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