Medical Laboratory Technician Program

mltlab.jpgThe Medical Laboratory Technician program prepares students for employment as an MLT working in a clinical medical laboratory. Medical laboratory technicians (MLTs) perform a wide variety of routine laboratory procedures and work in both public and private laboratories serving the health care sector.

The MLT program is a two-year curriculum leading to the Associates in Science degree in Medical Laboratory Technician. Completion of pre-requisite courses will be required prior to entering the program. The program course of study is a combination of instruction in principles of laboratory theory and techniques as well as clinical experience at affiliated medical laboratories. Students learn to perform routine laboratory procedures in phlebotomy, microbiology, clinical chemistry, hematology, coagulation, immunology, and urinalysis. They also will learn to operate and maintain clinical laboratory equipment.

Graduates of the program qualify for national certification examinations sponsored by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) Board of Registry or by the American Association of Bioanalysts (ABB) Board of Registry to become state licensed medical laboratory technicians.

ANNOUNCEMENT FOR CURRENT STUDENTS IN THE MLT PROGRAM:  If you have completed all of your other lecture courses for the MLT program, and you will be ready to sign-up to take the practicums soon, please email the MLT Department Chair, Tracey Magrann ( now so you can be placed on the list to be scheduled with the facilities. 



  Application Instructions for 2016

  Spaces are dependent on number of continuing students and the available clinical sites for externships.

  Application period for Fall 2016 entry will be in June 6-17, 2016

  You do not need a background check, physical, or insurance to apply.  

  MLT Roadmap 2016-17

Future MLT Information Sessions for prospective students will be posted when a date is confirmed.


Career Outlook

Clinical Affiliates

Information about the California State MLT Application Process

MLT Handbook (2014-2015)

MLT Licensure (ASCP)

Register for the MLT Boards



Requirement Letter for Clearance for Clinicals

Request Form to Interview

Background Check for Clinicals

Insurance Coverage (liability)

Physical/Medical Release

Professional Behaviors Release


You will need to have your transcripts translated by AACRAO and then you should make an appointment with a Saddleback Counselor who will help determine if your classes fulfill the prerequisites for the MLT Program. You cannot waive any MLT classes as determined by the State. You can then apply for the MLT Program using the "unofficial" AACRAO translated transcripts.


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, median annual earnings of medical laboratory technicians were $46,680 per year 2010. The middle 50 percent earned between $34,280 and $40,180. A 2012 survey by reported a median annual salary of $47,176 with the lowest 25 percent earning $38,544 and the highest 25 percent earning $57,103.



(949) 582-4701


Hency Chu, PhD, MLS
Program Director

          Tracey Magrann, DPM, PhD
          Department Chair
         Walter Bayubay, CLS
         Associate Faculty
         Ildiko Hill, CLS
         Associate Faculty
        Ashish Patel, CLS, BB
        Associate Faculty    

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