Clinical Lab Assistant

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

Certificate of Accomplishment

This certificate has a total of 45 credits and is usually completed in three (3) quarters. It prepares students for entry-level positions in clinical laboratory settings.

See the full Certificate of Accomplishment curriculum.


  • Acceptance 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
  • Completion of Foundation and Program courses


Foundation Courses
AHE 100 Introduction to Healthcare5 Cr.
AHE 110 Medical Terminology5 Cr.
AHE 120 Safety for Healthcare2 Cr.
AHE 130
- OR -
BIOL 108
Human Systems
- - -
Human Biology
5 Cr.
- - -
6 Cr.
AHE 140
- OR -
CMST 280
Professional Relations in Healthcare
- - -
Intercultural Communication

5 Cr.
HLTH 145 Wellness for Healthcare3 Cr.
Program Courses
AHEL 110 Introduction to Phlebotomy5 Cr.
AHEL 120 Introduction to Clinical Laboratory5 Cr.
AHEL 122 Advanced Clinical Laboratory5 Cr.
AHEL 128 Clinical Laboratory Externship5 Cr.


45 Cr.

Career Opportunities

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

Course Scheduling

The following Clinical Lab Assistant course schedules are recommendations.