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.