Clinical lab assistants program now offered by Health Careers Center

By Ashton Graham

PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. - Central Arizona College Health Careers Center is offering a new program for students to become a clinical laboratory assistant in only three semesters - including completing the practicum.

Clinical laboratory assistants perform phlebotomy, specimen processing, quality control, laboratory orientation and regulation under the supervision of physicians or laboratory scientists or technologists. They also perform point-of-care and waived laboratory tests and procedures with a limited amount of supervision and prepare specimens for transport if necessary.

The number of available positions in the clinical laboratory assistant course is limited; students must apply and be accepted into the program. Students who are interested should speak to a health careers advisor to register.

The Clinical Laboratory Assistant Information Packets are available at the CAC admission and advising offices on each campus, as well as on the CAC Health Careers website.

Background check, drug screening and immunizations must be completed before beginning the CLA practicum.

For more information or questions, please contact Health Careers (480-677-778 7 /janice.vermigliosmith@centralaz.edu).

Central Arizona College - District Office 8470 N. Overfield Road, Coolidge, AZ 85128 Phone: 800-237-9814