Clinical Laboratory Technology

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    Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

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    Associate in Applied Science Degree in Clinical Laboratory Technology is a 72-credit-hour program that prepares students for entry-level positions as clinical laboratory technicians in hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices, independent laboratories and public health, research and industrial laboratories. Graduates are eligible to take the National Certifying Registry Examination.

    This program prepares students for entry-level positions as clinical laboratory technicians (also known as medical laboratory technicians). Through classroom and practical experience in hospital and clinical laboratories, students learn to perform qualitative, quantitative and analytic testing in microbiology, hematology, blood banking, clinical chemistry, serology, immunology and routine analysis.

    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. 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.

    Graduates are eligible to take the National Certifying Registry Examination. Employment opportunities exist in hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices, independent laboratories and public health, research and industrial laboratories.

    According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of clinical laboratory workers is expected to grow faster than average for all occupations through the year 2014, as the volume of laboratory tests continues to increase with both population growth and the development of new types of tests.

    Persons interested in this program should possess:

    • Interest in biology, chemistry and health sciences
    • The ability to follow precise and detailed instructions

    The clinical laboratory technology program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont IL 60018. 773-714-8880.


    • MTH:030 Elementary Algebra or one year of high school algebra
    • BIO:111 Introduction to Biology I or one year of high school biology with lab and one year of high school chemistry with lab.
    • Reading Proficiency
    • All math and science prerequisites require a grade of “C” or better.
      • Math and science prerequisites must be completed within five calendar years of admission to the program.
    • GPA 2.5 from college or high school or Eligibility semester: math, science and one other course.

    Admitting Semester: Fall/Day Number Admitted: 15

    • Length of Program
      • 2 yrs (upon admission to program)
      • 3-4 years (part-time curriculum)


    • CHM 101 should be completed before enrolling in CHM 212.
    • Full-time students are recommended to take Clinical Physiology (Bio 102) prior to entering the program or concurrently with first semester Clinical Laboratory courses.
    • Students may substitute BIO 111 for the BIO 102 requirement with departmental approval.
    • MTH 124 or MTH 160 will satisfy degree requirement (not MTH 140).

    Request a curriculum change in the admissions office once all the requirements are met.

  • Career Opportunities


    Job Resources

    • For information on the job outlook in the clinical laboratory technology profession, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and search specific job titles. Also available: information on median pay, entry-level education, number of jobs and more.
    • To learn about the top openings in specific cities across Missouri visit the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center.
    • For specific real-time information on wages and job prospects in the STLCC region, visit STLCC Career Coach.
  • Faculty

    divider-faculty Angela Njoku, Coordinator, Associate Professor
    Phone: 314-644-9900

    Karen M. Kiser, Professor Emeritus
    Phone: 314-644-9645

  • Program Curriculum


    Clinical Laboratory Technology (AAS) 72 Credits

    Program Total: 72 credits
    I. Career General Education 27 credits
    ENG:101 College Composition I 3
    ENG:102 College Composition II (or)
    ENG:xxx English Elective 3
    BIO:102 Clinical Physiology 3
    CHM:101 Fundamentals of Chemistry I 5
    CHM:212 Bio-Organic and Analytic Chemistry 4
    MTH:124 Technical Mathematics I 3
    XXX:xxx Missouri State Requirement 3
    SOC:101 Introduction to Sociology (or)
    XXX:xxx Psychology or Sociology Elective 3
    II. Physical Education Activity 2 credits
    III. Area of Concentration 43 credits
    CLT:100 Orientation of the Medical Laboratory 1
    CLT:101 Medical Microbiology 3
    CLT:102 Routine Analysis 2
    CLT:103 Hematology 3
    CLT:104 Pathogenic Bacteriology I 4
    CLT:105 Basic Laboratory Skills 4
    CLT:200 Pathogenic Bacteriology II 4
    CLT:201 Clinical Chemistry I 5
    CLT:202 Clinical Practice I 4
    CLT:204 Blood Bank 2
    CLT:205 Pathology-Correlation Conference 1
    CLT:206 Clinical Chemistry II 4
    CLT:207 Clinical Practice II 4
    CLT:210 Immunology and Serology 2
    Recommended Academic Plan (CP) Check the Recommended Academic Plan, or RAP, for the suggested semester-by-semester course schedule. This map is designed to help keep you on track for a timely graduation.
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    The Clinical Laboratory Technology program is offered at our Forest Park campus. Students may take general education classes toward this degree at any of our four campuses, our five education centers, and online.


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