Career Information

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, visit the state Department of Health Services website
  • Or contact: Maureen Miramontes: 

Next Step

Medical Laboratory Technician

  • Responsibilities: Perform moderate and waived testing in the clinical laboratory.
  • Qualifications: Associate degree from a NAACLS accredited MLT training program including 6 months training in a hospital, pass a national certification exam.
  • See notes 1 and 2 below
  • Contact us at :

Third Step

Clinical Laboratory Scientist 

  • 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
  • See note 1 below
  • 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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