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Clinical Laboratory Technology

The Clinical Laboratory Technology program prepares graduates to be competent entry level practitioners of laboratory technology including basic laboratory skills, math, computer skills, phlebotomy, urinalysis and body fluids, clinical chemistry, serology/immunology, hematology and coagulation, microbiology and immunohematology. This is accomplished through occupational and academic courses providing a variety of techniques and materials necessary to assist the student in acquiring the needed knowledge and skills to be come a competent CLT. A variety of clinical experiences are planned so that theory and practice are integrated under the guidance of the clinical preceptor.

Clinical Lab students looking through microscopesThe program is designed to prepare students to sit for a national certification examination recognized by the Georgia Department of Human Services and to work as a CLT in a high complexity clinical laboratory. Graduates who pass a national certification examination recognized by GDHS within 18 months of employment in-field may continue to work as a CLT in Georgia.

The CLT program at NGTC was one of the first ten Clinical Laboratory Assistant/Medical Laboratory Technology programs in the United States to be accredited in 1963 and has been continuously accredited ever since by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, Illinois, 60018; 773-714-8880.

Clinical Laboratory Technology Program goals:

  • 90% Graduation Rate (2014-2016) for those students who began the CLT internship.
  • 100% Employment Rate (2014-2016)
  • 100% Certification Pass Rate (2014-2016) on ASCP Board of Certification MLT/CLT certification exam.

Clinical Laboratory Technology FAQs and Intent Forms

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Clinical Laboratory Technology

The Clinical Laboratory Technology degree program prepares students to perform clinical laboratory procedures under the supervision of a qualified clinical laboratory scientist. Classroom training is integrated with clinical experiences under the medical direction of cooperating hospitals. Graduation from this program allows students to take a national certification examination which is necessary for clinical employment.

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Career Opportunities

Graduates of the clinical Laboratory Technology program receive an associate degree and may find job opportunities in a variety of business and industries including:

  • Hospital or clinical laboratories
  • Physician's office laboratories
  • Reference laboratories
  • Biomedical research laboratories
  • Industrial laboratories
  • Pharmaceutical laboratories
  • Health occupations instructors

Recent graduates of the Clinical Laboratory Technology program have found positions at places such as:

  • Toccoa Clinic
  • Longstreet Clinic
  • NEG Diagnostic Clinic

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Meet the Faculty

Lydia Wilkinson

Lydia Wilkinson


Program Director and Instructor
Ms. Wilkinson received her Clinical Laboratory degree from North Georgia Technical College, a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Piedmont College, and a Master’s in Higher Education from Walden University. Ms. Wilkinson has been a certified Medical Technologist since 1983. She has worked in several local hospitals and began teaching as an adjunct instructor soon after graduating from NGTC.  She was hired as a full-time instructor in the Clinical Laboratory program in 2013 and became program director in 2015.  Contact:

Lauren Strader

Lauren Strader

MT(ASCP), M. Ed.

Ms. Strader received her Medical Technology degree in 1975 from the Community Hospital of Roanoke Valley, a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Virginia in 1974, and a Master’s in Health Occupations Education from the University of Georgia in 1984.  Ms. Strader has been a certified Medical Technologist with the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) since 1975.  Ms. Strader worked in hospital and clinic laboratories in Virginia and West Virginia before joining the NGTC faculty full-time in July 1981.  Ms. Strader was the Clinical Laboratory Program Director from 1990 – 2015.  Ms. Strader retired from full-time teaching in 2014 and has been teaching part-time in the CLT program.