Medical Laboratory Technology

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The Medical Laboratory Technology program will prepare students for employment as medical laboratory technicians responsible for performing laboratory analysis. The program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

A student spends the first three semesters of the program in the classroom and lab at Mitchell Technical College. The remainder of the program assigns students to an affiliated hospital/clinic lab for a clinical practicum externship. During this time the student will work under the supervision of the lab personnel performing tests and other lab work as well as completing class assignments.

Graduates may test to become certified as Medical Laboratory Technicians by the Board of Certification.

The MLT Student Handbook is available HERE.

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Curriculum

Award: AAS Degree

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Semesters
First Semester
HS101Medical Terminology3 credits
HS103Anatomy/Physiology4 credits
ML104Medical Laboratory Fundamentals3 credits
ML105Instrumentation2 credits
MATH103Mathematical Reasoning3 credits
SPCM101Fundamentals of Speech3 credits
SSS100Student Success1 credit
Total Semester Hours19 credits
Second Semester
ML111Hemostasis2 credits
ML112Hematology6 credits
ML121Urinalysis Body Fluids3 credits
ML144Intro to Laboratory Chemistry3 credits
ML171Immunology Serology3 credits
ENGL101English Composition3 credits
Total Semester Hours20 credits
Third Semester
ML230Clinical Chemistry4 credits
ML240Microbiology6 credits
ML272Immunohematology/Blood Banking3 credits
HS100Basic Life Support for Health Care0.5 credits
Behavioral Science Elective3 credits
Social Science Elective3 credits
Total Semester Hours19.5 credits
Fourth Semester
ML214Practical Clinical Hematology4 credits
ML224Practical Clinical Urinalysis3 credits
ML244Prac Clinic Microbiology Serology5 credits
ML274Practical Clinical-Immunohematology4 credits
Total Semester Hours16 credits
Fifth Semester
ML234Practical Clinical Chemistry6 credits
Total Semester Hours6 credits

Requirements

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • It is required that applicants to the program have successfully completed high school algebra, chemistry and biology with a C (2.0) or better to demonstrate proficiency in math and science. In addition, an applicant must have a cumulative high school GPA of 2.5 or higher. Some special requirements may have to be met before entrance to the program or to certain clinical sites. See the Program Director or the MLT Student Handbook for details.
  • All students accepted to the Medical Laboratory Technology program must submit to a criminal background check at the student’s expense. Mitchell Technical College has partnered with CastleBranch to complete your background check. You will need to create a username and password. Details are available from the Admissions office. Please click here to begin the process.

IMMUNIZATIONS

Some immunization requirements may have to be met before entrance to certain clinical sites. See the Instructor for details.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Students must have earned a grade of C or better in all previous technical courses before enrolling in clinical courses.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Students must earn a grade of C (2.0) or higher in all technical courses including the clinical practicum in order to graduate.

COMPUTER REQUIREMENTS

This program allows you to bring your own laptop as long as it meets these minimum specifications:

Processor – Intel Core i Series (i3, i5, i7) or AMD Ryzen
Operating System – Windows 10
Webcam Recommended
Memory – 4 GB or more
Internal Storage – 64 GB or more
Microsoft Office is available at no charge as long as enrolled at Mitchell Tech
NO APPLE/MAC COMPUTERS

LICENSURE DISCLOSURE

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to sit for the Medical Laboratory Technician, MLT(ASCP) certification exam with the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification. South Dakota and many other states do not require additional licensure to practice as a Medical Laboratory Technician. Licensure is currently required in 11 states. The requirements of the law vary from state to state. If you plan to locate in a state with licensure requirements, that state should be contacted for specific information on how to obtain licensure. Generally, you will need to demonstrate that you have graduated from an accredited MLT program (MTC’s program meets this requirement) and have obtained MLT(ASCP) certification. California has its own certification exam.

Licensure is not required in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

Mitchell Technical College has determined that our program’s curriculum meets the educational requirements for licensure in the following states:  Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Tennessee, West Virginia.

Mitchell Technical College has made no determination that our program’s curriculum meets the educational requirements for licensure in the following states:  California, District of Columbia, Florida, New York, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands.

