The School of Medical Technology

Arrowhead Regional Medical Center’s School of Medical Technology aims to produce medical technology professionals (Clinical Laboratory Scientists) who are qualified by an academic and applied science education to provide service or research in the clinical laboratory and other areas of healthcare delivery systems. Clinical Laboratory Scientists are professionals that develop, perform, analyze, interpret, troubleshoot, evaluate and assure the accuracy and validity of laboratory information in all phases of testing (pre-analytical, analytical and post-analytical) utilizing critical thinking skills. They are also involved in regulatory compliance issues, education of fellow laboratorians and other healthcare professionals and quality assurance/performance improvement processes.

Clinical Laboratory Scientists perform a wide range of laboratory tests on blood, urine and body fluids to detect abnormal test results that help the clinician diagnose diseases such as diabetes, cancer and others. They also culture samples from various body fluids and wounds for the presence of bacteria, fungi and yeasts to aid the clinician in the identification of infection and determination of which antibiotics will be effective in eliminating it. Clinical laboratory scientists are responsible for confirming the accuracy and sensitivity of test results and reporting laboratory findings to pathologists and other providers.

Clinical laboratory scientists work in these areas of the lab: blood bank (transfusion service), chemistry, hematology, urinalysis, coagulation, immunology and microbiology.

The Program

The hospital’s Clinical Laboratory performs millions of procedures each year, providing students with diverse educational experiences during their training.

Students rotate through all areas of the laboratory during the 12-month (40 hours per week) training program. The program includes both lectures and clinical training. The program charges no tuition. Students receive a certificate upon completion of the program. Successful completion qualifies students to sit for a national certification exam and/or California licensure.

The program is accredited by the California Department of Public Health and the National Accrediting Agency of Clinical Laboratory Sciences.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must possess a BA or BS degree in biological sciences from an accredited U.S. college or university or have approved evaluated transcripts from an international college or university as well as all the coursework required by the state of California for a trainee’s license.

Prospective Student Info

For more information, call 909-580-0069, or email: foxr@armc.sbcounty.gov.

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