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Welcome to Opportunities in Medical Lab Technology

Saddleback’s Medical Lab Technician (MLT) program gives students hands-on clinical experience in affiliated medical labs, students learn how to perform routine medical procedures like phlebotomy and clinical chemistry deductions. Graduates go on to earn their ASCP certifications and start satisfying careers as licensed medical techs.

MLTs are in-demand throughout California, with opportunities in the field projected to expand by nearly 20% through 2026. More than 80% of Saddleback MLT grads go on to secure solid jobs in the field, making this career path an excellent choice.

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Potential Salaries

$43,980 - $91,380

Per Year

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Medical Laboratory Technician

Medical Equipment Preparer

Medical Appliance Technician

Clinical Lab Technologist

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Hiring Companies

Quest Diagnostics


Rakuten Medical

Many More!

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Yes! Medical Lab Techs earn more in Orange County. Here are a few of the many careers and their average salaries.

Medical Laboratory Technician - $55,500

Phlebotomist - $43,980

Medical Equipment Preparer - $46,050

Medical Appliance Technician - $45,770

Clinical Lab Technologist (w/ further education) - $55,500

Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (w/ further education) - $91,380

Saddleback College’s MLT program offers one associate degree and one certificate of achievement. 

For more information about these programs, you can also visit the main Saddleback website’s Medical Lab Technician page.

  • Medical Lab Technology (Associate in Science)
  • Medical Lab Technology (Certificate of Achievement)

Quest Diagnostics * Cedars-Sinai * Los Alamitos Medical Center * Edwards Lifesciences * Adventist Health White Memorial * Providence Health & Services * Valley Presbyterian * Amgen * Rakuten Medical * Abbott Laboratories * St. Joseph Health / Covenant Health * And Many More! *

The Medical Lab Technician Department (HS 235) can be contacted at (949) 582-4701.

Hency Chu, Ph.D., MLS, Program Director - (949) 348-6270

Lori Hefter, Program Assistant - (949) 582-4731

Saddleback College is proud to be Orange County’s premier provider of low-cost career education. See the 2019 Cost of Education Statement for the most recent information on cost of attendance.

For financial aid, visit the Student Financial Assistance & Scholarship Office online, for details on financial assistance sources, including grants, loans, scholarships, work-study opportunities, and more!

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