Clinical Laboratory Technician


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: Kaleida Health: including Buffalo General and Flint Road Laboratories, Sisters of Charity including the St. Joseph Campus, Buffalo Mercy, Kenmore Mercy,  Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Erie County Public Health Laboratories, Eastern Niagara Health Center, Buffalo Medical Group, and Erie County Medical Center.  Additional enrichment rotations include the American Red Cross and Upstate New York Transplant Services (UNYTS). 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.Students must be available for their entire assigned rotation shift; as clinical rotation may be scheduled during evening hours.

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. The granting of the CLT Associate in Applied Science degree is not contingent upon the student passing any type of external certification or licensure examination.

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.


Program Details

Campus: North
Regents Math
Regents Biology
Regents Chemistry

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

Admission Criteria includes:
- a high school degree or HSE (High School Equivalency);

- overall high school average of 85% within the last five years;
- an 85% final grade in high school general biology and chemistry;
- a minimum placement test result at the Math 143 and English 110 level;
- a minimum college GPA of 2.7 within the last 5 years;
- completion of all required developmental English courses;
- completion of developmental math courses; and
completion of high school biology or Biology 107 and - high school chemistry or chemistry with a lab (CH 010/011) achieving a minimum grade of "C" in both within the last five (5) years.

Essential Functions
In order for the student to perform the essential functions of the clinical laboratory science profession, the following technical standards are required of students entering the CLT Associate in Applied Science Program.

Vision: The Clinical Laboratory Technician student must be able to read charts and graphs, discriminate colors, read instrument scales, observe microscopic materials and record results.

Speech and Hearing: The Clinical Laboratory Technician student must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively and be able to share information with other members of the health care team.

Fine Motor Functions: The Clinical Laboratory Technician student must manifest all the skills which would enable sample collection, performance of diagnostic procedures on clinical samples and manipulation of instruments and equipment.

Psychological Stability: The Clinical Laboratory Technician student must demonstrate the emotional health required for full utilization of the applicant's intellectual abilities. The student must be able to handle stress and take appropriate actions when emergency situations arise.

Health Science Report Form
A Health Science Division Health Report Form is required to be submitted before students complete ML 111 coursework to ensure that matriculated students are in good physical and mental health and capable of completing the program requirements.  The health report form includes a physical examination and an immunization report. In addition to the college immunization requirements, the SUNY system highly recommends that students handling fluids that have been recognized by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as directly linked to the transmission of HBV/or HIV (blood, blood products, body fluids, etc.) be vaccinated against HBV. Additionally, students need to be tested annually for TB (PPD test) and must have a tetanus vaccination within the last 10 years. Students must also have documentation of either history of Varicella (chicken pox); two dates of VZV immunizations; or VZV titer levels. Futhermore, the NYS Department of Health mandates all students scheduled for clinical rotations must receive the Influenza vaccine and requires that unvaccinated persons wear a surgical mask at all times while in areas where patients may be present. The immunization record is required to be complete and current in order for students to participate in clinical laboratories and clinical rotations. The college reserves the right to deny progression in the CLT Program when students have not updated or submit incomplete health report forms.

SUNY Erie Community College Clinical Laboratory Technician curriculum and its program of study meets the educational requirements set by the Board of Regents in New York state to award an Associate in Applied Science Degree with a major in Clinical Laboratory Technician. We are accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), and our graduates are eligible to take the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) Board of Certification (BOC) exam. Practice as a certified clinical laboratory technician and the use of the title “certified clinical laboratory technician" in New York State requires licensure, unless otherwise exempt under the law. New York State Education Department (NYSED) accepts the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification Examination requirement for NYS licensure. To be licensed as a certified clinical laboratory technician in New York State you must meet all requirements including: be of good moral character; be at least 18 years of age; meet education requirements; and meet examination requirements. To meet education requirements, you must document that you have received an Associate's or higher degree for certified clinical laboratory technician (or a related title) from a program registered by the Department as licensure qualifying at the time of graduation (A list of licensure-qualifying programs can be found on the Inventory of Registered Programs under "CLIN LAB TECHN"). To meet examination requirements, you must pass the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification's examination for Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) for licensure as a Certified Clinical Laboratory Technician. New York State will now also accept ASCP MLT international exams (ASCPi).

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.



For more information:
Jeanie M. Bryant, North Campus
Office B613A
6205 Main Street
Williamsville, NY 14221