Medical Lab Technology

Degree Options

- Associate degree: 114 credits

- Certificate of proficiency: 67 credits


When to apply?

May, with notification of admission status in June. Be sure to attend an Information Session.


Program Contacts

Molly Morse, M.S., MLS (ASCP)cm
Room 2328



Sue Seegers, MT (HEW)
Room 2330



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Career Opportunities

  • clinical hospital laboratories
  • outreach laboratories
  • medical and reference laboratories

  • research laboratories
  • public health laboratories

Graduates work  in clinical and research laboratories. As generalists, MLTs can develop skills to work in a special testing area. With additional work experience, training, and a bachelor's degree, an MLT can advance to a Medical Laboratory Scientist, Supervisor, and Manager. For occupational data, including salary information, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics.




5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119

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Medical Laboratory personnel examine, analyze, and test clinical specimens such as blood and body fluids to aid in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. Medical Laboratory Technicians perform routine laboratory testing and assigned tasks with quality control and quality assurance.


The MLT program at Shoreline provides students with a foundation in general education and science courses required before entrance into the professional year of the program. The professional year covers areas of routine medical laboratory technology through lectures symposia, eLearning support, and student laboratory classes. Students then complete laboratory practicum training in medical laboratories. MLT program graduates are eligible to take the MLT (ASCP) national certification examination for Medical Laboratory Technician. 


Two Program Options

The associate degree is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to work in clinical laboratories as a Medical Laboratory Technician.


The certificate is a 67-credit program for students who already have an Associate degree or higher. Students who have already completed the program core requirements (see page 2 of the planning guide) or equivalent are eligible to apply.


Program Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this program should be able to:

  • Perform routine laboratory testing and procedures in a clinical laboratory.
  • Work effectively in a clinical laboratory setting with co-workers, healthcare staff and patients.
  • Recognize and evaluate normal/abnormal test results and take appropriate action.
  • Perform quality control and evaluate results.
  • Operate routine laboratory equipment and analyzers.
  • Recognize and comply with workplace practices and policies, such as safety and patient confidentiality.
  • Demonstrate a sound work ethic.

The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS) requests monitoring graduation, certification exam pass rate and employment. The Shoreline Community College – Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) Program 3-year average rates for 2012-2014 are:

  • 97% graduation/ 3% attrition rate for students admitted to the MLT Program
  • 100% MLT (ASCP) Certification pass rate for first time exam takers within the first year of graduation
  • 87.8% found employment in the field


Program Costs per Quarter

Tuition + Technology and PUB fees Check the Tuition Table
Parking fee $25 per quarter
Books Approx. $1000/program
Lab fees (subject to change) $303 per program
Injury Insurance for MLT 132, 241, 242, 244 Liability insurance ($6.25/course)  Varies (also available from the College for students taking at least 6 credits)
Vaccinations required for clinical practicum training Varies