Clinical Lab Technology

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Did you know that clinical lab technology professionals are responsible for over 70 percent of all patient diagnoses? Using advanced technology, clinical lab technicians analyze blood and other body fluids to assess and report normal and abnormal patient results.

These behind-the-scenes professionals are vital in determining accurate results in hospital, research, veterinary, and outpatient labs throughout the world. Techs are an essential part of the health care team—communicating with nurses, doctors, and other health care professionals to achieve the best patient outcomes.

Clinical lab technology is a growing field in need of individuals who work well on teams, embrace technology, solve problems, and are detail-oriented. If you want to make a difference in people’s lives and have an interest in health care, clinical lab technology may be the right choice for you.

Upon earning an Associate of Applied Science in Clinical Lab Technology, you will be ready for immediate employment in the field. 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 promotion as a medical lab scientist with additional education, or opportunities in education, pharmaceutical sales, and information technology.
The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science accredits this program for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

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Program Highlights

Prepare for Immediate Employment

Associate of Applied Science

Basic Certificate

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