School and Ranking Information
Students in Tampa, Fla., can study lab technology at the diploma through bachelor's degree levels. Technician positions typically require no more than an associate's degree, while bachelor's degree programs prepare students for higher-level technologist jobs. Based on its program level and accreditation, the following school is considered one of the best in Tampa for aspiring lab technicians.
- Winner: Erwin Technical Center (ETC) offers a 16-month, full-time diploma program in medical clinical laboratory technology. This is one of several ETC programs that have articulation agreements with community colleges statewide.
School Info Chart
|Category||Erwin Technical Center|
|School Type||2-year, public|
|Total Cost (for students beginning in January 2016)||$5,602 (includes tuition, fees, insurance and books/supplies)*|
|Lab Technician Programs Offered||Diploma in medical clinical laboratory technology|
|Lab Technician Diplomas Awarded (2012-2013)||13**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class||62%**|
|Noteworthy||All lab technician students complete an internship|
Sources: *Erwin Technical Center, **NCES College Navigator
Erwin Technical Center
- Lab technology program is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools
- Graduates will have 40 credit hours that can transfer to an associate's degree program in medical laboratory technology
- ETC offers free career planning services
Located in Tampa, Fla., Erwin Technical Center offers certificate and diploma programs in more than two dozen fields of study. This small school had just over 800 students in Fall 2013 and boasted a student-faculty ratio of 14:1, based on NCES figures.
Students in ETC's medical clinical laboratory technology program complete courses in chemistry, immunology and microbiology. Additionally, they learn about hematology, parasitology and phlebotomy. Students must pass a criminal background check prior to beginning their studies, and they could face random drug screenings throughout the program. They also need to have a physical exam and be up-to-date on their immunizations.