Clinical Lab Tech

Career Focus

Prepared for immediate employment, advanced certifications, and further education


Students enrolled in the clinical laboratory technology associate degree program at NMU will develop proficiency in the performance of a variety of tests as well as an understanding of the interrelationships of laboratory data and physiological processes.

This degree program constitutes one major with two concentrations:

  • Clinical Laboratory Technician 
  • Science Technician 

The Clinical Laboratory Technician develops proficiency in the performance of a variety of tests as well as an understanding of the interrelationships of laboratory data and physiological processes. This concentration is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science, students with this concentration will be eligible for the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Medical Lab Technicians (MLT) certification.

The Science Technician students are provided with a basic foundation in clinical techniques complemented with science and math. This program prepares graduates to work in a variety of laboratory settings.

Michigan and National Employment & Wage Data

Bachelor's Degree or Higher

  • Athletic Trainer
  • Audiologists
  • Career/Technical Education Teachers
  • Chiropractors
  • Dentists
  • Dietitians and Nutritionists
  • Health Services Managers
  • Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
  • Nurse Anesthetists 
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Occupational Health and Safety Specialists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Optometrists
  • Pharmacists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physician Assistants 
  • Physicians and Surgeons
  • Registered Nurses
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Veterinarians
  • Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists

Associate's Degree, Long-Term Training & Apprenticeships

  • Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians 
  • Chemical Technicians
  • Dental Hygienists
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
  • Dietetic Technicians
  • Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health
  • Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians
  • Opticians, Dispensing
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Radiologic Technologists
  • Respiratory Therapists
  • Veterinary Technologists 

Certificate or Moderate-Term Training

  • Dental Assistants
  • Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics 
  • Healthcare Practitioners and Technical Workers 
  • Licensed Practical and Licensed Vocational Nurses
  • Massage Therapists
  • Medical Assistants
  • Medical Records and Health Information Technicians
  • Medical Transcriptionists
  • Nursing Assistants
  • Pharmacy Technicians
  • Phlebotomists
  • Surgical Technologists

High School Diploma or Equivalent & Short-Term Training

  • Healthcare Support Workers
  • Health Technologists and Technicians
  • Home Health Aides
  • Occupational Therapy Aides
  • Personal Care Aides
  • Physical Therapist Aides
  • Psychiatric Aides
  • Supervisors of Personal Service Workers
  • Veterinary Assistants and Laboratory Animal Caretakers

Students should inquire within their guidance office about high school curriculum requirements that may be satisfied through a college course, as this is determined individually by school district.

Students earn direct college credits from NMU at no cost.

Industry-recognized Certification

*American Society for Clinical Pathology

*Credentials are nationally recognized, portable and stackable, which means students have the option of attaining more advanced credentials in the future.