Clinical Education

Clinical Affiliation Agreements

The following clinical affiliations have been made between the Medical Laboratory Technician and Phlebotomy programs at Community College of Philadelphia and clinical facilities:

  1. Students shall be responsible for their own transportation to and from Community College of Philadelphia (CCP) and the clinical facility.
  2. CCP shall obtain liability and medical malpractice insurance for its students and faculty.
  3. Students enrolled in the program shall obey the rules and regulations of both institutions.
  4. Prior to admission to the clinical facility, students must have a complete physical examination. Physical examination form must be designed by CCP and retained in the student’s folder.
  5. The clinical facility will provide clinical practice experience to correspond with the program curriculum. The clinical practice shall be under the supervision of CCP faculty and/or the clinical facility’s qualified personnel, with coordination by CCP’s program coordinator.
  6. The clinical facility shall provide, to the best of its ability:
    • any specialized item necessary for student safety and health;
    • adequate classroom and/or conference room space;
    • use of the cafeteria facilities for the students and CCP faculty, at their own expense
    • dressing room and locker facilities for students and CCP faculty;
    • in emergency situations, the use of the Emergency Room by the students.
  7. CCP shall be responsible for coordinating instruction, maintaining standards, and evaluation of the students in conjunction with the appropriate clinical facility staff.
  8. CCP will provide specific objectives for the student clinical practice experience and will work with the clinical facility staff to help implement the objectives; and CCP will provide an ongoing evaluation of the student clinical practice experience and provide an opportunity for appropriate clinical staff to participate in the evaluation process.
  9. There shall be at least one meeting of CCP faculty and the clinical facility staff each academic year for the purpose of evaluating and improving the program.

MLT Clinical Sites

The following is a list of the clinical sites used by the Medical Laboratory Technician Programs:



Corporal Michael J. Crescenz Veterans Administration Medical Center

Philadelphia, PA

St. Mary Medical Center

Langhorne, PA

Jefferson Albert Einstein Medical Center

Philadelphia, PA

Temple University Hospital

Philadelphia, PA

Temple Episcopal Hospital

Philadelphia, PA

Temple Jeanes Hospital

Philadelphia, PA

Jefferson Health - Torresdale Campus

Philadelphia, PA

Jefferson Health - Bucks Campus

Langhorne, PA

Jefferson Health - Frankford Campus

Philadelphia, PA

Jefferson Health - Abington Campus

Abington, PA

Jefferson Methodist Hospital

Philadelphia, PA

Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital (Mercy Health)

Darby, PA

Nazareth Hospital (Mercy Health) 

Philadelphia, PA

Lankenau Hospital Main Line Clinical Labs (MLHS)

Wynnewood, PA

Pennsylvania Hospital (center Philly)

Philadelphia, PA

Penn Presbyterian Medical center

Philadelphia, PA

Holy Redeemer Hospital

Meadowbrook, PA

Cooper University Hospital

Camden, NJ

Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center

Camden, NJ

Virtua Hospital Voorhees Campus

Voorhees, NJ

Virtua Memorial Medical Center

Mount Holly, NJ

Penn Vet Ryan Hospital

Philadelphia, PA

Atlantic Diagnostic Laboratories (ADL)

Bensalem, PA

Prior to the beginning of each semester, the MLT faculty contact each site, to determine the number of student that they are able to accommodate for that semester.

Policy on Student Clinical Site Placement

Currently the MLT and Phlebotomy programs have sufficient clinical sites to accommodate all students enrolled in the Program. If at any time, there are not enough clinical sites to accommodate all students, the following will apply:

  1. Students with the highest cumulative GPAs will be placed at sites first.
  2. Any student that did not receive a clinical placement will be put on a waiting list for the next semester or will be placed at a clinical site during a semester break. These students will receive a clinical placement before the new students are placed.

Policy on immediate closure of the clinical site or discontinuation of a clinical site/agreement with the clinical site.

Upon the effect of any termination of the affiliation agreement between the College and the Clinical site, students already in clinical training shall be allowed to complete the requirements for satisfactory completion of the clinical course. The Program Director will place the student at a different location to complete clinical requirements in the event of immediate closure or discontinuation of a clinical site/agreement.

Tips for a Successful Clinical Rotation

1.  Proper attire.  Make sure your uniform is clean and neat.  Shoes must be clean white or black leather sneakers (spill-resistant). No canvas or mesh top shoes. The nursing type of duty shoes is acceptable. 
2.  Punctuality.  Plan on arriving at your site 10 minutes before your scheduled start time. Do not leave early unless it was arranged with the supervisor.
3.  Call if you are unable to go to your clinical site.  On the first day of your rotation, make sure you write down the name and phone number of your supervisor.  If you are not able to attend on a scheduled day, you must call and let them know. Also e-mail to the clinical coordinator at  Keep in mind if this were a job, you could be fired if you did not call in.   
4.  Professional ethics.  Never discuss lab results or any other private medical information with anyone.  HIPPA privacy rules apply.
5.  Performance.  Observe others and ask questions.  Do not be afraid to ask for help or admit that you do not know how to do something.  This is a training experience and you are expected to learn.  Do not sit around and act bored.  Get involved.  Ask what else you can do to help if there is a slow time period.
6.  Initiative.  Show initiative and go the extra mile.  Offer to do more than what is asked of you. It is graded on your evaluation
7.  Don’t Clock Watch.  You probably will not be able to leave the same time each day.  Emergencies do happen, you may need to stay.
8. Downtime. Everybody is super busy and there no one to train you, inform the stuff you are allowed to use this time to study for this course. It should not be more than one hour per clinical day.
9.  Dependability.  You are now part of a healthcare team.  The members depend on you to get the job done smoothly and accurately.  Be an asset to your co-workers.
10.  Patient Interaction.  Be polite and friendly at all times. Never argue with patients or staff.
11.  Attendance Sheets.  Make sure you sign in on your attendance sheet each time you attend your clinical site.  Your trainer or supervisor should initial each day. These attendance records will be maintained in the student files.
12.  Pride. You are at the start of a new career.  Make yourself and the College proud.  You have a lot to give to the medical community, but it will take time, practice, and patience.
13. Employment. Make sure that you enquire about the job openings in the lab. Let your trainers know that you are eager to work in their laboratory. Make a resume and give it to the supervisor to keep on file in case of openings.