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CLT Program Details

Mission Statement

The mission of the CLT program is to prepare students for certification, licensure and employment as clinical laboratory technicians by providing a high-quality, comprehensive course of study in clinical laboratory science. This is accomplished by focusing on in-depth technical knowledge, offering hands-on clinical experience, and providing guidance in ethics and professionalism.

Program Goals

  • Prepare students for entry level positions as Clinical Laboratory Technicians
  • Support the College mission by offering a program that allows diverse students to transform their lives with a medical career that is in high demand in the Rochester area and beyond.
  • Support MCC's Strategic Plan by:

    • providing CLT students experiential learning opportunities with community partners
    • forming partnerships with secondary schools and colleges and universities to create a career pathway for clinical laboratory students.

  • Meet or exceed a 3-year running average of:

    • 75% certification examination pass rate 
    • 75% graduation rate (as defined by NAACLS)
    • 70% placement rate (as defined by NAACLS)

Current Program Outcome Measures

Data (three year averages) as of June 2019:

  • Certification Exam Results: 84% pass rate within one year of graduation
  • Graduation Rate: 97% of students who began the second half of the program graduated
  • Placement Rate: 95% of graduates started laboratory jobs or continued their education within one year of graduation

Competencies for an Entry Level CLT*

At entry level, the clinical laboratory technician will possess the entry level competencies necessary to perform routine clinical laboratory tests in areas such as Clinical Chemistry, Hematology/Hemostasis, Immunology, Immunohematology/Transfusion medicine, Microbiology, Urine and Body Fluid Analysis, and Laboratory Operations.

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 will have diverse functions in areas of preanalytical, analytical, and postanalytical processes. The medical laboratory technician will have responsibilities for information processing, training, and quality control monitoring wherever clinical laboratory testing is performed.

At entry level, the clinical laboratory technician will also have basic knowledge and skills in:

  • Application of safety and governmental regulations compliance;
  • Principles and practices of professional conduct and the significance of continuing professional development;
  • Communications sufficient to serve the needs of patients, the public and members of the health care team.

The CLT Program at MCC is designed to prepare our graduates for these entry-level expectations.

* Adapted from the NAACLS Standards for Accredited and Approved Programs: Unique Standards Medical Laboratory Technician; adopted 2012.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the CLT Program will be able to:

  • Properly collect patient samples.
  • Properly process patient samples.
  • Perform analytical testing accurately on patient samples.
  • Explain or demonstrate appropriate post-analytical procedures.
  • Explain the methodologies of common clinical laboratory tests.
  • Correlate clinical laboratory test results with human health.
  • Comply with organizational, state, and federal regulations for clinical laboratories.
  • Demonstrate professional conduct.
  • Explain the significance of continuing professional development within the profession.
  • Demonstrate communication skills appropriate to clinical situations.

Curriculum

The CLT program closely follows NAACLS and NY State Education Department requirements. The current course sequence and course descriptions can be found in the College Catalog. Please note that the program takes 2 years to complete regardless of any transfer courses because the courses with the "CLT" prefix are offered only once per year and must be taken in a specific order.

Prospective students who may be interested in eventually progressing to a bachelor's degree in clinical laboratory science should work closely with the program director, who will have specific suggestions for coursework.

Clinical Partners

The CLT program at MCC is privileged to have clinical partnerships with a diverse group of area laboratories. As of March 2019, the following facilities offer clinical experiences to our students.

  • ACM Medical Laboratory - Rochester, NY
  • American Red Cross - W. Henrietta, NY
  • FF Thompson Hospital  - Canandaigua, NY
  • Geneva General Hospital - Geneva, NY
  • Highland Hospital - Rochester, NY
  • Nicholas Noyes Memorial Hospital - Dansville, NY
  • Rochester General Hospital  - Rochester, NY (histology only)
  • St. Mary's Hospital - Rochester, NY
  • Strong Memorial Hospital - Rochester, NY
  • United Memorial Medical Center - Batavia, NY
  • Unity Hospital - Rochester, NY