Medical Laboratory Science

Medical Laboratory Science

Students in the Medical Laboratory Science Program are trained to become Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLT's) and provide clinical information to physicians, pathologists, researchers, and other healthcare providers by conducting a variety of tests on various specimens submitted to clinical laboratories.

Responsibilities of a medical laboratory technician may include:

  • Conducting analyses of bodily fluids
  • Maintaining medical laboratory equipment
  • Analyzing test results
  • Collecting fluid or tissue samples from patients

Medical laboratory technicians perform general tests in all laboratory areas such as blood banking, chemistry, hematology, immunology and microbiology. MLT's may perform laboratory testing in many clinical settings such as hospitals, reference laboratories, clinics, and bioscience industry.

Program Certificate & Degree Options

In this program you can earn the following:

*The Certificate program is only an option for an applicant who has completed an Associate in Applied Science.
*Effective Fall 2015, the AAS and CCL program prerequisite courses will be changing. Please see “application process” and “faq” for more information.*

The certificate and associate degree programs will articulate to many state and national universities as transferable university level courses. Students interested in earning a Bachelor's (BAS) Degree in Medical Laboratory Science can learn more about PC's innovative partnership with Arizona State University, or may qualify for a tuition stipend of $1,000 per quarter through DeVry University. See the MLS University Transfer page for more information on these options.

Career and Employment Outlook

The program provides education and training for employment in various medical and bioscience laboratories. National certification as a Medical Laboratory Technician is currently required by most employers.

For information about careers in your area of study, visit O*NET OnLine for detailed job descriptions, education requirements, wage and employment trend information.

Additional Info

Program Accreditation

Histologic Technology AAS Degree and Certificate of Completion 
Medical Laboratory Science AAS Degree and Certificate of Completion

The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) accredits the Histologic Technology and Medical Laboratory Science programs offered by Phoenix College.


Graduates from the associate degree program are eligible to apply for national certification as a Medical Laboratory Technician. Graduates of both the certificate and associate degree program may be eligible to sit for national certification as a Medical Laboratory Technician through the American Society for Clinical Pathology. Graduates of the certificate program may also be eligible for national certification if they meet the other requirements specified by the respective certification agency. American Medical Technologists (AMT) is another national certification agency. AAB is a certification agency that is only accepted by select states.