Medical Laboratory Technician Program
|Average Median Salary||$59,130**|
*Clinical/Medical laboratory technologists and technicians held about 329,200 jobs in 2021. The largest employers of medical laboratory technicians and technologists were as follows:
In May 2021, the median annual wages for medical laboratory technicians and technologists (U.S. median) in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:
Employment for Medical Lab Techs is projected to grow at 7 percent from 2021 to 2031, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
*All stats above from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/clinical-laboratory-technologists-and-technicians.htm
**CA Median Salary: https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes292010.htm#st
What Does a Medical Lab Technician do?
A Medical Laboratory Technician performs essential clinical laboratory testing procedures, providing crucial scientific information for disease diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment. From specimen collection (phlebotomy) to analyzing patient samples, MLTs use advanced instruments for quantitative and qualitative chemical and biological analyses of body specimens. They are also trained to operate and troubleshoot medical equipment, working under qualified supervision.
Who is the Course for?
This program prepares students for a Medical Laboratory Technology career through studies in humanities, social and natural sciences, and the broader field of Medical Laboratory Technology. Emphasis is placed on clinical practice within laboratory medicine. Graduates can take a nationally recognized certification examination. For more insights on getting into the medical field, check out this helpful article.
What is a Medical Laboratory Technician AAS Degree Option?
Upon successful completion of our standard MLT program, you’ll be eligible to seek California MLT licensure. This program is approved by the California Department of Public Health, and you can take the MLT board exam after course completion. With our MLT degree option, you also have the choice to earn your Associate’s degree in MLT with an additional 4-6 months of schooling. (Please call for AAS Degree Program availability)
How Do I Get Started?
To start your journey, simply contact the RCI admissions office at 213-398-8838 or email [email protected]. Participate in the RCI admissions process and have your transcript evaluated based on specific standards.** Applications are considered in the order they are received and after all official transcripts are received. Those individuals accepted into the program will be notified. You must meet the prerequisites to be enrolled in this course.
Prospective students need an AA degree or at least 60 semester (90 quarter) units from an accredited college or university before entering the MLT program at RCI. Transferable coursework must consist of at least 36 semester units of physical and biological sciences, with an emphasis on applied clinical science. Coursework should include 6 semester units of chemistry and 6 semester units of biology, transferable to a baccalaureate program in science, taken before or concurrently with training or experience.
Prerequisites found in MLT Course Info below.
The MLT program typically spans around 1 year, while it takes approximately 14 months to complete the optional AAS Degree. Both pathways make you eligible for your California MLT license. For a detailed explanation of the distinctions between these options and the various scheduling possibilities, please reach out to us via phone at 213-398-8838 or email at [email protected].
Yes, this MLT program is approved by the California Department of Public Health. You will be eligible to take the MLT board exam after course completion. You can find more information about this course through the official CDPH LFS webpage here.
Yes, this MLT program is accredited by Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (abhes.org). This course meets the standards set forth by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE.ca.gov) and is eligible for US Dept. of Education Title IV Financial Aid.
No, transcripts must be sent directly from the office of RCI’s registrar. You can start by emailing [email protected]. In some occasions, when applying for your license after graduating the MLT training course, you may be asked by LFS for transcripts and other documentation required by them.
A class is limited to no more than 25 students each class
Firstly, contact the RCI admissions office by calling 213-398-8838 or email [email protected]. You will participate in the RCI admissions process and your transcript will be evaluated based on the standards below. Applications are considered in the order in which they are received AND after all official transcripts have been received. Those individuals accepted into the program will be notified. You must meet the prerequisites to be enrolled into this course.
All prospective students must hold an AA degree or have completed at least 60 semester (90 quarter) units from an accredited college or university prior to entry into the MLT program at RCI. Transferable coursework shall consist of at least 36 semester units of physical and biological sciences with an emphasis on applied clinical science. Coursework shall include 6 semester units of chemistry and 6 semester units of biology appropriate for transfer to a baccalaureate program in science, taken prior to, or concurrently with, training or experience; please send us your transcripts for evaluation.
All prerequisites must be completed before applying to the MLT program. Courses in progress or not completed will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and left to the Program Director’s discretion of acceptance.
Demonstrate level of reading proficiency by means of one of the following:
Demonstrate requisite math proficiency by means of one of the following:
Demonstrate level of computer literacy by means of one of the following:
All prospective students must hold an AA degree OR have completed at least 60 semester (90 quarter) units from an accredited college or university prior to entry into the MLT program at RCI. Transferable coursework shall consist of at least 36 semester units of physical and biological sciences with an emphasis on applied clinical science. Coursework shall include 6 semester units of chemistry and 6 semester units of biology appropriate for transfer to a baccalaureate program in science, taken prior to, or concurrently with, training or experience; please send us your transcripts for evaluation. (See question above)
36 semester units of physical and biological sciences, including 6 semester units of chemistry and 6 semester units in biology.
You have to obtain a copy of your officially evaluated transcript from an evaluation service approved by either NACES or AICE. They will provide an evaluation report which converts your international transcript to a format RCI can evaluate. Once your evaluation report is complete you can contact us at [email protected] or call 213-398-8838 for next steps.
You may find the list of approved evaluation agencies here:
We evaluate new students regularly but enroll on a quarterly basis. An updated MLT course schedule for the Medical Laboratory Technician program may be found on the schedule page here.
RCI does not provide student Visas or any other type of Visa for entry into the United States. If student has gained entry access into the United States through, perhaps a travel Visa, student enrollment into a short program might be possible.
Firstly, you need to graduate from a Medical Laboratory Technician course approved by the California Department of Public Health. Once you have successfully completed our course, you can apply for your state MLT license. RCI is committed to guiding you through each step of this procedure. Further details can be found on the official CA Medical Laboratory Technician webpage here. Upon finishing the course, you will be eligible to take the MLT board exams administered by ASCP and/or AAB.
$97. The license application fee is non refundable and paid directly to the state of California. Please note, RCI has no control of this fee and it may change without notice.
Go directly to the official state website here and apply online.
Licensing process is 150 days based upon received of completed application and official documents.
You need to show documentation of work experience performing moderate complexity tests in the specialties of chemistry, hematology, microbiology, and immunology, signed by the physician.
You need to show documentation of six-months work experience performing moderate complexity tests or completion of phase I and phase II (basic and advanced) training in the specialties of chemistry, hematology, microbiology, and immunology.
Yes, You need to apply for the MLT license and pass MLT Cert. Org. exam administered by the American Association of Bioanalysts (AAB) or American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP).
If you are certified by AAB prior to January 1, 2003 or ASCP prior to June 1, 2003, you need to re-take the MLT AAB or ASCP exam after submitting an online electronic application and fee to State of California – Department of Public Health – Laboratory Field Services (LFS).
No, contact the AAB or ASCP certifying organizations for information regarding the examination for MLT California licensure. The AAB and ASCP contact information can be located on the internet.
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