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Top School in Houston for a Lab Technician Degree

Few schools in the Houston, TX, area have top ranking lab technician programs. Read on to find out more about what one of these top schools has to offer for lab technician studies, as well as tuition and degree information.

School Information

There are only two schools located directly in Houston that offer lab technician degree programs, with one of these being a for-profit institution. Based on distinction, student population and number of degrees awarded in the field of study, the following college is considered a top school in Houston for lab technician studies:

  • Winner: Houston Community College (HCC) is the largest school in terms of student enrollment that provides studies for aspiring lab technicians in the city. Also, no other school awards as many degrees in this field in the Houston area than HCC. Students can earn an Associate of Applied Science in Medical Laboratory Technician.

School Info Chart

Category Houston Community College
Distinction One of the largest community colleges in the U.S.*
Location Houston, Texas
School Type 2-year, public
Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) Undergrad: $1,630 (in-district); $3,358 (in-state); $3,754 (out-of-state)**
Lab Technician Degrees Offered Associate's
Lab Technician Degrees Awarded in 2012-2013 26**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class 11%**
Noteworthy Laboratory technician program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)*

Sources: *Houston Community College; **NCES College Navigator

Houston Community College

  • Full- and part-time tracks available in the lab technician program
  • Studies include clinical experiences in local hospitals
  • Graduates are prepared to pursue Medical Laboratory Technician certification

Houston Community College has six locations that serve nearly 58,000 students in and around Houston. The Coleman College of Health Sciences opened in 2004 as HCC's sixth branch. It awards both associate's degrees and certificates, and it features 20 programs. Students in the medical laboratory technician program are awarded an associate's degree.

Students of the Associate of Applied Science in Medical Laboratory Technician program learn procedures for testing bodily fluids to assist in patient diagnosis and treatment, including interpretation of test results for the causes and severity of disease. The program covers the areas of hematology, immunology, urinalysis, microbiology and clinical chemistry. Individual courses and labs provide specific information on topics like serology, coagulation and parasitology. Among the skills learned are phlebotomy and urine collection techniques. Once courses are completed, participants obtain hands-on clinical experience at Texas Medical Center sites, including hospitals, blood banks and diagnostic labs. Graduates may also choose to transfer to a 4-year university and earn a bachelor's degree to become a clinical laboratory scientist.


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