Medical Laboratory Technology, A.S.

Program Code: 2MLT_AS

Program Description

This two-calendar-year Medical Laboratory Technology major (four semesters, two summer sessions) is designed to provide the necessary general and technical training for hospital personnel between the level of the medical laboratory technician (certificate program) and the medical technologist (baccalaureate program). The course of study includes one year of intensive clinical experience at an affiliated hospital and the theoretical background necessary for the clinical procedures performed by the certified medical laboratory technician (associate degree program). Upon completion of program requirements, the student receives the associate degree and is eligible to sit for examinations leading to certification and registry as a medical laboratory technician.

The Medical Laboratory Technology Program at Penn State Hazleton is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences

5600 N. River Rd, Suite 720,
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119,
Phone 773-714-8880

Graduates of this accredited MLT program are eligible to take national certification examinations such as the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification exam, to become certified as an MLT (ASCP).

What is Medical Laboratory Technology?

A Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) works with a team of pathologists, technologists, and technicians to analyze patient samples to provide information to the patient’s physician to detect illness, enable treatment, and ensure that the treatment will benefit the patient. The MLT works in all areas of the medical laboratory such as microbiology, chemistry, hematology, and transfusion services. MLTs are qualified to perform routine tests as well as more complex procedures including analyzing blood for chemical components, typing blood to ensure safe transfusion, and identifying bacteria and other microorganisms. MLTs also prepare specimens for examination, count cells, and look for abnormal cells in blood and body fluids. They use microscopes, cell counters, and automated equipment and computerized instruments to test specimens. After testing and verifying the results, they relay the results to physicians.


You Might Like This Program If...

You might like this major if you are interested in science and enjoy working in a laboratory setting. MLTs are problem solvers and are accurate and reliable. They want to help patients in a medical setting but prefer not to have direct patient contact. They enjoy working with their hands and using technical instruments. Their work is interesting, challenging, and requires a love of life-long learning.


Entrance to Major

Students must request a Dean's review to change to this Associate degree after admission to the University.

Additional Information

Before beginning the clinical experience rotations at hospitals, students must meet the requirements listed at:

Degree Requirements

For the Associate in Science degree in Medical Laboratory Technology, a minimum of 72 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 21
Requirements for the Major 63-65

12 of the 21 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes: 3 credits of GWS courses; 6 credits of GN courses; 3 credits of GQ courses.

Scheduling of courses in summer session depends on campus location.

Requirements for the Major

To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn a grade of C or better in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

Prescribed Courses
CAS 100Effective Speech3
CHEM 110Chemical Principles I Keystone/General Education Course3
CHEM 111Experimental Chemistry I Keystone/General Education Course1
CHEM 202Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry I3
ENGL 15Rhetoric and Composition Keystone/General Education Course3
MICRB 201Introductory Microbiology3
MICRB 202Introductory Microbiology Laboratory2
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
MICRB 150Introductory Medical Laboratory Technology4
MICRB 151AClinical Chemistry for Medical Laboratory Technicians5
MICRB 151BHematology for Medical Laboratory Technicians5
MICRB 151CImmunohematology and Serology for Medical Laboratory Technicians4
MICRB 151DClinical Chemistry Practicum2
MICRB 151EHematology Practicum2
MICRB 151FImmunohematology Practicum2
MICRB 151GClinical Microbiology and Body Fluids Practicum2
MICRB 151WClinical Microbiology and Body Fluid Analysis for Medical Laboratory Technicians5
Additional Courses
CMPSC 100Computer Fundamentals and Applications3
or MIS 103 Microcomputer Applications in Business
Select 8 credits from:8
Biology: Basic Concepts and Biodiversity Keystone/General Education Course
and Biology: Function and Development of Organisms
Human Anatomy and Physiology I - Lecture Keystone/General Education Course
and Human Anatomy and Physiology I - Laboratory Keystone/General Education Course
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II - Lecture Keystone/General Education Course
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II - Laboratory Keystone/General Education Course
Select 3-5 credits from:3-5
College Algebra with Analytic Geometry with Applications I Keystone/General Education Course
College Algebra With Analytic Geometry and Applications II Keystone/General Education Course
Plane Trigonometry and Applications of Trigonometry Keystone/General Education Course
Algebra, Trigonometry, and Analytic Geometry Keystone/General Education Course
Technical Mathematics I Keystone/General Education Course
Techniques of Calculus I Keystone/General Education Course
Calculus With Analytic Geometry I Keystone/General Education Course
Elementary Statistics Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Biostatistics Keystone/General Education Course

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all associate degree students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required and Inter-Domain courses do not meet this requirement.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 3 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 3 credits

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 3 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 3 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 3 credits

Note: Up to six credits of Inter-Domain courses may be used for any Knowledge Domain requirement, but when a course may be used to satisfy more than one requirement, the credits from the course can be counted only once.


