart Assoc. or American Red Cross ~$45
  • Proof of medical insurance coverage or student health insurance (variable)
  • Uniforms (scrubs or uniforms) and leather shoes
  • All stationary supplies (ream of paper for printing documents etc)
  • Parking/transportation fees to/from the practicum site, if applicable
  • Lab: Lab fees, plus disposable lab coats and gloves, and safety glasses (bookstore)
  • Cost of TOEFL test, if ESL student

Is financial aid available?

Yes. Students may qualify for financial aid through the usual federal or state programs. For information contact the Tri-C Financial Aid Department at 216-987-4100. Various scholarships through laboratory professional associations and companies may also be available.

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How do I apply?

Go to the Admissions Procedures link and follow the Entrance Procedures and Criteria instructions found there:

To obtain a printed application packet, please call the Health Careers Enrollment Center at Metropolitan Campus at 216-987-4247, or visit

When should I submit an application?
should I submit an application?should I submit an application?
When applying to the MLT Program, you may submit your application to the Health Careers Enrollment Center during the semester you are finishing your last Prerequisite Course. Completion of the Prerequisite Courses DOES NOT guarantee acceptance into the program for the current academic year. You are not officially accepted until you receive a “Letter of Acceptance” from the Program Manager. Students are admitted to the Medical Laboratory Technician Program in the order in which all complete application packets are received and the Entrance Criteria have been met. Applications are accepted throughout the year. The program begins fall semester yearly, application deadline is August 1.

How will I know if I have a spot in the Medical Laboratory Technician Program for the upcoming Fall Semester?

Accepted students will receive a “Letter of Acceptance” in the mail from the Program Manager. Once the student signs and returns the letter to the program manager,

What are the differences in between the Short Term Certificate in Phlebotomy vs. Medical Laboratory Technician Programs?

The Phlebotomy program trains the student to be proficient in blood collection and processing only. The Medical Laboratory Technician Program prepares the student to obtain an AAS degree, and in addition to blood collection, it provides training in hematology, urinalysis, problem solving, microbiology, blood bank and serology, and clinical chemistry.

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What Prerequisite Courses are required for the Medical Laboratory Technician Program?

  • ENG 1010 English Composition (or transfer of college level English)
  • MATH 1141 Applied Algebra and Mathematical Reasoning (or transfer of equivalent)
  • BIO 1100 Introduction to Biological Chemistry (or transfer of equivalent)
  • Eligibility for Chemistry 1300 (Sufficient score on chemistry placement test, or completion of Chem 1010)
  • ESL Students/TOEFL Test: The ability to communicate verbally and in written form is basic to the provision of health services in a safe and effective manner. Therefore, any student placed in English as a Second Language (ESL) courses through the college’s ESL Assessment procedure (at the college Assessment Center) will be required to take and pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score in Reading 21, Listening 22, Writing 23 and Speaking 24. Arrangements and costs incurred for the TOEFL will be the responsibility of the student. Submit TOEFL report to the program application. The student must also complete ESL 1330 with a C or better.

What GPA is required for the Medical Laboratory Technician Program?

Applicants must achieve a minimum of 2.5 cumulative grade point average (based on a 4.0 scale) with no course having a grade lower than ‘C’ for the prerequisite courses listed or their Tri-C transfer equivalent. Applicants must have a grade point average of 2.5 for the prerequisite courses listed.

Is there any reason I may not be accepted into the program aside from not meeting the Program Entrance Requirements?

Yes. All students enrolled in health career programs that require students to complete clinical experiences outside the College must complete and pass a background check that includes finger printing and court search (BCI), and potentially, a drug screen. Please click here for more information.

Is the program accredited?

Yes, Tri-C’s MLT Program is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). NAACLS can be reached at: 5600 N River Rd, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018; Phone: 773-714-8880 or

Who can I speak to if I have other questions?

You may contact the Program Manager at 216-987-4438 or access the website at

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