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Clinical Laboratory Assisting

  • Start date: Revolving
  • Duration: 6 Weeks
  • Level: Beginner
  • Location: On-Site

What happens between specimen collection and patient diagnosis? The Clinical Laboratory Assisting (CLA) handles, prepares, and assists with the testing of specimens to ensure accurate test results and offer clinicians the ultimate diagnostic tool for treating patients. The course meets twice a week for six weeks and offers students the opportunity to get hands on experience with relevant lab equipment, learn the basics of specimen collection, and master the knowledge required by the demanding and engaging field of laboratory testing. Skills and content include:

  • Clinical Safety and Precautions
  • Blood and Bodily Fluid Safety
  • Laboratory Equipment
  • Accessioning and Handling
  • Specimen Analysis
  • Phlebotomy and Specimen Collection
  • Common Tests and Test Preparation

  • The Clinical Laboratory Assisting program at St. Louis School of Phlebotomy was developed by a physician and experts working in the field to ensure the highest quality information. Our program stands above the rest because of its attention to essential aspects of practice and our hands-on training standards.

    Clinical Laboratory Assisting Program Admissions Requirements:

  • 18 Years of Age or Older
  • High School Diploma, GED, or International High School Diploma Equivalency

  • See upcoming class dates below and register today to secure your seat in an upcoming session!

    The 6-Week Clinical Laboratory Assisting program consists of the three following parts:

    Lecture Skills Lab Assessments
    Two sessions per week for 6 weeks, each session lasting 4 hours. Introduction to the lab and specimen handling. 4 quizzes to assess weekly progress.
    A book is provided to you for reference during and after the class. Use of common laboratory equipment and point of care tests. Comprehensive multiple-choice final examination.
    Material is presented by a qualified and state approved instructor. Interpretation of results/Lab protocols. Final evaluation of your practical lab skills at the end of the program.

    The following is the break-down for tuition and fees for the Clinical Laboratory Assisting course.

    • Registration Fee: $50
    • Tuition: $500
    • Laboratory Fee: $150
    • Books and Supplies: $100
    Registration fee is due to hold your seat in the program and is nonrefundable after 3 business days

    Payment plans are available to divide the cost of the program over the time you are enrolled. These plans are provided at no additional cost and available to all students. You can choose one of the three payment plans listed below to pay for your enrollment in the Clinical Laboratory Assisting program at STLSP:

    Plan A Plan B Plan C
    Registration Fee $50 at Registration $50 at Registration $50 at Registration
    Week 1 $150 $125 $250
    Week 2 $120 $125 $0
    Week 3 $120 $125 $250
    Week 4 $120 $125 $0
    Week 5 $120 $125 $250
    Week 6 $120 $125 $0

    One of the major factors to consider when pursuing education in any field is the what the hiring market looks like for students after graduation. While no school can guarantee that graduates will find a job, STLSP is committed to providing career assistance services that will guide the student through the job application process.

    Quick Facts Clinical Laboratory Assistings (Technicians)
    2015 Median Pay* $50,550 per year ($24.30 per hour)
    Typical Entry-Level Education Associate’s degree or a postsecondary certificate
    Work Experience Required in a Related Occupation None
    Additional On-the-job Training Required None
    Number of Jobs (2014) 328,200
    Job Outlook (2014-2024) 16% (Much faster than average)
    Employment Change (2014-2024) 52,100

    Data Table From: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-and-clinical-laboratory-technologists-and-technicians.htm (data retrieved September 12, 2016).

    * - Pay per hour may be lower than stated for Clinical Laboratory Assistings because the U.S. Department of Labor groups Clinical Laboratory Assistings (Technicians) with laboratory professionals of other levels and lists average pay for all of those positions. According to payscale.com Clinical Laboratory Assistings make between $12.25 - $23.35/hour