Medical Laboratory Technology

Oakton's Medical Laboratory Technology Program offers a broad science background and courses in both theoretical and practical aspects of clinical laboratory science. Medical laboratory technicians determine the presence, extent or absence of disease and provide data needed to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment in hospitals, clinics, physician's offices and commercial laboratories.

Students who complete this program will be qualified and well-prepared to work in a number of health care positions and settings.

Degrees and Certificates

Oakton offers an associate in applied science (A.A.S.) in medical laboratory technology for students who wish to start a career in clinical laboratory science. Students who complete this program are eligible to take the MLT certification examination administered by the Board of Certification of the American Society for Clinical Pathology. Oakton offers certificate programs in Phlebotomy and Pharmacy Technician. Courses in these certificates fall under the Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) Department.

The goal of the Medical Laboratory Technology curriculum is to provide a broad science background and courses in both theoretical and practical aspects of clinical laboratory science. Medical laboratory technicians work to determine the presence, extent or absence of disease and provide data needed to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment in hospitals, clinics, physicians’ offices and commercial laboratories.

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The goal of the Phlebotomy Certificate program is to train individuals to perform phlebotomy procedures, the collection of blood for diagnostic testing. The curriculum at Oakton is in compliance with standardized educational curricula and accepted routes for national certification, in preparation for qualification by national and state agencies. This certificate is of value to health care professionals, including nurses.

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The Pharmacy Technician program is designed to teach fundamentals of being a pharmacy technician for those interested in becoming pharmacy technicians, pre-pharmacy students, or those interested in completing the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board Examination. Classes are taught by a Registered Pharmacist or Doctor of Pharmacy. The course covers various pharmacy practice settings, drug classes, basic physiology, drug interactions, pharmacy calculations, and daily pharmacy operations.

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Job Outlook

The employment of clinical laboratory technologists and technicians is projected to grow 11 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations.

About 25,900 openings for clinical laboratory technologists and technicians are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

The median annual wage for clinical laboratory technologists and technicians was $54,180 in May 2020.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Potential Careers

  • Medical/Clinical Lab Technician
  • Cytogenetic Technician
  • Histotechnician
  • Pathology Assistant
  • Nuclear Medicine Technician
  • Anesthesia Technician
  • Radiation Protection Technician
  • Medical Equipment Repair Technician

How to Apply and More Information

The minimum qualifications are:

High school graduation or High School Equivalency certificate

High School grade point average of 2.0 or higher

One year of high school or one semester of college:

  • Algebra (completed within the last 7 years) with a minimum grade of C (Oakton-MAT 140 or equivalent)
    Math assessment test may be required.
  • Biology (completed within the last 10 years) with a minimum grade of C (Oakton-BIO 101 or equivalent)
  • Chemistry (completed within the last 7 years) with a minimum grade of C (Oakton-CHM 101 or equivalent)

Foreign high school graduates or students with foreign college credits need to send English translated copies of their transcripts to Educational Perspectives, www.edperspective.org/oakton. Students with foreign college credits should request a catalog match.

Entry level competency for EGL 101 demonstrated by coursework or placement testing

Limited Enrollment Health Career Reading Placement test, taken at Oakton’s Testing Center. Required minimum score of 76 if taken prior to Oct. 15, 2018, or a required minimum score of 250 if taken after Oct. 15, 2018

ACT score of 21 or higher, or SAT score of 1060 or higher, or minimum of 12 credit hours from the following courses with a grade of C or better: Biology 231, 232, and Chemistry 121, 122

Cumulative college GPA of 2.0 or better

Additionally, each medical laboratory technology student must be able to perform each of the following Essential Skills. Those admitted will be required to submit a current and complete physical examination record, clear criminal background check and drug screen.

All applicants are encouraged to meet with a Health Career Advisor, healthcareeradvising@oakton.edu.

We also recommend that you view an Information Session video below prior to applying.

 

This is a limited enrollment program.

Application Process

  • New students should apply online. Current Oakton students should apply through their myOakton account.
  • View your Admission Checklist. Your New Student Portal includes Admission Checklist and next steps.
  • Submit admission documents, including transcripts (high school, college, AP, military) and proof of residency.
  • Complete the minimum requirements for admission.
  • Interview with program chair and/or admission committee. A completed file is required prior to an interview.

