Medical Laboratory Technology

The Medical Laboratory Technician Program at Shawnee State University is a two-year course of study that prepares students to work in all areas of the laboratory. Courses in each of laboratory are presented in both lecture and laboratory format. Upon successful completion of the program students are awarded an Associate of Applied Science Degree and become eligible to take the certification examination given by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP).

Mission Statement

The mission of the Medical Laboratory Technology program is to educate and prepare students to become competent, responsible, and collaborative laboratory professionals in the ever-changing health care environment.

Learning Outcomes for the Medical Laboratory Technology Program

  1. All students in the MLT program will be competent in areas of laboratory safety, bloodborne pathogens, HIPAA, hazardous communication, and other laboratory standards necessary to protect themselves and the patients they serve.
  2. Students completing the MLT Program will be able to demonstrate minimal/entry level competencies in all clinical areas of the medical laboratory to include: Hematology, Clinical Chemistry, Blood Banking, Microbiology, Urinalysis, Serology and Hemostasis
  3. Students graduating from the MLT Program will be prepared to gain employment and work independently in the laboratory with minimum orientation.
  4. Students will cultivate personal growth and demonstrate professional conduct and interpersonal communication.
  5. Students will continue their education beyond the completion of the Associate of Applied Science degree.
  6. The Program will meet the benchmarks established by NAACLS: Certification Rate, Graduation Rate, and Placement Rate.


The Medical Laboratory Technician Program is accredited by the: National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences.

Medical Laboratory Technology

Contact Information

Medical Laboratory Technology Program
940 Second Street
Health Science Building, Room 128
Portsmouth, OH 45662

Tammy Grigson
Phone: (740) 351-3236

Career Opportunities

Students graduating from Shawnee State University's Medical Laboratory Science Programs have been fortunate to see 100% placement in the job market. Graduates have sought employment at many area hospitals, have relocated to other cities to readily find employment, and have found opportunities in many areas outside the hospital setting.

Many graduates decide to continue their education at the master's level and have found success in professional schools including medical, chiropractic, and pharmacy schools. Others have opted to work in doctor's offices or clinics, while some have gone into large industrial laboratories such as Proctor and Gamble, Sun Chemical, and Atomic Energy Plants.

Due to the national decline of graduates recently, there has been a drastic increase in the demand for the laboratory professional. The program receives frequent inquiries related to the number of possible graduates and how graduates might be enticed to leave the area to find employment. There has been an increase in the number of organizations offering sign-on bonuses, payment for relocation, and tuition reimbursement for those wishing to pursue further degrees.

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