Medical Laboratory Technology


Core Courses

  • Introduction to Lab Science
  • Lab Mathematics
  • Medical Terminology
  • Urinalysis
  • Fundamental Lab Techniques
  • Hematology and Advanced Hematology
  • Clinical Microbiology
  • Hemostasis and Thrombosis
  • Clinical Chemistry I
  • Parasitology
  • Immunohematology
  • Immunology and Serology
  • Clinical Practicums in Chemistry, Hematology, Microbiology, Urinalysis, Immunohematology, Immunology and Serology
  • Lab Survey and Review

You will be required to complete background screenings, including a criminal background check, sex offender registry, child abuse registry, and dependent adult registry before participating in clinicals.

The outcome may result in dismissal from the program and affect your opportunities to participate in the clinical setting.

Program Details

Award: Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Required number of credits: 81
Program Start: Fall, Spring

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Graduates find employment in hospital, clinic, and independent laboratories as medical and clinical laboratory technicians. 

Example Careers and Average Wages

Entry Average Experienced
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians $31,000 $42,300 $48,000

Source: 2016 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development


The following is a partial list of employers who have hired graduates from this program:

Business Location
Mercy Iowa City Iowa City, IA
Mercy Medical Center—North Iowa Mason City, IA
United Clinical Laboratories Dubuque, IA
UnityPoint Health—Allen Hospital Waterloo, IA
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Iowa City, IA
Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare Waterloo and Cedar Falls, IA

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Admissions & Program Requirements

Admissions Process

  1. Apply for admission at Hawkeye.

  2. Complete the Basic Skill Competencies Requirements as described below.

  3. Completed applicant files (we have your application, transcripts, and test scores) will be processed as follows:
    1. Applicants meeting the program's admission requirements will be sent an admissions inactivation letter.
    2. Applicants meeting the program's admission requirements will be accepted.
  4. We accept approximately 24 students and 10 alternates each fall and spring semester. Applicants will be accepted based on the date their completed applicant file. If many students share the same date for completing their applicant files, the application date will be used to prioritize their acceptance.

  5. If necessary, alternates will be contacted to fill unconfirmed positions in the program. Alternates will be given priority for the next term.

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Basic Skill Competencies Requirements

Option 1

Score at least the following scores on any combination of the below assessment options:

ACT sub scores COMPASS scores ASSET scores ACCUPLACER scores
19 Reading
19 English
19 Math
82 Reading
65 Writing
42 Algebra
38 Reading
40 Writing
40 Elementary Algebra
90 Reading
98 Sentence Skills
103 Arithmetic OR
97 Elementary Algebra
AND one year high school Biology with "C" grade or higher in each semester.

Applicants can take the ACT assessment or the ACCUPLACER assessment at Hawkeye. Pre-registration is required.

Option 2

Complete all of the following college success courses with a "C" grade or higher at Hawkeye Community College or comparable courses at another accredited college:

  • ENG061 College Preparatory Writing II
  • RDG040 College Preparatory Reading III
  • MAT063 Elementary Algebra
  • BIO042 Prep. Science for Health Careers

Option 3

Any combination of the above fulfilling the basic skills requirements of algebra, reading, writing, and biology.

Contact Us

Student Success Specialist Vic Palmer Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1481 Grundy Hall 140
Program Advisor Amy Kapanka Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1357 Cedar Falls Center 112
Pre-Health Student Success Specialist Kay Wenzel Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1063 Grundy Hall 285
Pre-Health Advisor Heidi Hudson Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1079 Hawkeye Center 208
Administrative Assistant Linda Butler Email me 319-296-4013 Grundy Hall 135
Dean Dr. Gene Leutzinger, DNP Email me 319-296-4457 Grundy Hall 135
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