Clinical Laboratory Technician

CLT Fast Track - Prospective Students

Do I Qualify?

To complete the Online Clinical Laboratory Technician program in three semesters, entering students typically have earned a B.S. degree in biology, chemistry, or a related field with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Their previous coursework should include completion (C or better) of the following courses or their equivalents:

  • Human Biology I and II / BIO131, 132
  • Chemistry I and II / CHM145, 146
  • College Writing I / ENG110
  • Literature / LIT200
  • Statistics / MAT124
  • Survey of Organic Chemistry / CHM 133
  • Social Science/Civic Ed electives (6 credits required)
  • Students who lack the background described are still encouraged to apply. Missing qualifying coursework may be completed in the summer semester, in some cases, or by extending the term of study.

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 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 MLTs 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.

Student Essential Functions

Clinical Laboratory Technician and Histological Technician 

The Essential Functions are the non-academic requirements of each program.  They correspond to the physical, psychological and professional demands required of a Clinical Laboratory Technician, Phlebotomist, or Histologic Technician.  Each of these professionals performs tests and procedures that impact patient care and safety.  For this reason, although Broome Community College is and Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution, it is important that every applicant meets certain technical standards (essential functions) to be able to engage in training activities that will not endanger students, faculty or patients.  The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) requires that the Essential Functions be made available to prospective students and the public.  With appropriate accommodations if needed, all students must be able to perform activities such as those listed below.  

Physical Functions:

1. Strength, mobility, and agility to safely:

  a. Operate state-of-the-art instruments, including computers

  b. Lift and move objects weighing 20 pounds

  c. Walk, stand, or sit for long periods of time

  d. Travel to clinical laboratory affiliates

2. Fine Motor Coordination to:

  a. Perform manual laboratory procedures with dexterity

  b. Ability to use a microscope and differentiate microscopic components

  c. Ability to perform delicate manipulations which require good eye-hand coordination

3. Adequate Vision/Observational skills to:

  a. Characterize color, clarity and viscosity of specimens and reagents

  b. Read procedure manuals, package inserts, computer screens, equipment markings, test tubes and computer printouts

  c. Visualize and distinguish objects through a microscope

  d. Hear and respond to verbal directions, phone calls, timers, and alarms

  e. have a sense of touch and temperature discrimination to perform laboratory tests

  f. Write legibly and correctly 

Psychological Functions:

1. Ability to perform laboratory procedures accurately and quickly even under stressful conditions and to adapt to changing situations

2. Ability to exercise independent judgment, to think logically in the performance of one's duties, and to accept constructive criticism

3. Ability to organize, prioritize, and to assume responsibility for one's work

4. Ability to learn and apply content in both didactic, laboratory, and clinical courses delivered in a variety of formats. 

Professional Functions:

1. Ability to communicate in a professional, positive, tactful manner with patients, physicians, nurses, other healthcare and non-healthcare employees, and fellow laboratory personnel

2. Ability to maintain patient confidentiality and to exercise ethical judgment, integrity, honesty, dependability, and accountability in the performance of one's laboratory responsibilities 

3. Ability to perform laboratory tests carefully while maintaining efficiency and organization 

4. Ability to exercise critical thinking skills to solve problems

5. Ability to project a well groomed, neat appearance

6. Ability to follow written or verbal directions to perform laboratory tests and to report the results

7. Ability to work effectively both independently and as a member of a team

Safety Functions:

1. Willing and able to work with sharp objects, hazardous, infectious, and biological materials

2. Ability and willingness to work safely according to the prescribed safety guidelines