Registration Open for Clinical Lab Assistant Program

 If using science to solve mysteries is appealing, consider enrolling in the Clinical Laboratory Assistant (CLA) program at Clackamas Community College. The three-term program is the only one of its kind on the West Coast. 

 “Eighty percent of treatment is laboratory generated. It’s a really important part of the medical field,” said program director Helen Wand.

Applications for the three-term program at CCC will be accepted from now until Tuesday, Sept. 4. The program will begin when fall term commences on Monday, Sept. 24.

The CLA program prepares students for work in a laboratory or clinical setting, a field where workers are in demand. Students are often employed before they complete the program.

Clinical laboratory assistants are trained in all aspects of the medical laboratory including phlebotomy, specimen processing and quality control, and work with a variety of laboratory personnel, physicians and often patients. In hospitals or research institutes, clinical lab assistants provide support for specialized labs like hematology or microbiology

Course work in the program includes medical terminology, phlebotomy, laboratory administration and communications. Both the second and third terms of the program include a practicum where students will apply the skills learned in the classroom.

Graduates of the program are eligible to apply for two national certifications: the American Society of Clinical Pathologist certification, and the American Medical Technologists’ Certified Medical Laboratory Assistant (CMLA).

For information about the CLA program at CCC, contact program director Helen Wand at 503-594-0694.

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