Illinois Medical Laboratory Technician Schools and Career Information

Career Information for Medical Lab Technicians in Illinois

Medical laboratory technicians (MLTs) are health care professionals who assist physicians and other medical professionals in diagnosing diseases. They collect a variety of samples consisting of various bodily fluids and tissues. Then, they test those samples and analyze the results, recording their findings.

Demand for medical lab technicians is growing in the United States as the population continues to age. Those with an interest in the career will find Illinois medical lab technician programs located in every corner of the state. These programs provide future generations of medical lab techs with the theoretical knowledge and basic skills competency needed to pass board exams and land entry-level jobs within the profession.

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Illinois Medical Lab Technician Schools

Illinois medical lab technician programs are an excellent way for students to prepare for the challenges of a rewarding career as a medical lab tech. These programs provide the academic foundation and the practical skills training needed to obtain entry-level employment for this in-demand career. Most accredited programs also qualify students to sit for credentialing exams. In addition to the schools already mentioned, students will find additional medical laboratory technician programs in Illinois located around the state.

  • Illinois Central College: Founded in 1967, Illinois Central College has 3 physical campuses - located in Peoria, East Peoria, and Penkin - and an online learning program. The school generally serves students in 10 Central Illinois counties. In addition to numerous Associate's degrees, the college awards professional certificates, offers continuing education programs, and caters to students who wish to learn in their spare time. Students may take advantage of financial aid options as well as enjoy a host of activities and sports teams. Successful completion of the medical laboratory technician program results in the award of an Associate of Applied Science Degree.
  • Oakton Community College: Oakton Community College (OCC) has two campus locations situated in the Northern Chicago suburbs of Des Plaines and Skokie. Students can choose from over 80 majors in a variety of subject areas. Credits earned can be used to jump start a new career or transferred to a four-year institution. Opportunities for involvement include various clubs, student government, and numerous service opportunities. The medical laboratory technology program offers an Associate's degree to its graduates. OCC also offers certificates for Pharmacy Technicians and Phlebotomists.
  • Southwestern Illinois College: With 5 campus locations plus an online learning department, Southwestern Illinois College serves the population of the southwest corner of the state. The school offers more than 40 different career and degree programs in a variety of different subjects. Students interested in the medical laboratory technology program can fulfill their general education requirements at the Belleville, Sam Wolf Granite City, or Red Bud campuses. They can also complete these requirements online. However, the medical technology courses are only held during daytime hours at the Belleville campus. Students must also complete two nine-week clinical practicums at facilities throughout Southwestern Illinois and the St. Louis vicinity.
  • NorthShore University HealthSystem: Located in Evanston, Illinois, Northshore University HealthSystem offers a certificate program for medical laboratory scientists. Graduates of the program receive a certificate from Evanston Hospital and may receive a degree from affiliated universities. Completion of this accredited program qualifies graduates to sit for the national board exam which is sponsored by the Board of Certification of the American Society for Clinical Pathology. Because the program is "hospital-based," students get the extra benefit of interacting with a variety of medical professionals on a daily basis.

Illinois Medical Lab Tech Programs

Aspiring medical lab technicians in Illinois should be able to find training programs located relatively near their place of residence. Prospective students should have an interest in the fields of chemistry, biology, and math. They should also possess a strong desire to help others through their career.

As all Illinois medical lab technician programs are different, curriculum varies by school. However, most programs require some general education requirements plus courses specific to medical lab technology. Here are some of the most common topics:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • General Chemistry
  • Medical Terminology
  • Health Care Technologies
  • Medical Laboratory Techniques and Procedures
  • Immunology
  • Urinalysis
  • Hematology
  • Medical Ethics and Law
  • Clinical Microbiology

Medical lab techs are charged with collecting samples, testing them, and analyzing those results. This includes the use of complex medical equipment that requires medical lab techs to use their hands proficiently. They must also be able to work on their feet for hours at a time.

