Clinical Laboratory Technology

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CLINICAL LABORATORY TECHNOLOGY?
Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Leader in the field: One of the longest-running, continuously accredited clinical laboratory technology programs in the region. Graduated the first group of students in 1969.

Fully accredited two-year program prepares you for an entry-level position.

Hands-on clinical practice: You will get hands-on experience in all the areas practiced in a modern medical laboratory.

The Elements of a Successful Career Path: Clinical laboratory technicians are important members of the medical team, working hard and serving as a vital part of the elaborate framework known as the modern medical hospital or clinic. Technicians concentrate on laboratory techniques that assist in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases and the maintenance of health. Most technicians work within hospitals, medical and diagnostic labs and physician offices. The medical or clinical laboratory technician performs qualitative, quantitative and analytic testing in microbiology, hematology, blood banking, clinical chemistry, serology and immunology, and routine urinalysis. If you enjoy the science of clinical lab testing, can work well both on a team and on your own, appreciate the process of testing, can stand for long periods and sometimes lift patients for testing, then the Clinical Laboratory Technology program will have all the elements of a successful career path made just for you.

About the Program: The 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 a variety of medical and clinical laboratory settings. The Clinical Laboratory Technology program features a two-year curriculum resulting in an Associate of Applied Science. In addition to the classroom setting, students gain practical experience in the second year of the program in hospital and clinical laboratories where they may perform typing and cross-matching of blood, antibody identification, various chemical analyses and standard techniques in microbiology, coagulation, quality control and many other routine diagnostic procedures. This program prepares the student for certification and employment. Graduates are eligible to take a National Certifying Board Examination. This program is fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018, Phone: 773-714-8880; FAX: 773-714-8886; e-mail: naaclsinfo@naacls.org; website: www.naacls.org Students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree should check the requirements of the college they plan to transfer. Acceptance of credits is at the discretion of the receiving institution.

Salary Information: Individual salaries vary by geographic location, the technician’s education and experience, and the type and size of the employer. The median annual wage of medical and clinical laboratory technicians was estimated to be $50,930 in 2016. Many positions include benefits such as insurance and educational tuition reimbursement.

 

Earn this certificate at Forest Park General education classes can be taken at any of our campuses or education centers.


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Upon graduation students receive an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Clinical Laboratory Technology. Graduates are eligible to sit for the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification examination for Medical Laboratory Technicians.

Accreditation: Fully accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

Lecture, Lab and Practice: You will start the program in August. Coursework includes lectures and laboratory procedures. The following August, you will be assigned to clinical affiliates for your internship/clinical practice.

Classroom instruction includes:

  • Orientation to the medical laboratory
  • Hematology
  • Urinalysis and body fluids
  • Medical microbiology
  • Immunology and serology
  • Basic laboratory skills (including phlebotomy)
  • Clinical chemistry
  • Blood bank

Clinical Practice

  • Takes place at multiple hospitals in the area (See “Additional Information” for a list of hospitals that have been our clinical affiliates in recent years.)
  • Students may rotate through more than one hospital for their clinical practice
  • Under the supervision of the instructor and staff preceptors, students perform as members of the medical laboratory team

Small class size: Each year 15 students who meet the application requirements are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

More than one million students have attended STLCC. It’s the largest institute of higher education in the region, and the second largest in Missouri.

To find out if STLCC is right for you, we invite you to visit. You can meet with one of our faculty members, tour the campus, and get answers to any questions you might have.


