Medical Laboratory

The Medical Laboratory Program Technician

Are you drawn to the medical field but would rather work “behind the scenes?” The Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) program at Zane State College is the ideal degree if you are detail-oriented and enjoy science. Even if you already have a 4-year degree in another discipline, the 2-year MLT degree will help you find a fulfilling career in an in-demand field.

The median salary for an MLT was $53,040 in Ohio in 2020. MLTs are able to find work almost anywhere, and many employers have career ladders, scholarships, and/or tuition reimbursement. Fully online programs exist to get your bachelor’s degree (MLS) from your MLT

MLTs are an integral part of health care teams. Their primary function is to perform testing on blood and body fluids so that doctors can diagnose patients, treat patients, and assist in disease monitoring and/or prevention. Using both sophisticated instruments and “manual” methods requiring dexterity, MLTs work in many types of labs. Here are laboratory department examples:

Hematology / Coagulation

  • Identify blood cells/ blood cell abnormalities
  • Monitor the effects of “blood thinners”


  • Detect glucose, potassium, ammonia, or sodium levels

Microbiology / Immunology

  • Identify bacteria and viruses
  • Identify which antibiotics will work for a given infection

Transfusion Medicine (“blood bank”)

  • Test patients for their blood type
  • Find compatible blood for transfusions


  • Collect blood from patients
  • Venous and skin puncture techniques

Zane State students gain hands-on laboratory skills both on campus and in hospital learning experiences. During the final semester includes clinical rotations in hospital laboratories. Graduates acquire entry-level skills needed for employment in a clinical laboratory setting. Graduates are also eligible to take the national MLT Board of Certification examination given by The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

The MLT program is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119, 773.714.8880,


Program Highlights

  • For those who want a career in health care, but would prefer to work behind a microscope rather than interacting with patients.
  • Eligible to sit for the nationally recognized Board of Certification (ASCP) exam upon completion.

Degree Details

Major: Medical Laboratory
: Associate of Applied Science
Location: On Campus
Duration: 2 Years
Type: Health
Course of Study: MLTP_COS_21-22

Application and Program Materials