Clinical Laboratory Assistant

Clinical Laboratory AssistantThe Clinical Laboratory Assistant program, which consists of both classroom and clinical education, is designed to prepare you to work as a laboratory professional who collects blood specimens, assesses and prepares the specimens for analysis, prepares analytical reagents and controls, performs instrument maintenance, inventories reagents and supplies, loads specimens onto laboratory analyzers, and performs testing appropriate for the clinical assistant level (such as waived and/or point–of–care testing), and other duties. The program graduate will be eligible to take the ASCP Board of Certification’s national professional certification examination, and will be able to work in a variety of clinical settings that include hospital laboratories, physicians’ offices, and clinics. The clinical laboratory assistant can help ease the critical shortage of staff in clinical laboratories by being able to perform some of the initial tasks in analyzing patient specimens or to perform waived testing.

The IHCC Clinical Laboratory Assistant program is approved through the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Rd, Suite 720, Rosemont, Illinois, 60018, (773) 714-8880 |

Program Details

Campus: Ottumwa
Entry: Fall Term
Length: 3 terms (9 months)
Program: Diploma

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Admission Criteria

Policy Manual

Non-Discrimination Policy

Program Outcomes (2012–2016)
Graduation Year 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Enrollment 15 13 5 5 7
Enrollment, Program 2nd Half 10 10 5 5
Completion 6 8 3 4
Retention Rate 60% 80% 60% 100%
National Certification Rate NA* NA* NA* NA*
Employment Rate 83% 100% 100% 100%
Continued Education Rate 33% 38% 33% 25%

NA* = Data is not available at this time; as MLA National Certification Exam will only be starting July 2016.

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Stacie Mason, Program Director
phone: (641) 683-5319 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5319
Note: also the contact for information on courses in phlebotomy

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