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employers
  • Hospital Laboratories
  • Doctor’s Office Laboratories
  • Independent Laboratories
  • Public Health Laboratories
  • Research Laboratories
  • Outpatient Clinics
  • Industrial Laboratories
  • Laboratory Supplies Representative
  • Laboratory Equipment Representative

Organizations that have hired STLCC graduates:

  • Aerotek
  • Alton Memorial Hospital
  • American Red Cross
  • Barnes Jewish Hospital
  • SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital
  • St. Louis Children’s Hospital
  • SSM DePaul Health Center
  • Des Peres Hospital
  • Engineered Lubricants
  • Missouri Baptist Hospital
  • Mercy Hospital
  • Mylab Diagnostics
  • SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital
  • St. Luke’s Hospital
  • Quest Laboratories
  • Myrtle Hilliard Davis Health Center
  • St. Anthony’s Medical Center
  • SSM Health St. Clare Hospital
  • Saint Louis University Hospital
  • SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital

Opportunities in the Field: Graduates of this program are qualified for entry-level positions as clinical/medical laboratory technicians. Employment opportunities are widely available in hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices, independent laboratories, public health, research and industrial laboratories with more than 60 percent of technicians working within a hospital setting. According to the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of clinical laboratory technicians is expected to grow by 15 percent between 2010 and 2020, faster than average for all occupations as the volume of laboratory tests continues to increase with both population growth and the development of new types of tests.

Job Resources:

  • For information on the job outlook, 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.
  • STLCC Career and Employment Services (CES): On each campus, CES offices provide services and resources to assist students and alumni in finding full-time or part-time, on-campus or off-campus, internship or co-op, permanent, seasonal or temporary employment. CES also assists employers who are looking for qualified applicants.

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STLCC provides a top quality education at a much more affordable cost than for-profit institutions.

  • St. Louis Community College provides a comprehensive financial aid program funded by federal, state and private agencies. READ MORE
  • STLCC provides a Net Price Calculator to help students estimate costs. READ MORE
  • For information on STLCC Scholarships READ MORE.
  • FAFSA Apply online

For this program you’ll need to purchase health insurance and incur other necessary expenses, such as:

  • Proof of current CPR — Certification for Health Professionals (STLCC offers a course that satisfies this requirement – PE:220 American Heart Association Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation for Healthcare Providers)
  • A completed health history and proof of a physical examination
  • A negative TB skin test
  • A background check, and drug screen
  • Meet essential functions related to observation, communication, motor skills, behavioral and social attributes

The cost to fulfill these requirements is the student’s responsibility. Please meet with a member of the Clinical Laboratory Technology faculty for an updated list of estimated costs.


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Earn this certificate at Forest Park General education classes can be taken at any of our campuses or education centers.

For more information, contact:

Angela Njoku MS, MT (ASCP), Coordinator, Associate Professor
Phone: 314-644-9900
E-mail: anjoku@stlcc.edu


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Clinical Laboratory Technology (AAS) 70 Credits

Career General Education
ENG 101 College Composition I 3
ENG 102 College Composition II 3
or ENG 103 Report Writing
XXX xxx Missouri State Requirement 3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
or PSY 200 General Psychology
CHM 101 Fundamentals of Chemistry I 5
BIO 207 Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO 208 Anatomy and Physiology II 4
MTH 140 Intermediate Algebra 3
Physical Education Activity
Select 2 credit hours 2
Program Requirements
CLT 100 Orientation to the Medical Laboratory 1
CLT 101 Medical Microbiology 3
CLT 202 Clinical Practice I 4
CLT 207 Clinical Practice II 4
CLT 110 Urinalysis and Body Fluids 2
CLT 111 Hematology and Coagulation 4
CLT 113 Pathogenic Bacteriology 2
CLT 211 Parasites, Fungi and Intracellular Pathogens 2
CLT 213 Introduction to Clinical Chemistry 2
CLT 217 Clinical Chemistry 5
CLT 215 Immunohematology 4
CLT 219 Professional Skills Seminar 1
CLT 115 Immunology and Serology 2
CLT 120 Clinical Laboratory Skill Development 4
4
Total Credit Hours 70

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Admission Process

  • All applicants for the Clinical Laboratory Technology program must first be admitted to St. Louis Community College.
  • Applications for this program are accepted on a continuing basis throughout the year; however, students begin the program in August.
  • Because of the quality of this program, the number of qualified applicants often exceeds the number of openings. Students are then put on a wait list on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Applicants enter the program in the fall semester and must first attend a mandatory orientation session held in July. The specific date, time and location of the orientation are included in the admissions letter.

