• Clinical Laboratory Assistant/Phlebotomy

    Clinical Laboratory Assistant Program


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    Second round of Clinical Laboratory Assistant program applications are being accepted now for the 2017-18 academic year.

    2017-18 Clinical Lab Assistant Application     

    Clinical laboratory assistants serve a diverse ancillary role assisting other laboratory personnel, physicians and patients. Their duties may include data entry, laboratory billing practices, and the performance of testing according to standard operating procedures. Students are trained in all aspects of the medical laboratory support personnel, including phlebotomy, specimen processing, quality control, laboratory orientation, and regulation. Students will participate in unpaid, supervised externships in ambulatory or acute care laboratory settings.

    Disclaimer: Clinical training is required in order to complete certain Health Sciences programs offered by Clackamas Community College (CCC). Although CCC does not restrict program entry based on age, some college partners, such as healthcare agencies, organizations and clinics, require students to be at least 18 years of age before they can participate in clinical training. Students who intend to enroll prior to reaching 18 years of age should consult with the appropriate Health Science's program director or administrator to determine when clinical training begins for their program and to understand any limitations.

    If you have questions about the Clinical Laboratory Assistant/Phlebotomy program please email healthsciences@clackamas.edu.

    CLA Mission Statement
    To provide the medical laboratory community with high quality, skilled entry level laboratory assistants who will serve as phlebotomists, specimen processors and in other capacities as designated by the workplace. In addition, the program is designed to be the beginning of career advancement in laboratory and other health science occupations.

    The CCC Clinical Laboratory Assistant (CLA) program is approved through the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS) 5600 N. River Rd. Suite 720, Rosemont Il. 60018. Phone: 773-714-8880 Website: http://www.naacls.org

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                      Clinical Laboratory Assistant Program
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    Program Outcomes

    Upon successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to sit for the American Society of Clinical Pathologists Board of Certification phlebotomy examination (ASCP-BOC) PBT or the American Medical Technologist (AMT) Registered Phlebotomy Exam (AMT) RPT and the American Medical Technologist (AMT) Certified Medical Laboratory Assistant (AMT) CMLA examination and will be qualified for entry level employ­ment as a clinical lab assistant/phlebotomist.

    Over the last three years (2013-2015), students in the Clinical Lab Assistant Program at Clackamas Community College have obtained an average Graduate Certification pass rate of 92%, a Graduation and Attrition rate of 81%, and an Employment/Placement Rate of 94%.


    Learn more about our Clinical Lab Assistant Certificate 

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  • Clinical Lab Assistant (CLA)

    CLA-100: Introduction to Health Care

    [ Fall Term | 2 - credits ]

    An overview and introduction to healthcare systems and career trends, ethical and legal responsibilities, personal and workplace safety, infection control, professionalism, life-long learning, and effective communication.

    CLA-101: Clinical Laboratory Assistant Skills I

    [ Fall Term | 3 - credits ]

    Presents the student with the theory of a clinical laboratory and clinical laboratory Assistant duties, including state and federal regulations, quality assurance practices, laboratory terminology, staffing, and a basic understanding of waived laboratory testing. The majority of the competencies required in the Core Module of (National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science) NAACLS's Clinical Laboratory Assistant program will be covered. The role of the clinical laboratory in the health care setting will be addressed.

    CLA-101L: Clinical Laboratory Assistant Skills I Lab

    [ Fall Term | 1 - credits ]

    A companion course to CLA-101, presents the student with the skills required of a clinical laboratory assistant, which includes performance of waived laboratory testing and specimen processing within the boundaries of state and federal regulations and quality assurance practices, insuring a basic understanding of quality laboratory testing.

    CLA-102: Clinical Laboratory Assistant Skills II

    [ Winter Term | 3 - credits ]

    Addresses hematology and urinalysis theory with assistant level scope of practice. Correct specimen collection will be emphasized. Students will be required to define, assess, and evaluate various waived tests and explain the necessity of accuracy and attention to detail. They will also define and explain the use of controls, standards and laboratory protocols.

    CLA-102L: Clinical Laboratory Assistant Skills II Lab

    [ Winter Term | 1 - credits ]

    This course, a companion to CLA-102 addresses hematology and urinalysis skills within assistant scope of practice. Correct specimen collection will be emphasized. Students will be required to perform various waived tests and demonstrate an understanding of the necessity of accuracy and attention to detail and will demonstrate and analyze the correct use of controls, standards and laboratory protocols.

    CLA-103: Clinical Laboratory Assistant Skills III

    [ Spring Term | 3 - credits ]

    This course emphasizes Microbiology, Clinical Chemistry and Serology/Immunology theory with regards to laboratory assistant scope of practice and professionalism in the workplace. The course will review controls, standards and laboratory regulation.

    CLA-103L: Clinical Laboratory Assistant Skills III Lab

    [ Spring Term | 1 - credits ]

    This course, a companion to CLA-103, is a skills lab that emphasizes Microbiology, Clinical Chemistry, and Serology/Immunology. Attention to detail and accuracy will be discussed. The student will demonstrate the correct use of controls, standards and laboratory protocols.

    CLA-115: Laboratory Administrative Skills

    [ Winter Term | 2 - credits ]

    Designed for the clinical laboratory assistant employed in a physician's laboratory, instructing them in laboratory coding, billing practices, and other administrative duties, with emphasis on patient test management and professionalism. EKG techniques will be included as well as other back office skills, as required by NAACLS. Required: Student Petition.

    CLA-118: Phlebotomy for Clinical Laboratory Assistants

    [ Fall Term | 1 - credits ]

    This course is designed to instill a broad understanding of blood collection and specimen handling theory used in the clinical laboratory and to prepare students to perform these tasks safely and effectively in the workplace. Universal and standard precautions and Federal and State Regulations will be emphasized. Customer satisfaction, professionalism, quality control and ethical issues will be addressed.

    CLA-118L: Phlebotomy for Clinical Laboratory Assistant Lab

    [ Fall Term | 1 - credits ]

    This course is a companion course to CLA-118, is designed for the Clinical Lab Assistant student practice and gain skill and experience in blood collection according to standard operating procedures. They will practice specimen handling and processing techniques used in laboratories. The students will perform these activities effectively and safely, emulating the workplace environment. Universal and Standard Precautions will be stressed. The students will collect blood samples on their lab partners through-out the term.

    CLA-119: Phlebotomy/Laboratory/Practicum I

    [ Winter Term | 3 - credits ]

    Supervised unpaid assignment to area medical center laboratories to gain practical experience. Required: Student Petition.

    CLA-120: Laboratory/Phlebotomy Practicum II

    [ Spring Term | 4 - credits ]

    Students will participate in a supervised, unpaid assignment, known as a clinical practicum, in area medical center laboratories to gain practical experience. A weekly seminar accompanies this course.

    CLA-125: Introduction to Clinical Research

    [ Spring Term | 2 - credits ]

    Overview of research as applied through clinical studies. Participants will learn elements of proper research techniques as conducted under the supervision of a physician or Ph.D.

    CLA-130: Specimen Collection

    [ Winter Term | 1 - credits ]

    Students will learn appropriate specimen collection for all types of blood and body fluid specimens used for laboratory testing. Students will recognize inappropriate specimen collection and develop problem solving skills to protect patient safety. Students will also learn to perform drug testing collections under US Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations. Specimen management and potential adulteration of specimens for drug testing will be addressed. This course is required for Clinical Laboratory Assistant program students. Required: Student Petition.

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    Email us: healthsciences@clackamas.edu

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