California Medical Laboratory Technician Schools and Career Information

Career Information for Medical Lab Technicians in California

As the population ages, so too does the need for professionals who can diagnose medical conditions and confirm critical issues regarding health care. Medical lab technicians (MLTs) collect samples of various bodily fluids and tissues. They perform tests on those samples to diagnose diseases and other medical problems. MLTs can be found working in hospitals, medical labs, and private physician's offices.

California medical lab technician programs are a great way to receive the training needed to take advantage of a growing, in-demand profession. In order to practice, medical lab technicians in California must meet the academic requirements for licensure in the state. Those searching for training programs will find a number of different options located throughout the state of California.

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California Medical Lab Technician Schools

Prospective students can find medical lab technician programs in California at community colleges and nursing schools. Remember it is important to choose a training program that meets the licensing requirements of the State of California prior to enrollment. Students who complete these academic programs will also need to pass the required examinations prior to licensing. Here are a few examples of California medical laboratory technician schools:

  • DeAnza College: The 112-acre campus of DeAnza College has served students in the Bay Area since 1967. Located in Cupertino, the school offers more than 150 degree and certificate programs. Some of the school's most popular majors include accounting, business, nursing, and computer information systems. The medical laboratory technician program prepares students to sit for their national board examination and earn licensure in the state of California. Graduates of the program are awarded an Associate's degree.
  • Folsom Lake College: Folsom Lake College has 3 campus locations which serve students in Sacramento and El Dorado counties. The medical lab technician program is accredited by the California Department of Public Health as well as the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences. Completing the program qualifies graduates to earn an Associate's degree and sit for their licensing exam.
  • Southwestern College: Offering more than 300 Associate's degrees and professional certificates, Southwestern College is the only college located in southern San Diego County. In addition to the degree granting programs, area professionals can find a wealth of continuing education courses offered at the school. The fully accredited medical lab technician program consists of both classroom and hands-on learning experiences. Classroom events are held on-campus while clinical experiences take place at local hospitals and clinical labs. MLT students will be prepared to find gainful employment as medical lab technicians after passing their national board exams.
  • Saddleback College: The medical lab technician program at Saddleback College is a two-year training program which results in an Associate's degree for graduates. Students will obtain both academic knowledge and practical skills training in medical laboratory theory and techniques. Located in Mission Viejo, California, Saddleback College has been serving southern Orange County since 1961. In addition to the medical lab technician program, the school offers more than 300 degree and certificate granting programs. Students may participate in a number of different clubs, honors programs, or study abroad opportunities.

California Medical Lab Tech Programs

Successful medical lab techs should be interested in helping others through a career in the health care industry. Prospective students usually have an interest in subjects like biology and chemistry.

Because medical lab technicians in California must be licensed to practice, many MLT training programs cover similar subjects. These courses prepare students to successfully complete the required licensing exams. Some course topics include:

  • Medical Terminology
  • Intro to Health Technologies
  • Medical Lab Techniques and Skin Punctures
  • Phlebotomy
  • Clinical Chemistry
  • Urinalysis
  • Hematology
  • Medical Laws and Ethics
  • Sterilization Techniques
  • Immunology
  • Clinical Microbiology

California medical lab technician programs provide students with the academic and practical training required to become an MLT in the state. Since MLTs collect and analyze samples of various bodily tissues and fluids, the ability to operate scientific equipment is a must. Medical lab technicians should be detail oriented and have the ability to spend long hours on their feet. After gaining work experience and acquiring the proper training, licensed medical lab techs may wish to specialize in certain areas.

Additional Requirements for Medical Lab Techs in California

Medical lab technicians in California are usually required to earn an Associate's degree, although proof of the required academic credits earned while pursuing other degrees may be enough to earn a license. Graduates of medical lab tech programs must also pass the national licensing exam as well as a quiz on California state laboratory laws and regulations. Practical clinical training is also required. License renewal is required every two years and must be accompanied by the proper fees and documentation of completed continuing education credits.