For further information regarding practicing as a Medical Laboratory Technician in other states, please visit the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science website:  http://www.ascls.org/advocacy-issues/licensure

Outcomes

At the completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

Demonstrate competency in the clinical setting.
  • Demonstrate competency in clinical chemistry
  • Demonstrate competency in clinical hematology / phlebotomy
  • Demonstrate competency in clinical urinalysis
  • Demonstrate competency in clinical microbiology
  • Demonstrate competency in clinical immunology / immunohematology
Think critically.
  • Demonstrate good judgment and decision-making in the clinical setting
  • Correlate test results with clinical significance and patient history
  • Recognize emergency patient conditions and initiate appropriate procedures
Communicate effectively.
  • Demonstrate effective written communication skills
  • Demonstrate effective oral communication skills
Demonstrate professional attitudes, behaviors, growth and ethics.
  • Conduct themselves in an ethical and professional manner
  • Work effectively with supervisory personnel
  • Join a professional organization
  • Know and follow safety rules
Graduate as entry-level technologists who demonstrate professional ethics through their attitudes and behaviors.
  • Pass the BOC exam
  • Perform as entry-level medical laboratory technicians
  • Find employment within 12 months of graduation
  • Graduate after beginning the final half of the program
Annual Program Review

Check out the 2023-24 Annual Program Review for information on how faculty ensure the quality and effectiveness of the program.

Accreditation

The Mitchell Tech Medical Laboratory Technology program, offered for the AAS degree, is accredited through October 2026 by:

The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
5600 N. River Rd. Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
773.714.8880

Current length of accreditation: 10 years

3-year average licensure exam rate for Medical Laboratory Technology graduates American Society for Clinical Pathology
Year GraduatedCandidatesPassing*Percentage Passing
202388100%
20225480%
202188100%
3-Year Total212095%
3-year average program completion rate for Medical Laboratory Technology
Year GraduatedNumber Beginning
Final Half of Program
Number GraduatingCompletion Rate
20239889%
202255100%
2021111091%
3-Year Total252392%
3-year average placement rate for Medical Laboratory Technology program graduates 
Year GraduatedNumber Responding
Graduates
Number Employed in
MLT or Continuing Ed
Placement Rate
202388100%
202255100%
20211010100%
3-Year Total2323100%

*NAACLS has defined the certification examination pass rate as the number of graduates who pass the American Society for Clinical Pathology BOC examination compared with the number of graduates who take the examination within the first year of graduation.

Faculty

Shirlyce Weisser

Instructor

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Lynne Smith

Program Director / Instructor

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Cost

$ 4000
Program Tuition & Fees ⓘ

Other Required Costs

Books / Tools (estimated) $1,357

Scholarships

$750

1 AVAIL.

SD Municipal Electric Association Energy Production & Transmission Scholarship

SD Municipal Electric Association

All programs eligible.
Must be a resident of the SD Municipal Electric Association service area.

$1000

2 AVAIL.

South Dakota Wheat Commission

South Dakota Wheat Commission

The South Dakota Wheat Commission began offering scholarships for Culinary Academy of South Dakota, Animal Science, Ag Business, Agronomy, Precision Technology, and SD Center for Farm and Ranch Management program students in 2014. The Commission has been an active supporter of several Mitchell Technical College programs for several years and has provided financial support for equipment and program development.
Agricultural Business
Agronomy
Animal Science
Culinary Academy of South Dakota
Precision Ag Technology
Applicants must be currently enrolled as first year full-time students in the Culinary Academy of South Dakota or Agronomy programs, with second choice being Ag Business, Animal Science or Precision Technology Applicants must complete the MTC current student online application during the open enrollment period as instructed to be eligible for this scholarship Applicant must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher Award considerations include academic performance, financial need, responses to essay questions and recommendations from instructors. Ag award preference would be to someone who comes from or has plans to go into production agriculture, specifically wheat production Culinary Academy of South Dakota award preference would be students interested in the baking side of the program

$1000

4 AVAIL.

Osterhaus Endowed Scholarships

Martin and Maude Osterhaus established this endowed scholarship in 1995 to provide financial support for at least four deserving Mitchell Tech students each year. The scholarships will be awarded in January each year and applied to the recipient's account the following Fall semester.
Accounting
Agricultural Business
Agronomy
Animal Science
Architectural Design and Building Construction
Automation Controls/SCADA
Business Management
Culinary Academy of South Dakota
Diesel Power - Ag Power Technology
Electrical Construction & Maintenance
Electrical Utilities & Substation Technology
Heating & Cooling Technology
Human Services Technician
Information Systems Technology
Machining and Manufacturing
Medical Assistant
Medical Laboratory Technology
Medical Office Professional
Medical Office Professional
Power Line Construction & Maintenance
Power Sports & Marine Technology
Precision Ag Technology
Radiation Therapy
Radiologic Technology
Small Business Management
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Utilities Technology
Wi-Fi & Broadband Technologies
Wind Turbine Technology
Applicant must be a currently enrolled first year full-time student in any two year program Applicant must demonstrate financial need as determined by the FAFSA (universal financial aid application form) Applicant must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher Applicant must complete the MTC online application during the open application period as instructed to be eligible for this scholarship Applicant must have good leadership skills

