Medical Laboratory Technician

Medical Laboratory Technician

About the Program

Medical laboratory Technicians (MLT), also known as Clinical Laboratory Technicians, play a crucial role in the diagnosis, treatment and management of patients.

AWARD TYPES: Associate of Applied Science

AREA OF STUDY: Health Sciences

Degrees and Certificates

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Program Information

A Career in Medical Laboratory Technician

Medical Laboratory Technicians perform complex testing on body fluids using sophisticated instruments to detect diseases and monitor treatment. Approximately 75% of medical decisions, diagnosis, treatment and evaluations, are based on the interpretations of laboratory test results. Medical laboratory technicians might isolate and identify infectious organisms that cause disease, cross-match blood to be used in a transfusion, detect Diabetes or identify the abnormal blood cells that are associated with Leukemia.

Today's Medical Laboratory Technician is employed in many diverse medical settings ranging from hospital, reference, research, forensic, or physicians' office laboratories. Other employment opportunities include working in medical businesses such as medical instrument technicians or medical supply industries. In addition, a graduate using the Associate degree could further their education by obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science degree in as little as 18 months and then work as a Medical Laboratory Scientist. Some Bachelor Degree Programs can be completed on-line.

Employment opportunities are excellent in the Houston area, Gulf Coast areas, and across the United States.


Accreditation Information

The MLT Program is accredited with the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018. Their phone number is (773) 714-8880.


Licensure/Certification Exam Results

The  Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician program graduates licensures/certifications are issued by the nationally recognized American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP).


2021-2022 Third-Party Licensure/Certification Exam Results 

Occupational licensure and/or certification pass rates reported by academic calendar year (Sept. 1–Aug. 31). Results for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 academic years are provided for comparison.  

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Agency Standard

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2021–2022 Results

Medical Laboratory Technician AAS



100% (8) 100% (9) 100% (8)

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Graduates & Retention

Outcomes Measures 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021 2021-2022
Graduation Rates 100% 93% 100% 78%

Placement Rates

100% 100% 100% 100%



There are 2,683 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians employed in the Greater Houston Area. This number is expected to increase by 17.3% over the next four years.

  • The estimated annual job openings is 207 jobs a year. 
  • Median Wages - $40,000 annually


Texas Education Association (TEA) Industry Based Certification Resource

Certification NameTEA Resource Link Third-Party Certification AgencyThird-Party Certification Agency Website

Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician

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Marketable Skills

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Medical Laboratory Technician, A.A.S.

Medical Laboratory Technician Information Session

Learn more about the Medical Laboratory Technician by completing an online information session.
The online information session is a mandatory requirement of the admission process.

Once you have completed the information session, you will receive an email containing the admissions application.

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Medical Laboratory Technician