  1. Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2015-16 Edition, Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-and-clinical-laboratory-technologists-and-technicians.htm
  2. Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT), California Department of Public Health, https://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/lfs/Pages/MedicalLaboratoryTechnician(MLT).aspx
  3. Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT), Folsom Lake College, http://www.flc.losrios.edu/academics/medical-laboratory-technician
  4. Medical Laboratory Technician Department, DeAnza College, https://www.deanza.edu/mlt/index.html
  5. Medical Laboratory Technician Program, Southwestern College, https://www.swccd.edu/index.aspx?page=95
  6. Medical Laboratory Technician Program, Saddleback College, https://www.saddleback.edu/hs/medical-laboratory-technician

Schools for Medical Lab Technicians in California are listed below.

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More California Medical Lab Schools

School Name Campus Highest Award Enrolled
Cabrillo College Aptos Associate 15,114
California State University-Dominguez Hills Carson Masters 12,082
College of Marin Kentfield Associate 6,476
College of the Sequoias Visalia Associate 11,697
Cuesta College San Luis Obispo Associate 10,920
De Anza College Cupertino Associate 24,115
El Camino College Torrance Associate 24,895
Foothill College Los Altos Hills Associate 18,132
Hartnell College Salinas Associate 9,890
Loma Linda University Loma Linda Doctorate & First Professional 4,022
Long Beach City College Long Beach Associate 25,536
Los Angeles ORT Technical Institute Los Angeles Associate 167
MTI College Sacramento Associate 619
MiraCosta College Oceanside Associate 10,682
Mt San Antonio College Walnut Associate 29,842
Ohlone College Fremont Associate 11,083
Palo Verde College Blythe Associate 3,831
Saddleback College Mission Viejo Associate 18,371
San Francisco State University San Francisco Doctorate 30,125
Santa Rosa Junior College Santa Rosa Associate 25,626

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Medical Lab Technicians

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for California. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
Medical Lab Technicians

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Medical Lab Technicians relative to the population of the city, as of 2008. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A Relative Popularity of 1.0 means that the city has an average number of the particular job, for its population, compared to the rest of the US. Higher numbers mean proportionally more jobs of that type.

Metro Area Jobs Salary


Bakersfield 350 $40550 1.04
Fresno 290 $50500 0.74
Hanford 60 $46160 1.27
Corcoran 60 $46160 1.27
Chico 70 $47830 0.85
El Centro 40 $33300 0.58
Oxnard 220 $51020 0.65
Thousand Oaks 220 $51020 0.65
Ventura 220 $51020 0.65
Redding 60 $35820 0.95
Riverside 1000 $41920 0.66
San Bernardino 1000 $41920 0.66
Ontario 1000 $41920 0.66
Sacramento 1170 $50850 1.17
Roseville 1170 $50850 1.17
Arden 1170 $50850 1.17
Arcade 1170 $50850 1.17
Salinas 0 $38220 0
San Diego 2320 $46850 1.5
Carlsbad 2320 $46850 1.5
Los Angeles 7180 $41480 1.12
Long Beach 7180 $41480 1.12
Anaheim 7180 $41480 1.12
Merced 30 $37850 0.45
Modesto 0 $47350 0
Santa Cruz 100 $56930 0.93
Watsonville 100 $56930 0.93
Santa Maria 130 $64200 0.62
Santa Barbara 130 $64200 0.62
Santa Rosa 300 $44900 1.39
San Francisco 2330 $55940 0.93
Oakland 2330 $55940 0.93
Hayward 2330 $55940 0.93
Stockton 200 $42240 0.78
Lodi 200 $42240 0.78
San Jose 900 $53480 0.77
Sunnyvale 900 $53480 0.77
Santa Clara 900 $53480 0.77
Vallejo 170 $58650 1.17
Fairfield 170 $58650 1.17
Visalia 70 $44500 0.42
Porterville 70 $44500 0.42
Yuba City 90 $37570 1.98
San Luis Obispo 50 $42640 0.4
Paso Robles 50 $42640 0.4
Arroyo Grande 50 $42640 0.4
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