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When a medical lab technician (MLT) runs a test, they are passing critical information to doctors and other caregivers. They save lives. In busy labs behind the scenes, they manage the flow of samples and results, run tests, and maintain equipment. And the healthcare field needs more of them:  Medical lab jobs are projected to grow 11% in the coming years.

If you’re ready to move into a new career in healthcare, we offer a Medical Laboratory Technician associate degree that gets you Day 1 Ready to pursue a new job in only 18 months*. And we mean ready: Each lesson in the classroom is directly applied in our hands-on lab sessions. You’ll receive training on real equipment, with real patient samples. You’ll understand the demands of jobs in medical labs—the multi-tasking, tight turnarounds, and expectations of absolute accuracy—all needed to deliver results that directly impact patient diagnosis and treatment. Your training is tailored to the needs of employers. It includes a built-in externship for real workplace experience, all preparing you to take the AMT Medical Laboratory Technician certification exam. Graduates can seek employment in a number of settings:

  • Hospitals
  • Medical labs
  • Clinics
  • Blood banks
  • Biotechnology companies

Our MLT program goes beyond basic instruction. The externship program gives you valuable work experience in a medical lab job setting. Vista College personalized career services focus on all aspects of career readiness, from finding the right jobs to resume building to interview prep—help you won’t find at other medical laboratory technician schools. If you are ready for the challenge, we’ll give you all the right tools.

*Based on successful, full-time enrollment

What You’ll Learn

Learn human anatomy, physiology, phlebotomy, chemistry, and microbiology. Each lesson on medical theory is directly applied in practical hands-on lab instruction.  We’ll also prepare you for certification exams, which are required by many workplaces.

Fast Facts

Course Length: 18 Months *
Class Hours:
Lab Hours:
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Course is offered in a Traditional learning format.

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El Paso, TX
* Based on successful, full time enrollment

With the traditional learning model, Vista College’s Medical Laboratory Technician (Traditional) diploma program utilizes the tried-and-true methods of in-person training in order to effectively deliver the kind of hands-on career education that has successfully prepared our students for new job opportunities for decades. We’ve always kept our dedication to being student-focused and convenient, with an atmosphere conducive for learning and sharing ideas. We keep our class sizes small, with low student-to-teacher ratios so that you can take full advantage of the personalized attention and professional, experienced instructors so vital to the classroom learning process.
Traditional Learning Model
Our traditional Medical Laboratory Technician program caps off with an externship in the workplace. This allows you become an active and contributing member of your community, in your chosen field, even before you graduate.

Ground Campus Learning Models

Traditional Blended
(On-Campus and Online)
Online Plus
Location/ Content Delivery Method Traditional face-to-face on-campus theory and lab instruction. Combination of on-campus and online. Online courses that may be accessed from anywhere.
Meeting Times Classes take place on scheduled days and times. Portions of the course are live real-time virtual instruction with other students at specific days/times. Other portions are independent activities that may be completed at any time each week. Most laboratory portions of the course must be completed at the campus. Portions of the course are live real-time remote instruction with other students at specific days/times. Other portions are independent activities that may be completed at any time each week. Most laboratory segments are completed online.
Labs On-campus labs allow for hands-on learning with experienced instructors and your peers. On-campus labs allow for hands-on learning with experienced instructors and your peers. Most practice labs are completed online, enabling real-world experience.
(Healthcare programs only)
Students are required to complete an externship in an applicable healthcare workplace environment.
Canvas Learning Management System The Canvas LMS provides students 24/7 access to all course materials and information. Students will access assignments as well as submit work through Canvas. Students will also be able to view course schedules, access grades, and have student-to-student or student-to-teacher conversations.

