Minnesota State College Southeast
A Technical & Community College

Medical Laboratory Technician

Work behind the scenes in medical settings.


The Medical Laboratory Technician program at Minnesota State College Southeast in Winona offers exceptional educational experiences in the classroom and in clinical settings.

Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLT) work as members of the healthcare team, performing laboratory procedures that aid in diagnosis and treatment of diseases. Med Lab Techs perform blood collections, analyze blood and other body fluids, match blood for transfusions, and examine specimens for bacteria, parasites and other microorganisms.

Successful students demonstrate an interest in science and mathematics, accuracy, attention to detail, and ability to multi-task. The profession requires moral and intellectual integrity and a desire to contribute to quality healthcare.

The Medical Laboratory Technician program consists of five semesters (two fall and spring semesters and one summer term). The program requires clinical experiences at a laboratory off campus, which may involve travel to a site in Minnesota, Wisconsin or Iowa. Completion of all required courses with a grade of "C" or better is necessary to continue with the program.

Upon successful completion of the program, the student will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). In addition, students may be eligible to transfer to the Medical Laboratory Science bachelor of science degree program at Winona State University.

The demand for Medical Laboratory Technicians is very strong. Employment in this field is expected to rise 16% from 2014 to 2024. The national median wage in 2016 was $50,930 annually (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook).

Phlebotomy Certificate

For those seeking a shorter-term education pathway, MSC Southeast also offers a one-semester, 9-credit certificate in phlebotomy. Phlebotomists draw blood for tests, transfusions, research, or blood donations and may work as lab assistants. In addition, having this certification can be an advantage in many other health care professions.

Major Offerings

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The MLT program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
5600 N River Rd. Suite 720
Rosemount, IL 60018-5119
Phone number: 773-714-8880

Outcomes & Opportunities

Program Learning Outcomes

Program graduates will be able to:

Gain Knowledge:

  • Demonstrate comprehension of the technical and procedural aspects of laboratory tests.
  • Maintain an awareness of regulatory requirements, safety regulation and ethical standards of practice.
  • Correlate laboratory tests to disease processes.
  • Understand basic physiology, recognizing appropriate test selection and abnormal test results.

Develop Technical Skills:

  • Perform collection and processing of biological specimens for analysis.
  • Perform chemical, microbiologic, immunologic, hematologic, molecular and immunohematologic laboratory procedures that require limited independent judgment.
  • Use technology effectively.

Problem solve:

  • Recognize unexpected results and instrument malfunction and take appropriate action.
  • Gather, analyze, and use information to solve problems and support opinions
  • Prepare to take the examination administered by the Board of Certification under the direction of the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).


  • Effectively read, write, speak and listen in formal English
  • Perform information processing.

Job Placement

View our job placement rate, certification pass rate, and graduation rate in the Program Outcome Measures (PDF) document.

Career Opportunities

  • Hospitals
  • Medical Clinics
  • Reference Laboratories
  • Public Health
  • Industry
  • Medical Research
  • Product Sales

Transfer Credits

Expand your opportunities. Learn how your credits can transfer to other colleges and universities.

College Articulated Transfer Agreements: Specific agreements between MSC Southeast and other institutions to accept transfer credits.
Minnesota Transfer: Transfer information provided by Minnesota State colleges and universities, Minnesota private colleges, and the University of Minnesota.
Transferology: A nationwide network to assist students in determining which courses will transfer.

Highlights & Instructors

Program Highlights

  • Medical laboratory technicians work "behind the scenes" providing vital information for patient care
  • The clinical experience allows students to explore different areas of the clinical laboratory
  • Successful completion of all program courses with a "C" or better
  • Our instructors are committed to student success


  • Carol Cantlon earned her Master of Science degree in 2005 from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and her Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology degree in 1979 from Viterbo University. She is a certified Medical Laboratory Scientist through the American Society for Clinical Pathologists (ASCP). She has worked many years in the healthcare setting as a bench technologist, microbiology supervisor and infection control practitioner. She is excited to teach future students the challenging field of clinical laboratory science.

  • Rebecca Lewellyn Beckmann earned her Master of Science degree in 2012 from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Clinical Laboratory Science, a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Science from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 1994, and an Associate degree in Medical Laboratory Technician in 2002 from Western Technical College. She is a certified Medical Laboratory Scientist through the American Society for Clinical Pathologists (ASCP). She has worked in the clinical laboratory setting for the past eleven years and has acted as a generalist, a blood bank supervisor and a lead technologist in microbiology. Previous to her work in the clinical setting she spent time working in research laboratories.

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