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Description Of The Clinical Laboratory Science Profession

The clinical laboratory professional is qualified by academic and applied science education to provide service and research in clinical laboratory science and related areas in rapidly changing and dynamic healthcare delivery systems.  Clinical laboratory professionals perform, develop, evaluate, correlate and assure accuracy and validity of laboratory information; direct and supervise clinical laboratory resources and operations; and collaborate in the diagnosis and treatment of patients. The clinical laboratory professional has diverse and multi-level functions in the areas of analysis and clinical decision-making, information management, regulatory compliance, education, and quality assurance/performance improvement wherever laboratory testing is researched, developed or performed. Clinical laboratory professionals possess skills for financial, operations, marketing, and human resource management of the clinical laboratory. Clinical laboratory professionals practice independently and collaboratively, and are responsible for their own actions, as defined by the profession.  They have the requisite knowledge and skills to educate laboratory professionals, other health care professionals, and others in laboratory practice as well as the public.

The ability to relate to people, a capacity for calm and reasoned judgment, and a demonstration of commitment to the patient are essential qualities.  Communications skills extend to consultative interactions with members of the healthcare team, external relations, customer service and, patient education.  Laboratory professionals demonstrate ethical and moral attitudes and principles that are necessary for gaining and maintaining the confidence of patients, professional associates, and the community.

Description of Career Entry of The Clinical Laboratory Technician/Medical Laboratory Technician

At career entry, the clinical laboratory technician/medical laboratory technician will be able to perform routine clinical laboratory tests (such as hematology, clinical chemistry, immunohematology, microbiology, serology/immunology, coagulation, molecular, and other emerging diagnostics) as the primary analyst making specimen oriented decisions on predetermined criteria, including a working knowledge of critical values.  Communications skills will extend to frequent interactions with members of the healthcare team, external relations, customer service and patient education.  The level of analysis ranges from waived and point of care testing to complex testing encompassing all major areas of the clinical laboratory.

The clinical laboratory technician/medical laboratory technician will have diverse functions in areas of pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical processes.  The clinical laboratory technician/medical laboratory technician will have responsibilities for information processing, training, and quality control monitoring wherever clinical laboratory testing is performed.

Career Options

Clinical Laboratory Technician:

Graduates of the Clinical Laboratory Technician A.A.A Degree are eligible for New York State Licensure and National Certification and are employed in laboratories in hospitals, physician’s offices, clinics, cancer centers, public health facilities, and industry.

Additional job opportunities can be found in marketing, quality control, analyzer repair, environmental testing, and food testing. Graduates of the Clinical Laboratory Technician 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. Broome Community College has articulation agreements with several institutions, including Upstate Medical University in Syracuse.

According to the ASCP Wage and Vacancy Survey, the average annual salary for medical laboratory technicians was $35,800 for staff and $41,600 for supervisors.

Phlebotomist:

Graduates of the Phlebotomy Certificate Degree are eligible for national certification and are employed as phlebotomists or laboratory aids in hospitals, physician’s offices, clinics, and references laboratories. According to the ASCP Wage and Vacancy Survey, phlebotomy technicians in the United States earned an average annual salary of $24,350. Phlebotomy supervisors made $35,000.

Histological Technician:

Graduates of the Histological Technician Certificate program are eligible for New York State Licensure and National Certification and are employed in laboratories in hospitals, for-profit institutions, clinics, cancer centers, public health facilities, veterinary hospitals, and industry.

Additional job opportunities can be found in marketing, industrial research, marine biology, and forensic pathology. According to the ASCP Wage and Vacancy Survey, histological technicians earned approximately $38,400 a year, and their supervisors made on average $54,000.