Medical Laboratory Technician AAS Degree

Medical Laboratory Technician

Medical Laboratory Technician AAS Degree

Welcome to our Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) program. This program is approved by the California Department of Public Health - Laboratory Field Services division. Successful completion of this program allows you to sit for the national MLT examination with ASCP and/or AAB towards your California MLT state license.

WHAT IS A MLT?

A Medical Laboratory Technician performs routine clinical laboratory testing procedures to provide scientific information needed in diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of diseases. MLTs perform a wide variety of routine laboratory procedures such as specimen collection (phlebotomy) from patients and analyzing patient samples as requested by the patients healthcare provider. MLTs use sophisticated instrumentation for these evaluations which encompass quantitative and qualitative chemical and biological analyses of body specimens. MLTs are trained to maintain, operate, and troubleshoot automated medical instrumentation and equipment as well. MLTs function under the supervision of a qualified practitioner, such as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS), to perform moderate complexity testing on patient samples.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

This program prepares students for a career in Medical Laboratory Technology through studies in humanities, social and natural sciences, and the broader field of Medical Laboratory Technology. Emphasis is placed on the clinical practice in the context of laboratory medicine. Graduates are eligible to take a nationally recognized certification examination.

Evening & Weekend classes are currently available.

Day classes will be posted when available.
Mon - ThursSaturday
Time5:45pm - 10:15pm8:30am - 3:30pm

The program includes 4 practicum sessions

Frequently Asked Questions

Approximately 1 year for the MLT program Approximately 14 months to earn your AAS Degree in Medical Laboratory Technician. Both courses qualify you for your California MLT license. Please call us or email us at 626-455-0312 or info@rci.edu so we can properly describe the differences between these two and the different scheduling options.

You must first graduate a Medical Laboratory Technician course approved by the California Department of Public Health. After you have completed the course you will apply for your state MLT license. RCI will help you through every step of this process. More information is available on the official CA MLT webpage - https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OSPHLD/LFS/Pages/MLT.aspx.

MLTs perform a wide variety of routine laboratory procedures such as specimen collection (phlebotomy) from patients and analyzing patient samples as requested by the patients healthcare provider. MLTs use sophisticated instrumentation for these evaluations which encompass quantitative and qualitative chemical and biological analyses of body specimens. MLTs are trained to maintain, operate, and troubleshoot automated medical instrumentation and equipment as well.

Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLT) responsibilities will vary according to the size of the institution for which they are employed and the extent of services it offers. This work may include:

  • Performing routine tests in medical laboratory for use in prevention, diagnosis, treatment and management of disease.
  • Collecting specimens, cultivating, isolating and identifying micro-organisms for analysis.
  • Using sophisticated biomedical instruments to generate accurate and reliable test results.
  • Performing medical research to further control and cure diseases.

The United States Department of Labor – Bureau of Labor Statistics published the following employment statistics below. Please note that this is an amalgamation of National data. Drilling down into specific areas such as Los Angeles, California will yield varying results. You can find more detailed BLS statistics here - https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-and-clinical-laboratory-technologists-and-technicians.htm

According to the US labor statistics from 2017 data, MLTs are paid approximately $51,770 per year or $24.89 per hour. Pay scales always vary due to location, local demand, and other factors. We advise you explore the job openings available on the online job boards such as www.indeed.com, www.ziprecruiter.com, and others.

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.

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.

A class is limited to no more than 25 students each class

International students require special circumstances and are evaluated on a student-by-student basis. Please call or email us at +1-626-455-0312 / info@rci.edu

Firstly, contact the RCI admissions office by calling 626-455-0312 or email info@rci.edu. 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.

Additional Prerequisites

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.

  • CPR Certification (Healthcare Provider from American Heart Association or American Red Cross) (MUST be current and kept current during MLT program enrollment)

Demonstrate level of reading proficiency by means of one of the following:

  1. "Proficient” score on the Regan Career Institute Reading Assessment test.
  2. Earn a “C” or better in English 158, English 115 or equivalent reading/English courses.
  3. The equivalent as demonstrated by an approved petition (petition forms available from the Regan Career Institute Assessment Office).
  4. A transcript indicating an earned associate or baccalaureate degree from a U.S. accredited institution

Demonstrate requisite math proficiency by means of one of the following:

  1. Eligibility for Math 70 from the Elementary Algebra assessment.
  2. Earn a “C” or better in Math 60 or higher numbered math course.
  3. The equivalent as demonstrated by an approved petition (petition forms available from the Regan Career Institute Assessment Office).
  4. A transcript indicating an earned associate or baccalaureate degree from a U.S. accredited institution

Demonstrate level of computer literacy by means of one of the following:

  1. Using a word processing program for writing assignments (e.g. Microsoft Word)
  2. Accessing assigned websites through the internet
  3. Creating power point presentation
  4. Be able to paraphrase without plagiarizing

$97. The application fee is non refundable.

Licensing process is 150 days based upon received of completed application and official documents

No, transcripts must be sent directly from the office of registrar.

AA degree in chemical, physical, biological or clinical laboratory science, including a minimum of 36 semester units of physical or biological science from an accredited college or university.

36 semester units of physical and biological sciences, including 6 semester units of chemistry and 6 semester units in biology.

You have to send a copy of your official transcript to AACRAO for evaluation. www.AACRAO.org.

Graduating from a NAACLS or LFS approved training program or United States of America military program.

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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