seward county community college

Medical Laboratory Technology

Online Program

The MT designated courses for the Medical Laboratory Technology program are available in the online format only. The lecture materials are accessed by an Internet connection. The student laboratory requirements are completed at an approved clinical laboratory site. Students will need a full service hospital laboratory to be willing to act as your clinical affiliate for the MLT courses that require a lab component. Clinical affiliate documents must be fully executed by July 1 of the year students will begin MLT courses. Those are two of the first year courses and all of second year courses.

It is the responsibility of prospective student to initiate communication with a full service hospital laboratory manager to determine if they are willing to become a clinical affiliate site. The first year student lab time is one, six hour day per month in a clinical setting. The second year student lab time is an average of 12 hours per week for fall and spring semester. The MLT clinical practicum requires 400 clinical hours for the summer semester, 40 hours per week for 10 weeks. Students are only allowed to complete lab and clinical time in an approved clinical affiliate setting. Program faculty do not recommend that you work full time while enrolled full time for the second year curriculum.

The courses available in this format include:

First Year:

MT 1203 Introduction to Medical Technology Lecture/Lab

MT 1903 Basic Immunology

MT 1304 Phlebotomy

Second Year:

MT 2206 MLT Hematology and Coagulation Lecture/Lab

MT 2306 MLT Pathogenic Microbiology Lecture/Lab

MT 2406 MLT Clinical Chemistry Lecture/Lab

MT 2506 MLT Immunohematology Lecture/Lab

MT 2703 MLT Urinalysis and Body Fluids

MT 2907 MLT Clinical Practicum

Medical laboratory technicians (MLTs) work together with a team of pathologists, physicians, and specialists to determine the presence, extent or absence of disease and provide data needed to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment. MLTs must be accurate, reliable, have an interest in science and be able to recognize their responsibility for human lives. The laboratory procedures performed by MLTs use an array of complex precision instruments and a variety of automated and electronic equipment. Individuals interested in a medical laboratory career may direct their goals to one of many levels of education. Seward County Community College offers an Associate in Applied Science degree in MLT. Laboratory personnel may advance by acquiring additional education to progress to the Medical Technologist (MT) level.


The MLT program at SCCC is accredited by the: 

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

Career Opportunities

The health care profession is currently experiencing a critical personnel shortage. MLT is a high demand job with 15,600 new laboratory professionals are needed annually. The projected percent change in employment from 2014 to 2024 is 16% (faster than average). The median annual wage for MLT’s was $49,310 in April 2016 (

Essential Functions

Visual Observation:

Visual observation must be sufficient and adequate to allow the student to:

  1. Differentiate color changes during the performance of laboratory procedures.
  2. Observe patient’s condition during phlebotomy procedures.
  3. Read lab instrument technical procedure manuals, standard operating procedures, and a patient’s chart.
Motor Function:

Motor functions must be sufficient for the student to be able to:

  1. Perform venipuncture at patient’s bedside or at other designated locations.
  2. Lift and handle laboratory instruments and equipment.
  3. Manipulate medical laboratory instruments and equipment in a manner consistent with standards of medical laboratory practice.

Communication skills must be sufficient for the student to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency of the English language both orally and in writing. Note: Per institutional policy, ESL students may be required to take the TOEFL and submit scores to the MLT Program Coordinator.
  2. Possess verbal and written skills adequate for transmitting information to co-workers and patients.
Behavior and Social Skills:

The student’s behavior and social skills must be acceptable to a school and clinical setting.

Critical Thinking Skills:

The student must possess critical thinking ability sufficient for clinical judgment.

Benefits of Online Learning

  • ‘Attend’ classes in your pajamas
  • Learn during your peak learning time of day
  • Have in-depth interaction with your peers (via email or online discussions)
  • Receive one-to-one attention from instructors, (via email and telephone)
  • Work from home without relocating or giving up present employment
  • Credit may be given for current competencies if verified through your employer (available only for those working in a CLIA or CAP accredited clinical laboratory)

Factors for Online Learning Success

  • Self-directed learner
  • Good organizational skills
  • Access to an approved full service clinical laboratory.
  • Practical schedule to balance work, family and school
  • Feasible plan for completion of general education and MLT courses
  • Basic computing skills with access to reliable computer and internet service