Clinical Assistant/Lab Assistant

At a Glance

Years in School (after high school graduation):

2 years or less

Hourly Wage:

$16.31-$34.30 (Mean $23.37)
*Based on Alaska DOL for Healthcare Support Workers

One-page Description (PDF):

Clinical Assistant/Lab Assistant

Professional Activities

Clinical Assistants perform basic laboratory testing in medical laboratories, working under the supervision of a medical laboratory scientist, medical laboratory technician, or pathologist. A Clinical Assistant collects and processes blood specimens and performs waived testing in chemistry, hematology, microbiology, and urinalysis. Clinical Assistants may also perform and record vital signs. In rural Alaska, Clinical Assistants often are employed in regional hospitals or subregional clinics.

With the changes in laboratory medicine and the economy, there is a need for a one-year assistant program to meet the needs of the future. This program may be taken by other allied health professionals to increase their repertoire of skills, or by individuals who want a career ladder. Individuals who complete this program may articulate into the two-year Medical Laboratory Technology program.

Educational Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED equivalency.
  • High school biology and chemistry courses highly recommended.
  • Post-secondary training in clinical laboratory assisting.

Academic Programs

Currently no national certification exam is available for clinical assistants.

UAA offers an Occupational Endorsement Certificate for Clinical Assistants, but the program is currently suspended.

University of Alaska Anchorage
Contact: Dr. Heidi Mannion, Professor
Allied Health Science Building, Room 148
Anchorage, AK 99508
Phone: (907) 786-6928
Email: hamannion@uaa.alaska.edu
Website: https://www.uaa.alaska.edu/alliedhealth/academics/clinicalassistant/

Weber State University offers a Clinical Laboratory Assistant certificate of completion program online. For more information, visit: http://www.weber.edu/mls/degrees/online/certificate.html

Contacts

State Contact:

Clinical Laboratory Scientists of Alaska (CLSA)
Website: http://www.ascls-ak.org

National Contacts:

American Society for Clinical Pathology
33 West Monroe, Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: (312) 541-4999
Fax: (312) 541-4998
Email: http://www.ascp.org/Services/SendFeedback.aspx
Website: http://www.ascp.org

American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science
1861 International Dr., Suite 200
McLean, VA 22102
Phone: (571) 748-3770
Email: ascls@ascls.org
Website: http://www.ascls.org/

American Medical Technologists
10700 West Higgins Road, Suite 150
Rosemont, Illinois 60018
Phone: (847) 823-5169
Fax: (847) 823-0458
Website: http://www.americanmedtech.org/default.aspx

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