Career Pathways

Career Pathways offer new ways to achieve your education goals. Instead of studying just one program, the Career Pathways model links related academic programs in a sequence. Each program offers direct job preparation AND a path to the next higher academic program.

Laboratory Technician

Southwest Tech has two programs of study related to Laboratory Technician, Laboratory Science Technician and Medical Laboratory Technician.

The Laboratory Science Technician program prepares you with the educational background to provide laboratory support to the food processing and agriculture industries. You will learn to conduct or assist in laboratory analysis and reporting of food quality and other industry testing standards.

The Medical Laboratory Technician program students learn to perform routine clinical laboratory tests such as hematology, clinical chemistry, immunohematology, microbiology, serology/immunology, coagulation, molecular and other emerging diagnostics. A combination of fundamental laboratory techniques and clinical experience prepares graduates for work in laboratories serving the health care sector. Graduates are prepared to complete the ASCP Board of Certification to become certified Medical Laboratory Technicians.

Technical Diploma

A diploma is a set of course taken from an already approved degree that provides you with a set of specific skills to prepare you for a job in demand by local employers. All credits earned in the diploma can be applied to the degree.

Investment = Education

Lab Science Technician 29 Credits

How fast can I complete this AFTER finishing the Certificate:

  • 6 semesters = 5 credits/semester
  • 3 semesters = 10 credits/semester
  • 2 semesters = 15 credits/semester

Return = Job

Job Title Example Median Salary*
Laboratory $35,000

Associate Degree

A two-year, post-high school program with specific course requirements.

Investment = Education

Medical Lab Technician 67 Credits

How fast can I complete this AFTER finishing the diploma?

  • 6 semesters = 10 credits/semester
  • 5 semesters = 12 credits/semester
  • 4 semesters = 15 credits/semester

Return = Job

Job Title Example Median Salary*
Medical & Clinical Lab Tech $43,000

*Source: EMSI based on annual salary.