Clinical Lab Assistant

Clinical laboratory assistants (CLA) perform the basic functions of medical laboratory work under the supervision of other medical laboratory professionals. Tasks include processing specimens, simple testing, reporting results, and performing data entry in a medical laboratory setting. Work settings include doctor’s offices, hospitals, research facilities, and industrial laboratories.

Certificate of Accomplishment

This certificate has a total of approximately 31 credits and is usually completed in three quarters. It prepares students for entry-level positions in clinical/medical laboratory settings.

See the full Certificate of Accomplishment curriculum.


  • Admission to Bellevue College as a credit student.
  • Basic computer skills and access to a computer with Internet access is highly recommended
  • Placement by assessment into ENGL&101 for advanced classes.
  • Successful completion of both Foundation and Program courses.

The following table outlines the Clinical Laboratory Assistant Certificate program as of Summer 2022:

Foundation Courses
AHE 100Introduction to Healthcare5 Cr.
AHE 110Medical Terminology5 Cr.
AHE 120Safety for Healthcare2 Cr.
BIOL 108
– OR –
AHE 130
– OR –
* t BIOL& 241
– AND –
* t BIOL& 242
Human Biology
– – –
Human Systems
– – –
Anatomy & Physiology I
– – –
Anatomy & Physiology II
6 Cr.
– – –
5 Cr.
– – –
6 Cr.
– – –
6 Cr.

Sub-Total Foundation:

17-24 Cr.


Clinical Laboratory Program Courses
AHEL 120Introduction to Clinical Laboratory5 Cr.
AHEL 130Clinical Laboratory Application 3 Cr.

Sub-Total CLA:

8 Cr.

Total CLA Certificate: 25-32 Cr.

BOLD courses are the standard department recommendation, any listed course may be selected as an alternative. Courses not listed, though of equivalent content (including transfer) may be eligible for substitution following the Bellevue College transfer and/or substitution policies.
* Both BIOL&241 and BIOL&242 must be completed to meet the anatomy and physiology standard, if this option is selected.
t Some courses have defined prerequisite or placement standards, please see the course catalog for requirements for these courses.

Career Outlook

Graduates of this Bellevue College certificate program should have a hiring advantage over applicants who have no training in laboratory work.

Last Updated December 20, 2023