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Clinical Laboratory Technician: Associate of Applied Science Degree

An Associate of Applied Science Clinical Laboratory Technician (CLT) degree program at National American University requires completion of program-specific didactic and laboratory coursework followed by two advanced clinical internships at NAU-affiliated clinical site(s). Students who successfully complete the program and all appropriate academic requirements are eligible to take the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) certification exam. Individuals who pass the certification exam earn the initials MLT (ASCP).

A "clinical laboratory technician" also known as a "medical laboratory technician" (MLT), is an individual responsible for clinical laboratory testing and communicating critical values to the healthcare team. Clinical Laboratory Technicians (CLTs) are health professions who operate testing laboratories in hospitals, clinics, and research facilities. The role of the CLT is to analyze specimens submitted by doctors and researchers to determine their nature, to assist the doctor or scientist to provide medical treatment, and to assist in advancing scientific knowledge.

The NAU’s CLT Program is seeking initial accreditation from the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) and is currently listed by NAACLS as "Serious Applicant Status". The NAACLS is a premier international agency for accreditation and approval of educational programs in the clinical laboratory sciences and other related health professions.

NAACLS

5600 N. River Rd. Suite 720
Rosemont, IL 60018-5119

847-939-3597

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the program will:

  • Follow established standard laboratory procedures.
  • Recognize unexpected test results and instrument malfunction in all major areas of the clinical laboratory and take appropriate action.
  • Correlate laboratory test results to disease processes.
  • Demonstrate professional conduct and interpersonal communication.
  • Process information utilizing healthcare and laboratory information systems.
  • Develop a plan to achieve national certification.