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.


To apply, fill out the application below and include your prequisites and attach your "unofficial" transcripts. Your official transcripts need to be turned in to Admissions and Records before or at the time you apply.

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

   Saddleback College MLT Application

   MLT Suggested Roadmap of Classes


Career Outlook

Clinical Affiliates

Information about the California State MLT Application Process

MLT Handbook (2013)

MLT Licensure (ASCP)

Register for the MLT Boards

The Clinical Laboratory Wokforce Shortage - White Paper

Packet to be completed for Practicums/Clinical Rotations

Requirement Letter for Clearance for Clinicals

Request Form to Interview

Background Check for Clinicals

Insurance Coverage (liability)

Physical/Medical Release

Professional Behaviors Release


BIO 15 - Microbiology

BIO 113 - Human Anatomy and Physiology

CHEM 108 - Introduction to Gen, Org, and Biochemistry

MATH 205 or MATH 253 - Algebra

Please note: You do not need to have these prerequisites cleared by Matriculation, just attach your unofficial transcript to your application to show where they were completed.



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.


MLT Applications are only taken for the Fall Semester

MLT Applications will be taken July 1st to July 31st, with the exception of holidays and weekends, for Fall Admission.


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.



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Asmita Bhakta, CLS
Associate Faculty

Hency Chu, PhD, MLS
Associate Faculty

Ashish Patel, CLS, BB
Associate Faculty

James Reed, CLS
Associate Faculty

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Medical Lab Technology