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
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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.

Essential Movement Requirements for the CLT student:

  1. Move freely and safely about a laboratory
  2. Reach bench tops and shelves, patients lying in hospital beds or patients seated in specimen collection furniture.
  3. Travel to numerous clinical laboratory sites for practical experience.
  4. Perform moderately taxing continuous physical work, often requiring prolonged sitting, over several hours.
  5. Maneuver phlebotomy and culture acquisition equipment to safely collect valid laboratory specimens from patients.
  6. Control laboratory equipment and adjust instruments to perform laboratory procedures.
  7. Use an electronic keyboard to operate laboratory instruments and to calculate, evaluate and transmit laboratory results

 

Essential Communications requirements for the program in CLT:

  1. Read and comprehend technical and professional materials 
  2. Follow verbal and written instructions in order to correctly and independently perform laboratory test procedures.
  3. Clearly instruct patients prior to specimen collection
  4. Effectively, confidently, and sensitively converse with patients regarding laboratory tests.
  5. Communicate with faculty members, fellow students, staff and other health care professionals verbally and in a recorded format (writing, typing, graphic or telecommunication).
  6. Independently prepare papers, prepare laboratory reports, and take paper, computer and laboratory practical examinations.

 

Essential Intellectual requirements for the program in CLT:

  1. Possess these intellectual skills: comprehension, measurement, mathematical calculation, reasoning, integration, analysis, comparison, self-expression, and criticism.
  2. Be able to exercise sufficient judgment to recognize and correct performance deviations.

 

Essential Behavioral requirements for the program in CLT:

  1. Be able to manage the use of time and be able to systematize actions in order to complete professional and technical tasks within realistic constraints.
  2. Possess the emotional health necessary to effectively employ intellect and exercise appropriate judgment.
  3. Be able to provide professional and technical services while experiencing the stresses of task-related uncertainty, emergent demands, and a distracting environment.
  4. Be flexible and creative and adapt to professional and technical change.
  5. Recognize potentially hazardous materials, equipment, and situations, and proceed safely in order to minimize risk of injury to patients, self and nearby individuals.
  6. Adapt to working with unpleasant biologicals.
  7. Support and promote the activities of fellow students and of health care professionals.  Promotion of peers helps furnish a team approach to learning, task completion, problem solving and patient care.
  8. Be honest, compassionate, ethical and responsible.  The student must be forthright about errors or uncertainty.  The student must be able to critically evaluate own performance, accept constructive criticism and look for ways to improve.  The student must be able to evaluate the performance of fellow students and tactfully offer constructive comments.

 


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). http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/clt/clp‐cltlic.htm

Certification Pass Rates- ASCP

 

For students who graduated between 7/1/16-6/30/17

For students who graduated between 7/1/17-6/30/18

For students who graduated between 7/1/18-6/30/19

For students who graduated between 7/1/19-6/30/20

For students who graduated between 7/1/20-6/30/21

A) Total # Graduates

13

16

12

10

18

B) # who sat for the exam within first year of graduation

10

12

11

9

14

C) # passed the exam within the first year of graduation

10

11

11

9

12

*Yearly Certification Pass Rate Percentage: (C/B) x 100

100%

92%

100%

100%

86%

Graduation/Attrition Rates

 

For students who graduated between 7/1/16-6/30/17

For students who graduated between 7/1/17-6/30/18

For students who graduated between 7/1/18-6/30/19

For students who graduated between 7/1/19-6/30/20

For students who graduated between 7/1/20-6/30/21

A) # who began the "final half" of the program

13

19

16

10

22

B) ## who began the "final half" of the program but subsequently left (voluntarily or involuntarily)

0

1

5

0

2

C) # who began the "final half" of the program but are currently enrolled

0

0

0

0

2

D) # who began the "final half" of the program during the given time period and have since graduated

13

18

11

10

18

Yearly Attrition Rate Percentage (B/A) x 100

0

5%

31%

0

5

Yearly Graduation Rate Percentage (D/A-C) x100

100%

95%

69%

100%

90%

Employment/Continuing Education Placement Rates

 

For students who graduated between 7/1/16-6/30/17

For students who graduated between 7/1/17-6/30/18

For students who graduated between 7/1/18-6/30/19

For students who graduated between 7/1/19-6/30/20

For students who graduated between 7/1/20-6/30/21

A) Total number of graduates

13

16

12

10

18

B) % who responded to survey

69% (9)

87.5% (14)

83% (10)

60% (6)

6

B) # who found employment (in the field or in a closely related field) and/or continued their education within one year of graduation

10

16

10

10

13

C) # who did neither of above

0

0

0

0

0

D) # for which you do NOT have any information

3

0

2

0

5

Yearly Average Placement Rate Percentage: (B/(B+C)) x 100

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%


National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) 5600 N River Road Suite 720 Rosemont, Illinois 60018 (773) 714-8880 http://www.naacls.org.

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
270-5219

Dr. Jennifer Fendinger, North Campus
Office B613B
6205 Main Street
Williamsville, NY 14221
(716) 851-1549