Medical Laboratory Technician (AAS)

Degree: Associate of Applied Science
Major: Medical Laboratory Technician
Program Code: 1641

About This Major . . .

The Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) Program at Colorado Mesa University is five semesters in length.  Essential Learning requirements and foundation courses are taken the first year and summer, the second year consists mainly of MLT program courses, followed by one semester of clinical internship at an affiliated site in western Colorado.

The majority of MLT courses are delivered in a blended format.  Lecture is delivered online with lab sessions held on campus.  All MLT courses are taken concurrently for each semester offered and in sequence.

The student will receive an Associate of Applied Science degree upon successful completion of the program.  The graduate is then eligible to take the Medical Laboratory Technician national certification exam through the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). A passing score on the ASCP exam will allow the student to use the credentials of MLT (ASCP)CM after their name.

For more information on what you can do with this major, visit Career Services’ What to Do with a Major? resource.

All CMU/WCCC associate graduates are expected to demonstrate proficiency in specialized knowledge/applied learning, quantitative fluency, communication fluency, critical thinking, personal and social responsibility, and information literacy. In addition to these campus‐wide student learning outcomes, graduates of this major will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the theoretical knowledge and technical skills in the performance of routine laboratory testing. (Specialized Knowledge/Applied Learning)
  2. Demonstrate error recognition and the ability to integrate and interpret analytical data and establish a course of action to solve problems. (Critical Thinking)
  3. Communicate courteously and effectively with laboratory personnel, other health care professionals, patients and the public. (Communication Fluency)
  4. Apply mathematical calculations and statistical methods to ensure the accuracy of laboratory test results. (Quantitative Fluency)
  5. Demonstrate laboratory practice standards in safety, professional behavior and ethical conduct. (Specialized Knowledge/Applied Learning)

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Institutional Degree Requirements

The following institutional degree requirements apply to all CMU and WCCC Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees. Specific programs may have different requirements that must be met in addition to institutional requirements.

  • 60 semester hours minimum.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 15 of the final 30 semester hours of credit at CMU/WCCC.
  • 2.00 cumulative GPA or higher in all CMU/WCCC coursework.
  • A course may only be used to fulfill one requirement for each degree/certificate.
  • No more than six semester hours of independent study courses can be used toward the degree.
  • Non-traditional credit, such as advanced placement, credit by examination, credit for prior learning, cooperative education and internships, cannot exceed 20 semester credit hours for an AAS degree.
  • Pre-collegiate courses (usually numbered below 100) cannot be used for graduation.
  • Capstone exit assessment/projects (e.g., Major Field Achievement Test) requirements are identified under Program-Specific Degree Requirements.
  • The Catalog Year determines which program sheet and degree requirements a student must fulfill in order to graduate. Visit with your advisor or academic department to determine which catalog year and program requirements you should follow.
  • See “Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees and Certificates” in the catalog for a complete list of graduation requirements.

Specific to this program:

  • 75 semester hours total for the AAS, Medical Laboratory Technician.

Essential Learning Requirements

(16 semester hours)

See the current catalog for a list of courses that fulfill the requirements below.  If a course is an Essential Learning option and a requirement for your major, you must use it to fulfill the major requirement and make a different selection for the Essential Learning requirement.

ENGL 111English Composition I-GTCO13
ENGL 112English Composition II-GTCO23
MATH 113College Algebra-GTMA14
Other Essential Learning Core Courses
Select one Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, Fine Arts or Humanities course3
Select one Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, Fine Arts or Humanities course3
Total Semester Credit Hours16

Other Lower Division Requirements

Wellness Requirement
KINE 100Health and Wellness1
Select one KINA Activity course1
Total Semester Credit Hours2

Program Specific Degree Requirements

(57 semester hours, must earn a grade of “C” or better in each course unless otherwise noted. The following applied courses must be completed with a grade of “B” or higher: MLTP 102MLTP 180MLTP 182MLTP 250, and MLTP 252.)

