Medical Laboratory Technician

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Medical Laboratory Technician

Associate Degree

64 credits | 2 Years

Financial Aid-Eligible

New Richmond

Combination of On Site and Online instruction

Career Cluster: Health Sciences

Students in selected health sciences programs will travel to the Shell Lake Health Education Center. Travel requirements are customized to meet individual program course competencies.

New Program - Starting Fall 2024

Medical laboratory technicians work behind-the-scenes to perform medical laboratory tests to aid in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. Medical laboratory technicians use a variety of technology, instrumentation, and manual procedures to collect, process, and analyze biological specimens.

Program Overview

At career entry, the medical laboratory technician will be able to collect, process, and analyze blood and body fluids by performing routine clinical laboratory tests in the areas of hematology, clinical chemistry, immunology, immunohematology, microbiology, and urinalysis. Medical laboratory technicians are highly specialized healthcare professionals that use state-of-the-art equipment to provide laboratory test results to physicians that aid in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. As an essential member of the healthcare team, Medical laboratory technicians work collaboratively with other healthcare professionals in hospitals, clinics, physician offices, and research laboratories.

Program Outcomes

Medical Laboratory Technician graduates will be able to:

  • Practice laboratory safety and regulatory compliance
  • Collect and process biological specimens
  • Monitor and evaluate quality control in the laboratory
  • Apply modern clinical methodologies including problem solving and troubleshooting according to predetermined criteria
  • Correlate laboratory results to diagnosis of clinical conditions and/or diseases
  • Perform information processing in the clinical laboratory
  • Model professional behaviors, ethics, and appearance
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Test sample for analysis. Selective focus of a transparent petri dish with liquid in it


transferring liquid into microwell plates using a pipette

Highly skilled.

DIVERSE GROUP working in the laboratory

Flexible work environments. 


Medical Laboratory Technician is a two-year program at the New Richmond campus. Students have the option to complete some general education coursework in the summer between their first and second year. 

Latest Technology

As a Medical Laboratory Technician student at Northwood Tech, you will have access to latest technology and state-of-the-art instrumentation. 

In-Demand Career

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical laboratory technicians are expected to grow by 5% from 2022-2032, which is faster than the average for all occupations.

Clinical Experience

The Medical Laboratory Technician program provides students with quality clinical rotations with area healthcare partners.

Required Courses

Program-specific courses are taught by highly-trained and experienced instructors in the areas of clinical chemistry, hematology, immunology, blood bank, microbiology and molecular diagnostics.

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Featured Medical Laboratory Technician Courses

| 2 CR
This course provides opportunities for learners to perform routine venipuncture, routine capillary puncture and special collection procedures. COREQUISITE: 10513110 Basic Lab Skills and 10513112 Phlebotomy Clinical and PREREQUISITE: Admission to the Phlebotomy Certificate
| | 4 CR
Introduces clinical chemistry techniques and procedures for routine analysis using photometric, potentiometric and separation techniques. Topics in this course include pathophysiology and methodologies for carbohydrate, lipids, proteins, renal function and blood gas analysis. Additional topics include hepatic, cardiac markers, tumor markers, endocrine function, miscellaneous body fluids, toxicology, enzymes and electrolytes. PREREQUISITES: 10806186 Intro to Biochemistry and Admission to the Medical Laboratory Technician program. The Medical Laboratory Technician program is supported with $200,000 in WTCS Grant Funds.
| 3 CR
Covers the theory and principles of blood cell production and function and introduces you to basic practices and procedures in the hematology laboratory. PREREQUISITES: 10513110 Basic Lab Skills, 10806177 General Anatomy and Physiology, and Admission to the Medical Laboratory Technician program. The Medical Laboratory Technician program is supported with $200,000 in WTCS Grant Funds.

Admissions and Tuition

Northwood Tech has an easy admission process that can be completed in one visit. Please see the details under the "Requirements and Application" section to get started.

Requirements and Application

Tuition and Fees

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Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to help you pay for your education. It can come in the form of grants, loans, federal work-study, military and veterans benefits, division of vocational rehabilitation benefits, and scholarships. 

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Cost of Attendance

The Cost of Attendance (COA) is an estimate of the costs that you may incur while attending Northwood Technical College.

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Estimated Total Program Tuition 2024-25*

Medical Laboratory Technician

64 Credits | 2 Years


*Tuition is an estimate and does not include any miscellaneous fees for various courses, tools, books, supplies or uniforms. Program book costs are in addition to tuition and fees and vary depending on course selection and where the books are purchased or rented. 

NEW Westfields Hospital & Clinic Scholarship for Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) Students

Westfields Hospital & Clinic is proud to announce an exciting scholarship opportunity for Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) students. This scholarship would award tuition, book, and fee assistance. In exchange and upon completion of the program, the student is encouraged to work for HealthPartners for at least one year. 

Location will be the student’s choice and based on current openings.

Westfields Hospital & Clinic | Award-winning care in New Richmond, WI (

Our locations | HealthPartners & Park Nicollet

Details of the application process will be emailed to all admitted Medical Laboratory Technician students.

After the Northwood Tech Medical Laboratory Technician Program

Upon completion of the program, you will earn a Medical Laboratory Technician associate degree.

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Transfer your Northwood Tech credits to a four-year college to earn your bachelor's degree and beyond. 

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Career Outlooks

Northwood Tech's graduates experience success. Learn more about the types of careers you can get after graduation.

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This program is seeking accreditation by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, 5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119, phone 773-714-8880.



Graduates may be eligible to take a national certification exam through the American Society for Clinical Pathologists’ (ASCP) Board of Certification (BOC).

The Medical Laboratory Technician program is supported with $200,000 in WTCS Grant Funds.


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