Medical Laboratory Technician


San Juan College Medical Laboratory Technician Program supports the mission of San Juan College and is committed to meeting the challenge of:

  • Providing innovative, student centered, quality educational programs that prepare professional medical laboratory technicians to meet workforce needs in the "Four Corners Community" and beyond.
  • Collaborate with community health care partners in identifying and responding to health care worker shortages and continuing education needs.
  • Establish collaborative systems of scholarship and interdisciplinary education.

The purpose of the applied associate degree curriculum is to prepare professional medical laboratory technicians at the entry level generalist, capable of performing clinical laboratory procedures in a variety of areas including hematology, chemistry, microbiology, immunology and immunohematology.


The goals of the San Juan College MLT Program are to:

  • Provide students with the appropriate academic and professional practice to develop entry-level competencies in all routine areas of the clinical laboratory filling the need for qualified laboratorians in the Four Corners Region and beyond.
  • Provide a quality program that reflects continuing assessment, evaluation, and revision maintaining its accreditation with NAACLS.
  • Provide a framework of education that reflects San Juan College vision, mission and values in which this is a learning college, committed to student success academically and professionally.
  • Be flexible and responsive to the needs of the community clinical laboratory employers.

Essential Functions

Technical standards are the essential non-academic requirements that a student must be able to perform in order to accomplish the basic requirements of the Medical Laboratory Technician Program. These standards are based on the essential skill of the medical technology student. They must be mastered in order to succeed in the program and be employable. If you are not sure you will be able to meet these standards, please consult with the MLT program director for further information and to discuss your individual situation.

Visual Skills

An MLT student must possess sufficient visual skills to accurately perform and aid in the interpretation of laboratory assays and identifications. For example the MLT student must be able to identify sizes, shapes, discriminate colors and shades both macroscopically and microscopically.

Motor Skills

An MLT student must possess adequate manipulative skills to perform a variety of laboratory assays in a safe and accurate manner. For example the MLT student must be able to pipette using a gloved finger, isolate bacteria on culture, and manipulate and observe large and small objects and biological specimens without affecting the integrity of the object or creating an unsafe situation for others around them.

Cognitive Skills

The MLT student must possess the cognitive skills or mental capabilities needed to efficiently read, think, prioritize, understand, plan, remember, and solve problems. For example the MLT student must have the ability to read instructions, interface with customers, co-workers, and physicians, prioritize actions during an emergency, and correlate patient data.

Affective Skills

The MLT student must possess the affective skills that will allow them to gain the full understanding of developing social skills and responsible behavior. For example the MLT student must exhibit honest behavior at all times, respect patients, peers, co-workers and faculty, comply with professional ethics, and accept responsibility for their own actions.

For more information, please call Mary Doshi at (505) 566-3855. Or send an email to