Prior to application we recommend that you meet with an STLCC academic advisor. The advisor can help you plan your courses, clarify program requirements, and review your academic history as it relates to this program.

STLCC’s Clinical Laboratory Technology program is a selective admissions program with academic prerequisites as well as requirements regarding clinical eligibility. Meet with an STLCC advisor or faculty member for more details.

  • Applicants must complete the following academic requirements before applying for the Clinical Laboratory Technology program:
    • BIO: 111 Introduction to Biology I or one year of high school biology with labs and one year of high school chemistry with labs
    • MTH:030 Elementary Algebra, or one year of high school algebra
    • Math and science prerequisites with a grade of “C” or better
    • Math and science prerequisites must be completed within five calendar years of admission to the program, although the five-year limit for the science requirement may be waived in some situations. Contact program director.
    • Reading proficiency
    • Must be academically prepared to enroll in ENG:101 and RDG:100
    • GPA of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale from college or high school or eligibility semester: math, science and one other course
    • Clinical Eligibility: Prior to the start of the clinical practicum, you must:
    • Submit proof of current CPR – Certification for Health Professionals.
    • Submit a completed heath history and physical examination.
    • Submit a negative TB skin test.
    • Undergo a background check, and drug screen through a college-approved background screening company prior to the beginning of the fall semester of clinical practice. Students not passing the criminal background check and/or drug screen may be prohibited from participating in clinical education. This will prevent the student from being able to complete all program requirements.
    • Meet essential functions related to observation, communication, motor skills, behavioral and social attributes.

    The cost to fulfill these requirements is the student’s responsibility.

    Related Programs

    Biotechnology (AAS and CS)
    Life Science Laboratory Assistant (CS)

    Additional Information

    STLCC’s Clinical Laboratory Technology Advisory Board brings together top industry professionals. Members serve for two-year renewable terms, and STLCC’s faculty works hand-in-hand with this elite group to evaluate and update our curriculum, stay up-to-date on the latest innovations, and promote networking.

    Clinical Laboratory Technology Clinical Sites:

    • SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital
    • Louis Children’s  Hospital
    • SSM Health DePaul Hospital
    • Des Peres Hospital
    • Missouri Baptist Sullivan Hospital
    • Mercy Hospital Crystal City
    • Mercy Hospital Troy
    • Anthony’s Medical Center
    • SSM St. Clare Hospital
    • SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital
    • Luke’s Hospital
    • SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital — St. Charles
    • SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital – Lake St. Louis
    • SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Is there a wait list for the program?

    Qualified students are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact program faculty for up-to-date information regarding the current wait list.

    When does the program begin?

    STLCC starts a new class every August.

    Length of program?

    Two years (upon admission to program), including summer of the first year.

    What should I do while waiting to start the program?

    Take any general education classes that are required as part of the Clinical Laboratory Technology program. See the Recommended Academic Plan (RAP) under “Program Curriculum” for more information.

    What do Medical/Clinical Laboratory Technicians do?

    Clinical laboratory technicians are important members of the health care team. Laboratory technicians perform laboratory tests on patient samples such blood, urine, cerebrospinal fluid. The test results assist in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases and the maintenance of health. Most technicians work within hospitals, medical and diagnostic laboratories and physician offices. The medical or clinical laboratory technician performs qualitative, quantitative and analytical testing in microbiology, hematology, blood banking, clinical chemistry, immunology and serology and urinalysis.

     

    Professional Affiliations

    Graduates are eligible for membership in the following organizations: ASCP and ASCLS (see below).

    Students are eligible for admission, as student members, upon enrollment in the program to these organizations:

    American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP)

    ASCLS

    The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS)

     

    Location

    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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