Clinical Laboratory Technician

AWARD OFFERED Associate in Applied Science Degree

Admission Requirements and Curriculum
Program Application

Clinical laboratory testing plays a crucial role in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease.

Using sophisticated lab equipment, clinical laboratory personnel examine and analyze body fluids and cells. They look for bacteria, parasites, and other microorganisms; analyze the chemical content of fluids; match blood for transfusions; and test for drug levels in the blood to show how a patient is responding to treatment. They also prepare specimens for examination, count cells, and look for abnormal cells in blood and body fluids. They perform analyses in the areas of microbiology, hematology, immunology, biochemistry, and immunohematology, which is relayed from the lab to physicians.

Upon graduation from the Wallace State program, students are eligible to sit for a National Certification Examination.

Graduates of the Wallace State Clinical Lab Tech program are allied-health professionals employed as Clinical Laboratory Technicians (CLT) and Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLT).

Job opportunities are excellent and are expected to grow faster than average as the volume of laboratory tests continues to increase with both population growth and the development of new types of tests. Although hospitals are expected to continue to be the major employer of clinical laboratory workers, employment is expected to grow faster in medical and diagnostic laboratories, offices of physicians, and other ambulatory health care services, including blood and organ banks.

Median annual earnings of medical and clinical laboratory technologists were $36,280 in 2010. The middle 50 percent earned between $28,420 and $44,310, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $56,040. (Source: U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics)


Julie Welch, Program Director