Medical Laboratory Technology

Priority applications for the Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) program are accepted up to March 1 (every year) for the following Fall semester. Final applications are due July 1 (every year) for the following Fall semester. For questions about the MLT program and availability of class seats, contact Tracy Matthews, Medical Laboratory Technology Program Director, at


General 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; 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.

The majority of MLT courses are delivered in a blended format. Lecture is delivered online with lab sessions and exams held on campus. Lab sessions are two days in length and are held ten times during the semester. All MLT courses are taken concurrently for each semester offered and in sequence.

The student will receive an Associate of Applied Science degree upon successful completion of the program. The graduate is then eligible to take the Medical Laboratory Technician Board of Certification (BOC) administered through 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.

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 analysis ranges 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)

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

Fax: 970.248.1133



Application Information

The following application forms must be opened in Adobe Acrobat, so that it can be filled out electronically. Save the form(s) then submit them electronically to: