Medical Laboratory Technician

Medical laboratory technicians perform laboratory tests for detection, diagnosis, and treatment of many diseases and also in the promotion of health. They work under the direction of medical technologists, pathologists, or other trained scientists who specialize in clinical chemistry or microbiology. Excellent career opportunities are available in hospitals, medical laboratories, clinics, industry, and related businesses.

Career and Technical Education Option

This program is offered to Richland Community College students as a cooperative agreement with Kankakee Community College in Kankakee, Illinois.

Students take all general education courses at Richland and make application to Kankakee to take the Medical Laboratory Technology courses online. Students will also have a laboratory component locally for each Medical Laboratory Technology online course. The students complete the clinical practicum at local hospitals – St. Mary’s Hospital and Decatur Memorial Hospital.

The program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

Entry Requirements

High school diploma or its equivalent is required. Please contact Kankakee Community College and refer to the program requirements for admission and retention. Students must complete an application process to enter the program.

Length of Study

The program is a two-year associate degree; however, the actual length may vary depending on the student. The student may choose to take general education courses in the areas of mathematics, chemistry, biology, English, and humanities at Richland and then apply to take the five-semester sequencing of Medical Laboratory Technology courses at Kankakee.

For Further Information

For questions regarding the cooperative medical laboratory technician program, please contact Tony Crystal in the Health Professions office at (217) 875-7211, ext. 6753.

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