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With an industry-driven associate degree in Applied Laboratory Technician, students get trained with industry-specific skills, knowledge, and competencies required to work as a quality assurance technician, laboratory technician, and more!

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Earn an Associate Degree in Laboratory Technician Designed for You

With our industry-driven Applied Laboratory Technology Associate of Applied Science, students experience comprehensive training to operate modern laboratory equipment in a quality assurance facility.

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Build a solid foundation for a promising career with our Associate of Applied Science in Applied Laboratory Technician. Blue Ridge CTC offers a blend of real-world knowledge and workforce skills employers look for in qualified applicants.

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Projected for various in-demand roles of lab technicians by 2030!

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Job Growth

Projected in the chemical technician and similar roles between 2021 to 2030!


Average Salary

For laboratory technicians and various other similar occupations.

    • As per BLS, there will be 68,400 new job vacancies for chemical technicians in manufacturing facilities between 2020-30.
    • BLS also predicts a 5% increase in chemical technician and similar job roles in the next decade.
    • As per BLS, the median salary for chemical technicians and similar job roles is $49K.

Why Pursue an Associate Degree in Applied Laboratory Technician?

With the flexible two-year Applied Laboratory Technology, A.A.S. degree program, students develop real-time skills required to conduct routine quality assurance tests and sampling in the manufacturing industry. The program allows students to:

    • Conduct various analyses for evaluating product quality and consistency.
    • Master skills to maintain and operate modern lab equipment.
    • Prepare to join the lab technician roles within a manufacturing industry.
    • Choose electives and build a strong foundation for transitioning to future programs.

Become Career Ready with an Associate Degree as an Applied Laboratory Technician

Want to start a career as a Laboratory Technician? Blue Ridge CTC’s associate degree in Applied Laboratory Technician allows students to learn skills required to perform routine quality assurance procedures for product quality and consistency.

Throughout the program, students learn to conduct sample analyses, operate lab equipment, and monitor chemical processes to develop as a successful lab technician. Our comprehensive training led by highly-experienced faculty provides an opportunity for students to earn credits for future transfers.

Earn this associate degree in Applied Laboratory Technician from our School of Workforce Development and Engineering Technologies!


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What Will You Learn - Curriculum Overview

With an associate degree program in Applied Laboratory Technician, students learn with the blend of content-specific knowledge and work-based instructions to become competent laboratory technicians.

Our associate degree in Applied Laboratory Technician helps students learn various core concepts such as laboratory technician (I-IV), process quality, analytical instrumentation, federal lab safety and regulations, industrial microbiology, and much more. The curriculum helps to:

    • Analyze and evaluate product quality and consistency.
    • Monitor various chemical processes to test product quality.
    • Learn to prepare chemical solutions.
    • Conduct physical and chemical tests for various purposes.

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Blue Ridge CTC acts as a catalyst to career goals, gives students exposure to real-time career prospects, and provides a learning environment supporting personal and professional growth.

World-class Pedagogy That Shapes Future Leaders!

Effective faculty is the backbone of any school. Our faculty are committed teachers and scholars who:

Deliver real-world learning to shape a students’ job market competency.

Impart teaching that promotes creativity and sets the base for further 4-year programs.

Extend a smart learning model that raises job prospects.

Integrate best-in-class learning formats and resources to drive focused learning.

Student Support Services and Spaces for Balanced Learning!

We provide comprehensive Student Support Services to promote student success.

Student Services provides a variety of support, including tutoring, accessibility accommodations, and more!

We provide high-tech classes, supporting labs, and study areas to promote a balanced education.

We recognize talent and celebrate performance with awards and acknowledgments.

We have supportive staff to help with personal, professional, and academic challenges.

Placement Assistance to Nurture Careers!

We support students from admission through the career search! Career Services assists students:

Find the right kind of job with a career inventory assessment.

Get assistance on resume writing and referral to participating employer partners.

With interview preparation to boost their morale and get prepared with the right narration to win job negotiations.

Get a holistic learning environment, where they are nurtured to become the next set of professionals entering the workforce.

Promoting Equity to Develop an Intercultural College Environment!

As a community of students, faculty, staff, and external stakeholders, we strive for diversity, equity, and inclusion on our campuses, both inside and outside of the classroom.

Campus diversity encourages open dialogue on campus.

Equity removes barriers and ensures equal opportunities are afforded to all.

Our campus offers an inclusive, welcoming environment where all are valued, celebrated, and included.

The campus community promotes diversity and inclusion through a variety of speakers and events.

Hands-on Training and Internship Opportunities

We are committed to providing students with real-time training and internship opportunities to enter the workforce directly after graduating.

We provide industry expert instruction to strengthen job-specific skills needed for real-world challenges.

We assist students with internship opportunities to find their way to a successful career.

We provide industry-certified expert supervision and guidance to raise students’ job prospects in the Government and Private sectors.

Our campus is well equipped with state-of-the-art laboratories, machinery, hardware, and software required to provide the technical skills needed for real jobs.

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Blue Ridge CTC provides need-based financial aid to qualified applicants, ensuring all students have equal access to quality education.

Whether you are a student worrying about tuition fees or are a parent assisting a child paying for college, we have a wide variety of financial resources available.

    • State and Federal Grant Programs
    • Student Work-Study Opportunities
    • Student Loans
    • Special Grant Funding Opportunities
    • Blue Ridge CTC Foundation Scholarship opportunities

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Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about the associate degree in Applied Laboratory Technician? We can help!

Admission requirements to two-year associate degree in Applied Laboratory Technician include a high school diploma or equivalent and a complete application packet. Students who have earned credits at other Colleges or Universities must also provide official copies of those transcripts. There is also a $25 application fee that can be paid at any time once an application is submitted.
To select a suitable associate degree program in Applied Laboratory Technician, students must consider the time to complete, cost of tuition, and quality of the instruction provided. Students who need additional insight into career options should consider looking for a free career inventory assessment before exploring course options that align with personal and professional interests.

This two-year degree is a good option for students who want to build a strong foundation for beginning or advancing a career as lab technician.

After pursuing this associate degree, students obtain skills that help them embark on lucrative career opportunities available in the local economy. The program incorporates real-world skills and content-specific knowledge needed to successfully land a rewarding career.

Blue Ridge CTC’s associate degree in Applied Laboratory Technician does not require ACT or SAT scores to qualify for admission. Students may need ACT or SAT scores, or free placement testing to qualify for courses such as English, Math, or Chemistry. Placement testing can be scheduled at any time during the application process.
With our Associate of Applied Science in Applied Laboratory Technology program, students learn all the fundamentals of a lab technician. Students develop an eye for detail and analytical skills to carry out various analyses to test product quality required in the manufacturing sector.


Note: All salary projections are based on the current position and educational needs. BRCTC cannot guarantee that job titles or the projections given will be the salaries students or graduates will ultimately receive. Two year completion is approximate and based on full-time enrollment. Student testimonials, income statements, and examples on the College website are the results of real students. These testimonials are not intended to guarantee that anyone will achieve the same or similar results. Each individual’s success depends on his or her desire, commitment, dedication, and motivation to pursue academic and workforce opportunities. Testimonials are not intended to create a contract between a student and the College.

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