Clinical Laboratory Assistant

Train to Work in a Clinical Laboratory

The Clinical Laboratory Assistant (CLA) program, which consists of both classroom and clinical education, prepares students for entry-level positions in clinical laboratory settings such as medical centers, outpatient laboratory facilities and research laboratories. Trained in all aspects of the Medical Laboratory, including phlebotomy, specimen processing, quality control and laboratory orientation and regulation, Clinical Laboratory Assistants serve a diverse role assisting other laboratory personnel, physicians, and often patients. Duties may also include computer skills, laboratory billing practices, and the performance of assistant level testing according to standard operating procedures.  This is a NAACLS (National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Lab Sciences) approved program.

Career Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical laboratory technologists and technicians is projected to grow 22 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. An increase in the aging population will lead to a greater need to diagnose medical conditions, such as cancer or type 2 diabetes, through laboratory procedures.

Pay varies by experiences, employer and locality. For current available jobs and pay information in Washington, visit www.washingtonhealthcarecareers.com.

CLA Program Requirements

CLA Curriculum

The CLA program requires a total of 43 credits and is usually completed in three quarters; typically two quarters of educational courses and a 66 hour clinical practicum at an approved affiliate. Review our CLA Planning Sheet to help you map out your plan.

Students who complete the Clinical Lab Assistant program will be eligible to sit for the American Society of Clinical Lab Pathologists (ASCP) Medical Laboratory Assistant (MLA) national certification examination.

Students who complete the Phlebotomy Technician Certificate as part of the Clinical Lab program will be eligible for the Medical Assistant - Phlebotomy (MA-P) through the Department of Health in Washington State.

Informational Session

For your convenience, our informational session is online. Our presentation provides information for all Medical Laboratory Science programs.

Advising

If you would like to set up an advising appointment, please contact Enrollment Services. For additional CLA program information and questions please contact our CLA advisors, Erika Ferreri at erika.ferreri@edcc.edu, Brent Leithauser at brent.leithauser@edcc.edu, or Terri Glazewski at terri.glazewski@edcc.edu.

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