Didactic Courses
BIOL 209Human Anatomy and Physiology3
BIOL 209LHuman Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory1
Select one of the following options:5
Principles of Chemistry-GTSC1
and Principles of Chemistry Laboratory-GTSC1
General Chemistry I-GTSC1
and General Chemistry Laboratory I-GTSC1
BIOL 210Human Anatomy and Physiology II3
BIOL 210LHuman Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory1
MLTP 101Phlebotomy3
MLTP 132Clinical Hematology and Coagulation3
MLTP 132LClinical Hematology and Coagulation Lab1
MLTP 138Clinical Immunology2
MLTP 138LClinical Immunology Lab1
MLTP 141Clinical Immunohematology2
MLTP 141LClinical Immunohematology Lab1
MLTP 142Clinical Microscopy2
MLTP 142LClinical Microscopy Lab1
MLTP 231Clinical Microbiology I3
MLTP 231LClinical Microbiology I Lab1
MLTP 232Clinical Microbiology II3
MLTP 242Clinical Chemistry3
MLTP 242LClinical Chemistry Lab1
MLTP 275Capstone Seminar1
Applied Courses 1
MLTP 102Applied Phlebotomy 22
MLTP 180Applied Immunohematology 23
MLTP 182Applied Hematology and Body Fluids 24
MLTP 250Applied Chemistry and Serology 22
MLTP 252Applied Microbiology 24
MLTP 253Certification Exam Review1
Total Semester Credit Hours57
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 111 English Composition I-GTCO1 3
MATH 113 College Algebra-GTMA1 (or Higher) 4
KINE 100 Health and Wellness 1
KINA - Activity Course 1
BIOL 209 Human Anatomy and Physiology 3
BIOL 209L Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory 1
 Semester Credit Hours13
Spring Semester
Select one of the following: 5
Principles of Chemistry-GTSC1
and Principles of Chemistry Laboratory-GTSC1
General Chemistry I-GTSC1
and General Chemistry Laboratory I-GTSC1
BIOL 210 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3
BIOL 210L Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory 1
MLTP 101 Phlebotomy 3
MLTP 102 Applied Phlebotomy 2
 Semester Credit Hours14
Summer Semester
ENGL 112 English Composition II-GTCO2 3
Essential Learning - Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, Fine Arts or Humanities course 3
 Semester Credit Hours6
Second Year
Fall Semester
Essential Learning - Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, Fine Arts or Humanities course 3
MLTP 138
Clinical Immunology
and Clinical Immunology Lab
MLTP 142
Clinical Microscopy
and Clinical Microscopy Lab
MLTP 231
Clinical Microbiology I
and Clinical Microbiology I Lab
 Semester Credit Hours13
Spring Semester
MLTP 132
Clinical Hematology and Coagulation
and Clinical Hematology and Coagulation Lab
MLTP 141
Clinical Immunohematology
and Clinical Immunohematology Lab
MLTP 232 Clinical Microbiology II 3
MLTP 242
Clinical Chemistry
and Clinical Chemistry Lab
MLTP 275 Capstone Seminar 1
 Semester Credit Hours15
Third Year
Fall Semester
MLTP 180 Applied Immunohematology 3
MLTP 182 Applied Hematology and Body Fluids 4
MLTP 250 Applied Chemistry and Serology 2
MLTP 252 Applied Microbiology 4
MLTP 253 Certification Exam Review 1
 Semester Credit Hours14
 Total Semester Credit Hours75

Advising Process and DegreeWorks

Documentation on the pages related to this program is intended for informational purposes to help determine what courses and associated requirements are needed to earn a degree. The suggested course sequencing outlines how students could finish degree requirements. Some courses are critical to complete in specific semesters, while others may be moved around. Meeting with an academic advisor is essential in planning courses and altering the suggested course sequencing. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to understand and fulfill the requirements for her/his intended degree(s).

DegreeWorks is an online degree audit tool available in MAVzone. It is the official record used by the Registrar’s Office to evaluate progress towards a degree and determine eligibility for graduation. Students are responsible for reviewing their DegreeWorks audit on a regular basis and should discuss questions or concerns with their advisor or academic department head. Discrepancies in requirements should be reported to the Registrar’s Office.

Graduation Process

Students must complete the following in the first two months of the semester prior to completing their degree requirements:

  • Review their DegreeWorks audit and create a plan that outlines how unmet requirements will be met in the final semester.
  • Meet with their advisor and modify their plan as needed. The advisor must approve the final plan.
  • Submit the “Intent to Graduate” form to the Registrar’s Office to officially declare the intended graduation date and commencement ceremony plans.
  • Register for all needed courses and complete all requirements for each degree sought.

Submission deadlines and commencement details can be found at

If a student’s petition for graduation is denied, it will be her/his responsibility to consult the Registrar’s Office regarding next steps.