Medical Laboratory Technology

Medical Laboratory Technicians perform medical laboratory tests for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. Laboratory tests contribute to up to 70% of all medical decisions made by doctors.

Associate in Science

The Associate in Science in Medical Laboratory Technology prepares you to become a skilled Medical Laboratory Technician. If you have an investigative mind and an interest in science and healthcare, you will enjoy clinical laboratory science. As a Medical Technician you will work collaboratively with physicians and medical laboratory scientists to perform a wide variety of complex medical lab tests that help to detect, diagnose, and treat disease. Upon completing the program, you will be ready and eligible to sit for the medical laboratory technology national board exams and will also be prepared to continue your education at the university level to earn a bachelor’s or higher degree.

This A.S. program is a combination of didactic and clinical education. It is selective admissions with the application process taking place over the summer semester. General education requirements, however, can be taken at any time at any Northwest Florida State College campus.

Our program offers hybrid classes where students only come to campus one day a week. We also offer a part-time option for students with outside obligations.

 

The Medical Laboratory Technician Program is currently seeking accreditation from the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science,5600 N. River Rd, Suite 720 Rosemont IL 60018-5119; ph 773.714.8880, and Licensure from the Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Science,4052 Bald Cypress Way Bin C-07, Tallahassee, FL 32399-3258; 850.488.0595 .


Important Dates:

Application period opens for technical classes: April

Application period ends: July

Information Sessions:

Email mlt@nwfsc.edu for information about the program


Program Details

Mission Statement: The mission of the Medical Laboratory Technology Program at Northwest Florida State College is to provide high quality didactic and clinical instruction in order to prepare students to work as competent medical laboratory technicians in all routine areas of the clinical laboratory. This program qualifies students to apply for a Medical Laboratory Technician License in the state of Florida and to take the national certification examinations (ASCP, AAB, and/or AMT). The program is committed to producing competent, committed, ethical technicians to serve the community of Northwest Florida.

Class Options

Related Certificates

  • No certificates currently available for this program

Career Outlook*

Employment needs are growing must faster than average for clinical laboratory workers and are expected to grow 11% from 2018 to 2028. Clinical laboratory technicians will be in demand to use and maintain equipment needed for diagnosis and treatment of growing serious medical conditions like cancer, type 2 diabetes, and other genetic conditions.

Typical salaries for the entry-level MLT begin at approximately $45,000 per year with the median annual wage for clinical laboratory technologists (Bachelor-level degree) and technicians (Associate-level degree) in our area being $49,200 in May 2018. A typical sign-on bonus in our area is approximately $10,000.

Average or Median Salary

$45,000

*All career data on this page, such as occupation description, career outlook and salary information reflects the national average and was sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.