Medical Lab Technician (Online Option)

Medical Lab Technician (Online Option)

AAS Degree
Credits Required for Graduation: 62

Hibbing Community College is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) approved colleges and universities. This agreement allows students from states other than Minnesota to participate in our MLT-Online program. Click here and read additional information to ensure your state is a participating state.

Program Description

The Online Medical Laboratory Technician Option offers individuals who are currently employed in a clinical laboratory an opportunity to move up the laboratory career ladder without having to quit their job, relocate, or go back to school full-time. Attending part-time, students earn an Associates of Applied Science degree that allows them to sit for national certification exams. Hibbing Community College does not guarantee that the MLT program meets individual states' requirement needs for state licensure. For these requirements check with your individual state licensure institutions.

*To be accepted into the Online MLT Program, you must be currently employed in an accredited (JACHO/CAP/COLA/CLIA) laboratory that can provide a multidisciplinary laboratory experience. Prior to your acceptance into the MLT Online Program, your employer must sign a Statement of Support and complete the "Facility Fact Sheet" and a "Faculty Fact Sheet" for each Precepter listed which are included in the Statement of Support file. Download the Statement of Support below.

The didactic (lecture) component of the program is delivered online by experienced Hibbing Community College faculty. The laboratory component of each course is completed with the help of a designated mentor or facilitator where you are employed or at another approved clinical site. The mentor/facilitator works with you on assigned laboratory exercises and serves as a proctor for written examinations. A detailed list of laboratory expectations is provided with each course. (These laboratory competencies can be reviewed by your mentor in advance by contacting the course instructor). At the end of the course, your mentor signs off on these labs, including comments on your performance.

Employment Opportunities

The need for Medical Laboratory Technicians is growing faster than there are qualified people to fill these jobs. Currently, positions are open for qualified laboratory professionals at places such as Hospitals, Clinics, Public health facilities, Business, and Industry.

The employment outlook promises to continue to be strong, as there is a shortage of Medical Laboratory Technicians nationwide. HCC currently holds a three-year average placement rate of 100% for students completing the MLT program and finding employment in a related field or education continuation. The program shows a three-year average pass rate of 85% for students taking their ASCP Board of Certification exam within one year of graduation.


The Medical Laboratory Technician Online Program is fully accredited by the:

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720
Rosemont, Illinois 60018-5119

Program Plan

Medical Laboratory Technician Online Program Handbook

Medical Laboratory Technician Online Program Brochure

NAACLS Benchmarks and Outcome Measures

Statement of Support Forms

State of Minnesota Memorandum of Agreement

Meet Your Faculty

Laura Parendo -
MLT Program Director/Instructor
(218) 262-7254
Office: C136

Marge Martin - Instructor
(218) 262-7272
Office: C135