Clinical (Medical) Laboratory Technician
How to become a Clinical Laboratory Technician
There are medical laboratory technologists that typically attain a bachelor's degree. However, a clinical laboratory technician can opt for an associate's degree or certificate program from an accredited program. You can start as a clinical laboratory technician and advance to be a technologist.
Job Description of a Clinical Laboratory Technician
A clinical laboratory technician's career tests all kinds of common and rare test samples that patients are prescribed. A clinical laboratory technician would take the test samples, operate the testing equipment and devices, ensure the preservation of the samples, ensure the samples don't get contamindated (such as mixed with foreign substances), and that the reports of the tests are accurate.
A clinical laboratory technician would conduct chemical tests, blood tests, microscopic diagnoses, immunologic tests, as well as haematological and bacteriological analyses. Testing of blood, stool, urine, sputum, peritoneal fluid, cerebrospinal fluid, pericardial fluid, and synovial fluid (among others) is also done by a clinical laboratory technician.
A clinical laboratory technician can work in labs, clinics, diagnostic centers, hospitals, and non-clinical labs. In many facilities, a clinical laboratory technician may also interact with patients.