To complete the Clinical Laboratory Technician program within two years, entering students should have successfully completed:
Transfer credit will only be evaluated and potentially accepted after a student has been admitted to the program. Students who lack the background described are still encouraged to apply. Based on an evaluation of background, individuals may be accepted to SUNY Broome Community college and advised through a preparatory program. Each entering student is tested prior to scheduling.
Personal characteristics that predict success in this program are the ability to research and solve problems, an interest in science and medicine, curiosity, reliability, and a desire to be involved in a truly rewarding profession.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Clinical Laboratory professionals are medical "detectives" who use the tools of science to discover the causes and treatments of disease.
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 SUNY 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.
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
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.
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
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
3. Recognize and respond to emergency situations according to given protocol