The Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) Program is designed to prepare students for employment in medical, clinical, research, and public health laboratories.

The technician collects or receives patient specimens, performs many general laboratory tests, records data, and reports results to physicians to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.

The MLT program combines academic general education with a concentration in basic life sciences, didactic studies in medical laboratory science and clinical training at hospital laboratories. The program requires two years, (four semesters and one summer session) of full-time study. Students with previous college work may apply for advanced placement pending evaluation of transcripts. Upon completion of the academic and clinical requirements, students will be awarded an associate degree and become eligible to take the national certification examination.

As a Medical Laboratory Technician, you could have a career in:

  • Hospital Laboratories
  • Physician clinics
  • Veterinary clinics
  • Research centers
  • Colleges or Universities
  • Medical schools
  • Government agencies
  • Public Health laboratories
  • Forensic laboratories
  • Phlebotomist
  • Industrial medical laboratories

Cost Estimate

The MLT program including tuition, books, and fees is less than $10K+.

University of Nebraska Medical Center Medical Laboratory program allows sixty credit hours to be transferred in towards their Medical Laboratory Science degree advancement option after you complete our MLT Program at Mid-Plains Community College. Application process occurs after associate’s degree confirmation.

Outcome 2021-2022 2020-2021 2019-2020 3-Year Average
Certification Pass Rate 60% 75% 75% 71%
Graduation Rate 71% 100% 100% 90%
Placement Rate 100% 89% 80% 90%


The Mid-Plains MLT program is accredited by

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
Phone: 773-714-8880

Admission Requirements

The MLT program is a selective admission program. Upon contacting the MLT Program Director, prospective MLT students will undergo a screening process. Prior to admission to the MLT program, the applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Be at least 17 years of age.
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED.
  • Be able to meet essential functions (contact MLT Program Director for specific details).
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED to Mid-Plains Community College.
  • Submit official college transcripts if other than Mid-Plains Community College.
  • Fulfill Mid-Plains Community College General Admission Requirement.
  • Complete application to Mid-Plains Community College specifying interest in MLT program.
  • Submit MLT program application.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation from teachers and/or current employers.
  • Complete Accuplacer placement exam with minimum scores of: Sentence Skills – 84, Reading – 74, Arithmetic – 65 or NEXT-GEN Accuplacer placement exam with minimum scores of: Writing - 258, Reading - 258, Arithmetic - 263.
  • Submit a Pre-Entrance Medical Statement.
  • Submit documentation of current immunizations or proof of immunity as required by the program.
  • Have satisfactory Criminal Background Check results.
  • Schedule an interview with the MLT Program Director.

All of the above admission requirements must be met prior to being accepted into the MLT program. Failure to respond to requests for information, incomplete files, or failure to meet deadlines will inactivate the application for MLT program admission. Approval for admission will be granted by MLT program faculty with the final approval decision resting with the MLT Program Director. After MLT program admission approval is granted, the student will be accepted into the first available class and receive written notification of acceptance.

Jamie Perry MBA, MLS (ASCP)
Program Director/Instructor
(308) 221-6431