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California Medical Lab Technician Schools.

Medical lab technician programs in California offer training programs that lead to a career as a medical lab tech. Medical lab techs do not work directly with patients but they are an extremely important member of a healthcare organization. They typically spend their time analyzing patient samples and performing tests used for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and illness. Most programs confer two-year associate’s and four-year bachelor’s degrees upon completion of required courses. Medical lab technician job openings are expected to increase by 14% making it one of the faster growing occupations. The median 50% make $45,000- $64,000 per year.

What Does a Lab Technician Do?

If you are considering a career in the health care industry but you don't want to go with the traditional nurse or physician route, you should take a strong look at becoming a Lab technician. Lab technicians do all of the hands-on work inside laboratories, within a wide range of healthcare fields such as medicine, research, and chemistry.

Work Environment

Lab technicians generally work in clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, laboratories, and public health facilities.

Main Duties

The main duties of a general health care lab technician are to:

  • Receive, process, and analyze data samples, whether:
    • Tissue
    • Blood
    • Chemicals
    • Pharmaceuticals
  • Perform tests and/or experiments on data samples and report the results
  • Use, clean, and maintain various pieces of equipment
  • Handle and store data samples and chemicals safely.

Lab technicians must also be able to carry out such administrative tasks as:

  • Document the procedures they have performed and the outcome of the procedures
  • Prepare invoices and orders
  • Maintain lab records
  • Use computers
  • Implement and maintain filing systems
  • Communicate effectively

Safety is another important element to the work of a lab technician. Lab techs must:

  • Understand safety rules and procedures for the lab or institution where they are working
  • Implement emergency procedures if a spill or fire were to occur
  • Wear protective clothing that covers the feet, head, eyes, and hands
  • If working with chemicals, lab technicians must ensure that the lab where they are working is properly ventilated

Education Matters

Individuals who seek out careers as lab technicians seem to be generally very detail oriented and problem solvers. These individuals will have obtained a solid foundation in high school in many divisions of science - such as chemistry, biology, computer science, and math. To become a lab technician, formal and clinical education in a school or program that is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) is a must.

Upon completion, students take an exam through the Board of Registry of the American Society for Clinical Pathology. The NAACLS will not allow students to sit for exams who have not received their education from accredited programs. When students pass their examinations they become certified to perform lab tests. Many technicians who have this certification are known in the medical community as MLTs - medical licensed technicians.

The need for lab technicians is great and even exceeds the need of both nurses and physicians. With lab technicians already in high demand, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the need for lab techs will continue to increase by 17 percent over the next few years. This career path is wide open and is ranked as number 18 out of a list of 250 jobs for being one of the best careers. If you are interested in pursuing a career in the health sector, a career as a medical lab technician is worth considering.


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            • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
            • Lets undergrad students try classes before paying any tuition.
            • Has an average class sizes of 18 for undergraduate and 13 for graduate-level courses.
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            • 8 campuses located across California, with 3 additional campuses in New Hampshire and Maine and online options.

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            UEI College , Chula Vista
            • Dedicated to providing  career training since 1975.
            • Has 13 campus locations in Southern California and a campus in Morrow, GA.
            • Provides flexible class times including weekends.
            • Offers curriculum that ranges from 8 month diploma programs to 16-month Associate of Applied Science degree programs.
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            • Approved to accept international students who wish to study in the United States.
            • Programs include Medical Office Specialist, Medical Assistant, Dental Lab Technician, and Healthcare Administration.
            • Accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
            • Main campus is located in Van Nuys, California, north of Los Angeles.
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            Unitek College , San Jose
            • Approved by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) with an A+ rating since 2010.
            • Established its main campus in Fremont, California, with satellite campuses in San Jose and Sacramento.
            • Offers programs in medical assisting, pharmacy technology, vocational nursing, and more.
            • Accredited by the ACCSC, with approval from the California Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians and the Board of Registered Nursing.
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            ITT Technical Institute , Online (campus option available)
            • Students who qualify may apply for the Opportunity Scholarship, which can help lower education costs.
            • Offers career-focused, degree programs to over 70,000 students at over 140 ITT Technical Institutes in 35 states.
            • Classes are offered year-round, with day and evening course options.
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            • Nationally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools.
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            • Has accelerated programs that allow students to take the same coursework in a shorter timeframe.
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            • Offers a program that translates work and military experience into college credit, transfers in credit from other college programs, and offers the flexibility of day, evening and online coursework.
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            • Has 11 campuses across Southern California, Washington, and Alaska, and online courses with campus support. 
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            Milan Institute , Bakersfield
            • Offers career programs in accounting, cosmetology, massage therapy, physical fitness training, and more.
            • Provides hands-on training led by instructors who have relevant, on-the-job experience.
            • Each campus features a public salon and spa for student practice.
            • Campuses are accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET) and Council on Occupational Education (COE).
            • 11 campuses across California, Texas, Nevada and Idaho, as well as 8 additional Milan Institute of Cosmetology campuses.
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            Platt College , Ontario
            • A Los Angeles-based private college offering programs in medical sciences, legal studies, and graphic design since 1985.
            • Has weekend programs, including certified  veterinary technology, nurse assistant, and hemodialysis technician.
            • Showcases visual communication students’ artwork and design through campus magazine.
            • 3 campuses in Southern California.
            • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
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