Clinical Laboratory Technician
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Program Description

Rapid advances in research will continue to increase both the number and the complexity of clinical laboratory tests performed. Federal regulations and New York State licensure now require more highly-trained personnel who must meet the minimum educational standard of the associate degree. Consequently, the demand for trained clinical laboratory technicians has been rising and will continue to grow in both the local and national arenas.

The modern clinical laboratory technician applies knowledge from the physical and biological sciences to the detection and management of disease. The program to train clinical laboratory technicians emphasizes development of laboratory skills and characteristics essential to the health care worker. The use of state-of-the-art equipment in the analysis of blood and body fluids, as well as computerized patient data entry systems, allows the students to gain the skills necessary to perform effectively on the Board of Certification Licensure examination.

The Clinical Laboratory Technology (CLT) curriculum encompasses a concentration of medical laboratory courses along with courses in the liberal arts, social science, sciences, and mathematics. Lectures in the clinical laboratory area include studies in hematology, clinical chemistry, coagulation, analysis of urine and other body fluids, immunology, serology, blood banking, and microbiology. Troubleshooting and quality control procedures are integrated into the program. College laboratories provide a simulated medical setting that give students the opportunity to analyze clinical specimens using manual and automated methodologies. In the lab courses, students will use computers for data retrieval, record updating and printing reports.

During their senior year, students complete laboratory rotations at affiliated clinical sites: Buffalo General, Veteran's Administration Medical Center, Sisters of Chairty, Buffalo Mercy, Kenmore Mercy and St. Joseph's, Roswell Park Canver Institute, Erie County Public Health Laboratories, Eastern Niagara Hospital, and the American Red Cross . The students may perform clinical laboratory procedures at the affiliated hospitals under the direct supervision of laboratory technologists. Students may not perform service work during scheduled clinical sessions.

Upon successful program completion, graduates are encouraged to take the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) Board of Certification (BOC) Licensure examination. Graduates passing the BOC examination will fulfill the requirements for licensure in New York State and will be nationally certified. Graduates of the CLT Program perform consistently at or above the national average on BOC examinations.

CLT graduates are employed as clinical laboratory technicians in private, clinical, or hospital laboratories and research institutions. Alumni of the program have also found employment as phlebotomists; quality control technicians in the food industry; in biological; pharmaceutical; and chemical laboratories. Other graduates transfer to four-year institutions to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Clinical Laboratory Science, as well as other medical fields such as nursing, pre-medicine and physician assistants.


National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) 5600 N River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, Illinois 60018, (773) 714-8880, NAACLS Accreditation guidelines require that a procedure be established for determining that the applicant's or student's health will permit them to meet the technical standards of the program.


  • American Society of Clinical Laboratory Science
  • American Society of Clinical Pathologists

(Additional scholarship information is on file in the CLT Department Office, room B 613, North Campus)

Degree: Associate in Applied Science
Hegis: 5205
Curriculum Code: 2188
Campus Location: North
Health Sciences Division

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Pre-Admission Recommendations:
High School Average of 85%
Computer Skills
College Level Math, Biology and

Recommended HS Courses And/Or Experiences:
Regents Math
Regents Chemistry
Regents Biology

Career Opportunities/Further Education:
Medical Laboratories
Private Physicians' Laboratories
Pharmaceutical Laboratories
Environmental Laboratories
Research Laboratories


Did You Know?

A significant number of courses have been renumbered as part of the State University of New York's policies which promote student mobility, through transfer of academic credit, to other SUNY institutions. All courses should be numbered at the 100-200 levels. The Listing Reference contains both the old and new numbers which should aid students in their choice of courses.


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