Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) is a newly recognized category of laboratory professional in the state of California. These skilled workers are becoming integral members of the health care delivery system. MLTs collect, process and perform analytical tests of body fluids, cells and other substances; recognize factors that affect procedures and results; perform and monitor quality control within specific limits; perform preventive and corrective maintenance of equipment and instruments; apply basic scientific principles; learn new techniques, and practice safe work habits. 

Employment Outlook

The California Employment Development Department (EDD) collects data about the state’s workforce. These data include information about the number of people employed in the field, job outlook, and wage information. The California EDD predicts for the period 2008-2018 the number of openings for medical and clinical laboratory technicians to increase by over 8%. For more detailed information about positions in the medical and clinical laboratory field, check the California Occupational Guide for the occupations listed below:

  • Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians (SOC 29-2012)
  • Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists (SOC 29-2011)

Necessary Education and Skills for Career Success
A male lab technician uses a microscope while female lab technician works behind him

To succeed in this field, individuals must understand thoroughly clinical chemistry, immunology, immunohematology, microbiology, hematology and specimen processing. Practical first-hand experience in clinical laboratories and hospital settings is also important. The chances to apply theoretical knowledge, learn testing procedures, and receive exposure to laboratory operations help complete the training. MLTs are also expected to demonstrate professional conduct and communication skills with patients and other health care professionals.

General Info About the Program

The Medical Laboratory Technology Associate in Arts degree and Certificate of Achievement-Advanced programs are designed to prepare students to become medical laboratory technicians (MLTs). De Anza College's Medical Laboratory Technology program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). Successful completion of the program prepares students to sit for a national exam that qualifies individuals to work in clinical laboratories.

Medical Laboratory Technology Certificate and Degree Programs

Certificate of Achievement

Certificate of Achievement-Advanced

Associate Degree (A.A.)

For more information contact the Health Technologies Department:
Biological, Health, and Environmental Sciences Division
De Anza's Kirsch Center
(408) 864-8790

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