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Health Professions and Related Clinical Science

CIP Code 51.9999

​Clinical laboratory testing plays a crucial role in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. Clinical laboratory technologists – also referred to as clinical laboratory scientists or medical technologists – and clinical laboratory technicians, also known as medical technicians or medical laboratory technicians, perform most of these tests.

Clinical laboratory personnel may examine and analyze body fluids and cells. They search for bacteria, parasites, and other microorganisms; analyze the chemical content of fluids; match blood for transfusions; and test for drug levels in the blood. Technologists also prepare specimens for examination, count cells, and look for abnormal cells in blood and body fluids. They use microscopes, cell counters, and other sophisticated laboratory equipment. They also use automated equipment and computerized instruments capable of performing a number of tests simultaneously.

In large hospitals or in independent laboratories that operate continuously, personnel may work the day, evening, or night shift; and, they may work weekends and holidays. Laboratory personnel in small facilities may work on rotating shifts, rather than on a regular shift. In some facilities, laboratory personnel are on call several nights a week or on weekends, in case of an emergency.

Personnel in the health professions field may include neurodiagnostic technologists, ophthalmic medical technologists, radiologic technicians, surgical assistants, midwives, speech and language pathology assistants, and endoscopy technicians.

The usual requirement for an entry level position as a clinical laboratory technologist is a bachelor degree with a major in medical technology or one of the life sciences; however, it is possible to qualify for some jobs with a combination of education, job experience and specialized training. The Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act requires technologists who perform highly complex tests to have at least an associate degree.

Many employers prefer applicants who are certified by a recognized professional association. In addition to certification, employers seek clinical laboratory personnel with good analytical judgment and the ability to work under pressure. Close attention to detail is also essential for laboratory personnel because small differences or changes in test substances or numerical documents can be crucial to a diagnosis. Manual dexterity and normal color vision are highly desirable, and with the widespread use of automated laboratory equipment, computer skills are important.

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Approved Secondary School Partners

A.W. Beattie Career CenterAllison Park2009-2010
Academy at WestinghousePittsburgh2011-2012
Bethlehem AVTSBethlehem2011-2012
Bucks County Technical High SchoolFairless Hills2010-2011
Carlisle Area HSCarlisle2013-2014
Central PA Institute of Science & TechPleasant Gap2016-2017
Central Westmoreland CTCNew Stanton2014-2015
Columbia-Montour AVTSBloomsburg2013-2014
Corry Area HSCorry2014-2015
Dauphin County Technical SchoolHarrisburg2014-2015
Delaware County Technical HS - AstonAston2014-2015
Delaware County Technical HS - FolcroftFolcroft2010-2011
Delaware Valley HSMilford2010-2011
Eastern Center for Arts & TechnologyWillow Grove2012-2013
Edison HS/Fareira SkillsPhiladelphia2011-2012
Fulton County AVTSMcConnellsburg2010-2011
Gettysburg Area HSGettysburg2010-2011
Greater Johnstown SHSJohnstown2010-2011
Hazleton Area Career CenterHazleton2013-2014
Juniata SHSMifflintown2013-2014
Kensington Culinary ArtsPhiladelphia2011-2012
King Martin Luther HSPhiladelphia2011-2012
Lehigh Career & Technical InstituteSchnecksville2009-2010
Lincoln HSPhiladelphia2011-2012
Mastbaum Jules E AVTSPhiladelphia2011-2012
Mastery CS - Gratz CampusPhiladelphia2019-2020
McKeesport Area Tech CtrMcKeesport2010-2011
Mercer County Career CenterMercer2011-2012
Mifflin - Juniata CTCLewistown2010-2011
Mifflin Co Academy of Science & TechnologyLewistown2014-2015
Mon Valley CTCCharleroi2010-2011
Monroe Career & Technical InstituteBartonsville2009-2010
Overbrook HSPhiladelphia2011-2012
Paul Robeson HS For Human ServicesPhiladelphia2011-2012
Philadelphia City SD - Sayre William L MSPhiladelphia2018-2019
Pittsburgh Carrick HSPittsburgh2011-2012
Pittsburgh Langley HSPittsburgh2011-2012
Pittsburgh Perry HSPittsburgh2012-2013
Pottstown SHSPottstown2012-2013
Randolph A. Phillip AVT HSPhiladelphia2011-2012
Reading Muhlenberg CTCReading2010-2011
Saint Marys Area SHSSaint Marys2009-2010
South Philadelphia HSPhiladelphia2013-2014
State College Area HSState College2015-2016
Swenson Arts & Technology HSPhiladelphia2011-2012
Tyrone Area SDTyrone2019-2020
Universal Audenried Charter SchoolPhiladelphia2012-2013
Wayne Highlands SD - Honesdale HSHonesdale2017-2018
West Side CTCKingston2009-2010
Western Area CTCCanonsburg2010-2011
Williamsport Area SHSWilliamsport2012-2013
York County School of TechnologyYork2011-2012