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Medical Laboratory Technician Program

Attention 2021 MLT Applicants:

Please send your application to the address provided on the application using USPS regular mail. DO NOT send your application certified mail, FedEx, UPS, etc. If you have sent your application any way other than USPS regular mail, please complete another application and send it correctly. Application Deadline extended until July 5, 2021. 

Attention 2021-2022 MLT applicants: Applications are still being reviewed. Students accepted will receive an email with an acceptance letter by Monday, July 19. Keep in mind, a mandatory orientation is scheduled for July 21 from 5:00pm-7:30pm for all accepted students. The meeting will be via Zoom and details will be emailed to students at their SWC email.

A Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) performs routine, moderate level complexity testing on human blood and body fluids. The results generated provide scientific information needed in the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of diseases. MLT's utilize sophisticated instrumentation to perform testing, which includes qualitative and quantitative chemical and biological analyses of human body specimens. MLT's are mid-level practitioners that are supervised by Clinical Laboratory Scientists (CLS).

MLT's are an integral part of the healthcare team. All scientific data generated by the laboratory provides information for 70% of all medical decisions. Without a laboratory scientist, the doctor is just guessing!

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Explore a Career in Laboratory Science!

Southwestern College's MLT program trains students for a career in laboratory medicine. The program is a California state approved program as well as nationally accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).  Graduates of the MLT program are eligible to take a nationally recognized certification exam administered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). Certification from ASCP is considered to be the Gold Standard certification in the laboratory industry. Possession of the certification allows an individual to perform laboratory science functions in every state.

NAACLS standards require keeping track of and reporting graduation rates, ASCP certification exam pass rates, and placement/employment rates. Southwestern College MLT program prides itself on the success of its students. Below are the most recent three years of data.

Year Graduate Rates ASCP certification exam pass rates Placement/Employment rates
(based upon graduate responses received)
2017 100% 100% 100%
2018 86% 100% 86%
2019 100% 100% 100%

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Questions About the MLT Program?

Deanna Reinacher

Director, Medical Laboratory Technician and Medical Office Professions Programs

mailto:dreinacher(at)swccd(dot)edu(619) 216-6673