Lab Assistant (LA) Duties
Lab assistants 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 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 Assistance 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 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
Upon completion of the Lab Assistant program, 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
- Identify and use common collection devices
- Identify laboratory test names
- Understand instrument operation of ECG machines
- Perform and record vital sign measurements
Graduates can work at…
- Clinical Laboratories
- Medical Centers
- Surgical Centers
- Physician Offices
- Blood & Plasma Donation Centers
- Governmental Medical Facilities & Agencies
- Paramedical Firms