How to become a clinical laboratory technician

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Clinical laboratory technicians perform various clinical duties under the guidance of a licensed clinical laboratory scientist. They also assist clinical laboratory scientists in performing other chemical, bacteriological, microscopic, immunologic, hematological and biological tests. Laboratory technicians are an essential part of the medical team because they provide important laboratory test results needed to diagnose diseases. This article will show you how to acquire the skills needed to become a certified clinical laboratory technician.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging


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    Acquire a high-school diploma or obtain your general equivalency diploma (GED). You would need one of the two in order to enrol in a college or institution that offers a medical laboratory technician program.

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    Find a college or institution that offers the clinical laboratory technician program in your area. The clinical laboratory program lasts 1 year; it varies in some states. You must finish the program in order to qualify to take the state licensure exam and apply for work.

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    Take medical subjects while you are enrolled in a laboratory technician program. Taking a medical course and acquiring the knowledge you will learn from them will enable you to easily pass your state licensure exam. Courses you should take are hematology, pathology and immunology.

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    Obtain your laboratory technician license. In work in the clinical laboratory as a medical technician, you will need to register and pass the licensure exam offered by your state. Contact your state's health department for instructions on how and where to apply.

  5. 5

    Choose a speciality. After completing your laboratory technician training and passing your state licensure exam, you can now choose a speciality. There are many laboratory specialities to choose from, including cytology, hematology, microbiology and Immunology.

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