Blended Learning FAQs

What kind of program structure can I expect from a blended learning model?
All of our blended learning courses are 90 hours, taught over five weeks. Each one consists of
What is the online course structure?
Vista uses the online learning management system Canvas, which is where you’ll access all your blended learning course content and links to any other information or software you need. You’ll utilize McGraw Hill’s Connect software to complete activities and assignments. For online, real-time lectures, we utilize Zoom, which allows you to see your instructors, view any shared visuals and classroom materials, and break into small groups to interact with others for group projects and discussions.
Will I need to attend at specific times in a blended learning program?
Yes, some components of both our online and on-campus hybrid courses have some set times you’ll need to attend. These include:
Components Distance Education – Blended Schedule
Theory 4 hours per week - 2 hours twice weekly Synchronous/Scheduled in Zoom
Lab 9 hours per week - 4.5 hours twice weekly Synchronous/Scheduled
Independent Student Learning Activities 5 hours per week - Work time determined by the student outside of class time, Monday – Friday at 4:00 p.m. (CT) Asynchronous/Unscheduled
Total Weekly Attendance 18 hours
Attendance is expected and recorded for each hour.
How will I interact with my instructors
The great thing about Zoom is it implements a lot of the features of a classroom. Multiple users are able to interact at the same time, you’ll be able to ask questions and participate in discussions, and there’s also a chat feature where you can interact with your blended learning course instructors and classmates. Your instructor may even use a feature that allows for small breakout groups of students.
What kind of equipment will I need for the blended learning program?
Mostly, you’ll need Internet access in order to connect to the online components of your hybrid courses. We provide new students with a Chromebook so you’ll be assured of having a working laptop with a microphone and a webcam. This will allow you to access the Canvas Learning Management System, Zoom, and any other course materials. We make it a priority to provide you with all software and ebooks required for the program.
Will I be able to get tutoring if I need it?
Absolutely. Vista’s blended learning model still gives you access to our valuable support services. You’ll be able to connect with your instructors for online tutoring, either as an individual or in small groups, through Zoom or telephone.

Career Opportunities for Graduates

Graduates of our Associate of Applied Science in Medical Laboratory Technician program may seek employment in hospital laboratories, clinics, research laboratories, blood centers, physician’s offices, medical industry and biotechnology companies, and regulatory agencies.

Potential Job Titles: Laboratory Technician, Laboratory Assistant, Donor Center Technician

Course Title Credits
Medical Terminology 9
Anatomy and Physiology 8
Math for the Medical Lab Technician 4.5
Introduction to Phlebotomy For Healthcare Professionals 4.5
Microbiology for the Medical Lab Technician * 7.5
Chemistry for the Medical Lab Technician I * 7.5
Hematology for the Medical Lab Technician * 7.5
UA/Body Fluids * 7.5
Chemistry for the Medical Lab Technician II * 7.5
Immunohematology 7.5
Serology 7.5
Medical Lab Technician Externship 8
Introduction to College Mathematics 9
Introduction to Computer Science 4.5
Introduction to Psychology 4.5
English Composition I 4.5
English Composition II * 4.5

Medical Terminology


Students will develop an understanding of medical terminology, symbols and abbreviations, and the application of this new language in the field of health care. While terms are covered as they relate to body structure and function, the main focus is on medical vocabulary and constructing terms using word parts such as roots, suffixes and prefixes.

9 credits
90 theory hours

Anatomy and Physiology


Students will acquire an overview of the anatomical structures and physiology of the human body. Each body system is discussed in terms of the major anatomical structures and functions including how each system participates in homeostasis of the body. In addition, the course will cover selected major pathologies, including disease definitions and causes, signs and symptoms, diagnostic procedures, and possible treatments. Finally the course will cover common issues and changes that occur in each body system through the life span.

8 credits
70 theory hours
20 lab hours

Math for the Medical Lab Technician


Students in this course will receive instruction in the clinical calculations used in all areas of the laboratory to enable them to achieve accurate results.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

Introduction to Phlebotomy For Healthcare Professionals


The student will be introduced to the legal and ethical issues associated with being a Medical Lab Technician. This course will also cover the anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular system. Students will be trained to perform a variety of blood collection methods using proper techniques and precautions, including: vacuum collection devices, syringes, capillary skin puncture, butterfly needles and blood culture specimen collection on adults, children and infants. Emphasis will be placed on infection prevention, proper patient identification, proper labeling of specimens, and quality assurance. Students will practice specimen handling, processing and accessioning.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

Microbiology for the Medical Lab Technician


Microbiology is a course that introduces the student to the basics of microbiology, infection control, and disease processes to include the body’s defense mechanisms to those diseases, and wound healing.

