Medical Laboratory Technology

Career and Technical Program

Medical Laboratory Technology
Medical Laboratory Technology
Medical Laboratory Technology

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Application for the Spring 2019 cohort is now open. The application deadline is October 11, 2018.

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 selective admissions program. Ten students are admitted to the program each Fall Semester. Course requirements prior to the core MLT courses are open to all students who meet specific course prerequisites. An A.A.S degree can be obtained in a 24-month course of study following completion of the required prerequisites. A minimum cumulative grade point average of C+/2.3 is required on all MLT courses.

Statement of Accreditation Status

The North Idaho College MLT Program has completed all requirements for recognition as a Serious Applicant for Initial Accreditation by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Rd. Suite 720 Rosemont, IL 60018-5119; telephone: (773) 714-8880; email:; 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 Genera 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.


Brian Parker
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

This workforce solution was funded $6,438,050 (100% of its total cost), from a grant awarded under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grants, as implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. (#TC-26479-14-60-A-16). The solution was created by the grantee and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Department of Labor. The Department of Labor makes no guarantees, warranties, or assurances of any kind, express or implied, with respect to such information, including any information linked on sites and including, but not limited to, accuracy of the information or its completeness, timeliness, usefulness, adequacy, continued availability or ownership. North Idaho College is an Equal Opportunity institution. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.


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