Medical Laboratory Technology

The Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) program provides students with the knowledge and skills to analyze bodily fluids and tissues to aid in the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of patients' health.

MLT students focus on learning about each of the major areas of medical laboratory sciences, such as sample collections, immunology, body fluid analysis, hematology, chemistry, microbiology and blood bank. With these classes, in addition to the didactic ("lecture") portion of the course that is delivered online, students perform 170 campus laboratory hours focusing on skills needed for entry-level competency. During the last semester of the program, students are immersed in a 600-hour clinical where they perform sample analyses in a modern hospital laboratory.

The program is a two and one-half year program of study. Graduates of the program are awarded an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree from CMU. Upon graduation, students are eligible to take nationally recognized certification examinations and are immediately eligible for employment.

Advising information

Contact Tracy Matthews, medical laboratory technology program coordinator, at tmatthews@coloradomesa.edu if an advising appointment is desired.

To fulfill the requirements of the AAS degree, students must complete 75 credit hours. The first year of the program includes prerequisite foundation coursework in math, chemistry and biology, as well as Essential Learning (general education) coursework. Students apply to the MLT program in March of the first year. Not all coursework needs to be completed at the time of application, although students must complete all prerequisite coursework prior to starting the program. The second year of the program begins in the fall semester with introductory medical laboratory concepts and skills, followed by more in-depth courses in the spring semester. Students complete a 600-hour hospital laboratory internship during the final semester of the program in the fall. Due to the progressive instructional design, all MLT program courses are taken concurrently each semester and in sequence.

Academic Requirements

Medical laboratory technicians work mainly in healthcare settings, primarily hospital laboratories. Other healthcare settings include clinic laboratories and private office laboratories where the MLT may also draw blood from patients for testing. Other career opportunities that utilize the knowledge and skills of a MLT involve working in pharmaceutical manufacturing, biomedical research labs, crime labs, blood banks and large reference labs.

Application Information

The application deadline for the MLT program is March 1. Please review the Application Checklist and be sure to submit your information as outlined.

Accreditation

The CMU Medical Laboratory Technology program is accredited through the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), which is an independent nonprofit accrediting agency that ensures the quality and integrity of educational programs that prepare professionals to work in the medical laboratory.

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  • This program dives into all directions of this field, making you feel comfortable and prepared for the real life applications after graduation. The year and a half of learning and studying improved my confidence, work ethic and self discipline, creating a strong suit for potential employment. Solidifying the abundant amount of knowledge during that year and a half felt more achievable due to the amount of students per teacher creating a more personal learning environment. I found my first employer even before graduating and three years later I remain satisfied from where this program has taken me and couldn’t be happier.
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    Jasmine Van't Hoff
    MLT Alumna
  • The MLT program at CMU thoroughly prepared me for my career. The faculty were always available to help, from answering questions to just helping you walk through a specific subject. Since graduating I have taken a travel job and get to work in labs all over the country. I have been able to work for one of the top hospitals in the country and felt like I was able to keep up and add to the patient care process.
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    John Summers
    MLT Alumni
94%

Program Completion

Students that were enrolled in the second half of the program in 2015-2017 graduated.

100%

Pass Rate

Graduates from 2015-2017 passed the national Board of Certification (ASCP) on their first attempt.

100%

Employment

Graduates from 2015-2017 found employment or continued their education within one year of graduation.

College to Career

As a student at CMU, Adriana Ramos Gonzalez was immersed in a medical laboratory and put the theory learned in class, into practice. This experience prepared her for her current position as a Medical Lab Technician at St. Mary's Hospital.

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The MLT program offers phlebotomy courses to CMU students that are non-MLT majors. Students that successfully complete the two courses are eligible for national phlebotomist certification through the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).