All applicants are encouraged to meet with a Health Career Advisor, healthcareeradvising@oakton.edu.

Clinical placements require a health assessment, certain immunizations, yearly flu vaccine, substance abuse testing, criminal background check, specific skill certification (i.e., CPR) and health insurance. These requirements represent an additional cost to the student.

All Oakton Community College Health Career students in nursing, physical therapist assistant, medical laboratory technology, pharmacy technician, phlebotomy, health information technology, cancer registry management, and medical assistant programs must have "clear" criminal background checks and drug screens in order to participate in any and all clinical components of any health career program courses. See the career programs pages for further details.

To comply with state statutes and clinical affiliation agreements, and to provide a safe environment for students, employees, and patients cared for by students, those accepted into Oakton's health career programs will be required to complete a criminal background check and drug screening through a company contracted by the College. Health Career students will be charged a fee for this service.

Timelines for completing criminal background checks and drug screens may vary among the various programs. Deadline dates for each program will be provided by the individual department chairs at the time of a student's acceptance into a health career program.

Students without a clear criminal background check and/or clear drug screen will not be allowed to enroll in clinical practicum courses or attend clinical programs. This would further necessitate that the student withdraw from the health career program at that time.

Students who refuse a criminal background check and/or drug screen will not be considered "clear" and will not be authorized to participate in the clinical component of the health career program, necessitating withdrawal from the program at that time.

Individual results of student background checks and drug screens are considered confidential.

Determination of whether or not a student can participate in the clinical component of a particular health career program will be communicated to the respective department chairs by the Background Check/Drug Screen vendor. Students may view their personal results on the vendor's website.

Essential skills represent the non-academic ability of the applicant or the student to accomplish the essential requirements of the medical laboratory technology program. These standards are based on the essential skills of the medical laboratory technology student. They must be mastered in order to obtain credit for the educational program. Students are expected to perform satisfactorily in the following domains:

Physical

  • Identify sizes and shapes.
  • Discriminate colors or shades both macroscopically and microscopically.
  • Ability to freely maneuver around the assigned laboratory work areas and patient care settings.
  • Safely and accurately perform diagnostic laboratory procedures.
  • Lift, operate instruments, perform tests and phlebotomy procedures.

Cognitive

  • Communicate fluently in English by written and oral and/or alternate means.
  • Successfully receive and transmit information.
  • Read and follow instructions.

Emotional/Psychological

  • Accurately perform laboratory duties in a stressful environment.
  • Identify and respond to emergency and non-routine situations.

Year

Graduation Rates

ASPC Board of Certification Exam Pass Rates

Job Placement Rates

2021

 100%

 N/A

 100%

 2020

 93%

 89%

 100%

 2019

 92%

 90%

 100%

 2018

 100%

 90%

 100%

 2017

 91%

  100%

 100%

The Oakton Community College Medical Laboratory Technician program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Services.

Email: naaclsinfo@naacls.org

Address: NAACLS, 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018
Phone: 773.714.8880
Fax: 773.714.8886

Meet Your Faculty and Experts

Sandra Aberman
Lecturer
847-635-1684
A100 Skokie
saberman@oakton.edu

Kyung Jung
Lecturer
847-635-1684
A100 Skokie
kjung@oakton.edu

Penny Salgado-Panagiota
Clinical Coordinator
847-635-1684
100 Lee Ctr. Des Plaines
psalgado@oakton.edu

Maha Shahin
Lecturer
847-635-1684
100 Lee Ctr. Des Plaines
mshahin@oakton.edu

Brooke Vicks
Lecturer
847-635-1684
100 Lee Ctr. Des Plaines
bvicks@oakton.edu

Barbara Eckert
Laboratory Director
NorthShore University HealthSystem
Highland Park Hospital

Richa Bedi
Alverno Laboratory at Amita
St, Francis Hospital

Merle Essex
Illinois Education Coordinator
ACL Laboratories

Paushika Gandhi
Laboratory Director
Community First Medical Center

Sonal Gandhi
Hematology Technical Specialist
NorthShore University Health System
Skokie Hospital, Lab Services

