Medical Laboratory Technician Program

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

Medical Lab Microscope


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 state licensure examination administered by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) Board of Certification to become state licensed medical laboratory technicians. Once licensed, MLTs can work in both private and public diagnostic laboratories, forensic labs, veterinary labs, and biomedical research laboratories.


Information Sessions

There are no information sessions at this time.

For more information, please email the MLT Program Assistant.

Program Resources



  • Apply to and be admitted into Saddleback College - Apply here.
  • Students must have earned at least a High School Diploma (must be 18 years or older) or a GED may apply to this program.
  • It is strongly recommended that students schedule an appointment to speak with a Paris Peck in the Counseling Office before enrolling in the MLT program. To do so, visit the Counseling website at
  • Students may enroll in the prerequisite courses, semester 1, and semester 2 MLT courses without applying for the program.
  • Students must complete the online MLT Student Application prior to Semester 3, before beginning the clinical training experience.


The application window for Fall 2022 is now CLOSED.

Our next application widow will be held in May 2023.
Check back for specific dates




Prior Degree/Coursework

  • Coursework from a prior accredited school may be considered for course substitution through the petition process.
  • Students wishing to submit a petition can schedule an appointment with the Counseling Office to discuss specific questions and educational goals.
  • To do so, visit the Counseling website at

Foreign Transcripts/Coursework

  • Students with foreign transcripts will need to have the transcripts evaluated and translated by NACES (
  • It is recommended that you make an appointment with a Saddleback Counselor who will help determine if your classes fulfill the prerequisites for the MLT Program.
  • All official NACES- evaluated transcripts must be submitted to the Saddleback College Office of Admissions and Records upon application.


Medical Lab Technician Certification

Visit these websites to learn about eligibility requirements for each credential, as well as important information about the exam process.

NOTE: Applicants who are certified before the above dates must re-take the certifying examination.

Labor Market Information

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual national wage for clinical laboratory technicians was $57,800 in May 2021. For wage data, the median wage is the wage in the middle, where half of the workers earned below this level, and half earn above this level. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $30,280, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $79,340.

California Labor Market Information

In California, the annual mean wage for clinical laboratory technicians is $68,450. This wage estimate is calculated with data collected from employers in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in California.

Professional Organizations

Student membership in one or more of these associations is encouraged to enhance your professional and personal growth.

ASCP- American Society of Clinical Pathologists. Upon certification, registrants retain "lifetime" certification through a Certification Maintenance Program (CMP). Registrants may become members and obtain the Journal LABMEDICINE™. Student membership is available and offers free registration in most education workshops.

ASCLS-The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science is the national professional society dedicated to representing the profession of Medical Technology through improvement of the status of its members; promoting programs of continuing education; research and development; and advancing the ideals of Medical Technology. Membership provides a subscription to the Journal CLINICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE.

AMT- The American Medical Technologists is a professional society for health professionals. Students may join at a reduced rate and are entitled to receive the official publication of AMT, and AMT events.



Hency Chu, PhD, MLS
Program Director

Christina Williams MHA, H (ASCP)
Associate Faculty

Thy Nguyen, MLS (ASCP)
Associate Faculty

Laura Rutman
MLT Program Assistant