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Medical Laboratory Technician

Medical Laboratory Technician

Learn about our Medical Laboratory Technician Associate in Science degree program, admission criteria and clinical application.

Download medical laboratory degree change information for fall 2018 (pdf)

What is a medical laboratory technician?

A medical laboratory technician has various duties. You will:

  • Search for basic clues to the absence, presence, extent and causes of diseases
  • Provide data to help physicians determine the best treatment for patients
  • Often not be personally involved with patients
  • Use sophisticated instruments, technology and techniques
  • Evaluate test results for accuracy and help interpret them for physicians
  • Have good communication skills and attention to detail

Where do medical laboratory technicians work?

  • They work in laboratories in hospitals, urgent care facilities, and physician office practices.
  • They work in reference laboratories.
  • They work as laboratory consultants for medical equipment manufacturers and software companies.

Is the program accredited?

NAACLS  (National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences)   accredits the program. Contact NAACLS:

5600 N River Rd
Ste 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119

How much does the program cost?

Download the Estimated Expenses (pdf).


What degree will I earn? Will I be eligible for credentials? 

  • Upon successful completion, you will earn a Medical Laboratory Technician Associate in Science Degree.
  • You can become a Registered Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) after completing a national credentialing exam.

What are the program clinical admission criteria and how do I apply for clinicals?

This is a selective program. Admission to the college does not guarantee admission to the clinical/core component of the program. You will begin as a pre-medical lab tech student.

HACC requires a meeting with the Program Director to apply to the clinical/core component of the program

  • Download the Admission Criteria and Essential Qualifications (pdf).
  • If you are a medical laboratory technician student, you are required to meet with the program director. Call 717-221-1392 (Administrative Assistant) to schedule your appointment.
  • A shadowing experience is required within 24 months prior to submitting your clinical program application. You will be provided with information regarding the shadowing experience during your appointment with the program director.
  • The clinical application is available online using Survey Monkey during Fall semester. Check back in Fall 2018 for the link.
  • For additional information on other policies for the medical laboratory technician program, please download the Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) Student Handbook & Clinical Manual.

Where are the clinical classes held?

  • Medical Laboratory Technician classes are offered only at the Harrisburg Campus. Prerequisite courses are offered at other campuses and sites.
  • The college assigns clinical rotations at hospital locations within 85 miles of the Harrisburg campus.
  • The typical clinical rotation is 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m..

What are the required courses, how long does the program take to complete, and what is the suggested schedule?

Download a list of Required Courses/Suggested Schedule (pdf).

How do I apply for clinicals?

Clinical application for Spring 2018 using Survey Monkey - (click on the link to apply). Deadline to apply is June 30.

What is the program effectiveness data?

  2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 3 Year Avg
ASCP Board Certification Exam Pass Rate 100% 100% 100% 86% 100% 95%
Graduation Rate 100% 100% 100% 100% 93% 98%
Yearly Average Job Placement Rate 100%    100% 100% 100% 100% 100%


What are the program goals?

Upon successful completion of the program:

  • students will demonstrate the ability to comprehend, apply, and evaluate clinical information relevant to their role as entry level medical laboratory technician.
  • students will demonstrate technical proficiency in all entry-level practitioner skills.
  • students will demonstrate personal behaviors consistent with professional and employer expectations for the entry-level medical laboratory technician. 

How can I find more information?

Download the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) (pdf)
Download the MLT Student Handbook (pdf)
Download the MLT Clinical Manual (pdf)
View ASCP's Career Center
View ASCLS website

Can I advance my education in this field?

Who can I contact for more information? 

Please contact an Admissions Counselor, by phone at 800-ABC-HACC, or by email at

Medical Lab Tech Program Office 
HACC Harrisburg Campus
Blocker Hall Room 101
One HACC Drive Harrisburg, PA 17110