Clinical Job Market
The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor is projecting that the employment of Clinical Laboratory Scientists will increase by 10-20 percent.
According to Jobs Rated Almanac, Clinical Laboratory Science has a 25 percent job growth and good job security. Among health related professions, it currently ranks #3.
Currently, there is a shortage in many parts of the country guaranteeing employment once certified.
- As of 2012, the program has a 100% employment rate within 6 months from the program graduation.
- The program’s class average ASCP Board of Certification score is greater then 500 compared to a national average score of 479 (passing is 400).
Twelve Month Program
The Medical Technology Program runs for 12 months, beginning and ending in August. No more than four students are enrolled at a time, allowing a high instructor-to-student ratio. Structured lectures combined with clinical practicums provide the necessary learning experiences. Faculty is composed of pathologists (board certified in Laboratory Medicine) and medical technologists, many of whom have specialty certifications.
Curriculum includes Phlebotomy, Blood Bank and Transfusion Medicine, Microbiology (including Mycology /Parasitology/ Virology), Chemistry, Hematology, Hemostasis, Urinalysis and Body Fluids Analysis, Immunology, Education and Management.
Students are graded in affective, cognitive and psychomotor achievement for each course. Students must pass each area of each course to complete the program.
Clinical experience is carefully interwoven with classroom instruction to ensure sequenced reinforcement of theoretical concepts.
Upon successful completion of the program, students have the entry-level competencies of a medical technologist and are eligible to take national certification exams. Each student is awarded a certificate upon successful completion of the program. Graduation from the program is not contingent upon passing a certification exam.
Certification as a Medical Laboratory Scientist
National certification as a Medical Laboratory Scientist is recommended upon graduation but not required to complete the program. Students undergo two weeks of intense review to prepare for the ASCP BOC exam.
Part-time work opportunities may be available after competency in the area is obtained. No more than 12 hours a week is advised. Student must be in good academic standing. The Program Director will assist graduates in finding employment.