Medical Laboratory Technology



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

Example Careers and Average Wages

Entry Average Experienced
Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians 32,600 $48,500 $56,200

Source: 2020 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
MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center Mason City, IA
MercyOne Waterloo and Cedar Falls, IA
MercyOne Dubuque Dubuque, IA
UnityPoint Health - Allen Hospital Waterloo, IA
UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital Dubuque, 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 Hawkeye Community College is accepting Pass/Fail grades as an institution, due to accreditation, Hawkeye is not accepting College or High School Pass/Fail grades for any admission criteria.

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

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.

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