What is a Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT)?
A medical laboratory technician (MLT) is an important part of the health care team, specifically the clinical laboratory. They perform specimen collection (phlebotomy) from patients and analyze patient samples as requested by the patient’s healthcare provider. MLTs work under the supervision of the Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS) to perform moderate complexity testing on patient samples. MLTs are trained to maintain, operate, and troubleshoot automated medical instrumentation and equipment.
MLTs graduate from California state approved and/or nationally (NAACLS) accredited programs after successfully completing courses in: Hematology, Coagulation, Urinalysis, Chemistry, Microbiology, and Immunology/Immunohematology (Blood Bank) as well as completing the required clinical training hours in a clinical laboratory setting.
Upon graduation, MLT are required to pass a national certification exam and/or a State of California certification exam to become certified or licensed MLT. Employment in the State of California requires a MLT certification or license.
All licensed MLTs must complete and document 24 hours of continuing education within a 2-year period to maintain a current and valid California MLT certification or license.
How can I become a MLT? How long does the program take to complete?
Achieve an AS degree in MLT from College of the Canyons and successfully pass a national and/or state of California certification exam.
If you have already completed your pre-requisite courses, it takes 2 years or 4 semesters to complete the program.