Clinical Lab Assisting Certificate

The Clinical Lab Assisting Certificate trains students to work in physicians' office labs (not hospitals) to perform venipuncture and other specimen collections, process specimens, and perform waived tests.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this certificate, students will be able to:

  • Recognize, employ and respond with verbal and non-verbal communication as required and expected for an entry level medical office professional
  • Recognize, respond and identify to legal and ethical issues as required and expected for an entry level medical office professional
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform operational functions, routine maintenance and quality control of administrative and clinical equipment using computer and other electronic techniques to support office operations
  • Perform clinical procedures that include preparing and assisting with examinations, procedures and treatments, and performing diagnostic procedures, utilizing standard precautions as required and expected for an entry level medical office professional
  • A high school diploma, GED, or min. 18 years of age
  • AHE103
  • ENGL&101, or ENGL&230
  • BUS169 or IT101
  • Medical terminology course

Applicant should have oral English skills sufficient to communicate accurately with others in the medical field. Prerequisite courses must have been completed within the last ten years, or COMPASS test is required. Contact the Testing Center for test schedules.

Course Number Course Title Credits
course(AHM140) Phlebotomy 2 1
course(AHM141) Lab Equipment and Measurements 1
course(AHM142) Non-Blood Specimen Collection 1
course(AMA100) Introduction to Healthcare 1
course(AMA101) Communications in Health Care 2
course(AMA102) Legal Concepts 1
course(AMA103) Ethical Concepts 1
course(AMA104) Office Emergencies 2
course(AMA105) Asepsis and Infection Control 1
course(AMA106) Patient History, Documentation and Physical Exam 1
course(AMA107) Vital Signs and Measurements 1
course(AMA110) Introduction to Lab Safety 1
course(AMA112) Credentials and Employment 1
course(AMA115) HIV/AIDS 1
course(AMA114) Basic Psychology Principles 1
course(AMA120) Front Office Basics 1
course(AMA121) Patient Scheduling 1
course(AMA122) Medical Records and Correspondence 1
course(AMA125) Introduction to Medical Insurance and Coding 2
course(AMA170) AP/Terminology/Pathology 1 - Introduction 2
course(AMA171) AP/Terminology/Pathology 2 - Skin and Senses 1
course(AMA172) AP/Terminology/Pathology 3 - Digestive System 1
course(AMA173) AP/Terminology/Pathology 4 - Male Reproductive and Urinary Systems 1
course(AMA174) AP/Terminology/Pathology 5 - Female Reproductive System 1
course(AMA175) AP/Terminology/Pathology 6 - Nervous System 1
course(AMA176) AP/Terminology/Pathology 7 - Endocrine System 1
course(AMA177) AP/Terminology/Pathology 8 - Musculoskeletal System 1
course(AMA178) AP/Terminology/Pathology 9 - Cardiovascular System 1
course(AMA179) AP/Terminology/Pathology 10 - Respiratory System 1
course(AMA180) AP/Terminology/Pathology 11 - Blood and Lymph Systems 1
course(AMA181) AP/Terminology/Pathology 12 - Specialties 1
course(AMA252) Phlebotomy 2
course(AMA253) Hematology 1
course(AMA254) Urinalysis 1
course(AMA255) Basic Microbiology 1
course(AMA256) Specialty Lab Tests and Chemistry 1
course(BUS236) Interpersonal Communications for the Workplace 5


Total Credits
Total Credits -- Minimum

The recommended schedule is flexible. Students may take more or fewer credits per quarter, but should take courses in order listed.

  • 1st quarter: course(AMA100), course(AMA114), course(AMA170), course(AMA171), course(AMA172), course(AMA173), course(AMA174), course(AMA175), course(AMA176), course(AMA177), course(BUS236)
  • 2nd quarter: course(AMA178), course(AMA179), course(AMA180), course(AMA181), course(AMA101), course(AMA102), course(AMA103), course(AMA104), course(AMA120), course(AMA121), course(AMA122), course(AMA125)
  • 3rd quarter: course(AMA106), course(AMA107), course(AMA105), course(AMA110), course(AMA252), course(AHM142), course(AMA253), course(AMA254), course(AMA255), course(AMA256), course(AHM140), course(AMA115), course(AMA112)
Sequence Type

Prior to completion of program, students must successfully complete a CPR course of healthcare provider level or above and submit proof of completion to the program coordinator. (adult, child, infant-cpr and Heimlich, AED) It is recommended students also take a basic first aid course through a national organization such as the Red Cross. However, first aid with a focus on emergencies in the medical office is taught in course(AMA104).

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