Fort Lauderdale Medical Laboratory Technology Schools
Students in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, can pursue medical laboratory technology training at three schools within 30 minutes of downtown. This article discusses programs that should prepare graduates for employment opportunities as medical laboratory technicians. There's also a table comparing school tuition and other factors.
- A bachelor's degree in clinical laboratory biology is available at Barry University, which is 16 miles from Fort Lauderdale. This 4-year private school offers evening and weekend class options.
- Miami Dade College , a 4-year public school, is 24 miles from Fort Lauderdale and offers a 2-year degree in clinical laboratory sciences that can prepare graduates for work as a technician.
- Keiser University offers an Associate of Science in Medical Laboratory Technician that focus on preparing students for work on a medical laboratory team.
In addition to degree options, tuition and school size may factor into a student's school choice. This table compares information for the schools discussed in this article.
|Barry University||Miami Dade College||Keiser University|
|School Type||4-year; private not-for-profit||4-year, public||4-year, private not-for-profit|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||7,358*||56,001*||18,335*|
|Campus Setting||Large suburb||Large city||Midsize city|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$29,850*|| $2,838 in-state
|% of Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||99%*||82%*||90%*|
|Retention Rate (2016-2017)||61%*||N/A*||90%*|
|Graduation Rate (for students who began Fall 2011)||35%*||31%*||59%*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
Barry University is a private, Catholic school that offers education and career opportunities in business, education, law, medicine, social work and the arts and sciences. The College of Health Sciences offers nursing, nuclear medicine, public health, biomedical science and clinical biology degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Bachelor of Science in Clinical Biology - Completion Program
An associate's degree and a license in an allied health profession are prerequisites for the clinical biology Bachelor of Science program. Students can transfer up to 64 credits from an accredited community college. Courses for this program include human genetics, lab management, microbiology, parasitology, biochemistry, cell biology and immunology. Classes are scheduled during the nights and weekends to accommodate working professionals.
Miami Dade College
The School of Health Science at Miami Dade College offers students the opportunity to pursue certificate and associate's degree programs. Certificate programs are available for prospective first responders, pharmacy technicians, massage therapists, medical assistants and medical billing and coding specialists. Associate of Science degrees are offered in clinical laboratory sciences, radiography, nuclear medicine, respiratory care and dental hygiene.
Associate of Science in Clinical Laboratory Sciences
The Associate of Science in Clinical Laboratory Sciences is a 2-year program that requires students to complete 76 credits. Students have the option to pursue a 5-semester full-time program or an 8-semester part-time one. The program consists of lectures, laboratories and clinical rotations. Students will complete courses in clinical chemistry, immunology, clinical microbiology, clinical coagulation and immunohematology. During the final semester, students must complete four practicums in health care facilities.
In keeping with the school's mission statement, the associate's degree program at KU aims to develop important critical thinking and communication skills while simultaneously preparing students for entry-level employment.
Associate of Science, Medical Laboratory Technician
In this program, candidates will obtain essential skills and knowledge that will allow them to perform standard test procedures in a laboratory setting. The program also stresses the development of job skills, and graduates will be prepared to find immediate employment. To earn this degree, students must earn 73 credit hours, with courses in topics such as urinalysis, microbiology, hematology, serology, immunology, and immunohematology. As part of the program, students also gain practical experience through the completion of a clinical practicum.