Program Description

This Clinical Medical Laboratory Assistant certificate program teaches students to collect, process, and prepare patient specimens, carry out basic laboratory procedures such as urinalysis under the supervision of a medical technologist or physician, analyze cultures or tissue samples, greet patients, order supplies and maintain records.

According to the BLS, this profession’s growth outlook is “Faster than Average” and the median 2012 pay was $16.48/hour.

This program utilizes both didactic and laboratory teaching methods.  The classes Anatomy & Physiology, Medical Microbiology, Medical Pathology and Medical Ethics are taught with other allied health classes on a semester-based calendar.  Phlebotomy and Clinical Laboratory Science also follow that schedule.  All classes are taught on-site, by instructors who are highly qualified in their areas.  The use of textbooks and computers in the classroom as well as microscopes, phlebotomy equipment, EKG machines and other medical equipment, gives students both the practical and theoretical knowledge necessary for success.

Textbooks:

  • Linné & Ringsrud’s Clinical Laboratory Science, 6th Edition
  • Essentials of Patient Care
  • Medical Law, Ethics, & Bioethics for the Health Professions
  • Quick & Easy Medical Terminology
  • Review of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, 9th Ed.
  • Pathology for the Health Professions, 4th edition. 

Some of the equipment used in labs:

  • Microscopes
  • Centrifuges Otoscope
  • Defibrillator
  • Stress Test Machine
  • EKG Machines
  • Phlebotomy equipment, including mannequins, vacutainers, culture bottles, etc.