Clinical Laboratory Assistant
What is a Clinical Laboratory Assistant (CLA)?
A Clinical Laboratory Assistant is a health care practitioner qualified by education, experience, and examination to assist in the performance of routine laboratory testing. This multi-skilled practitioner performs, or assists in performing, clinical laboratory tasks as regulated by law, administrative tasks, and select tasks involving patient contact. Quality improvement, safety, procedural accuracy, and knowledge of regulatory practice standards are defining aspects of this practitioner's role.
Employers seek Clinical Laboratory Assistants with good analytical judgment and the ability to work under pressure. Close attention to detail is also essential for laboratory personnel because small differences or changes in test substances or numerical readouts can be crucial to a diagnosis. Manual dexterity and normal color vision are highly desirable, and with the widespread use of automated laboratory equipment, computer skills are important.
Why become a Clinical Laboratory Assistant?
Clinical Laboratory Assistants can advance and become technicians or technologists through additional education and experience. Technologists may advance to supervisory positions in laboratory work or may become chief technologists or laboratory managers in hospitals.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the economic outlook for Clinical Laboratory Assistants is good; employment in this field is expected to grow by 14 percent between 2008 and 2016, faster than the average for all occupations.
Current pay for a Clinical Laboratory Technician is between $13.00 and $23.00 per/hr depending on the hospital or clinic.
How to apply for the one-year CLA certificate
To apply for the CLA certificate and be part of the nine-month, three-term 2015-2016 cohort, read the information on the links on the left and fill out the online application. CLA program courses are evening and online classes. If you work, you can still be part of the cohort and earn your certificate.
If you have any questions about the program or your application, call Teri Smith at 541-245-7852.
This project was funded $3,000,000 (100% of its total cost) from a grant awarded under the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training Grants, as implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration. Rogue Community College is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services, alternate form and language services are available to individuals with disabilities and limited English proficiency free of cost upon request.