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According to the American Society for Clinical Pathology,
a medical laboratory technician (MLT) performs routine tests in all areas of the clinical laboratory. A medical laboratory technician searches for basic clues to the absence, presence, extent, and causes of diseases. This skilled individual is responsible for performing laboratory tests efficiently and accurately for high-quality patient care.
The Medical Laboratory Technology Training program prepares students for employment in clinical laboratories, industry, and biotechnology as a Medical Laboratory Technician, Laboratory Assistant, or Research Technician/Associate. The entire program is designed for students to master the competencies, skills, and knowledge required in this profession. The curriculum prepares individuals to perform clinical laboratory tests and procedures in chemistry and urinalysis, hematology, microbiology and immunology. These procedures may be used to provide essential assessment of health, as well as the diagnosis and treatment of diseases.
Coursework emphasizes mathematical and scientific concepts related to:
The program recognizes the importance of professional standards and ethical obligations critical to health care professions. Development of professional competence, personal growth and effective patient care are integrated into each part of the curriculum.
The MLTT program has recently been awarded initial accreditation for 2 years by NAACLS (National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences) effective September 2015. It is also approved by the California Department of Public Health Laboratory Field services (LFS approval number ML007) effective September 1, 2010. This allows recent graduates who started the program in the Fall 2013 and beyond to sit for a national certification exam and become licensed both nationally and in the state of California. For MLT graduates who started the program earlier than Fall 2013, they can take the state exam for California licensure.
For more information about the program, please consult the student handbook.
Below is a description of what procedures medical laboratory technicians can legally do according to the California Business and Professions Code Section 1260-1275.
Graduates of the Medical Laboratory Technician Program may be eligible to take examinations given by the Board of Registry of Medical Technologists of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) or the American Association of Bioanalysts (AAB) to obtain a California License through Laboratory Field Services Personnel Licensing of the California Department of Public Health. Employment opportunities for both licensed and unlicensed MLT graduates include clinical laboratories in hospitals, physician's offices, industry laboratories and research facilities. The mean annual wage for laboratory technicians is $46,060 in San Diego County (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2014).