When you enter the Chemical Laboratory Technician Program, you will set yourself on a direct path to a career as a laboratory technician. You will start by completing 14 credit hours and earning the pre-apprenticeship microcredential. Then, you will apply for a part- or full-time, paid apprenticeship position. Once you complete the 2,000 hours of on-the-job training and meet apprenticeship competencies, you will receive a certificate of completion. You will then be ready to enter the workforce or continue toward degree completion.

Direct Path

  1. Complete 14 credit-hour Laboratory Technician Pre-Apprenticeship Microcredential
  2. Receive 2,000-hour laboratory technician apprenticeship
  3. Department of Labor Certificate of Apprenticeship Completion

Real Skills

  • Laboratory operations
  • Laboratory and wet chemical techniques
  • Laboratory instrumentation

Value of Microcredentials

“In a rapidly changing economy, micro-credentialing has emerged as a time-saving and cost-effective method to help learners get recognition for their skills.” Missouri Western has developed several microcredentials that will have a direct impact on the regional workforce, by providing individuals with real skills that make them desirable employees. Preliminary research has shown that earning a microcredential can “lead to job promotions, higher wages, and an increase in self-confidence” for individuals.

You must complete four courses to meet the microcredential requirements.

Required Courses:

  • General Chemistry
  • Basic Laboratory Skills
  • College Algebra

Choose One:

  • Principles of Biology
  • Principles of Organismal Biology
  • Principles of Cell Biology


All applicants must have an ACT math subscore of 22 or 70% on the Missouri Western math placement exam.

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Choose the “non-degree seeking” option

Choose the Chemical Laboratory Technician microcredential