Occupational Endorsement Certificate, Clinical Assistant
Clinical assistants perform basic laboratory testing in medical laboratories, working under the supervision of a medical laboratory technician, medical laboratory scientist or pathologist. A clinical assistant collects and processes blood specimens and performs test procedures in chemistry, hematology, microbiology and urinalysis.
The UAA Clinical Assisting Program is currently distance-delivered using Blackboard, UAA's online course management system. The Occupational Endorsement for Clinical Assisting builds upon the OEC in Phlebotomy, adding three additional courses totaling 19 academic credits. Completion of the program requires successful completion of the Phlebotomist Occupational Endorsement Certificate, or equivalent, and a grade of "C" or better in the following courses:
What is an OEC?
Occupational Endorsement Certificates (OECs) are certificates requiring 29 or fewer credits to complete. These certificates provide the specialized knowledge and skills needed in specific employment sectors. OECs are noted on transcripts. To qualify for admission to an occupational endorsement certificate program a student must either: Have earned a high school diploma, GED, or at least 60 college level semester credits; or be 18 years of age or older and have participated in UAA's Ability to Benefit Process (see UAA Catalog for details).
The specific educational outcomes for the program are to produce graduates who have met the educational outcomes for the occupational endorsement phlebotomist and who:
General Admission Requirements for all students entering programs offered by the Medical Laboratory Science Department include:
The Medical Laboratory Science Department assumes no responsibility for illness or injuries experienced by students in conjunction with student labs. It is strongly recommended that students maintain personal medical insurance while enrolled in any of the programs offered by the Medical Laboratory Science Department. Students enrolled in practicum (MEDT A195A, MEDT A195B, MEDT A395 or MEDT A495) must provide their own transportation to the clinical facility. Personal protective equipment is provided by the training facility. The clinical facilities require proof of medical insurance coverage; therefore, students are required to maintain personal medical insurance while enrolled in practicum courses. Medical insurance is available through the Student Health Center. Liability insurance is purchased by the Medical Laboratory Science Department to cover the student’s practicum. The Occupational Endorsement Certificates, AAS and BS degrees are not contingent upon the students passing any type of external certification or licensure examination.
The Clinical Assistant Occupational Endorsement Certificate is only offered by distance delivery. Students must contact the Medical Laboratory Science Department to arrange for a mentor and clinical training facility prior to enrolling in any of the courses.
Medical Laboratory Science
Allied Health Sciences (AHS 169)
3211 Providence Drive
Anchorage, Alaska 99508-8371
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