$1000

1 AVAIL.

Mitchell Tech Retiree Endowed Scholarship

The scholarship was established by the former faculty and staff of Mitchell Tech.
Accounting
Agricultural Business
Agronomy
Animal Science
Architectural Design and Building Construction
Automation Controls/SCADA
Business Management
Culinary Academy of South Dakota
Diesel Power - Ag Power Technology
Electrical Construction & Maintenance
Electrical Utilities & Substation Technology
Geospatial Technologies
Heating & Cooling Technology
Human Services Technician
Information Systems Technology
Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)
Machining and Manufacturing
Medical Assistant
Medical Laboratory Technology
Medical Office Professional
Medical Office Professional
Natural Gas Technology
Office Technology Specialist
Power Line Construction & Maintenance
Power Sports & Marine Technology
Precision Ag Technology
Radiation Therapy
Radiologic Technology
Small Business Management
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Utilities Technology
Wi-Fi & Broadband Technologies
Wind Turbine Technology
Applicant must be enrolled full time at MTC. Applicant must have a GPA of 2.5 or greater. Applicant must complete the MTC Online application during the open application period to be eligible to receive this scholarship.

$1000

2 AVAIL.

Laverne & Nell Tollefson Memorial Scholarship

Charlene Bainbridge

The LaVerne and Nell Tollefson Memorial Scholarship is eligible for any program at Mitchell Technical College. Also the recipient must have a current GPA of 2.5 or higher and be a current student.
Accounting
Administrative Office Specialist
Agricultural Business
Agronomy
Animal Science
Architectural Design and Building Construction
Automation Engineering Technology
Automation Controls/SCADA
Business Management
Culinary Academy of South Dakota
Diesel Power - Ag Power Technology
Diesel Power - Light Truck Technology
Electrical Construction & Maintenance
Electrical Utilities & Substation Technology
Geospatial Technologies
Heating & Cooling Technology
Human Services Technician
Information Systems Technology
Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN)
Machining and Manufacturing
Medical Assistant
Medical Laboratory Technology
Medical Office Professional
Medical Office Professional
Natural Gas Technology
On Campus
Power Line Construction & Maintenance
Power Sports & Marine Technology
Precision Ag Technology
Progressive Welding Technology
Radiation Therapy
Radiologic Technology
Registered Nursing (LPN to RN)
Small Business Management
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Utilities Technology
Wi-Fi & Broadband Technologies
Wind Turbine Technology
Applicant must be accepted or currently enrolled as a full-time student in any program at Mitchell Technical College. Applicant must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher Applicant must complete the MTC online application during the open application period as instructed to be eligible for this scholarship

$500

2 AVAIL.

John And Diane Weber “Career Change” Endowed Scholarship

John and Diane Weber Family and Friends

This scholarship was established in 2015 by the daughters of Diane Weber, wife of former Culinary Academy of South Dakota instructor and Mitchell Tech alum, John Weber. Diane's early adult years were spent in the Peace Corp, working at Bell Telephone and teaching German and English after college. The scholarship honors Diane's desire in 1974 to change her career and her enrollment at Mitchell Tech to become a Clinical Lab Technician. While attending Mitchell Tech she met John, completed her education, and then spent several years working as a Clinical Lab Technician. The scholarships will be awarded in January each year and applied to the recipient's account the following Fall semester.
Accounting
Agricultural Business
Agronomy
Animal Science
Architectural Design and Building Construction
Automation Controls/SCADA
Culinary Academy of South Dakota
Diesel Power - Ag Power Technology
Electrical Construction & Maintenance
Electrical Utilities & Substation Technology
Geospatial Technologies
Heating & Cooling Technology
Human Services Technician
Information Systems Technology
Machining and Manufacturing
Medical Assistant
Medical Laboratory Technology
Medical Office Professional
Power Line Construction & Maintenance
Power Sports & Marine Technology
Precision Ag Technology
Radiation Therapy
Radiologic Technology
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant
Utilities Technology
Wi-Fi & Broadband Technologies
Wind Turbine Technology
Full time enrollment in a program at Mitchell Technical College to prepare for a career change GPA of 3.0 or higher Program instructor recommendation Documented employment of 10 hours or more per week Completion of current online scholarship application during the open application period time frame

Contact Admissions

For information about any of our programs, application, or any of our other student services please contact us:

Admissions Office
Mitchell Technical College
1800 E. Spruce St.
Mitchell, SD 57301

800.684.1969
605.995.3025
fax: 605.995.3067
[email protected]

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