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Medical Lab Technology Certificate of Achievement

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The 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 Associate in Science degree in Medical Laboratory Technology. Completion of prerequisite 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 national certification examinations sponsored by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) Board of Registry or by the American Association of Bioanalysts (ABB) Board of Registry to become state licensed medical laboratory technicians.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Perform analytical testing in various areas of the clinical laboratory including clinical chemistry, microbiology, hematology, immunology, coagulation, and urinalysis, and related areas.
  • Practice established safety procedures and communicate effectively and professionally with patients, laboratory personnel, and other members of the health care team.
  • Participate in continuing education activities to maintain and improve professional competencies within the community as defined by the California Laboratory Field Services.
  • Demonstrate preparation for applicable State of California approved certification exam.

Successful completion of courses will require that a grade of “C” or better be achieved. When a student fails to achieve a “C” or better in any course, the student will be given the opportunity to repeat the failed course once on a space available basis. If a student receives a second grade of less than a “C” in any Medical Laboratory Technology course, that student will be dropped from the Medical Laboratory Technology Program and will not be eligible for re-entry into the Saddleback College Medical Laboratory Technology program. A student may not enter Clinical Experience until all courses are completed with a grade of “C” or better.

Total Units for the Certificate: 56

*Course has a prerequisite, corequisite, limitation, or recommended preparation; see course description.

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