Associate in Applied Science
CIP Code: 51.1004
The mission of the Clinical Laboratory Technician program is to develop New York State-licensed and nationally-certified clinical laboratory professionals. Educational experiences rely on sound and innovative pedagogical approaches, unique technical training, and robust clinical practice. We serve as a pathway for both direct employment in the statewide healthcare community, as well as a stepping stone to higher educational opportunities. Our mission aligns with the institutional mission by creating access to inclusive, diverse educational experiences through our campus-based and fully-online programs.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Competent in collecting, processing, and analyzing biological specimens and other substances.
- Perform analytical tests of body fluids cells and other substances.
- Recognize factors that affect procedures and results, and take appropriate actions within predetermined limits when corrections are indicated.
- Perform and monitor quality control within predetermined limits.
- Perform preventative and corrective maintenance of equipment and instruments or refer to appropriate sources for repairs.
- Apply principles of safety.
- Demonstrate professional conduct and interpersonal communication skills with patients, laboratory personnel, other health care professionals, and with the public.
- Recognize the responsibilities of other laboratory and health care personnel and interact with them with respect for their jobs and patient care.
The Clinical Laboratory Technician program is accredited by:
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
5600 N. River Road, Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119
Phone: +1 (773) 714-8880
FAX: +1 (773) 714-8886
Carol E. Church, Chairperson
Office: Decker Health Science Center, Room 217
Telephone: +1 (607) 778-5495
The Clinical Laboratory Technician plays a vital role in patient care by performing laboratory testing to provide diagnostic evidence of health and disease. Clinical Laboratory Technicians are trained in all major areas of the clinical laboratory, including Hematology, Immunology, Microbiology, Body Fluids, Blood Banking, Clinical Chemistry, and Histology.
Tasks performed by these professionals include examining microscopic specimens, cross-matching donated units of blood, identifying microorganisms in infections, or operating computers and complex laboratory instrumentation.
Employers include: hospital laboratories, physician offices, pharmaceutical companies, research facilities, armed forces, and veterinary clinics. Technicians may advance through education to levels of Clinical Laboratory Technologist or Specialist.
Wherever they work, the technicians and technologist in this field share a strong desire to help others, a love of challenge and responsibility, and the ability to complete a wide variety of scientific tests accurately and reliably.
Pre-admission advisement is recommended.