Clinical Lab Assistant

Clinical laboratory assistants (CLA) 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 Achievement

This certificate has a total of 50 – 59 credits and is usually completed in four (4) quarters. It prepares students for entry-level positions in clinical laboratory settings.

See the full Certificate of Achievement curriculum.

Requirements

  • 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 Fall 2016:

 CLA Certificate of Achievement 
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.
CMST 280
- OR -
AHE 140
- OR -
BUS 120
Intercultural Communication
- - -
Professional Relations in Healthcare
- - -
Organizational Behavior
5 Cr.
- - -
5 Cr.
- - -
5 Cr.
HLTH 145
- OR -
HLTH 250
- OR -
NUTR 100
- OR -
t NUTR 101
Wellness for Healthcare
- - -
Wellness
- - -
Survey of Nutrition
- - -
Nutrition
3 Cr.
- - -
5 Cr.
- - -
5 Cr.
- - -
5 Cr.
t IT 101
- OR -
t CS 101
- OR -
BTS 161
Introduction to Information Technology
- - -
Technology and Computer Science
- - -
Business Software Essentials
5 Cr.
- - -
5 Cr.
- - -
5 Cr.

Sub-Total Foundation:

30 - 39 Cr.
Clinical Laboratory Program Courses
AHEL 110Introduction to Phlebotomy5 Cr.
AHEL 120Introduction to Clinical Laboratory5 Cr.
AHEL 122Advanced Clinical Laboratory5 Cr.
AHEL 128Clinical Laboratory Practicum (Externship)5 Cr.

Sub-Total CLA:

20 Cr.

Total CLA Certificate:

50 - 59 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.

Upon successful completion of the program, students are eligible for Washington State MA-P (phlebotomist) certification. Please see the Phlebotomy Certification (MA-P) outline under “Current Students”, and read the description for the “NON-traditional program“.

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.

Last Updated May 3, 2016