Healthcare Pathway

The Clinical Laboratory Assistant (CLA) program, which consists of both classroom and clinical education, prepares students for entry-level positions in clinical laboratory settings including medical centers, outpatient laboratory facilities and research laboratories. Trained in all aspects of the Medical Laboratory, including phlebotomy, specimen processing, quality control and laboratory orientation and regulation, Clinical Laboratory Assistants serve a diverse role assisting other laboratory personnel, physicians, and often patients. Once in a CLA position, duties may also include computer skills, laboratory billing practices, and the performance of assistant level testing according to standard operating procedures. This is a NAACLS (National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Lab Sciences) approved program.