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Medical Laboratory Technician

Medical Laboratory Technicians use and maintain equipment needed for medical diagnosis and treatment and are primarily employed in a clinical setting.

Degree Description

The Medical Laboratory Technician program is a four-semester Associate of Applied Science program that will prepare students for the increasing number of career opportunities in the medical laboratory technician field.

Students in the Medical Laboratory Technician program will complete classes in phlebotomy, anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, hematology, chemistry, immunohematology, serology, and more.

The Medical Laboratory Technician Program at Western Dakota Tech is currently applying for accreditation through the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). 

Accreditation Status

NAACLS Contact Info

5600 N. River Rd. Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018
P: (773)714-8880 | F: (773)714-8886)
email: naacls@mcs.net
website: www.naacls.org

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Application Process

To gain acceptance into the WDT Medical Laboratory Technician program, applicants must:

1. Complete Western Dakota Tech Admissions Application
2. Complete the ACCUPLACER test ($15 fee)
3. Schedule your Admissions Advising Session
4. Submit High School transcript or GED scores (also submit official college transcripts if you have previously attended a post-secondary institution)
5. Submit Immunization Records verifying two doses of MMR vaccinations
6. Once you receive your acceptance letter, schedule a time to register for classes

(The ACCUPLACER test will be waived if you have an ACT sub-score of 18 or better in English, Math, and Reading, or a SAT sub-score of at least 40 in Verbal and Math.  The scores must be within the last five years.)

The ACCUPLACER test is offered Monday - Friday at 8:00 a.m. or 12:00 p.m.

Please call 605-718-2565 to make an appointment.

To continue into Medical Laboratory Technician clinical, students may have to provide the following:

1. Background check*

2. Complete a drug test*

3. Provide a copy of immunization records (Hepatitis B Series, Varicella, TDAP, Annual Record of TB and Annual Flu Shot)*

*Students are responsible for additional costs.

The program director will assist students with any clinical or internship site requirements.

Note: If you are or have been convicted, pleaded guilty or no contest to, or received a suspended imposition of sentence for a felony or certain misdemeanors, you are advised that you may not be able to complete all course requirements for your chosen program, you may be prevented from taking required certification/licensure examinations in your chosen program field, and you may be prevented from gaining employment in your program field.

Students that sit out for a spring or fall semester or longer, will return under a new Catalog and may be required to repeat courses or successfully complete new or revised skills or competency assessments. Before re-admittance, the program may need to determine if a student is eligible to continue in technical courses. Program sequencing and cohort size may prevent enrollment in technical courses.

Clinicals, practicums, and internships may include, but are not limited to differential shifts (evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays) to meet industry expectations. Clinicals may occur during summer semester depending on program enrollments. This may require travel outside the Rapid City Area.

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Career Description

Tasks performed by Medical Laboratory Technicians may include analyzing body fluids and recording findings, studying blood samples for use in transfusions, operating sophisticated laboratory equipment, logging data from medical tests, discussing results of laboratory findings with physicians, and others.

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After Earning Your Degree

The median annual wage for medical and clinical laboratory technicians is $38,000 per year.  Most medical laboratory technologists and technicians work full time.  The health care industry is expected to continue growing through 2020.

Meet Your Faculty

Western Dakota Tech has a low student-to-faculty ratio, meaning more one-on-one learning. Individual attention from your professor can make your college experience more fulfilling.


  • Janna Cowling

  • Christine Ousley

  • Jodi Kor

Financial Aid

Continuing your education is crucial and Western Dakota Tech wants to make sure that any student who wants to attend school, has the opportunity to do so. For this reason, WDT is dedicated to administering the U.S. Department of Education’s Title IV Financial Assistance Program fair and consistently to anyone who needs it.

Build Dakota Scholarships

The Build Dakota Scholarship at Western Dakota Tech will pay all your tuition and fees and prepare you for a career that is in-demand and growing in South Dakota. Build Dakota Scholarships will be awarded to students entering high-need workforce programs at South Dakota’s technical institutes to fill the state’s technical careers with skilled professionals.


Student Housing

While Western Dakota Tech does not offer on-campus housing, we understand that finding a place to live within town while you go to school can be difficult. We have a few resources to help prospective students find affordable housing.

Child Care

Finding child care during school is a challenge for many students. Western Dakota Tech currently does not offer on-campus child care, but here are some resources that may help you in your search.

Youth & Family Services is an organization dedicated to helping children in Western South Dakota. They offer a variety of services, including child care at multiple locations.

The Y of Rapid City offers child care and other services.

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