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Medical Laboratory Technician Associate of Applied Science Degree

Program Overview

The ​Medical Laboratory Technician Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degree program is a combination of classroom, laboratory and applied experiences that will provide students with training needed for employment in Medical Laboratory careers. 

Individuals with an interest in the clinical applications of the basic sciences and a commitment to quality patient care will do well in this challenging profession. The Medical Laboratory Technician works as a "medical detective," analyzing and reporting findings for a wide range of laboratory tests. 

Medical laboratory technicians collect blood, examine and analyze body fluids, tissues and cells. They look for bacteria, parasites, or other microorganisms; count cells and look for abnormal cells; analyze the chemical content of fluids; match blood for transfusions and test for drug levels in the blood to demonstrate how a patient is responding to treatment. They also prepare specimens for examination. They use automated equipment and instruments that perform a number of tests simultaneously, as well as microscopes, cell counters and other kinds of sophisticated laboratory equipment to perform tests. They then analyze the results and relay them to physicians, providing them with information essential to the effective diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring of patient disease. 

The Medical Laboratory Technician AAS degree earned prepares graduates to enter employment as a Medical Laboratory Technician or continue their education to earn a baccalaureate degree as a Medical Laboratory Scientist. ​​​​​

Program Mission and Outcomes​

Clinical Experience​

Program Delivery Methods
Hybrid, traditional in-class courses and hands-on training in state-of-the-art lab​s on Saint Paul College campus, St. Paul, MN​

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Program Highlights

  • ​Chemical analysis of blood samples. 
  • Macroscopic and microscopic examination of blood, urine and body fluids. 
  • Proper collection procedures of blood specimens. 
  • Culture and identification techniques for microorganisms obtained from patient specimens. 
  • Identification of blood cells. 
  • Determination of blood types and blood compatibility. 
  • Proper use of the latest industry instrumentation and equipment, i.e. spectrophotometric analyzers, centrifuges, automated cell counters, and microscopes.​

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Program Details

  • Program Requirements

    Program Requirements Guides
    View the Program Requirement Guide to learn about Minimum Program Entry Requirements, Recommended Course Sequence and Program Outcomes:

    General Education/MnTC Requirements
    The Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) is the general education curriculum for the Minnesota State system. Choose MnTC courses according to the requirements listed on your Program Requirements Guide. Refer to the MnTC course list for each Goal Area:

    Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) list.pdf

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    ​Students begin the program as a preMedical Laboratory Technician. A preMedical Laboratory Technician may take all of the required general education courses and medical terminology. Students should consult with the program advisor to develop an appropriate educational plan. 

    Program Application Process
    The next available Medical Laboratory Technician program start date is Fall Semester 2021. Interested students should submit completed Application to Medical Laboratory Technician Program (PDF)​ forms to One Stop following the directions on the application form. Submitted applications will be dated upon receipt and held in One Stop until the priority review deadline, February 1, 2021. After the priority review deadline, applications are reviewed on a first-qualified first-served basis (based on the date of submission). All applicants will receive written notification of their admission status via U.S. mail approximately 6 weeks after the priority review deadline. Inclusion of a complete, legible, accurate address on the application will help ensure delivery of the admission status letter.​

    Textbook and Supply Costs
    Students should expect to spend approximately $2,500.00, beyond the cost of tuition and fees, for books, supplies, certification exam, and liability insurance.

    ​Technical Standards​
    The Technical Standards are the essential non-academic requirements for successful progression in and completion of the Medical Laboratory Technician AAS degree program. The Technical Standards include knowledge, skill, attitudinal/behavioral abilities needed to acquire and demonstrate competence in the complex discipline of medical laboratory science. The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) requires that Technical Standards (also called Essential Functions) be made available to prospective s​tudents and to the public. Admitted students must document their awareness of and ability to comply with the Technical Standards.

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    ​Non-Academic Standards
    ​The links below describe non-academic admission requirements for students pursuing the Medical Laboratory Technician-AAS degree.


    Criminal Background Study​

    Professional Conduct​

    Program Progression
    For specific policies that address program progression view Medical Laboratory Technician Program Progression

    Transfer Credits and Advanced Placement
    The Medical Laboratory Technician program identifies specific requirements for consideration of prior coursework to fulfill course requirements. For more information view Transfer Credits and Advanced Placement​.

  • Career Settings

    • ​​​​Hospital laboratories
    • Medical clinics
    • Physicians' offices
    • Public health agencies
    • Reference laboratories
    • Pharmaceutical, industrial or medical research laboratories ​
    Potential Employers
    • HealthPartners
    • Allina Hospitals & Clinics
    • Fairview Health Services
    • Children's Hospitals & Clinics
    • North Memorial Medical Center
    • Park Nicollet Health Services
  • Transfer Pathways

    Saint Paul College has transfer articulation agreements between the following program and post-secondary institutions for the baccalaureate degree programs listed below. 

    For more information please go to ​www.saintpaul.edu/Transfer.​​

    Medical Laboratory Technician AAS

    • ​BS Clinical Laboratory Science, Winona State University 
    • BS Healthcare and Human Service Management, Saint Mary’s University-Twin Cities​ Campus 
    • BS Medical Laboratory Science, University of North Dakota
    • BA Health Care Administration, Concordia University-St. Paul
    • BA Individualized Studies, Metropolitan State University


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  • Additional Benefits

    ​National Certification Exam
    Upon completion of the program, the student is eligible to take an examination administered by the Board of Certification under the direction of the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

  • Program Advisor

    The MLT Program faculty and College Pathway advisors assist students in development of an appropriate educational plan. Through an integrated “guided pathway advising model” Saint Paul College provides a comprehensive framework to support and engage students during their transition into Saint Paul College through graduation and/or transfer to a university. Pathway advisors play a central role in helping students develop a map for success that includes academic, career and financial planning. Students are assigned to their Pathway Advisor according to their academic goals and/or point of entry into the College. Faculty Advisors provide guidance for students as they progress through the Medical Laboratory Technician program. MLT Program Faculty participate in ongoing advising with students enrolled in the MLT Program courses to monitor student engagement, persistence and success.

    In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) which protects the privacy of student records, all advising efforts at Saint Paul College maintain student confidentiality and impartiality.​

    ​Students should consult with the program advisor to develop an appropriate educational plan.

    Nicole Schroeder

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​This program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS):

5600 N River RD, Suite 720
Rosemount, IL 60018-5119
Telephone: 773.714.8880
Fax: 773.714.8886

E-mail: info@naacls.org​
Web site: www.naacls.org

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