Medical Laboratory Technician Program

Medical Lab MicroscopeThe 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 state licensure examination administered by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) Board of Certification to become state licensed medical laboratory technicians.


Pre-Admission Requirements
MLT Application


Applications will be accepted May 1, 2019 - May 30, 2019, from 9:00 am - 4pm in the Health  Sciences, Human Services Building, HS 235.  A hard copy of the application must be hand delivered. Qualified candidates are accepted on a first come first service basis with enrollment  limitations related to the number of available sites. 

Spaces are dependent on number of continuing students and the available clinical sites for externships.   You do not need a background check, physical, or insurance to apply. 

MLT Roadmap


California Procedure to MLT License

MLT Handbook 




You will need to have your transcripts evaluated and translated by NACES ( 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. All official NACES-evaluated transcripts must be submitted to the Saddleback College Office of Admissions and Records upon application.  


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.



Hency Chu, PhD, MLS  View profile information for Staff Member Hency Chu
Program Director

David Chu, MLS, CLS   View profile information for Staff Member David Chu
Associate Faculty

Sanja Apodac, MLT, CPT1
MLT Lab Assistant 

Elsy Drzanek, MLS     
Associate Faculty    

Shraddha Shah, CLS      
Associate Faculty    

Lori Hefter  
MLT Specialist     

Paris Peck  
MLT Counselor     

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