Medical Laboratory Technology

Students interested in one of Volunteer State Community Colleges Health Sciences programs must follow the A.S. in Health Sciences curriculum.  You must contact an advisor in your preferred area of emphasis to identify appropriate general education and elective courses for admission into your selected program.  For more information about specific program deadlines and requirements, please refer to the program's information packet. 

The Medical Laboratory Technology Program provides quality didactic and clinical education and instruction in clinical laboratory sciences.  The program prepares its graduates to function as competent entry-level professionals in laboratory testing.  Medical Laboratory Technicians perform analytical tests on human body fluids and tissues, providing data essential for diagnosis, treatment, and management of disease or for the maintenance of wellness.

student working in a labAbout the Profession

The Medical Laboratory Technician is an essential member of the health care team, performing laboratory tests used in the diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of disease, and the maintenance of health. In fact, 80% of all medical decisions are based on laboratory results. Medical Laboratory Technicians are as dedicated to patients’ health as are doctors and nurses, though their direct contact is limited. Medical Laboratory Technicians play an important role in collecting the information needed to give the best care to an ill or injured patient.

Medical Laboratory Technicians perform general tests in all laboratory areas including:

  • Blood Bank
  • Chemistry
  • Hematology
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Urinalysis

This is an ideal career for individuals who enjoy limited patient contact, the security of job skills, and the possibility of advancement. Medical Laboratory Technicians are problem solvers. They must be skilled, accurate, and dedicated. In addition to examining specimens through a microscope, Medical Laboratory Technicians also search for data on a patient’s health by operating complex electronic equipment, computers, and precision instruments. The skills that Medical Laboratory Technicians possess make them employable in a number of environments including hospital laboratories, private clinics, research labs, vet labs, industry, forensic studies, and public health facilities.


Accreditation of this program has been granted through:

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
5600 N River Rd
Suite 720
Rosemont, IL  60018
(773) 714-8880