Clinical Assistant Associate Degree Programs

Earning an associate degree in laboratory technology could qualify you to become a clinical assistant. In this profession, you play a vital role in determining patient diagnoses by performing supporting tests and analyses. Learn about the curricula of lab technology associate programs, online degree options, the employment outlook, and continuing education opportunities. Schools offering Medical Assisting degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Is a Clinical Assistant Associate's Degree Program Like?

An associate degree program in medical laboratory science or technology teaches you the necessary knowledge and skills to work as a clinical assistant or medical laboratory technician. The curricula in these associate degree programs instruct you on how to collect and prepare specimens and bodily fluids for analysis in order to diagnose medical conditions.

While the classroom portion of the program includes core courses in anatomy, physiology and medical terminology, the hands-on clinical portion of the program covers pathology, laboratory techniques, diagnostic testing and various clinical competencies. You can also develop an understanding of infection control procedures and safety practices.

Common CoursesMedical terminology, anatomy and physiology, lab techniques, diagnostic testing
Program FormatOnline or on campus
Median Salary (2014)$49,310 per year (for medical lab technicians)*
Continuing EducationLicensing and bachelor's degrees

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Are Online Educational Opportunities Available?

Fully online programs in medical laboratory technology are rare because of the clinical components required. However, you might be able to find programs that offer core courses and general education requirements online. Colleges also offer online refresher courses that can keep you up-to-date in the field and ensure that you understand any technological advancements involving equipment and testing procedures. Online courses require a computer, high-speed Internet connection and up-to-date Web browser.

What Can I Do After Graduation?

Employment opportunities are available in hospital laboratories, private laboratories and health agencies. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), medical laboratory technicians earned a median annual wage of $49,310 in May 2014 (www.bls.gov). The BLS also projected that employment in this field would increase 16% from 2014-2024. Growth was expected due to technological advancements that encourage additional medical testing.

What Are My Continuing Education Options?

The BLS reports that licensing is only required for laboratory technologists in some states. After earning a medical laboratory technology associate degree, you can pursue a bachelor's degree in medical laboratory sciences to become a clinical technologist. Technologists have supervisory positions in the laboratory and manage the work of assistants and technicians.

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