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Welcome to Gadsden State Community College’s Clinical Laboratory Science Program website!

Are you interested in scientific discoveries and medical research? Do you enjoy the challenge of solving puzzles? Are you ready to train for a secure job in a rapidly-growing allied health field?

 

Clinical laboratory technology is a great occupation for highly organized people who can perform the research that helps unravel the mysteries of the human body.

 

It is a varied career path that involves using sophisticated biomedical instrumentation and technology, as well as highly skilled manual techniques, to examine and analyze body fluids, tissues and cells, as well as identify infective microorganisms. It involves analysis of the chemical constituents of body fluids, identifying blood clotting abnormalities, cross-matching donor blood for transfusions and testing blood for drug levels to measure the efficacy of particular treatments. Test results must be evaluated for accuracy and often interpreted for use by the physician.

 

Laboratory results are used by physicians to influence the medical treatment a patient will receive.  An estimated 60 percent to 70 percent of all decisions regarding a patient's diagnosis and treatment, hospital admission and discharge are based on laboratory test results

 

A Clinical Laboratory Technician (CLT) (also referred to as a Medical Laboratory Technician) is highly skilled healthcare professional who discovers the presence or absence of disease and provide data that helps physicians determine the best treatment for the patient.

 

A CLT’s role is to provide accurate laboratory results in a timely manner.

A CLT works in clinical laboratories at hospitals, doctor's offices, reference labs, biotechnology labs and non-clinical industrial labs.

 

Our Program is a five semester program that involves comprehensive coursework, on-campus laboratory training, and clinical education.  Our lecture and laboratory courses are offered on the George Wallace Campus in Gadsden.  Clinical rotations are offered at nine facilities in several local counties.

 

Upon successful completion of the Program, students are awarded an Associate in Applied Science degree in Clinical Laboratory Technology. 

Deborah C. Cole,

Program Director/Instructor