7.5 credits
60 theory hours
30 lab hours

Chemistry for the Medical Lab Technician I


Applications of general chemistry emphasizing industry-related laboratory skills and competencies including laboratory safety and report writing. This course addresses supporting chemical theories including atomic and molecular structure, nomenclature, chemical reactivity, gas laws, acids and bases, and solutions.

7.5 credits
60 theory hours
30 lab hours

Hematology for the Medical Lab Technician


This course is the study of blood cells in normal and abnormal conditions. Instruction will be given in the theory and practical application of hematology procedures, including quality control, quality assurance, safety, manual and/or automated methods; blood cell maturation sequences, and normal and abnormal morphology with associated diseases.

7.5 credits
60 theory hours
30 lab hours

UA/Body Fluids


This course is an introduction to the study of urine and body fluid analysis. It includes the anatomy and physiology of the kidney, physical, chemical and microscopic examination of urine, cerebrospinal fluid, and other body fluids as well as quality control, quality assurance and safety.

7.5 credits
60 theory hours
30 lab hours

Chemistry for the Medical Lab Technician II


This course will cover the principles and procedures of various tests performed in Clinical Chemistry. The course will present the physiological basis, principle and procedures and the clinical significance of test results, including quality control and reference values.

7.5 credits
60 theory hours
30 lab hours



Immunohematology is a specialized branch of laboratory medicine. It involves the study of the theory and practice of a wide variety of procedures used in the following: donor selection, component preparation and use, and techniques used to detect antigen/antibody reactions which may adversely affect a patient receiving a transfusion. The topics to be covered include: donor screening, preparation of components, antigens/antibodies of the ABO, Rh and other blood group systems, pre- transfusion testing procedures, hemolytic disease of the newborn, neonatal and obstetrical transfusion practice, autoimmune hemolytic anemias and adverse effects of transfusion.

7.5 credits
60 theory hours
30 lab hours



This course covers the science of immunology and serology through the study of theories and processes related to natural body defenses. Included are the immune responses, principles of antigen-antibody reactions, and the principles of serological procedures as well as quality control, quality assurance, and safety. This includes performance of serological procedures used to aid in the detection or diagnosis of certain diseases. Throughout this course, special emphasis is placed on correlating of laboratory results with the patient's probable condition.

7.5 credits
60 theory hours
30 lab hours

Medical Lab Technician Externship


Students learn from hands-on experience in medical laboratories, blood centers, hospital laboratories, and medical clinics. Students are required to complete 240 hours of supervised training in a laboratory setting. This course gives students the opportunity to obtain unpaid work experience and become familiar with the aspects and duties of a medical lab technician. Medical laboratory technicians can be employed in clinics, research laboratories, blood centers, physician’s offices, medical industry, hospital laboratories, biotechnology companies, and regulatory agencies.

8 credits
240 externship hours

Introduction to College Mathematics


Introduction to College Mathematics covers basic math topics such as solving for whole numbers and equations, understanding proper and improper fractions, converting decimals and figuring percentages. Other topics covered include calculating simple interest, annuities, loan amortization, checkbook reconciliation, and business statistical problems such as mean, median and mode.

9 credits
90 theory hours

Introduction to Computer Science


This course introduces various information and communications technologies and explains how information systems are used to solve problems.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

Introduction to Psychology


This course includes the study of the theories and concepts of psychology including the scope of psychology, biological foundations and the brain, sensation, perception, motivation, personality, learning/memory, emotion, states of consciousness, personality theories, cognition, life-span development, and applied psychology.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

English Composition I


This course introduces students to critical reading and writing, research techniques, citation and documentation formats, as well as the use of correct grammar and sentence structure to communicate effectively.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

English Composition II


This course builds on the skills learned in English Composition I. It develops written communication skills with an emphasis on the use of the writing process, the analysis of readings, and the practice of writing for personal and professional applications.

4.5 credits
45 theory hours

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