Clinical Laboratory Assistant Program
The Clinical Laboratory Assistant Program at Newbridge College provides students with the knowledge and technical skills required to obtain entry-level employment in clinical and hospital medical laboratories, blood banks, research centers, and other health care facilities.
- Day Classes: 36 weeks
- Evening Classes: 43 weeks
Program Admission Requirements
- High school diploma or equivalent (GED)
- Command of English language
Campuses Offering this Program
Program Course Description
This course provides students with the education and training required to begin working as a successful Clinical Laboratory Assistant. Students are taught a balanced blend of both didactic and practical instruction. Upon successful graduation students will have the necessary knowledge and technical skills to perform routine laboratory tests under the supervision of medical technologists or laboratory managers. The program is divided into six modules and an externship program. Student must complete all modules, starting with any module and continuing in sequence until all six modules are completed. Students participate in an externship only upon successful completion of all other academic requirements.
On successful completion of the program, graduates receive a Clinical Laboratory Assistant Diploma and Phlebotomy Certificate of Completion and will meet eligibility requirements for Phlebotomy Tech Certification examination.
Courses Included in this Program
- Basic Concepts for the Laboratory Professional
- Phlebotomy and Specimen Collection
- Hematology and Coagulation
- Serology and Immuno-hematology
- Urinalysis and Microbiology
- Clinical Chemistry
Newbridge College is approved by the Department of Health Services, Laboratory Field Services Division, to provide phlebotomy instruction.
Upon completion of their academic requirements, students participate in an externship program in a clinical laboratory, hospital laboratory or related clinical setting, providing real-world hands-on work experience.
Occupation and Job Outlook
Job growth in the health care industry continues to expand to meet the needs of a growing and aging population in the United States. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, excellent job opportunities are expected and employment of clinical laboratory workers is expected to grow faster than average for all occupations, and new job openings are expected to increase by 14% through 2018.*
Work Environment: Clinical laboratory personnel are trained to work with infectious specimens. When proper methods of infection control and sterilization are followed, few hazards exist. Protective masks, gloves, and goggles often are necessary to ensure the safety of laboratory personnel.
Working conditions vary with the size and type of employment setting. Laboratories usually are well lighted and clean; however, specimens, solutions, and reagents used in the laboratory sometimes produce fumes. Laboratory workers may spend a great deal of time on their feet.
Hours of clinical laboratory technologists and technicians vary with the size and type of employment setting. In large hospitals or in independent laboratories that operate continuously, personnel usually work the day, evening, or night shift and may work weekends and holidays. Laboratory personnel in small facilities may work on rotating shifts, rather than on a regular shift. In some facilities, laboratory personnel are on call several nights a week or on weekends, in case of an emergency.
Many graduates gain entry level jobs laboratories and are not eligible to become Medical Laboratory Technicians (which is a degree program and not provided at Newbridge College).
Newbridge College Santa Ana and Newbridge College Long Beach are accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC), recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a private, non-profit, independent accrediting agency dedicated to ensuring a quality education for more than 250,000 students who annually pursue career education at 800 accredited institutions.
About Newbridge College
Newbridge College is a career college and vocational school based in Southern California providing traditional on-ground and online distance education. At Newbridge College, we are dedicated to helping students succeed by providing training for health care and business careers with a strong outlook for future growth and employment.
For more information about our certificate programs, including graduation rates, gainful employment information, median debt of students who completed the programs, and other important information, please visit www.newbridgecollege.edu/disclosures.htm.
*Growth figures represent a ten-year period ending 2018. Source: "National Industry-Occupation Employment Matrix," a publication of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. For more information, please visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.