In addition to clinicians, nurses and patient support personnel, the medical laboratory serves a vital role in the healthcare system, providing clinicians with excellent diagnostic tests. Specimens must first be collected and assessed for quality before being analyzed by the clinical laboratory; this is the essential role of the Clinical Laboratory Assistant or phlebotomist.
In this 9-week program, you will learn best-practices and industry standards used in the medical laboratory and can begin a rewarding, patient-centered career during the first six weeks in-class training. Become comfortable with medical terminology and the science of venipuncture, or drawing blood samples. With hands-on training you will learn to first draw blood from an artificial model and when comfortable, will advance to drawing from fellow students.
The last 3 weeks of class are spent drawing blood from actual patients in a local clinical laboratory where you will experience the real world of a phlebotomist/CLA and have the opportunity to display your acquired skills for potential employment.
Participants must be 18 or older with the minimal education being a high school diploma or GED. Participants are required to take WorkKeys workplace assessments in reading and math. WorkKeys may be waived with a post-secondary degree. Clearance must be given from Caregiver Criminal History Background Screening (CCHBS). All immunizations need to be up-to-date prior to clinical rotations in the laboratory.
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