Not many New York colleges have certificate programs, and those that do require that participants already hold a bachelor's degree in a science field or are in the process of earning their degree. However, several schools have associate's degrees in clinical or medical laboratory technology (the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics considers clinical and medical laboratory technology to be interchangeable). Students take courses in chemistry, biology, urinalysis, hematology, immunohematology and medical terminology. Other topics of study include medical laboratory safety as well as specimen collection and processing. Programs combine lectures and clinical components.
Broome Community College
Located in Binghamton, this college has a clinical laboratory technician Associate in Applied Science (AAS) program. Students learn about professional conduct in lab/health care settings and how to collect suitable specimens. The program focuses on occupational, scientific and mathematical coursework. Specific courses include biology, statistics, hematology, immunology and serological techniques.
The City University of New York (CUNY) Bronx Community College
Found in the Bronx, this college offers a medical laboratory technology associate's program that qualifies students for state licensing. The university provides up-to-date medical labs, computer labs and medical supplies. Students take classes in chemistry, biology, medical terminology, urinalysis, immunology and immunohematology. A clinical internship is also required.
CUNY Hunter College
This college in New York City offers an advanced certificate program in medical laboratory technology. This program is only available to students who already have a bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry or a related field. The full-time program is meant to be an alternative to a bachelor's degree in clinical or medical lab sciences. Students study microbiology, immunology, hematology and blood banking; lab rotations are required. Graduates can pursue licensure in New York State.
Dutchess Community College
Located in Poughkeepsie, this college provides an AAS in Medical Laboratory Technology program that can help students prepare for professional licensure. Admission to the program is selective. Students take courses in parasitology, clinical microbiology and immunohematology/serology. The program emphasizes medical lab safety, clinical analysis and lab processing.
Erie Community College
This college offers an accredited clinical laboratory technician AAS program at its North campus in Williamsville. Students study hematology, serology, urinalysis and blood banking. Students take part in clinical rotations at surrounding medical sites. Graduates of the program are qualified to take licensure exams.
Nassau Community College
Found in Garden City, this college offers an accredited AAS in Medical Laboratory Technology program that prepares students for state licensure. Students learn about safe lab practices and analyze specimens. A clinical internship is required. The program includes coursework in hematology, chemistry, immunohematology and immunology.
New York Methodist Hospital Center for Allied Health Education
Located in Brooklyn, this hospital center provides an accredited 1-year certificate program in clinical laboratory science. The program is only suitable for those who already have a bachelor's degree or students who are pursuing a bachelor's degree. The program provides clinical experience for students and covers immunology, urinalysis and bacteriology. Graduates are qualified to sit for state-approved licensing exams.
Orange County Community College
Found in Middletown, this college offers an accredited program leading to an AAS in Medical Laboratory Technology. The program has courses in chemistry, microbiology, serology/immunology and hematology. With knowledge of how to collect and analyze biological materials, graduates of the program are eligible for state licensure.
Rochester General Hospital School of Medical Technology
Located in Rochester, this school has an accredited certificate program in medical technology that can prepare students for professional licensing. This clinical internship program is designed for students who have completed three years of study in a 3 + 1 bachelor's degree program in medical laboratory technology or a related field at affiliated schools. Students study microbiology, hematology, parasitology and anatomic pathology. They also participate in clinical rotations that provide more personal interaction between instructors and students.
University at Buffalo
Located in Buffalo, this university offers a program leading to a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Medical Technology. The program's prerequisites are biology, chemistry and human physiology. Professional coursework includes immunohematology, hematology, mycology and urinalysis.
The state of New York requires medical and clinical laboratory technicians to be licensed. To qualify for the licensure exam, applicants need to have at least an associate's degree in a suitable field. New York's Office of the Professions has more information on the clinical lab licensing exam (www.op.nysed.gov). Listed below are ten of the largest not-for-profit private and public colleges with medical lab technology programs that award certificates or associate's degrees.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type and Setting||Medical Laboratory Technology Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)|
|Broome Community College||2-year, public; midsize suburb||Clinical Laboratory Technician AAS||$5,355 in-state; $10,083 out-of-state*|
|CUNY Bronx Community College||2-year, public; large city||AAS in Medical Laboratory Technology||$5,206 in-state; $8,086 out-of-state*|
|CUNY Hunter College||4-year, public; large city||Advanced Certificate in Medical Laboratory Technology||$7,182 in-state; $14,852 out-of-state*|
|Dutchess Community College||2-year, public; large suburb||AAS in Clinical Laboratory Technian||$4,404 in-state; $8,268 out-of-state*|
|Erie Community College||2-year, public; large city||Clinical Laboratory Technician AAS||$5,575 in-state; $10,141 out-of-state*|
|Nassau Community College||2-year, public; large suburb||AAS in Medical Laboratory Technician||$5,880 in-state; $11,230 out-of-state*|
|New York Methodist Hospital Center for Allied Health Education||2-year, private not-for-profit; large city||Certificate of Completion in Clinical Laboratory Science||$52,075*|
|Orange County Community College||2-year, public; small suburb||AAS in Medical Laboratory Technician||$5,580 in-state; $10,556 out-of-state*|
|Rochester General Hospital School of Medical Technology||Less than 2-year, private not-for-profit; midsize city||Certificate of Completion in Clinical Laboratory Technology||$6,870 tuition**|
|University at Buffalo||4-year, public; large city||BS in Medical Technology||$10,099 in-state; $27,769 out-of-state*|
Sources: *NCES College Navigator, ** School Website