• The Clinical Laboratory Assistant Program is opening up a second round of application acceptance. The deadline for submission is 5:00 pm June 26, 2014 at the Harmony Campus. Prospective applicants must be advised that there are two prerequisites that must be completed prior to the beginning of Fall term with a grade of C or better. They are MA 110, Medical Terminology and Mth 50, Technical Math or Mth 65, Algebra II. Download the CLA application.

    Clinical Laboratory Assistant


    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.

    The CCC Clinical Laboratory Assistant (CLA) program is approved through the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS).

    Program Requirements and Prerequisites

    Students who wish to apply to the CLA program are welcome to apply for our fall cohort. The CLA applications may be downloaded from our website. To determine the availability of applications and the appropriate deadlines for each cohort, please visit the Health Sciences website: http://www.clackamas.edu/Programs/Clinical-Laboratory-Assistant.aspx

    Applicants are advised that a high level of dexterity, the ability to multi-task, and a high degree of attention to detail are required for the successful completion of this program. During the application process, CLA applicants must:

    • Meet appropriate placement scores in reading, writing, and math by either taking the placement exams or by providing proof of comparable assessment. The CLA program accepts competencies in writing, math, and reading as measured by CCC placement assessments dated no earlier than 2003, or previous college coursework as documented on official college transcripts. To be eligible to apply, students must show placement by: 1) passing WR-095 or placement in WR-121; 2) passing RD-090 or placement in RD-115.
    • Have completed MA-110 Medical Terminology, and MTH-050 Technical Mathematics I or MTH-065 Algebra II. Curriculum prerequisites and requirements may be subject to change. In order to assure students have the most current information, please review the department website.
    • Provide; 1) proof of a recent physical examination by a licensed healthcare provider, 2) required immunizations, 3) a current AHA or ASHI Healthcare Provider CPR, First Aid card, and complete a criminal history background check and drug testing as arranged by the Health Sciences department. Students may also be subject to a second drug and criminal screen just prior to clinical placement depending on clinical site requirements.

    CLA students will be required to participate in unpaid, supervised externships in ambulatory or acute care laboratory settings.

    Program Outcomes

    Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible to take the ASCP-Boc Phlebotomy Technician Examination or the American Medical Technologists, Registered Phlebotomy Technician Examination, and/or the American Medical Technologist (AMT) Certified Medical Laboratory Assistant (CMLA) Examination and will be qualified for entry-level employment as a clinical lab assistant/phlebotomist.

    Clinical Laboratory Assistant Application Requirements

    Application packets with admission procedures and requirements are available online, http://www.clackamas.edu/Programs/Clinical-Laboratory-Assistant.aspx  


    Career opportunities may include but are not limited to phlebotomist, laboratory specimen processor, waived testing analyzer, medical research assistant and physician office laboratory assistant.

    For continuing education opportunities for healthcare providers see Healthcare Professional Development (HPD) in the course description section on page 178.

    For more information, contact: health-sciences-questions@clackamas.edu  

    Clinical Laboratory Assistant Prerequisites

    • Complete the following requirements.

    • MA-110 Medical Terminology 
      • Take MTH-050 or MTH-065.
      MTH-050 Technical Mathematics I 
      MTH-065 Algebra II 

    Clinical Laboratory Assistant

    • Complete BI-120 or BI-102 OR Complete BI-231, BI-232, & BI-233.

      • COMPLETE BI-120 or BI-102.
      BI-120 Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology 
      • OR COMPLETE BI-231, BI-232, & BI-233.
      BI-231 Human Anatomy & Physiology I 
      BI-232 Human Anatomy & Physiology II 
      BI-233 Human Anatomy/Physiology III 
    • Complete the following courses with a "C" or better:

    • CLA-100 Introduction to Health Care 
      CLA-101 Clinical Laboratory Assistant Skills I 
      • TAKE WR-101 OR WR-121.
      WR-101 Communication Skills: Occupational Writing 
      WR-121 English Composition 
    • Complete the following courses with a "C" or better:

    • CLA-102 Clinical Laboratory Assistant Skills II 
      CLA-115 Laboratory Administrative Skills 
      CLA-119 Phlebotomy/Laboratory/Practicum I 
      CS-120 Survey of Computing 
    • Complete the following courses with a "C" or better:

    • CLA-103 Clinical Laboratory Assistant Skills III 
      CLA-120 Phlebotomy/Laboratory/Practicum II 
      CLA-125 Introduction to Clinical Research 
      PSY-101 Human Relations 
      • TAKE COMM-100 COMM-111 OR COMM-218.
      COMM-100 Basic Speech Communication 
      COMM-111 Public Speaking 
      COMM-218 Interpersonal Communication 
  • Contact our Health Sciences Department

    Harmony Campus - 7738 S.E. Harmony Road, Milwaukie, Oregon 97222

    Call us: 503-594-0650

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