Clinical Laboratory Technician


Clinical Laboratory Technician, A.A.S.

Clinical Laboratory Technology at SUNY Broome Community College is a fully-accredited, clinically-based curriculum leading to the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree. Graduates of the program are automatically eligible to sit for New York State Licensure and national certification examinations.

Students can complete the program in the following pathways:

Campus-based Format

Students complete both didactic and student laboratories on campus with limited access to fully-online courses.

  • Traditional (four semesters)
  • Fast-track (three semesters)

Fully-online Format

Students complete the didactic portion online through the campus learning management system and, in lieu of student laboratories, complete preclinical rotations at an affiliated institution.

  • Traditional (four semesters)
  • Fast-track (three semesters)

Is this the right career for you?

  1. Would you like a degree program with options to transfer to the baccalaureate level?

    Graduates of the Clinical Laboratory Technology Program have successfully transferred to baccalaureate programs in Medical Technology, Clinical Laboratory Science, Biology, Microbiology, and other degree programs. Graduates have also continued their educations in graduate, medical, and dental schools. SUNY Broome Community College has articulation agreements with several institutions, including upstate Medical University in Syracuse. See your advisor for information about preparing for transfer.

  2. Are you interested in a technical career in the health sciences?

    Clinical Laboratory Technology students prepare for work in the fields of Hematology, Clinical Chemistry, Immunohematology (Blood Banking), and Clinical Microbiology. Graduates working in larger hospitals typically specialize in one or more of these areas.

  3. Are you interested in a health career without significant patient care responsibilities?

    The results of laboratory testing by Clinical Laboratory Technicians are invaluable in helping healthcare providers to diagnose and treat illness. Except for minor phlebotomy responsibilities, though, most CLTs do not have significant patient are responsibilities.

  4. Are you intrigued by the instruments and techniques used in forensics?

    Many of the laboratory instruments and techniques used in forensic science are also used by clinical laboratory professionals to help with diagnosis and treatment of disease. CLTs who work in a facility with a forensic pathologist may also perform these tests as part of a medicolegal investigation.

  5. Would you like to use science to solve medical mysteries?

    Clinical Laboratory professionals are medical "detectives" who use the tools of science to discover the causes and treatments of disease.

  6. Do you already hold an associate's or bachelor's degree with coursework in math, biology, an/or and chemistry?

    Some students with prior coursework in math and science are able to complete the CLT curriculum in less than one year. Click here to check out our Fast Track curriculum.

If you have answered yes to several of these questions, this career may be right for you.