Lab Assistants, Phlebotomists, and EKG Technicians do a variety of what’s called “pre-analytical” functions. Some examples are venipuncture, receiving and labeling specimens, verifying test orders, entering patient and test information into a database, keeping track of lab supply inventory, preparing specimens in various ways. This could include inoculating and streaking out culture dishes, separating serum from blood samples, preparing slides, plating and processing microbiology specimens, operating and maintaining semi-automated test equipment. Duties may also include fixing blood/tissue specimens on slides, and using computers to input data. Lab Assistants, Phlebotomists, and EKG technicians also perform some lesser complexity testing as allowed by regulations. They also may perform administrative tasks such as answering telephone calls and keeping records. LA’s usually work in support of the pathologists, medical laboratory technologists or clinical laboratory scientist.
A Lab Assistant, Phlebotomist, EKG Technician duties vary depending on the location of employment.
672 Hours / 32 Weeks / 8 Months
392 hour Didactic and On Campus Lab Training Program in Clovis, CA
Externship: 280 hours. Shifts varies by site
Meets National and California State Phlebotomy Licensing Requirements
Meets National Lab Assistant, Phlebotomist, EKG Technician Requirements
18 years of age or older.
High school graduate or have achieved a passing score on the general educational development (GED) test or documentation of equivalent education.
Meet all required immunizations
Graduates should possess the following competencies:
Use proper Clinical and Lab Techniques
Demonstrate step-by-step methods for blood withdrawal
Identify crucial elements of safety and infection control
Be able to prepare and process laboratory specimens