Rapid advances in research will continue to increase both the number
and the complexity of clinical laboratory tests performed. Federal
regulations and New York State licensure now require more highly-trained
personnel who must meet the minimum educational standard of the
associate degree. Consequently, the demand for trained clinical
laboratory technicians has been rising and will continue to grow in both
the local and national arenas.
The modern clinical laboratory technician applies knowledge from the
physical and biological sciences to the detection and management of
disease. The program to train clinical laboratory technicians emphasizes
development of laboratory skills and characteristics essential to the
health care worker. The use of state-of-the-art equipment in the
analysis of blood and body fluids, as well as computerized patient data
entry systems, allows the students to gain the skills necessary to
perform effectively on the Board of Certification Licensure examination.
The Clinical Laboratory Technology (CLT) curriculum encompasses a
concentration of medical laboratory courses along with courses in the
liberal arts, social science, sciences, and mathematics. Lectures in the
clinical laboratory area include studies in hematology, clinical
chemistry, coagulation, analysis of urine and other body fluids,
immunology, serology, blood banking, and microbiology. Troubleshooting
and quality control procedures are integrated into the program. College
laboratories provide a simulated medical setting that give students the
opportunity to analyze clinical specimens using manual and automated
methodologies. In the lab courses, students will use computers for data
retrieval, record updating and printing reports.
During their senior year, students complete laboratory rotations at
affiliated clinical sites: Kaleida Health: including Buffalo General and
Flint Road Laboratories, Sisters of Charity including the St. Joseph
Campus, Buffalo Mercy, Kenmore Mercy, Roswell Park Cancer Institute,
Erie County Public Health Laboratories, Eastern Niagara Health Center,
Buffalo Medical Group, and Erie County Medical Center. Additional
enrichment rotations include the American Red Cross and Upstate New York
Transplant Services (UNYTS). The students may perform clinical
laboratory procedures at the affiliated hospitals under the direct
supervision of laboratory technologists. Students may not perform
service work during scheduled clinical sessions.Students must be
available for their entire assigned rotation shift; as clinical rotation
may be scheduled during evening hours.
Upon successful program completion, graduates are encouraged to take
the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) Board
of Certification (BOC) Licensure examination. Graduates passing the BOC
examination will fulfill the requirements for licensure in New York
State and will be nationally certified. Graduates of the CLT Program
perform consistently at or above the national average on BOC
examinations. The granting of the CLT Associate in Applied Science
degree is not contingent upon the student passing any type of external
certification or licensure examination.
CLT graduates are employed as clinical laboratory technicians in
private, clinical, or hospital laboratories and research institutions.
Alumni of the program have also found employment as phlebotomists;
quality control technicians in the food industry; in biological;
pharmaceutical; and chemical laboratories. Other graduates transfer to
four-year institutions to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in
Clinical Laboratory Science, as well as other medical fields such
as nursing, pre-medicine and physician assistants.