Associate of Applied Science Degree
Proper treatment of healthcare patients always depends on an accurate diagnosis. Now more than ever, physicians rely on laboratory test results to make these diagnoses and monitor the results of their therapies. While clinical laboratory personnel have minimal patient contact, they play a crucial role on the health care team by examining and analyzing body fluids, tissues and cells in order to detect and diagnose disease. They perform complex chemical, biological, hematological, immunologic, microscopic, and bacteriological tests using state-of-the-art computerized instrumentation and microscopes. They may work in several areas of the clinical laboratory or specialize in just one.
While most laboratory professionals are employed in hospital laboratories, opportunities are also available in other settings such as physicians’ offices, research laboratories, commercial, public health, and industrial laboratories, education, pharmaceutical and laboratory sales and service, and others. Many jobs are available, and the profession was rated the 35th best career by 2011 Jobs Rated Almanac, which rates over 250 careers based on salary, stress, environment, security, outlook and physical demands.
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University Partnership Programs
Our Clinical Lab Science Program courses are designed to transfer seamlessly to these university partnership programs:
Transfer to another college or university
LCCC is a great place to start. You can complete the first years of your education at LCCC at our lower tuition rate and then transfer your credits to another college or university to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree.
Getting started while you’re still in high school
You don’t have to wait to graduate from high school to start earning college credit.
The College Credit Plus program offers you an opportunity to earn college credit as early as seventh grade. Courses are frequently offered on-site at local high schools. Students may also have the option of taking LCCC classes online or on our campus. Classes taken through CCP count for both high school and college credit and are FREE for most students.
The MyUniversity program, a unique partnership between LCCC and area high schools, provides a pathway for high school students to the full college experience – starting in high school!