If you're interested in a medical laboratory career, you can set your goals to different levels of education.

Entry Level

Phlebotomist/Lab Assistant
Responsibilities: Draw blood for analysis in the laboratory. Assist in performing some laboratory testing.
Qualifications: High School Diploma or equivalent, train in a California approved CPT 1 program, pass a national certifying exam. For more information on California approved CPT programs, refer to this Department of Health Services https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OSPHLD/LFS/Pages/Phlebotomist.aspx.
More information: Maureen Miramontes: miramontesmaureen@deanza.edu

Next Step

Medical Laboratory Technician (see note 1 and 2)
Responsibilities: Perform moderate and waived testing in the clinical laboratory.
Qualifications: Associate's Degree from a NAACLS accredited MLT training program including 6 months training in a hospital, pass a national certification exam.
Contact us at : mltprogram@fhda.edu

Third Step

Clinical Laboratory Scientist (see note 1)
Responsibilities: Perform all diagnostic testing in the clinical laboratory. Responsible for quality control and researching and selecting new methods of testing.
Qualifications: Bachelor's degree and 12 months training in a California approved CLS program, pass the California State Licensing Exam.

More information:


  1. Partially funded by local hospitals
  2. NAACLS accredited MLT Program 5600 North River Rd, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL (773-714-8880)
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