Medical Laboratory Technology

Needles, tubes of blood, pipets. Let’s help doctors make a life-saving diagnosis, and get you a Life.Changing. Career!

Campus Ottumwa Campus (Main)
Entry Term Summer Term
Length of Program 8 Terms (24 Months)
Diploma/Degree  Associate of Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)


Do you want to work in healthcare and like being part of a team? Then a medical laboratory is the place for you! Medical Lab Technicians are an integral part of the health care team. We assist physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases by performing tests on tissue, blood, and other bodily fluids. Come be a part of our team, in the Indian Hills Clinical Lab Science Programs.


After graduation you will be eligible to take the ASCP Board of Certification’s national professional certification examination, and will be able to work in a variety of clinical settings that include hospital laboratories, physicians' offices, and clinics. In this day of critical staff shortages, there is an extremely urgent need for talented graduates. Let’s make you one of them. Apply today!


What you will learn:
  • Become proficient with a microscope
  • Learn the proper techniques to draw blood
  • Learn about basic instrumentation and how to maintain it
  • Learn how the different departments within the Laboratory function
  • Learn how to follow safety and infection control procedures


Ready to take your education to the next level? Check out the Medical Laboratory Technology Program Details below to see how our program at Indian Hills Community College will help you get a Life.Changing. Career as a Medical Lab Technologist, Phlebotomist, or a Research Lab Technician!


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Program Outcomes (2019–2021)

Graduation Year  
2019 2020 2021
Retention Rate
91% 100% 75%
National Certification 
100% 71% 33%
Employment Rate     
95% 100% 100%


The program has determined that its curriculum meets the state educational requirements for licensure or certification in all states, the District of Colombia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands secondary to its accreditation by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, based on the following:

NAACLS accreditation of a medical lab technician or clinical lab assistant program satisfies state educational requirements in all states except New York and California, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Thus, students graduating from NAACLS-accredited medical lab technician and clinical lab assistant education programs are eligible to take the National Board of Certification and apply for licensure in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For more information regarding state qualifications and licensure requirements, refer to the ASCP Board of Certification website at


Questions? Don’t stress. Just ask Stacie!

stacieStacie Mason - Program Director
Indian Hills Community College

525 Grandview Avenue Ottumwa, Iowa 52501

(641) 683-5319 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5319
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