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Schools for Aspiring Clinical Laboratory Technicians: How to Choose

Clinical laboratory technicians are individuals who perform tests under the supervision of physicians in order to analyze, diagnose and treat disease. Technicians in this field, unlike technologists, may only be required to complete an associate degree program in order to seek employment.

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Programs for aspiring clinical laboratory technicians are available at community colleges, technical schools and the extension schools of universities.

10 Schools with Clinical Laboratory Technician Programs

These schools offer training for aspiring clinical laboratory technicians:

College/University Location Institution Type Degrees Offered Tuition (2015-2016)*
Central Texas College Killeen, TX 2-Year, Public Associate $2,280 in-district, $2,940 in-state, $6,420 out-of-state
College of Southern Nevada Las Vegas, NV 4-Year, primarily associate's, Public Associate $2,805 in-state, $9,450 out-of-state
DeAnza College Cupertino, CA 2-Year, Public Associate, Certificate $1,542 in-state, $8,382 out-of-state
Florida State College at Jacksonville Jacksonville, FL 4-Year, primarily associate's, Public Associate $2,830 in-state, $9,944 out-of-state
Ivy Tech Community College Indianapolis, IN 2-Year Public Associate $4,115 in-state, $7,992 out-of-state
Miami Dade College Miami FL 4-Year, primarily associate's, Public Associate $2,834 in-state, $9,661 out-of-state
New York University New York, NY 4-Year, Private, not-for-profit Associate $47,750
Northern Virginia Community College Annandale, VA 2-Year, Public Associate, Certificate $5,138 in-state, $11,055 out-of-state
Portland Community College Portland, OR 2-Year, Public Associate $3,766 in-state, $8,374 out-of-state
St. Louis Community College Saint Louis, MO 2-Year, Public Associate $3,090 in-district, $4,470 in-state, $6,150 out-of-state

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

School Selection Criteria

Here are some considerations for students in this field:

  • The associate degree is the standard level of education necessary in order to become a clinical laboratory technician.
  • Students are encouraged to ensure that their prospective program is approved by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) and qualifies them to sit for the American Society for Clinical Pathology's (ASCP) examination for certification.
  • Students interested in areas of emphasis or extended certificate options in specialized fields may consider programs that offer these opportunities.
  • Students should find out about the availability and scheduling of clinical experience opportunities at different schools.

Associate in Applied Science in Clinical Laboratory Technician

An associate degree program may typically be completed in two years and is commonly designed to prepare students for certification through an organization such as the ASCP. Clinical experiences are commonly required. Students may commonly transfer their credits from an associate degree program directly into a bachelor's degree program in order to gain additional education and professional advancement.

By earning an associate's degree from an accredited school, students can get the general education and clinical training they need for an entry-level lab tech job.

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