Medical Laboratory Science at Phoenix College

Medical Laboratory Science

**PLEASE NOTE – There are changes in prerequisite courses (MAT140 instead of MAT120 and BIO205 instead of BIO182) effective for admission to the Fall 2019 Program**


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.


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. 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

The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) accredits the Histologic Technology and Medical Laboratory Science programs offered by Phoenix College. 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720 Rosemont, IL 60018, (773) 714-8880,


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.



Are you interested in a career in the medical laboratory, but do not know much about the field? Check out this video from American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP)!