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Clinical Lab Technology

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Department: Clinical Laboratory Technology

Program Type: Health Professions

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Clinical lab technology professionals are responsible for over 70 percent of all patient diagnoses. Clinical lab technicians analyze blood and other body fluids using advanced technology to assess and report normal and abnormal patient results.

These behind-the-scenes professionals are vital for accurate hospital, research, veterinary, and outpatient lab results. Clinical Lab Technicians are essential to any health care team—communicating with nurses, doctors, and other health care professionals to achieve the most accurate patient results.

Clinical lab technology is a growing field that needs individuals who collaborate well, embrace the technology, are dedicated to problem-solving, and are detail-oriented. This field may be ideal for those whose primary interest is serving the predominant health care and well-being of patients with diverse medical symptoms.

Upon earning an Associate of Applied Science in Clinical Lab Technology, you will be prepared for immediate employment. After graduating and passing the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) exam, you’ll become nationally certified to work in laboratories across the U.S.

This career path can lead to a medical lab scientist or management position with additional education or opportunities in education, pharmaceuticals, or information technology. The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science accredits this program for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). Get additional information, including course listings and class descriptions.

Prepare for Immediate Employment

The future employment outlook for the Clinical Laboratory Technology profession is positive. An estimated 25,600 job openings for clinical laboratory technologists and technicians are increasingly available yearly.

As the senior citizen community expands, the demand for clinical laboratory technologists increases exponentially to service the demand. These technicians with expertise in specific technology equipment advancements diagnose and treat accelerated human medical conditions. Refer to the Career Coach site to learn about related professions and compensation.

Plan of Study and Course Descriptions

Review the ECC catalog for details about the clinical lab technology plan of study and course descriptions.

Associates of Applied Science

Basic Vocational Certificates

How do I become a Clinical Lab Technician?

The Clinical Laboratory Technology (CLT) program integrates general education and professional courses with hands-on experiences in various clinical lab settings. Didactic education is combined with on-campus labs and clinical practicums to prepare students with the technical skills needed to work in the following laboratory departments: hematology, microbiology, chemistry, blood bank, immunology, microscopy, and phlebotomy. 

Upon completing the associate degree, students can sit for a national certification exam offered by the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP).

The clinical laboratory assistant (CLA) program leads to a basic vocational certificate. It gives students the skills to collect and process specimens, prepare slides, set up cultures, and perform point-of-care testing procedures.

Refer to the Clinical Laboratory Technology summary for details regarding accreditation, entrance requirements, admission procedures,  required curriculum, and course descriptions to determine your preferred path in this field.

How much do Clinical Lab Technicians make?

Clinical laboratory technologists and technicians made an average of $57,800 annually in May 2021. The bottom 10% earned less than $30,280, while the top 10% made more than $79,340.

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The clinical laboratory technology (CLT) program prepares individuals for rewarding professional careers that combine medicine and science.

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