Clinical Laboratory Technician

Get results in the lab — and in your career — by becoming a lab tech

Monroe Community College offers the only clinical laboratory technician associate degree program in the Rochester area.

This two-year degree program, housed in the biology department, offers outstanding career training in lab tech skills and technologies. You'll get a practical, hands-on education in medical laboratory procedures, while gaining valuable field experience in various clinical lab settings.

The clinical lab tech associate degree program enables you to:

  • Develop clinical lab tech skills
  • Pass professional licensing exams
  • Add work experience and references to your resume
  • Compete for medical lab technician and clinical lab technician jobs

To get started on your clinical lab technician associate degree, contact the admissions office at (585) 292-2200 or

Develop In-Demand Skills for the Lab Tech Work Force

The clinical laboratory technician AAS degree provides you with a practical education in medical laboratory procedures. You'll have coursework in math, data recording, laboratory analysis, medical computer applications, and written/oral communication.

In addition, the clinical/medical lab technician associate degree covers medical subjects such as:

  • Hematology
  • Microbiology
  • Immunology
  • Serology
  • Clinical chemistry
  • Urinalysis

While earning your associate degree, you'll train to be a clinical laboratory technician in many types of laboratory settings, including hospitals, reference testing labs, and nonprofit organizations such as the Red Cross.

Please Note: Due to the competitive nature of the clinical laboratory technician program, most students will complete several required courses before beginning the four-semester sequence of clinical laboratory technician courses. Read our admissions requirements and contact the admissions office to learn more.


A.A.S. Degree - Career Program


School(s): Health Sciences & Physical Wellness

MCC Program Code: CL01

This program's design is based on: New MCC General Education

This program is designed to prepare Clinical Laboratory Technicians (also known as Medical Laboratory Technicians), under the supervision of Clinical Laboratory Scientists, to perform clinical laboratory testing in rapidly changing and dynamic healthcare delivery systems. The CLT graduate will possess entry level competencies to perform, evaluate, correlate, and assure accuracy and validity of laboratory information. The program includes instruction in general laboratory procedures and skills, laboratory mathematics, clinical laboratory safety and governmental regulations, interpersonal and communication skills, and the basic principles and practice of hematology/hemostasis, diagnostic microbiology, immunohematology/transfusion medicine, immunology/serology, clinical chemistry, phlebotomy, histology, laboratory operations, and urine and body fluid analysis. Clinical experience is provided at local clinical laboratories. Graduates of the program can expect a favorable job market with increasing needs and growth opportunities.
Fall admission only.

The program is recognized by the New York State Education Department as licensure qualifying. Graduates are eligible for state licensure as Certified Clinical Laboratory Technicians. The program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Rd, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018; Graduates of this program are eligible to sit for the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification (BOC) exam.

The program of study must be completed within five years of matriculation. Students need to successfully complete any TRS or ESL courses prior to enrollment in the program. A minimum grade of C is necessary in all required biology (BIO), chemistry (CHE) and clinical laboratory technician (CLT) courses for continued matriculation in the program. The Clinical Laboratory Technician program is a high demand, competitive program. Readmission to the program is not automatic and is dependent on several factors. Students seeking readmission to the program (or seeking admission after unsuccessful attempts in a program at another college) should contact the CLT Program Director for information. Readmission, if approved, is always on a space available basis and is only allowed once. A student who fails to achieve a C in the CLT courses the final semester will be ineligible for graduation. Part time study is available but must be coordinated with the CLT Program Director.

Completion of medical requirements, clearance of existing health problem(s) and ability to meet essential functions (physical & mental demands) of the program, vaccination against seasonal flu, Hepatitis B, and meningitis vaccination must be met for admission and continuation in the program. Medical requirements, including PPD (or negative x-ray), proof of immunity to varicella, and immunizations, must be met throughout the duration of the program in order for the student to attend clinical rotations. Student must have current health insurance to participate in clinical rotations. The fee for health insurance will be added to tuition if students do not provide proof of insurance. Students are required to purchase liability insurance from the College for the clinical rotations the final semester.
(Housed in the Biology Department )

Program Learning Outcomes
1.Collect patient samples following established protocols.
2.Process patient samples following established protocols.
3.Perform analytical testing accurately on patient samples.
4.Explain or demonstrate appropriate post-analytical procedures.
5.Explain the methodologies of common clinical laboratory tests.
6.Correlate clinical laboratory test results with human health.
7.Comply with organizational, state, and federal regulations for clinical laboratories.
8.Conduct themselves professionally in a laboratory environment.
9.Explain the significance of continuing professional development within the profession.
10.Communicate effectively in a variety of ways appropriate to clinical situations.

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Requirements for Program Entrance
Intermediate Algebra II with Trigonometry (or MTH 165 at MCC) and Biology both with a grade of C or better. High school Chemistry is recommended. Admission to this program is September only.
Competitive admission. Please contact the Admissions Office regarding current admission criteria and/or geographic limitations.

Distribution Requirements

Credit Hours
FIRST SEMESTER: (Fall) 17 Credit Hours
BIO 134 Human Anatomy and Physiology I*3
CHE 145 Preparation for General College Chemistry*4
CLT 100 Introduction to Medical Laboratory Technology*1
ENG 101 College Composition OR
ENG 200 Advanced Composition
MTH 160 Statistics I 3
PHL 103 Introduction to Ethics-WR OR PHL 250 Professional Ethics-WR3
SECOND SEMESTER: (Spring) 15 Credit Hours
BIO 135 Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology II*3
BIO 148 Fundamentals of Biology and Inheritance*3
CLT 110 Specimen Procurement and Processing*1
CLT 204 Clinical Microbiology I*4
CLT 201 Immunology*3
CLT 202 Serological Techniques* 1
THIRD SEMESTER: (Summer) 3 Credit Hours
CLT 130 Body fluids and Urinalysis*2
CLT 150 Histology Techniques*##1
FOURTH SEMESTER: (Fall) 14 Credit Hours
CLT 205 Clinical Microbiology II*2
CLT 210 Clinical Chemistry*4
CLT 220 Immunohematology* 4
CLT 230 Hematology/Coagulation*4
FIFTH SEMESTER (Spring): 13 Credit Hours
CLT 251 Clinical Rotation I – Microbiology and Urinalysis*## 2
CLT 253 Clinical Rotation II - Hematology and Immunohematology*##2
CLT 255 Clinical Rotation III – Chemistry, Immunology and Phlebotomy*## 2
CLT 260 Medical Laboratory Technology Seminar**2

* Minimum grade of C is required for continued matriculation in the program and for graduation
## Students must have reliable transportation to clinical affiliates
** Students must be available for full-time study during the final semester; rotations may be day or evening shift

Revised 9/3/2019

Fall Admission only.

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