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Medical Laboratory Technician (A.S.)

Medical Lab Technician

In Association with Bismarck State College—AS degree awarded by BSC (courses completed in Miles City)


Program Description

The mission of the Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) program is to provide a high quality, learning-centered education in medical laboratory theory and practice that maximizes student learning and makes students partners in their education. Medical laboratory technicians, under supervision of a physician or medical laboratory scientist, perform general laboratory tests that aid physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. .

Goals of the Medical Laboratory Technician program are to:

Train competent MLTs with the knowledge and skills necessary for entry level proficiency in all areas of the medical laboratory science  Provide a two-year associate degree program for students in the region  Operate a program in which a maximum number of credits will fulfill requirements for four-year Medical Laboratory Science programs in the region.

The curriculum allows a student to meet employment and transferability goals. Students receive both theoretical and experiential study, including an internship through clinical affiliate Holy Rosary Healthcare in Miles City, MT.

Bismarck State College’s MLT program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science, 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, ILL., 60018-5119. Phone: 773-714-8880.


Medical laboratory science is a demanding field. Success depends on self-discipline, self-motivation, self-reliance, integrity and the ability to work independently to solve problems and produce accurate laboratory results under stressful conditions. A strong science background with high school classes in chemistry, biology, and algebra is recommended.

Program Requirements

The MLT program is highly selective and has a limited enrollment. Selection depends upon academic preparation as well as early date of application. An interview with program officials is required prior to acceptance. Purpose of the interview is to assists students in making the right career choice and to design a curriculum plan that affords the greatest opportunity for success. Students are required to earn a “C” or better in all prescribed science, math and technology courses and a minimum overall grade point average of 2.00 for successful completion of the program. Those completing the curriculum requirements receive an Associate in Science degree and are eligible to write the national board examination to become certified as a medical laboratory technician.

Career Opportunities

A critical shortage of clinical laboratory professionals exists throughout the nation. MLTs are in demand in clinical and research facilities, public health laboratories, and blood donor collection and processing centers.

Additional Information

Since the BSC Medical Laboratory Technician program began in 1978, graduates have achieved a 97 percent first-time pass rate on the national board certification examination.

The program course requirements are presented in sequence. Part-time students and others who cannot follow the sequence should check course descriptions in this Miles Community College Catalog and the Bismarck State College Catalog to determine prerequisites and, in addition, should consult their academic advisor regarding the order in which they may take courses.

For more information contact:

  • Sharon O’Meara, MCC Adjunct Instructor and BSC Medical Laboratory Technician Lab/Clinical Coordinator, Lucas Hall 205, 406-874-6193, O’
  • Angela Uhlich, Program Director, Jack Science Center 220, 701-224-5669 or 701-323-5482,

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Miles Community College subscribes to the philosophy of a comprehensive community college, including an “open door” admissions policy designed to encourage all adults to continue their education.

The commitment to an open door admissions policy is defined as providing all eligible students with access to an appropriate educational offering at the College. Anyone over the age of 18 is admitted to the College if they have a high school diploma, GED, or satisfactory ACCUPLACER scores; but the College reserves the right to guide students into the courses and programs that will enhance their opportunities for success.

Admission to the College does not necessarily imply eligibility to enroll in a course with established prerequisites (See Course Descriptions starting on page 84) or to enter a program that has a limited number of spaces and minimum entrance requirements. ACCUPLACER and ACT/SAT test scores are used to help place students in appropriate level courses.

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