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Medical Laboratory Technician

Associate of Applied Science

two Medical Lab Technicians work in a room

The MLT program at Otero Junior College in Southeast Colorado offers an accredited two year AAS degree and  is designed to prepare qualified laboratory professionals for entry level employment in environments such as hospitals, outpatient clinics, and private medical laboratories. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take national examinations to become certified Medical Laboratory Technicians.

What is a Medical Laboratory Technician?

a Medical Lab Technician works in a labA medical laboratory technician (MLT) is part of a team of laboratory scientists who work to prevent and diagnose disease. An MLT works under the supervision of a physician or a medical technologist to perform a variety of health care lab jobs including preparing samples for testing and analysis, monitoring tests, and using a wide variety of lab equipment and techniques that are critical components in a clinical laboratory setting.

About the Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) Program

The MLT program at Otero Junior College in Southeast Colorado offers an accredited two-year AAS degree designed to prepare you for entry-level employment as a qualified laboratory professional in hospitals, outpatient clinics, private medical laboratories and other related settings.

Three semesters will be spent at the OJC campus and two semesters will be partially spent in clinical rotations at an affiliated clinical facility.

The OJC MLT program is accredited by National Accreditation Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). Their contact information is: NAACLS; 5600 River Rd. Suite 720 Rosemont, IL 60018; Phone 773-714-8880; Fax 773-714-8886; Email: ; Web site:

Admission Procedure

The student must apply for general college admission to Otero Junior College. Applying to OJC is free and can be completed online.

In addition the student is required to:

  1. Be a graduate of an accredited high school or equivalent. Courses in biology and chemistry are strongly recommended.
  2. Background check and drug screen:
    1. Clinical facilities require students to complete a drug screen prior to participating in clinical experience. This will be arranged through the college. Please plan to follow the procedures promptly when notified.
    2. Students are required to take and pass the background check available at this web site address.
  3. Required necessary vaccinations: Annual influenza, Hepatitis B, Varicella, MMR
  4. Colorblindness testing: this will be done in class or can be done on D2L (Desire2Learn).
  5. Health Form: The student must submit a completed physical exam form before beginning clinical rotations in the second semester.

Pre MLT Information Request

Related Links

MLT & Phlebotomy: Orientation

Nursing & Health Professions

Nursing Information

Medical Laboratory Technician Program Outcomes

Medical Laboratory Technician Program Outcomes

Phlebotomy Certificate

An optional Phlebotomy certificate can be obtained by completing the Hematology I course plus the Phlebotomy course. This optional Phlebotomy certificate can be obtained by enrolling in an additional summer semester.

Graph of Phlebotomy Certificate Outcomes

Phlebotomy Program Outcomes

2020 Medical Laboratory Tech Graduation