  • Any General Education course (including GHW and Inter-Domain): 3 credits

University Degree Requirements

Cultures Requirement

3 credits of United States (US) or International (IL) cultures coursework are required and may satisfy other requirements

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 60 degree credits must be earned for a associates degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 60 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university's academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee's unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.



Lori Yeager, MLS (ASCP)
Program Coordinator and Lecturer, Medical Laboratory Technology Program
Kostos 120
Hazleton, PA 18202

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2023-24 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition (Note: the archive only contains suggested academic plans beginning with the 2018-19 edition of the Undergraduate Bulletin).

Medical Laboratory Technology, A.S. at Hazleton Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
ENGL 15 or 30H‡†3MICRB 2013CHEM 20233
CHEM 1103MICRB 2022CAS 1003 ‡3
BIOL 16113BIOL 16313MICRB 1502, 34
BIOL 16211BIOL 16411 
CHEM 108 (optional)1CHEM 1111 
General Education Course (GQ)‡†3-4MIS 1033 
PSU 81General Education Course3 
 15-16 16 10
Second Year
MICRB 151A2 *5MICRB 151C2 *4General Education Course43
MICRB 151B2 *5MICRB 151F2 *2General Education Course43
MICRB 151D2 *2MICRB 151G2 *2 
MICRB 151E2 *2MICRB 151W2 *5 
 14 13 6
Total Credits 74-75

Course requires a grade of C or better for the major

Course requires a grade of C or better for General Education


Course is an Entrance to Major requirement

Course satisfies General Education and degree requirement


BIOL 110 and BIOL 240 may be taken in place of BIOL 161, BIOL 162, BIOL 163, BIOL 164.


MICRB 150, MICRB 151 courses include clinical experience at affiliated sites. Must earn C or better for graduation.


These courses should be taken in summer session 1.


These courses should be taken in summer session 2.

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy Cultural Diversity Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS) requirements. Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of 'C' or better.

Program Notes:

A minimum of 72 credits is required for graduation.

Math (Quantification): If Placement Profile indicates MATH 4 – schedule before first Fall semester (during Summer). Then take MATH 21.

Other qualifying math courses:  MATH 22, 26, 40, 81, 110, 111, 140, STAT 200, 250.

CHEM 108 (Problem Solving in Chemistry) is optional, but recommended. 

PSU 8 required of all first-year students in the first semester

Career Paths

The two-year MLT program includes a two-semester clinical practicum experience in affiliated hospital laboratories. The MLT learns the most current laboratory techniques in a real laboratory setting.


You can find a career in a hospital laboratory, food processing industry, veterinary lab, state police or federal forensics lab, public health lab, cancer clinic, chemical company, pharmaceutical company, and more. You can choose to work in a medical lab or non-medical setting.


Opportunities for Graduate Studies

If an MLT graduate chooses to continue his/her education, the first year's courses will transfer to a major in Microbiology, Medical Laboratory Science, Biology or related disciplines. Once an MLT graduate passes a national certification exam and is certified as MLT, earns a BS or BA in any major, and works in a hospital laboratory for at least two years, they can qualify to take a Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) certification exam. Bachelor's degrees earned prior to MLT certification count toward the MLS qualification. This opens the door to careers as an educator, laboratory manager and specialist positions.

Professional Resources


The Medical Laboratory Technology Program at Penn State Hazleton is fully accredited by: National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) 5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720 Rosemont, IL 60018-5119 or 773-714-8880. Graduates of this accredited MLT program are eligible to take national certification examinations, such as the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification exam, to become certified as an MLT (ASCP).

Penn State Hazleton program outcome measures are available at


Professional Licensure/Certification

Many U.S. states and territories require professional licensure/certification to be employed. If you plan to pursue employment in a licensed profession after completing this program, please visit the Professional Licensure/Certification Disclosures by State interactive map.



Kostos 120
Hazleton, PA 18202