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California MLT (Medical Laboratory Technician)

Education and Training Requirements

The prerequisites for entrance into this licensing examination shall be the following:

1. Have successfully completed at least sixty (60) semester (ninety [90] quarter) units from a college or university accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the California Department of Health Services (DHS). The coursework shall consist of at least thirty-six (36) semester units of physical and biological sciences with an emphasis on applied clinical science. Coursework shall include six (6) semester units of chemistry and six (6) semester units of biology appropriate for transfer to a bachelor's (baccalaureate) program in science, taken prior to, or concurrently with, training or experience;
AND
2. Have met the following training or experience requirements by documenting one (1) of the following:

a. Graduating from a medical laboratory technician training program accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS);
OR
b. Graduating from a medical laboratory technician training program approved by the DHS;
OR
c. Completing a minimum of three (3) years of on-the-job practical experience within the previous five (5) years in a clinical laboratory outside California as a medical laboratory technician, performing tests in the specialties of chemistry, hematology, microbiology, and immunology. This work experience shall include at least 480 hours in each of these specialties and shall be documented by the laboratory director(s) of the laboratory(ies) employing the applicant pursuant to Section 1031.4(b)(8) of California’s Clinical Laboratory Regulations (Title 17, Division 1, Chapter 2);
OR
d. Completing a minimum of three (3) years of on-the-job practical experience within the previous five (5) years in a clinical laboratory outside California as a clinical laboratory scientist, performing tests in the specialties of chemistry, hematology, microbiology, and immunology. This clinical laboratory scientist, also called medical technologist in some states, need not be California licensed pursuant to Business and Professions Code Section 1204, but shall have work experience outside California of at least 480 hours in each of these specialties as documented by the laboratory director(s) of the laboratory(ies) employing the applicant pursuant to Section 1031.4(b)(8) of California’s Clinical Laboratory Regulations (Title 17, Division 1, Chapter 2);
OR
e. Completing a minimum of three (3) years of on-the-job practical experience within the previous five (5) years as a medical laboratory technician or clinical laboratory scientist in a California physician office laboratory or in a laboratory owned and operated by the United States of America. The applicant shall have performed tests in the specialties of chemistry, hematology, microbiology and immunology. This work experience shall include at least 480 hours in each of these specialties, and shall be documented by the physician(s) directing the laboratory(ies) employing the applicant pursuant to Section 1031.4(b)(8) of California’s Clinical Laboratory Regulations (Title 17, Division 1, Chapter 2).

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