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Are you interested in scientific discoveries and medical research? Do you enjoy the challenge of solving puzzles? Are you ready to train for a secure job in a rapidly-growing allied health field?

Medical laboratory technology is a great occupation for highly organized people who can perform the research that helps unravel the mysteries of the human body. It’s a varied career path that involves:

  • Looking at cells microscopically
  • Cross-matching blood
  • Performing chemical and molecular analyses
  • Looking at pathological disease states

What Does a Medical Laboratory Technician or Medical Laboratory Scientist Do?

Medical laboratory technicians (MLTs), who must have at least an associate degree, and medical laboratory scientists (MLSs), who have earned a bachelor’s degree, do about 75 perfect of all patient care testing in a clinical setting and help doctors make a diagnosis. They perform a variety of complex chemical and analytical tests on patient specimens for analysis in a variety of medical uses to help put the pieces of the puzzle together.

Get started today in Medical Lab Technology!

The El Centro College Medical Laboratory Technology program can prepare you for this challenging career field. Our program is recognized locally and nationally for its outstanding faculty and student experience that includes class and lab instruction, field trips, clinical rotations and special-topic speakers.

Medical Laboratory Technology Program

El Centro College

The Medical Laboratory Technology program offers the:

The associate degree program blends science, liberal arts and technical courses in classroom and clinical settings.  

Before you can apply for admission to the MLT program, you must first complete the Medical Laboratory Technology Core Curriculum, which includes general education and related health classes and can be completed in two semesters.

The MLT program accepts students via a competitive selection process based on grade point average in the primary prerequisite courses. MLT courses begin in mid-May of each academic year. Lecture, lab and clinical course work take place over a 16-month period.

When you graduate, you’ll be eligible to take the Board of Certification exam to become certified as a medical laboratory technician through the American Society for Clinical Pathology. Our students’ pass rate on this exam consistently stays well above the national average.​