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Clinical Laboratory Technology
Associate in Applied Science Degree in Clinical Laboratory Technology is a 72-credit-hour program that prepares students for entry-level positions as clinical laboratory technicians in hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices, independent laboratories and public health, research and industrial laboratories. Graduates are eligible to take the National Certifying Registry Examination.
This program prepares students for entry-level positions as clinical laboratory technicians (also known as medical laboratory technicians). Through classroom and practical experience in hospital and clinical laboratories, students learn to perform qualitative, quantitative and analytic testing in microbiology, hematology, blood banking, clinical chemistry, serology, immunology and routine analysis.
The clinical laboratory technician/medical laboratory technician will be able to perform routine clinical laboratory tests (such as hematology, clinical chemistry, immunohematology, microbiology, serology/immunology, coagulation, molecular and other emerging diagnostics) as the primary analyst making specimen-oriented decisions on predetermined criteria, including a working knowledge of critical values. The level of analysis ranges from waived and point-of-care testing to complex testing, encompassing all major areas of the clinical laboratory. The clinical laboratory technician/medical laboratory technician will have diverse functions in areas of pre-analytical, analytical and post-analytical processes. The clinical laboratory technician/medical laboratory technician will have responsibilities for information processing, training and quality control monitoring wherever clinical laboratory testing is performed.
Graduates are eligible to take the National Certifying Registry Examination. Employment opportunities exist in hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices, independent laboratories and public health, research and industrial laboratories.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of clinical laboratory workers is expected to grow faster than average for all occupations through the year 2014, as the volume of laboratory tests continues to increase with both population growth and the development of new types of tests.
Persons interested in this program should possess:
- Interest in biology, chemistry and health sciences
- The ability to follow precise and detailed instructions
The clinical laboratory technology program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont IL 60018. 773-714-8880.