Pamela Ceja
MLS Program Director
NorthShore University Health System – Evanston

Barbara J. Herredia
Microbiology and Serology Manager
Quest Diagnostics

Ruth Kreyer
Education Coordinator and Microbiology
Manager and Instructor
Mercy Hospital

Arlene Lim
Laboratory Supervisor,
Alverno Lab at Amita
Resurrection Medical Center

Claudia Miller
Advisory Committee Co-Chair
Professor, Health Studies
National Louis University
Illinois North Shore Campus

Ramoncito A. Reyes
Director of Manufacturing,
LifeSource Blood Services

Melissa Rho
Transfusion Services Manager
John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County

Sue Saccommano
Phlebotomy Supervisor
Alverno Laboratory at Amita
Resurrection Medical Center

Sheryl Schmeler
Laboratory Director
Alverno Laboratory at Amita
St, Mary Medical Center

Larry Steinberg
Blood Bank Laboratory Clinical Instructor
Swedish Covenant Hospital

Lynne Steele
Retired Program Chair, MLT
Oakton Community College

Deepika Zafar
Education Coordinator and Clinical Instructor
NorthShore University Health System
Glenbrook Medical Center

What's Next?

We are glad you are considering attending Oakton Community College. No matter where you are in your decision-making process, we are here to help you with your next steps. Whether you're ready to apply now, need information on paying for college or have questions and want to contact someone, we're here to help.

Frequently Asked Questions

Licensure Requirements: Each state and territory has different licensure and certification requirements.  Oakton has researched and/or contacted state licensing authorities to confirm that the program meets the educational requirements leading to professional licensure.  Other licensure requirements may include professional certification exams, background checks, years of work experience, fingerprinting, etc.

Licensure information is reviewed and updated on this site in June of each year. Licensure information is reviewed and updated on this site in June of each year. As of July 1, 2020, we have determined that individuals that successfully complete Medical Laboratory Technology AAS Degree Program curriculum:


Meets the education requirements leading to licensure/certification in these states and U.S. Territories: Illinois


Does NOT meet the education requirements For licensure/certification in these states and U.S. Territories: 


We have not made a determination if the program curriculum meets the requirements for licensure/certification in these states and US Territories: Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada,New Hampshire, New Jersey,New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming


If you intend to practice in any state other than Illinois, you should contact the appropriate licensing agency to independently verify whether Oakton’s program satisfies the educational requirements for licensure in a particular state before beginning Oakton’s program. Be aware that state licensure requirements may change from time-to-time and that states may have conditions for licensure in addition to educational requirements. 

This information is provided to meet the Disclosure Requirements for Academic Programs Leading to Professional Licensure or Certification.

Licensure Requirements: Each state and territory has different licensure and certification requirements.  Oakton has researched and/or contacted state licensing authorities to confirm that the program meets the educational requirements leading to professional licensure.  Other licensure requirements may include professional certification exams, background checks, years of work experience, fingerprinting, etc.

Licensure information is reviewed and updated on this site in June of each year. Licensure information is reviewed and updated on this site in June of each year. As of July 1, 2020, we have determined that individuals that successfully complete Phlebotomy Certificate Program curriculum:

Meets the education requirements leading to licensure/certification in these states and U.S. Territories: Illinois

Does NOT meet the education requirements For licensure/certification in these states and U.S. Territories: 

We have not made a determination if the program curriculum meets the requirements for licensure/certification in these states and US Territories: Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada,New Hampshire, New Jersey,New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

If you intend to practice in any state other than Illinois, you should contact the appropriate licensing agency to independently verify whether Oakton’s program satisfies the educational requirements for licensure in a particular state before beginning Oakton’s program. Be aware that state licensure requirements may change from time-to-time and that states may have conditions for licensure in addition to educational requirements. 

This information is provided to meet the Disclosure Requirements for Academic Programs Leading to Professional Licensure or Certification.

Contact Us

Tyler Matulef
Health Career Advisor
847.376.7614
tmatulef@oakton.edu

Jennifer Crowley
Senior Health Career Advisor
847.635.1844
jcrowley@oakton.edu