Medical Laboratory Technology

Career Entry Description of a Medical Laboratory Technician

At career entry, the medical laboratory technician will be able to perform routine clinical laboratory tests (such as hematology, clinical chemistry, immunohematology, microbiology, serology/immunology, coagulation, molecular and other emerging diagnostics). They will be able to serve as the primary analyst making specimen-oriented decisions on predetermined criteria, including a working knowledge of critical values. Communications skills will extend to frequent interactions with members of the healthcare team, external relations, customer service and patient education. The level of analyses range from waived and point of care testing to complex testing encompassing all major areas of the clinical laboratory.

The medical laboratory technician will have diverse functions in areas of pre-analytical, analytical and post-analytical processes. MLTs will have responsibilities for information processing, training and quality control monitoring wherever clinical laboratory testing is performed. (As adopted from NAACLS, 2001)


General Program Information

The Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) program at Colorado Mesa University is five semesters in length. Essential Learning and foundation courses are taken the first year and summer, while the second year consists of MLT program courses, followed by one semester of clinical internship in the fall at an affiliated site in western Colorado. A new group of students are admitted to the program each fall. Students are required to enroll in all MLT courses offered each semester and the courses need to be completed in sequence.

The majority of MLT courses are delivered in a blended format. The lectures and assignments are delivered online for the theory courses have lectures and assignments delivered online which can be accessed at any time for students, while major exams are held on campus or at an approved site outside of Grand Junction with a proctor present. Weekly lab sessions are held on campus that last for five hours each for each course. 

The student will receive an Associate of Applied Science degree upon successful completion of the program. The graduate is eligible for national certification as a Medical Laboratory Technician through the Board of Certification (BOC) exam administered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). A passing score on the ASCP exam will allow the student to use the credentials of MLT (ASCP)CM after their name.

Priority applications for the Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) program are due March 1 for the upcoming Fall start of the program. Final applications are accepted up until July 1 for any remaining seats in the program. All prerequisite coursework does not need to be completed when placing an application, but will need to be complete by the time the program starts.


Advising Information

Contact Tracy Matthews, Medical Laboratory Technology Program Director, at if an advising appointment is desired.


General Information

Department of Health Sciences

Phone: 970.248.1398