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Medical Laboratory Technology

Career and Technical Program

Medical Laboratory Technology
Medical Laboratory Technology
Medical Laboratory Technology

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Information about the January 2021 Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) Program can be obtained by contacting the Health Professions Advisor. While the Spring 2021 MLT application period has closed, there may be program availability through the scheduled January 11, 2021 program start date. Please call 208-625-2320 for details regarding application to the Spring 2021 MLT Program.

Application for the January 2022 MLT Program start is scheduled to open late July 2021 with a priority application deadline set in mid-October. After this date, program seats will remain available until filled through a final application deadline set in November 2021.

The Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) program prepares graduates to work as medical lab technicians qualified to perform various laboratory procedures, including low-, medium-, and high-complexity testing. The MLT program includes instruction in the laboratory disciplines of microbiology, hematology, medical chemistry, transfusion medicine, urinalysis, and lab operations. Coursework is closely connected to student laboratory opportunities. After completing the theory for the discipline, clinical internship experiences are arranged offering students opportunities to practice in real-world laboratory environments.

Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for a national certification examination. The certification of choice for most employers is through the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification. An individual must pass this examination to be eligible for most employment opportunities in medical labs in Idaho and Washington.

The Medical Laboratory Technology program is a competitive admissions program. Ten (10) students are admitted to the Professional Component of the program each spring semester. Program requirements other than the Professional Component are open to all students who meet the specific course prerequisites. An AAS degree can be obtained in a 24-month course of study following completion of the Program Requirements. A minimum grade point average of C+/2.3 is required in all MLT courses.

Program Outcomes

  • Pass Rate:
    The pass rates for the ASCP MLT national certification exam were 80% in 2018, 100% in 2019 and 100% in 2020 for a three-year average certification pass rate of 92%
  • Completion rate:
    In the last three years, 95% of students who began the final half of the MLT program graduated.
  • Employment rate:
    In the last three years, 100% of graduates are employed in the field or in a closely related field and/or continued their education within one year of graduation.


Program Accreditation

North Idaho College’s MLT Program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).
Address: 5600 N River Road Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018
Phone: 773.714.8800
Fax: 773.714.8886

Admission Requirements

Competitive Entry

  1. Official high school transcripts or equivalent.
  2. Application to the Medical Laboratory Technology program.
  3. Minimum grades of C/2.0 must be received in each of the prerequisite courses listed below.
    The First Semester prerequisites must be completed by the application deadline.
    The Second Semester prerequisite courses must be completed by the program start.
    First Semester

    • BIOL-175 (Human Biology) or BIOL-227 (Human Anatomy & Physiology I)
    • CHEM-101 (Intro to Essentials of General Chemistry I) or CHEM-111 (Principles of General College Chemistry I)
    • ENGL-101 (English Composition)
    • MATH-143 (College Algebra)*
    Second Semester
    • BACT-250 (General Microbiology)
    • PSYC-101 (Introduction to Psychology)
    • COMM-101 (Intro to Speech Communication)
    • CHEM-112 (Principles of General College Chemistry II) or CHEM-275 (Carbon Compounds)
  4. A criminal background check will be required upon acceptance. Violations may result in denied access to clinical sites and therefore inability to complete the program. For questions regarding specific violations, please contact the program director

*Mathematics requirement includes any math course that is MATH-143 or higher and fulfills the A.A.S. degree requirements as listed in the NIC catalog.


Health Professions Advisor
(208) 625-2320

Sonja Nehr-Kanet, MS, MLS (ASCP)cm
Medical Lab Technology Program Director/Instructor Health Professions Division
(208) 929-4015
Meyer Health and Sciences Building Room 132


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