Medical Laboratory Technology

Want the skills to work in a hospital or research lab? Available on our Augusta and Bangor campuses, as well as at sites across the state, UMA’s Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) program will enable you to move on to a satisfying and important career in the health care field.

Degree Offered: A.S.
Offered on the Augusta and Bangor campuses and
statewide at University College Centers

















Medical Laboratory Technology

Medical Laboratory Technology

For the medical laboratory technician, the challenges and rewards of medicine and science are combined into one. Working under the supervision of a medical laboratory scientist, the medical laboratory technician performs a wide variety of general lab tests that provide key information to health care providers regarding the absence, presence, extent and causes of disease.

With a mission to provide quality Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) education to communities across Maine, the MLT Program of Maine is a collaborative effort of the University of Maine at Augusta and the University of Maine at Presque Isle in cooperation with hospitals across the state that serve as clinical affiliates. All MLT courses are available via videoconferencing at locations statewide.

Accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), UMA’s two-year program leads to an Associate of Science in Medical Laboratory Technology. Graduates are qualified to sit for the following national registry exams: Board of Registry of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) and American Medical Technologist Exam (AMT).
Students can also transfer into a B.S. program so that they may upgrade their certification to Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS).


Skills You'll Acquire

Medical laboratory technicians are problem-solvers who like challenges and are willing to take responsibility. They are accurate, reliable, work well under pressure and are able to finish a task once started. "Med lab techs" communicate well, both verbally and in writing. They set a high standard for themselves and expect quality in the work they do. Listed below are some representative skills and abilities that students in MLT may acquire:

Understanding cause & effect
Observing carefully
Designing experiments
Relating lab findings to common disease process
Utilizing formulae
Using medical terminology
Writing reports
Meeting with patients
Working as a team member
Using medical equipment
Maintaining medical equipment
Monitoring quality control
Applying principles of safety
Solving problems
Collecting & processing specimens
Attending to details
Examining specimens
Conducting tests


Careers You Can Seek

Health CareGovernment/Public Service
Medical Laboratory Technician
Tissue Bank Coordinator
Clinical Toxicologist*
Diagnostic Virologist*
Biofeedback Therapist
Water Quality Inspector
Communicable Disease Coordinator
Forensic Laboratory Assistant
FDA Inspector*
Rabies Responder
Drug Testing Coordinator
Public Health Programs
CLIA Laboratory Inspector*
Cancer Researcher*
Pharmaceutical Research Assistant
Molecular Endocrinologist
Genetics Researcher*
Color Development Chemist
Brewery Laboratory Analyst
Milk Processing Plant Manager
Paper Mill Lab Technician
Quality Control Technician
Insurance Claims Adjuster
Technical Service Representative
Sales Representative, Biotechnical
   Instrumentation and Reagents


*Baccalaureate or Graduate level study is generally required for these occupations.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates from the Associate in Medical Laboratory Technology program will be qualified to take the national certifying examinations, prepared to enter the healthcare system as practicing medical laboratory technicians and will be proficient in:

  1. collecting, processing, and analyzing biological specimens for analysis
  2. performing analytical tests on body fluids, cells and other substances
  3. recognizing factors that affect procedures and results, and taking appropriate actions within predetermined limits when corrections are indicated
  4. performing and monitoring quality assurance/quality control within predetermined limits
  5. performing preventive and corrective maintenance of equipment and instruments or referring to appropriate sources for repairs
  6. applying principles of safety
  7. demonstrating professional conduct and interpersonal communication skills with patients, laboratory personnel, other health care professionals, and with the public
  8. recognizing the responsibilities of other laboratory and health care personnel and interacting with them with respect for their jobs and patient care
  9. applying basic principles in learning new techniques and procedures
  10. relating laboratory findings to common disease processes
  11. recognizing and acting upon individual needs for continuing education as a function of growth and maintenance of professional competence