Mission & Goals

What Does a Medical Lab Technician (MLT) Do?

Medical laboratory technicians and scientists search for clues to the absence, presence, extent and causes of disease. They must be accurate, dedicated and highly skilled in the use of the investigative tools available in the laboratory.

As part of a team of laboratory professionals, the medical laboratory technician can make a difference in the course and outcome of a disease process. Other members of the team include a physician who specializes in laboratory medicine (pathologist), medical laboratory scientists (Bachelor of Science degree), cytotechnologist, histotechnologists and various support personnel, such as phlebotomists (“blood-drawers”).

Goal of the Program

The goal of the Medical Laboratory Technology Program at Kellogg Community College is to equip you with these entry-level competencies. Enrolling in the program offers you the opportunity to complete the necessary education for job entry upon graduation with an Associate in Applied Science degree. The MLT Program is accredited by NAACLS, 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119, 773-714-8880. This assures a high-quality education that allows you to sit for a national certification examination after graduation. You are not required to take these examinations, but since most employers prefer to hire certified personnel, students are strongly encouraged to take one of these examinations. KCC students have had a high rate of success in these exams over the last 10 years.