A Clinical Laboratory Technician/CLT performs routine tests in all areas of the clinical laboratory. A clinical laboratory technician searches for basic causes to the absence, presence, extent, and cause of diseases. This skilled individual must be dedicated and self-motivated, to perform laboratory tests efficiently and accurately for high quality patient care. Attention to detail and logical sequencing of lab procedures is required.
A. MISSION STATEMENT: The Clinical Laboratory Technology/CLT Program is a community college based program providing education and training for career entry competencies in all general clinical laboratory areas and preparation for the successful completion of national board exams.
B. PROGRAM GOALS AND COMPETENCIES:
1. To safely collect, process, perform and report routine clinical laboratory tests on biological specimens and other substances, with precision and accuracy under minimal supervision within a reasonable length of time.
2. To understand and apply the aspects of quality improvement related to the laboratory; performing and monitoring standard quality control methods and learning trouble shooting and problem solving in order to take corrective action as necessary.
3. To recognize abnormal values and apply appropriate procedures.
4. To correlate didactic instruction with laboratory results in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.
5. To perform routine maintenance, standardization and calibration procedures.
6. To use safety precautions whenever handling biohazard substances.
7. To instill the concept of total patient care and the role of the laboratory in this concept.
8. To communicate well with all levels of personnel.
9. To demonstrate professional conduct, adhere to patient safety guidelines and to utilize appropriate communication skills.
10. To practice within the profession’s ethical and legal framework by assuming responsibility and accountability for one’s own laboratory practice and continued professional and self-development.
C. CLASS SIZE: Usually around 20 students are accepted into the program each year; however, the exact number is determined by the number of clinical sites available for completion of the clinical laboratory science courses (see APPLICANT SELECTION PROCESS OR the CLT Advisement section III.G.). Should there be more students than available clinical sites, the Program Director will select the students who will perform clinical site rotations, according to their GPA on CLT courses.
D. PROGRAM HOURS:
1. Clinical Laboratory Technology/CLT courses (HSCL) are offered during the day only.
2. General education courses and basic health science courses are offered during the day or evening. (Refer to III.F.)
E. PROGRAM LENGTH: Several options are available based on the student’s needs. Pre-requisite General Education, Psychology, and Science courses should be completed prior to beginning the CLT Program (see III.F for the list of 31 credit hour required courses). Program courses (HSCL) should be taken in sequence based on the option chosen. All Program courses (HSCL) from the prior semester must be completed to progress to the next semester. Please note those courses requiring prerequisite course work located in the RSC Catalog.
One-Year Option Fall or Spring entry: With the recommendation of the Program Director, the student will take all Program courses in one year. See PROGRAM CURRICULUM or the CLT Advisement, Section III.F. for One Year Option program course offering.
Two-Year Part-time Option: For students who would like to take the CLT Program courses on a part-time basis. See PROGRAM CURRICULUM or the CLT Advisement, Section III.F. for Two Year Part-time Option course offering.