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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: Associate of Science
Available on the Augusta and Bangor campuses and statewide at University College Centers


medlabtechFor 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

Today’s employers have a strong bias toward employing candidates with a college education, because college graduates tend to have stronger analytical thinking, decision-making, communication and learning skills than non-college graduates. These broad skills provide a strong base for a career in virtually any field. Students who pursue the Liberal Studies degree to completion may be found performing various roles in business, social/human services, education, health care and government.

Most Liberal Studies students transfer their credits to other programs. Listed below are some possibilities you might want to consider.


Health Care:

Medical Laboratory Technician
Tissue Bank Coordinator
Clinical Toxicologist*
Diagnostic Virologist*
Biofeedback Therapist

Government/Public Service:

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.