Clinical Laboratory Technology Degree
Offered at the Following Campus
The Clinical Laboratory Technology associate degree program is a sequence of courses that prepares students for technician positions in clinical (hospital) laboratories and related businesses and industries. Learning opportunities develop academic, technical, and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The program emphasizes a combination of didactic and clinical instruction necessary for successful employment. Program graduates receive a Clinical Laboratory Technology Associate of Applied Science degree and have the qualifications of a Medical Laboratory Technician.
The standard curriculum for the Clinical Laboratory Technology (CLBT) program is designed for the semester system. A student may take core courses anytime during the year prior to the beginning of the Clinical Laboratory Technology program in summer semester (May). Students must complete core courses before entrance into the program. Students are competitively admitted based on their grade point average (GPA) of CLBT core courses. To graduate, degree-seeking students must earn a minimum of 73 semester hours. The CLBT program requires 5 semesters to complete excluding core courses.
The Clinical Laboratory Technology program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, http://www.naacls.org/.
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
5600 N. River Rd, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018
*For more detailed program information, please refer to the Catalog & Handbook.
- Submit a completed application;
- Be at least 18 years of age;
- Submit official high school/high school equivalent transcripts;
- Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
- Prospective students seeking admission into the Clinical Laboratory Technology Degree Program will enroll in the Health Care Management Degree - Clinical Laboratory Technology option initially.
- Satisfy Placement Testing requirements.
(Prerequisites: None) (Co-requisites: MATH 1101 OR MATH 11103 OR MATH 1111 AND CHEM 1151L)Provides an introduction to basic chemical principles and concepts which explain the behavior of matter. Topics include measurements and units, structure of matter, chemical bonding, chemical reactions, gas laws, liquid mixtures, acids and bases, salts and buffers, and nuclear chemistry.
(Prerequisites: None) (Co-requisites: MATH 1101 OR MATH 1103 OR MATH 1111 AND CHEM 1151) Selected laboratory experiments paralleling the topics in CHEM 1151. The lab exercises for this course include units of measurements, structure of matter, chemical bonding, chemical reactions, gas laws, liquid mixtures, acids and bases, salts and buffers, and nuclear chemistry.
(Prerequisites: Appropriate algebra placement test score) Emphasizes techniques of problem solving using algebraic concepts. Topics include fundamental concepts of algebra, equations and inequalities, functions and graphs, and systems of equations; optional topics include sequences, series, and probability or analytic geometry.
(Prerequisite: Appropriate Degree Level Writing (English) and Reading Placement Test Scores) Introduces the major fields of contemporary psychology. Emphasis is on critical thinking and fundamental principles of psychology as a science. Topics include research design, the organization and operation of the nervous system, sensation and perception, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, thinking and intelligence, lifespan development, personality, psychological disorders and treatment, stress and health, and social psychology.
(Prerequisite: None) This course is designed to provide tools to assist students to acquire skills necessary to achieve academic and professional success in their chosen occupational/technical program of study. Topics include: Computer Applications/Technology Skills, Getting off to a Good Start, Learning and Personality Styles, Time and Money Management, Study and Test Taking Skills, Stress Management and Wellness, Communication Skills, and Career Exploration.
(Prerequisites: MATH 1012) (Co-requisites: MATH 1111) Prepares students in understanding the application of mathematics in their health science program courses. The topics included are basic mathematics, medical terminology, mathematical conversions, weight and measurement applications used in health science programs. Additionally, problem solving strategies, basic principles of medication administration, and research in health science will be incorporated into the course competencies.
(Prerequisite: Program admission) Introduces students to the terms, concepts, procedures, and equipment used in a professional clinical laboratory. Topics include: professional ethics and regulatory agencies; basic laboratory safety, equipment and techniques; phlebotomy/specimen processing; related lab math; quality control concepts; process improvement, documentation and computer usage; and point of care testing. Practical experience in phlebotomy will be provided in the institution laboratory and/or clinical setting.
(Prerequisites/Co-requisites: BIOL 2113, 2113L, CLBT 1010) Introduces the fundamental formation, function, and degradation of blood cells. Topics include: reticuloendothelial system and blood cell formation, complete blood count and differential, other related blood tests, related lab math; correlation of test results to disease states, coagulation and fibrinolysis, instrumentation for hematology and coagulation, critical valves and blood cell dycrasias, safety and quality control, and process improvement.
(Prerequisites/Co-requisites: CLBT 1010) Introduces the fundamental theory and techniques applicable to serology and immunology practice in the clinical laboratory. Topics include: immune system, antigen and antibody reactions, immunological diseases, related lab math; common serological techniques, safety and quality control, and process improvement.
(Prerequisite: CLBT 1050) Provides an in-depth study of immunohematology principles and practices as applicable to clinical laboratory technology. Topics include: genetic theory and clinical applications, immunology, donor unit collection, related lab math; pre-transfusion testing, management of disease states and transfusion reactions, safety, quality control, and process improvement.
(Prerequisites/Co-requisites: CLBT 1010, BIOL 2114, BIOL 2114L, CHEM 1212, CHEM 1212L or CHEM 1151, CHEM 1151L) Develops concepts and techniques of clinical chemistry applicable to clinical laboratory technology. Topics include: carbohydrates, electrolytes and acid-base balance, nitrogenous compounds, related lab math; enzymes and endocrinology, liver functions, lipids, toxicology and therapeutic drug monitoring, safety and quality control, correlation of disease states, process improvement (team approach), and critical thinking skills.
(Prerequisite: CLBT 1010) Introduces fundamental microbiology and parasitology theory and techniques applicable to disease state identification. Topics include: microbiology fundamentals; basic techniques; lab related math; clinical microbiology; anti-microbial sensitivity; safety and quality control; parasitology; mycology, mycobacteriology, and virology; correlation of disease states; and process improvement.
(Prerequisite: CLBT 1010, CLBT 1030, CLBT1050) Provides students with an opportunity for in-depth application and reinforcement of principles and techniques in a clinical laboratory job setting. This clinical practicum allows the student to become involved in a work situation at a professional level of technical application and requires concentration, practice, and follow through. Topics include: urinalysis tests, serological tests and techniques, blood and specimen processing, correlation of test results to disease states, safety and quality control, and quality assurance. The clinical practicum is implemented through the use of written training plans, written performance evaluation, and coordinated supervision.