Program Overview

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) prepares students for the competitive and growing healthcare field.  The degree is available to students through an innovative online learning option.  Students can complete the core curriculum through virtual classrooms, and the required clinicals at healthcare facilities near their location.  The comprehensive curriculum is 103 credit hours, comprised of 93 credit hours in core MLT courses, 4 credit hours in a writing course, and the 6 remaining courses are for additional general education courses.       

Students may use the degree program to gain entry-level positions in many facilities such as: clinics, hospitals, private health care offices, research labs, or veterinary offices.  The specialized curriculum introduces students to the core concepts of medical research methodologies used in the identification and treatment of diseases.  The essential responsibility of a trained MLT is to perform the test procedures and compile results into identifiable forms capable of being used and transferrable to doctors, nurses or physicians administering care.       

MLT’s are healthcare professionals who work in the allied health positions.  The allied health industry is growing exponentially as technology is increasing the demand in electronic record keeping. Medical care providers are being held to higher standards and insurance providers are stepping into new guidelines and roles.  Earning the foundational education in MLT, graduates should be able to supplement essential medical staff and alleviate common tasks typically administered by doctors, physicians and nurses, leaving them to perform more efficiently.  Completing the required coursework should give graduates the knowledge and skills to identify normal and abnormal blood cells, perform accurate chemistry tests, run blood work through appropriate tests and determine the causes of infection, such as bacteria and parasites.    

Graduates may be a valuable asset to a wide variety of health institutions in both local communities and abroad.  Students may use their education to aid in local health promotion events, clinics and social work settings, or some students may take their knowledge across borders and aid in the development and care of struggling countries suffering from natural disasters or widespread disease.  Medical laboratory technicians often have a passion for helping others as well as the determination to maintain current educational standards.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

    The PCC MLT Program maintains accreditation by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS).


    Students will be required to complete on campus clinicals during the second half of the program.

    School Overview

    Initially founded in 1961 as an adult education program, Portland Community College is a public, two-year institution of higher education. Since its opening, Portland has expanded to include four campuses and eight academic centers that offer job training, specialized programs and a variety of transfer courses. Portland Community College operates with the mission to “advance the region’s long-term vitality by delivering accessible, quality education to support the academic, professional and personal development of the diverse students and communities it serves.”

    Portland Community College offers certificates and associate's degrees. Students desiring to participate in virtual coursework at PCC have a variety of options, including online degree programs, telecourses, teleweb (hybrid of telecourses and web-based courses), and interactive television classes. Online classes offer working adult students the necessary flexibility to complete assignments and learn in a manner that fits their busy schedules.


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