Medical Laboratory Technology

Courses

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

View Suggested Sequence of Study & Course Cost

Careers

Positions

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 $32,600 $48,400 $56,300

Source: 2018 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development

Employers

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
MercyOne Waterloo and Cedar Falls, IA
United Clinical Laboratories Dubuque, IA
UnityPoint Health—Allen Hospital Waterloo, IA
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Iowa City, IA

Admissions Requirements

In order to be considered for the Medical Laboratory Technology program, students must provide the Admissions office with official documents showing completion of all requirements. These documents must show:

  • Updated assessment scores. -AND/OR-
  • A transcript or academic evaluation showing successful completion of course requirements (i.e. developmental coursework).

It is the student’s responsibility to:

  • Monitor their progress towards meeting admissions requirements,
  • Notify the Admissions office when requirements have been met, and
  • Provide the Admissions office evidence of meeting the requirements.

Step #1: Apply at Hawkeye

  1. Complete Hawkeye's online admissions application to apply and be considered for the Medical Laboratory Technology program.

  2. Request to have your transcripts sent to the Admissions office.

Step #2: Required Biology Course and Assessment / Success Courses

In order to be eligible for the Medical Laboratory Technology program, all students must:

  1. Meet the minimum assessment score or have completed, with a grade of "C" or higher, the required success course in each math, English, and reading.
  2. Successfully complete, with a "C" grade or higher, a minimum of one year of high school biology or any college-level general education biological sciences course.

While working to meet these requirements, students will be accepted into the Medical Laboratory Technology pre-program. Pre-program students are able to complete the necessary success courses at the same time they are working on the required general education coursework, assuming all individual course prerequisites are satisfied. See the Medical Laboratory Technology Suggested Sequence of Study for the general education and program specific courses.

Required minimum assessment scores

ACT ACCUPLACER COMPASS ACCUPLACER:
Next Generation
19 Reading 76 Reading 82 Reading 251 Reading
19 English 82 Sentence Skills 65 Writing 253 Writing
19 Math 85 Elementary Algebra 42 Algebra 259 Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics

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

Success Courses

Success courses can be taken at Hawkeye Community College or comparable courses at another accredited college. For appropriate college success course placement, work with a program advisor.

Success course credits do not apply towards graduation requirements.

Step #3: Program Acceptance

Applicants who have completed all admissions requirements in steps 1 and 2 will be offered acceptance based on the date their applicant file was completed. If many students share the same date for completing their applicant file, the second criteria used will be the GPA from the prerequisite courses.

Contact Us

Admissions Coordinator Holly Grimm Email me 319-296-4277 Hawkeye Center 114
Pre-Health Advisor Kay Wenzel Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1063 Grundy Hall 245
Student Success Specialist Kay Wenzel Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1063 Grundy Hall 245
Program Advisor Amy Kapanka Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1357 Cedar Falls Center 112
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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