Additional Requirements for Medical Lab Techs in Illinois

Many Illinois medical lab technician programs offer Associate's degrees upon successful completion while others offer certificates, sometimes in specific disciplines. These programs usually prepare students to sit for the proper certification exams. Some clinical experience is usually required. Beyond this, some continuing education may be necessary for medical lab technicians in Illinois to continue legally practicing in the state.


  1. Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2015-16 Edition, Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-and-clinical-laboratory-technologists-and-technicians.htm
  2. Medical Laboratory Science Program, NorthShore University HealthSystem, http://www.northshore.org/academics/academic-programs/other-programs/medical-technology/
  3. Medical Laboratory Technician, Illinois Central College, https://icc.edu/academics/catalog/health-careers/medical-laboratory-technician/
  4. Medical Laboratory Technology, Oakton Community College, http://www.oakton.edu/academics/academic_departments/medical_laboratory/
  5. Medical Laboratory Technology, Southwestern Illinois College, http://www.swic.edu/MLT-FAQ/

Schools for Medical Lab Technicians in Illinois are listed below.

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More Illinois Medical Lab Schools

School Name Campus Highest Award Enrolled
Blackburn College Carlinville Bachelor 617
Bradley University Peoria Doctorate 6,053
City Colleges of Chicago-Harry S Truman College Chicago Associate 11,354
City Colleges of Chicago-Kennedy-King College Chicago Associate 6,140
City Colleges of Chicago-Malcolm X College Chicago Associate 6,031
City Colleges of Chicago-Olive-Harvey College Chicago Associate 4,078
City Colleges of Chicago-Richard J Daley College Chicago Associate 9,679
City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College Chicago Associate 10,993
College of Lake County Grayslake Associate 16,010
DePaul University Chicago Doctorate & First Professional 23,401
Dominican University River Forest Masters 3,338
Eastern Illinois University Charleston Masters 12,179
Elgin Community College Elgin Associate 9,613
Eureka College Eureka Bachelor 672
Harper College Palatine Associate 15,156
Illinois Central College East Peoria Associate 11,804
Illinois Eastern Community Colleges-Olney Central College Olney Associate 1,610
Illinois State University Normal Doctorate 20,274
Illinois Valley Community College Oglesby Associate 4,103
John A Logan College Carterville Associate 7,559
John Wood Community College Quincy Associate 2,417
Joliet Junior College Joliet Associate 13,149
Kankakee Community College Kankakee Associate 3,591
McKendree University Lebanon Masters 3,312
Moraine Valley Community College Palos Hills Associate 15,859
Northern Illinois University Dekalb Doctorate & First Professional 25,254
Oakton Community College Des Plaines Associate 10,805
Olivet Nazarene University Bourbonnais Doctorate 4,636
Quincy University Quincy Masters 1,323
Rend Lake College Ina Associate 4,821
Roosevelt University Chicago Doctorate 7,163
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science North Chicago Doctorate & First Professional 1,729
Rush University Chicago Doctorate & First Professional 1,596
Shawnee Community College Ullin Associate 2,176
South Suburban College South Holland Associate 6,260
Southwestern Illinois College Belleville Associate 13,713
The College of Office Technology Chicago Associate 368
University of Illinois at Springfield Springfield Doctorate 4,855
University of St Francis Joliet Masters 3,503
Waubonsee Community College Sugar Grove Associate 8,731
Western Illinois University Macomb Doctorate 13,331

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Medical Lab Technicians

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Illinois. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
Medical Lab Technicians

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Medical Lab Technicians relative to the population of the city, as of 2008. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A Relative Popularity of 1.0 means that the city has an average number of the particular job, for its population, compared to the rest of the US. Higher numbers mean proportionally more jobs of that type.

Metro Area Jobs Salary


Bloomington 100 $43970 0.89
Carbondale 90 $40480 1.49
Marion 90 $40480 1.49
Champaign 110 $38810 0.98
Urbana 110 $38810 0.98
Peoria 350 $38900 1.73
Rockford 160 $47350 0.93
Kankakee 110 $36090 2.29
Springfield 210 $35120 1.73
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