Certificate of Completion (non-credit)
The Clinical Laboratory Assistant/ Phlebotomy Program will introduce all concepts relevant to the pre-analytical and analytical (waived) laboratory testing phases, including phlebotomy. Emphasis will be placed upon biohazard handling safety, specimen collection (blood/ phlebotomy and non-blood specimens) and equipment, blood and non-blood specimen processing and evaluation for testing, diagnostic laboratory terminology, laboratory information systems, quality control and quality assurance for waived tests, specimen send/outs processing, and professionalism/ soft-skills for laboratory employees. Basic and advanced phlebotomy topics and phlebotomy clinical practicum will be introduced. Individuals who have earned a High School Diploma (must be 18 years or older) or a GED may apply to this program. Students enrolled in the MLT 413NC course are required to obtain the following clearances before participation in the program: health clearances (immunizations, drug screen, and TB testing), a background check. Students enrolled in MLS 413NC course are also required to obtain a non-expired BLS card and malpractice insurance. Students may be required to participate in an interview selection process at a maximum of 3 approved training sites for the MLT 413NC course. Program completers will be eligible to take the state certification exam approved by the California Department of Public Health/ Laboratory Field Services branch to obtain a Certified Phlebotomy Technician-1 license required for employment. Certification enables employment in various diagnostic laboratory settings in the hospital, the physician office, reference, forensic, and research institutions.