Medical Clinical Laboratory Technician - ATD H170600 (Full-Time)
M 8am-1pm; T-F 8am-2pm
16 Months (1515 Clock Hours)
Monday 8 am-1 pm; Tuesday-Friday 8 am-2 pm
(Summer schedule subject to change.)
This program is fully accredited by Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
TABE Test Scores: 11 in Reading & Language, 10 in Math.
Possess a GED or standard U.S. high school diploma from a school accredited by an approved accrediting association
A criminal background check and random drug screenings
A history of felony convictions or substance abuse may adversely affect your ability to gain employment or take licensing exams in the medical professions. We encourage you to consider your personal history when making appropriate career choices.
Students entering all health programs with a clinical study requirement are subject to a criminal background check and random drug screenings at their own expense.
This program is accredited by Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES), 7777 Leesburg Pike, Suite 314N, Falls Church, VA 22043.
The Medical Clinical Laboratory Technician Program is an Applied Technology Diploma program which guarantees transfer of 40 credit hours statewide to any community or junior college offering the Medical Laboratory Technician A.S. degree program. Students are prepared to become capable laboratory technicians who work in many areas of the medical laboratory including chemistry, hematology, microbiology, immunology, and blood bank. The program includes an internship in an approved laboratory facility.
Book and Supply Information
The following books and supplies are required for this program. All items listed on the fee sheet (see link below) are available at the Erwin Technical Center Bookstore. The ISBN number is located after each textbook. For the most current fee sheet, please contact the Student Services Office, Financial Aid Office or our Bookstore.
Medical Clinical Lab Tech Books and Supplies for January 2014 Class
Graduates are qualified to take the MLT certification exam administered by the American Association of Bioanalysts (AAB) or the American Medical Technologists (AMT).
Graduates with an associate's or bachelor's degree from an approved accredited institution may take the MT exam administered by the American Association of Bioanalysts (AAB).
Students have a number of career choices including hospitals, private laboratories, clinics, doctor’s offices, public health laboratories, and research laboratories.
Salaries for graduates range from $10.56- $20.86 per hour.
Source: Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation, Labor Market Statistics
Frequently Asked Questions
What are a medical clinical lab technician's responsibilities?
Medical clinical laboratory technicians perform laboratory tests in the areas of Chemistry, Microbiology, Hematology, Blood Bank, Urinalysis, and Immunology. These tests check the makeup of blood, urine, tissues and other body fluids for indications and signs of disease to aid the physician in diagnosis and treatment.
What medical science courses are included in the curriculum?
Coursework includes Phlebotomy, Chemistry, Hematology, Microbiology, Blood Bank, Urinalysis, Immunology and Parasitology and an internship in an approved laboratory facility.
Is there much homework involved?
The program moves very quickly. There are reading assignments every night and quizzes almost every day.
Is there math computation involved in the medical lab technician program?
There is a considerable amount of math required in Chemistry. Problems are usually of the equation type and are practiced throughout the Chemistry course in order to give students time to understand and become proficient with these problems.
What type of person would enjoy working as a medical clinical lab technician?
Medical clinical lab technicians are problem solvers and like challenge and responsibility. They are accurate in task performance, reliable, work well under pressure and stress, and are able to finish a task and communicate well. They set high standards for themselves and expect quality in the work they do.
What are the licensure requirements for this program?
The program instructor provides students with information about the application process for the certification exam including the websites used to complete this process. Students choose one out of the two certification agencies (AMT or AAB).
The American Medical Technologists (AMT) www.americanmedtech.org , requires applicants to successfully complete an accredited MLT program and submit the appropriate application and fee. Numerous state-wide testing dates, times, and locations are available.
The American Association of Bioanalysts (AAB), www.AAB.org requires applicants to successfully complete an accredited clinical laboratory training program and submit an application fee and a certification fee. The test is given four times a year at various Florida locations.
Once students have passed the exam they become certified and are eligible to apply to the State of Florida for their license. If students have completed the program and are waiting to take the exam, they may receive a temporary license to work in Florida. If students fail the exam, temporary licenses are immediately revoked. Students are allowed to retake the exam if they fail it the first time.
Where have graduates found employment?
Graduates have been employed by Quest Diagnostics, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, St. Joseph's Hospital, Memorial Hospital, Brandon Regional Hospital, LabCorp, Florida Blood Services, Tampa General Hospital, South Bay Hospital, South Florida Baptist Hospital, Lakeland Regional Medical Center, and various doctors' offices and private laboratories.
Is job placement available upon graduation?
Advisory committee representatives and teachers provide students with guidance and recommendations.
How can I learn more about this career field?
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