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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.

Sources:

  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
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2016 Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, BLS.gov

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Aptos
Associate
15,114
Carson
Masters
12,082
Kentfield
Associate
6,476
Visalia
Associate
11,697
San Luis Obispo
Associate
10,920
Cupertino
Associate
24,115
Torrance
Associate
24,895
Los Altos Hills
Associate
18,132
Salinas
Associate
9,890
Loma Linda
Doctorate & First Professional
4,022
Long Beach
Associate
25,536
Los Angeles
Associate
167
Sacramento
Associate
619
Oceanside
Associate
10,682
Walnut
Associate
29,842
Fremont
Associate
11,083
Blythe
Associate
3,831
Mission Viejo
Associate
18,371
San Francisco
Doctorate
30,125
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. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, BLS.gov

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Bakersfield 310 $43,250
Chico 90 $40,560
El Centro 40 $40,090
Fresno 310 $49,610
Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade 1210 $51,180
Salinas 120 $44,340
San Diego-Carlsbad 2370 $45,100
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim 7440 $45,380
Merced 30 $50,660
Modesto N/A $52,910
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura 240 $51,410
Redding 30 $40,360
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario 1020 $43,280
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward 2500 $54,740
Stockton-Lodi 190 $46,260
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara 980 $53,010
Vallejo-Fairfield 220 $53,260
Visalia-Porterville 50 $48,170
Yuba City 100 $38,080
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande 60 $48,990
Santa Cruz-Watsonville 120 $53,640
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara N/A $62,610
Santa Rosa 310 $46,140

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