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Online AAS: Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT)

Modern healthcare is evolving faster than ever, and with it come changes to the job descriptions of clinical laboratory personnel. Employers need skilled employees to fill supervisory positions, utilize up-to-date quality assurance principles to control costs, maintain regulatory compliance, and increase the overall efficiency of the laboratory as well as routine bench work. The WSU Medical Laboratory Sciences online Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Medical Laboratory Technician and Bachelor of Science (BS) Medical Laboratory Scientist degree programs focus on these high standards. 

Weber State University was the first school in the world to develop an online Medical Laboratory Sciences program for both AAS and BS degrees, beginning in 2001. This program is an innovation in advancing working professionals from Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLT) to Medical Laboratory Scientists (MLS). Students from all over the world participate in WSU's online program. Upon successful completion of our online Associate of Applied Science MLT program, students are eligible to sit for the ASCP MLT certification exam via route one. Our degree programs are organized into a "ladder" format, with the four-year curriculum divided into two programs. The MLT program comprises the first two years of the program, followed by the MLS program. 

As an MLT student, you will focus on learning about each of the major areas of medical laboratory sciences, such as medical laboratory practices, hematology, chemistry, microbiology, and bloodbank.  In each of these classes, in addition to the didactic ("lecture") portion of the course that is delivered online, you will focus on laboratory competencies that will be completed in the laboratory where you find clinical support.

Support courses and general education requirements can be taken either through the WSU online program or at your nearby university or college. Official transcripts may then be sent to WSU to be applied towards your degree.

If you apply, are accepted into, and graduate from the MLT program, you will receive an Associate of Applied Science degree. You are then eligible to sit for national certification examinations and enter the workforce. The average starting salary for a Medical laboratory technician is $38,000.

If you wish to continue on for a four-year degree, you must apply and be accepted into the online Bachelor of Science MLS Program.



Application Process

Weber State University is an open enrollment institution. You will first apply for general admissions and then to our online MLT program. For more information about the admissions process:

AAS MLT Application Checklist

See step 4 for program eligibility requirements 




Lab Competency Requirements

Our online MLT program requires clinical support in the following areas: Phlebotomy, UA, Serology, Hematology, Chemistry, Microbiology, and Blood Bank. 

To review the checklist for each MLT course, see links below:

Lab Competency Checklists for AAS degree

Statement of Support



Need help selecting classes?

Have questions about our MLT program?

Please contact the MLT program advisor, Ashley Wilkinson at or 801-626-6120.