Associate's Degree (Two-Year Degree)

Medical Laboratory Technician

Medical laboratory technicians are highly qualified to work in the laboratories within the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology. They perform tests on specimens from Mayo Clinic and its affiliated laboratory services and from clinics and hospitals around the world. Clinical laboratory staff perform diagnostic tests from the routine to the esoteric, and participate in the evaluation and implementation of the latest technologies. Working independently or with other department members, they provide efficient and accurate reporting of results. They have expert organizational and multitasking skills and can manage the pressure of time constraints.


Histologists perform a variety of technical procedures that result in the creation of microscopic slide preparations, including specimen grossing, tissue processing, paraffin microtomy cutting, frozen cryostat cutting, and routine and special staining using manual and automated methodologies. In addition, histologists take responsibility for laboratory quality control, writing procedures, and managing an inventory of supplies and reagents. They work closely with a variety of technicians, pathologists, residents, and visiting scientists. The preferred candidate is certified as a histology technician. Candidates with an associate's degree in the sciences will also be considered and eligible for certification after one year of training and experience in the histopathology lab. These candidates will be required to achieve ASCP qualification requirements within two years.