About This Program

Student using microscopeThe Med Lab Tech program gives students an AAS (Associate in Applied Science) degree by completing 5 semesters of curriculum. The curriculum includes clinical lab techniques, liberal arts and science, and a six month hospital assignment.

The program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)*. DMACC partners with local health facilities including: Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Iowa Lutheran, Broadlawns, and VA. The program is willing to make arrangements with local hospitals as well, so student can participate in their clinical training close to home.

Getting Started

The Med Lab Tech program starts each fall. Students must have a high school diploma or equivalent with a grade "C" or better in one year of high school biology, algebra, chemistry or equivalent. If not, the following classes are offered at DMACC: MAT063, BIO156, and CHM122. The Academic Achievement Center also offers the following equivalent classes: Biology I & II and Chemistry I & II. Students must earn a "C" grade or better in these classes before entering the Med Lab Tech Program. Students must also attend a REQUIRED Information Session about the program before they will be accepted into the program.

Working in a medical labEmployment

Medical laboratory technicians are in demand and have 100% job placement nation-wide. Salaries are competitive, with current starting salaries in the Des Moines area of $25,000 - 30,000. Most companies hiring our graduates offer sign-on bonuses as well.

Positions for Medical Laboratory Technicians can range from:

  • Hospital Laboratories
  • Physicians' Office Laboratories
  • Public Health Clinics
  • Blood Collection Facilities
  • Pharmaceutical Firms
  • Research Institutions
  • Armed Forces
  • Reference Laboratories
  • For Profit Laboratories
  • Private Sector

*National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
5600 N. River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018