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Clinical Laboratory Technician


The Clinical Laboratory Technician curriculum prepares students for positions as technicians in hospital laboratories, physician offices, pharmaceutical companies, private laboratories or other types of clinical laboratory facilities.

Under appropriate supervision, technicians perform clinical laboratory procedures in chemistry, blood banking, microbiology, immunology, hematology, coagulation and other areas of the clinical laboratory, developing data used by a physician to determine the presence and extent of disease, as well as monitoring the patient’s treatment.

The student will spend time in clinical laboratories during their course of study to become familiar with the instrumentation, workload and day-to-day operations of the clinical laboratory.


The Clinical Laboratory Technician program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).* Graduates of the CLT curriculum are eligible to take the "MLT" ASCP Board of Certification Exam.

* 5600 N. River Road
Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program graduates will be able to:

  • Safely apply laboratory techniques according to standard operating procedures in the collection and analysis of biological samples.
  • Demonstrate a broad knowledge of basic laboratory departments and sit for a certification exam.
  • Integrate ethical and professional behaviors in the clinical laboratory setting.
  • Use problem solving skills to integrate laboratory data for patient diagnosis.

Program Entry Requirements:

Admission is selective and requires that potential students fulfill all College admission requirements. Applicants for the program must have:

  1. High school diploma or general education diploma (GED).
  2. A minimum of one year of high school biology and chemistry or their applicable equivalents within the last 10 years with a grade of “C” or better.
  3. Applicants must demonstrate readiness for English 101 and MATH 118 as determined by the College’s placement tests or by successfully completing identified developmental course work.
  4. Results of a physical examination, TB tests and immunizations must be on file prior to beginning any Clinical Laboratory Technician classes. Health problems which would interfere with the applicant’s ability to meet program objectives will be dealt with on an individual basis.
  5. Second year students must receive a second TB test prior to the start of their second year in the program.
  6. All students must show proof of health insurance prior to the start of each semester.
  7. Applicants must obtain a Criminal Record Check and a Child Abuse Clearance prior to entering the program.

The following guidelines are used in making decisions about an applicant’s criminal and child abuse background:

Child Abuse Clearance:

  • Any record results in denial of admission into the CLT program.

Criminal Background Check:

  • Any felony conviction within the past 10 years results in denial of admission to the CLT program.
  • Any felony conviction more than 10 years old will be evaluated based on the nature of the offense, length of time since the offense and any explanatory letters/materials submitted by the applicant or student.
  • Any misdemeanor will be evaluated based on the nature of the offense, length of time since the offense, and explanatory letter/materials submitted by the applicant or students. (Any punishment over one year indicates a felony according to federal sentencing guidelines.)


An applicant who believes that an error of fact has been made in terms of the information provided to the decision making committee can request reconsideration by the committee. This request must be made in writing within ten days from the date of the letter notifying the applicant of the decision. The reconsideration should address what the applicant considers to be errors of fact.

Following reconsideration by the decision making committee, the applicant can appeal the committee’s decision to the vice president for Academic Affairs whose decision is final.

Any official change or the initiation of any governmental proceeding affecting the information revealed by the required criminal or child abuse background check must be reported immediately to the CLT curriculum supervisor.

Drug Screening:

The CLT program requires participation in clinical education. Some clinical affiliates of the CLT program require evidence of a negative drug screening test in order for a student to participate in the clinical part of the clinical laboratory program at their facility. Therefore, any student with a positive drug screening test cannot be admitted into the CLT program.

Involvement in any incident which resulted in a disciplinary action against a student at Community College of Philadelphia or any post-secondary institution is considered in the admissions process. The CLT program reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant who has a history of violating College rules and regulations or who has been previously suspended or expelled from the College or any other post-secondary educational institution.

Additional expenses for students in the program include travel to clinical facilities, purchase of uniforms, shoes, laboratory coats, required textbooks, a physical examination and inoculations.

