At River Valley, you can start a meaningful and fulfilling career as a Medical Laboratory Technician! Medical Laboratory Technicians are critical part of the medical team. You can problem solve medical emergencies and help save lives in this dynamic and fast-paced field. At River Valley, Medical Laboratory Technicians learn about:

  • Hematology
  • Chemistry
  • Transfusion medicine
  • Microbiology
  • Immunology

Our program prepares students to start a career, or transfer to a four-year institution to continue move forward up the career ladder. Jumpstart your journey to a rewarding profession in healthcare!


Learn the skills for an exciting, important career that lets you become a critical part of the medical team, impacting care of every patient,and changing lives, including your own! 

Career Options

Medical Laboratory Technician in:

  • Hospitals
  • Universities
  • Clinics
  • Private Laboratories
  • Public Health Organizations
  • Research and Development Facilities

Related Degrees

The RVCC MLT program has a direct articulation agreement with the UNH Medical Laboratory Science Bachelor’s Degree program.

Accreditation Information

This two-year Associate Degree program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, Il 60018; www.naacls.org; (773) 714-8880

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The Medical Laboratory Technician program prepares individuals to enter directly into the work force and to advance in their chosen career as technicians, concurrently preparing students for continuous educational and career mobility and full participation in community life. The Medical Laboratory Technician Program is committed to providing quality, responsible laboratory professionals with relevant skills and knowledge that meet the needs of the industry.

Program Goals 

To prepare students for employment by providing entry level technical skills for routine laboratory procedures in the clinical areas of chemistry, hematology, blood bank, microbiology, immunology, urinalysis and phlebotomy and to prepare students to successfully sit for the national certification exam with ASCP-BOC.

Program Outcomes 

  1. Identify clinical laboratory test results associated with health and common disease processes.
  2. Analyze clinical laboratory test results, identifying normal, reactive and abnormal states.
  3. Integrate and apply physical science knowledge with clinical laboratory science practices and procedures.
  4. Integrate and apply biological science knowledge and the scientific method of discovery with clinical laboratory science practices and procedures.
  5. Demonstrate professional conduct and practice behavior consistent with established professional code of ethics.
  6. Demonstrate skills acquired through the Liberal Arts requirements of the RVCC curriculum, integrating them into the role of the Medical Laboratory Technician

All student’s health status and abilities must be compatible with the tasks and duties of a MLT including the ability to perform certain motor skills involved in collecting blood, using pipettes and a microscope, and accurately reading color charts for interpretation.  Students must also be able to meet the essential skills noted on the MLT Essential Skills Form.

Students need to complete the supplemental questionnaire (located in the “Questionnaire” tab on this page) prior to an interview for admission to the program.

Requirements for Practicum Eligibility

  • Earn grade of B- in all program specific courses and grade of C in Liberal Arts courses
  • Criminal Background check
  • Immunization Record
  • Personal Health Insurance
  • CPR or BLS certification
  • Possible Drug Screen

More information in the Student handbook.

Medical Laboratory Technician Supplemental Application Questionnaire

One of the expectations of the applicant for the Medical Laboratory Technician Program is that they have some knowledge of the medical laboratory field. Therefore, we ask that applicants provide the College with evidence of this knowledge by watching a short video and answering the following questions.

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • Step One: Watch the following video: https://youtu.be/aU8vyqHCy5w
  • Step Two: Answer the following four questions in the space provided (use the back of the sheet if necessary)

Total Credits:
65 – 70

Course Sequencing

First Year: Spring Semester

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First Year: Summer Semester

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Second Year: Fall Semester

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Second Year: Spring Semester

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Total Credits:
65 – 70

65-70 Credits Required

Employment/Placement rate for graduates based on data from 7/1/15-6/30/18

Program Contacts

Nancy Eckert