To remain in the program, students must receive a grade of “C” or better in each professional course and in each science course. All general science prerequisites must be completed prior to entering the second year of the program.

A student in the Clinical Laboratory Technician program whose skills, attitude and behavior are viewed as inconsistent with professional standards may be dropped from the program by the program director.

Students dropped from the program because of academic deficiencies will be considered for a second admission to the program after remediation of the deficiencies and recommendation of the CLT faculty. Students may be readmitted to the program only once. Part-time students must complete the program within five years of their initial enrollment.

Program of Study and Graduation Requirements: To qualify for the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree as a clinical laboratory technician, a student must complete 63 credit hours as prescribed, attain a grade point average of 2.0 or better and no grade below “C” in any required course for the curriculum.

Clinical Laboratory Technician Course Sequence

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.

First Semester

CLT 102 - Phlebotomy   4  
ENGL 101 - English Composition I   3 ENGL 101
BIOL 108 - Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Physiology or BIOL 109 and BIOL 110 - Anatomy and Physiology1   4/8 Natural Science
FNMT 118 - Intermediate Algebra   3 Mathematics
CHEM 110 - Introductory Chemistry or CHEM 121 - College Chemistry   4  

Second Semester

CIS 103 - Applied Computer Technology   3 Tech Comp
CLT 155 - Clinical Hematology BIOL 108 or BIOL 110 (may be concurrent) 4  
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper ENGL 101 with a grade of “C” or better 3 ENGL 102, Info Lit
CHEM 118 - Intro to Biochemistry or CHEM 122 CHEM 110 4  
BIOL 241 - Principles of Microbiology BIOL 108 or BIOL 110 4  

Summer Session I

CLT 205 - Immunohematology and Immunology BIOL 108 or BIOL 110 4  

Third Semester

CLT 225 - Clinical Chemistry BIOL 108 or BIOL 110,
CHEM 110 and CHEM 118 or CHEM 121 and CHEM 122, CLT 155
CLT 245 - Clinical Microbiology BIOL 241, CHEM 110 and CHEM 118 or CHEM 121 and CHEM 122 4  
Social Science Elective   3 Social Sciences

Fourth Semester

Humanities Elective   3 Humanities
CLT 265 - Current Topics in Clinical Lab Sciences CLT 225 and CLT 245, CLT 155 3  
CLT 295 - Clinical Practice CLT 102, CLT 225 and CLT 245, CLT 155 and CLT 265 (may be concurrent) 6  

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate: 63

General Education Requirements:

All General Education requirements are met through required courses (as indicated above) except for the Writing Intensive requirement, the Interpretive Studies requirement and the American/Global Diversity requirement. Therefore, in order to graduate, students in this program must choose one course that is designated Writing Intensive, one course that is designated Interpretive Studies and one course that is designated American/Global Diversity. The same course may be used to fulfill more than one of these requirements. View the courses that fulfill all degree requirements and receive a more detailed explanation of the College’s general education requirements to help in your selection.

1 Students in this program must take either BIOL 107 or both BIOL 109 & BIOL 110. Students who choose the two-semester 109 & 110 sequence should take BIOL 241 in the summer between the second and third semester.

Phlebotomy Certificate Program

CLT 102 - Phlebotomy is a one-semester course that includes two hours of lecture, three hours of student lab and eight hours of clinical rotation per week in a hospital laboratory or outpatient facility. The program is approved by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).* Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to take the PBT (ASCP) Certification exam.

Admission requirements are:

  1. High school diploma or general education diploma (GED).
  2. English 101 readiness.
  3. Results of a physical examination, immunizations, including Hepatitis B and a current PPD test.
  4. Verification of medical insurance is mandatory.
  5. The student must present a negative criminal record check, child abuse clearance and drug screening prior to entering the program.

Students are not required to take the certification exam to receive the Phlebotomy Certificate.

* 5600 N. River Road
Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018

For More Information Contact:

The Division of Math, Science and Health Careers, Room W2-7, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8430; or the College Information Center (215) 751 8010.