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Clinical Laboratory Assisting

  • Start date: Revolving
  • Duration: 6 Weeks
  • Level: Beginner
  • Location: On-Site

What happens between specimen collection and patient diagnosis? The Clinical Laboratory Assistant (CLA) handles, prepares, and assists with the testing of specimens to ensure accurate test results and offer clinicians the ultimate diagnostic tool for treating patients. The course meets twice a week for six weeks and offers students the opportunity to get hands on experience with relevant lab equipment, learn the basics of specimen collection, and master the knowledge required by the demanding and engaging field of laboratory testing. Skills and content include:

  • Clinical Safety and Precautions
  • Blood and Bodily Fluid Safety
  • Laboratory Equipment
  • Accessioning and Handling
  • Specimen Analysis
  • Phlebotomy and Specimen Collection
  • Common Tests and Test Preparation

  • The Clinical Laboratory Assisting program at Chicago School of Phlebotomy was developed by a physician and experts working in the field to ensure the highest quality information. Our program stands above the rest because of its attention to essential aspects of practice and our hands-on training standards.

    Clinical Laboratory Assisting Program Admissions Requirements:

  • 18 Years of Age or Older
  • High School Diploma, GED, or International High School Diploma Equivalency

  • See upcoming class dates below and register today to secure your seat in an upcoming session!

    The 6-Week Clinical Laboratory Assisting program consists of the three following parts:

    Lecture Skills Lab Assessments
    Two sessions per week for 6 weeks, each session lasting 4 hours. Introduction to the lab and specimen handling. 4 quizzes to assess weekly progress.
    A book is provided to you for reference during and after the class. Use of common laboratory equipment and point of care tests. Comprehensive multiple-choice final examination.
    Material is presented by a qualified and state approved instructor. Interpretation of results/Lab protocols. Final evaluation of your practical lab skills at the end of the program.

    The following is the break-down for tuition and fees for the Clinical Laboratory Assisting course.

    • Registration Fee: $50
    • Tuition: $500
    • Laboratory Fee: $75
    • Textbook Fee: $25
    Registration fee is due to hold your seat in the program and is nonrefundable after 3 business days

    Payment plans are available to divide the cost of the program over the time you are enrolled. These plans are provided at no additional cost and available to all students. You can choose one of the three payment plans listed below to pay for your enrollment in the Clinical Laboratory Assisting program at CSP:

    Plan A Plan B Plan C
    Registration Fee $50 at Registration $50 at Registration $50 at Registration
    Week 1 $350 $100 $200
    Week 2 $50 $100 $0
    Week 3 $50 $100 $200
    Week 4 $50 $100 $0
    Week 5 $50 $100 $200
    Week 6 $50 $100 $0

    One of the major factors to consider when pursuing education in any field is the what the hiring market looks like for students after graduation. While no school can guarantee that graduates will find a job, CSP is committed to providing career assistance services that will guide the student through the job application process.

    Quick Facts Clinical Laboratory Assistants (Technicians)
    2015 Median Pay* $50,550 per year ($24.30 per hour)
    Typical Entry-Level Education Associate’s degree or a postsecondary certificate
    Work Experience Required in a Related Occupation None
    Additional On-the-job Training Required None
    Number of Jobs (2014) 328,200
    Job Outlook (2014-2024) 16% (Much faster than average)
    Employment Change (2014-2024) 52,100

    Data Table From: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians, on the Internet at (data retrieved September 12, 2016).

    * - Pay per hour may be lower than stated for Clinical Laboratory Assistants because the U.S. Department of Labor groups Clinical Laboratory Assistants (Technicians) with laboratory professionals of other levels and lists average pay for all of those positions. According to Clinical Laboratory Assistants make between $12.25 - $23.35/hour

    Upcoming 2020/2021 Clinical Laboratory Assisting Schedule

    Classes meet twice a week for 6 weeks.

    CSPCLA Monday/Wednesday Afternoon 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    CLA3740 June 01, 2020 July 08, 2020 Closed
    CLA3741 August 24, 2020 October 05, 2020 Closed
    CLA3742 November 23, 2020 December 28, 2020 Open
    CLA4522 February 22, 2021 March 31, 2021 Open
    CLA4523 May 17, 2021 June 28, 2021 Open
    CLA4524 August 16, 2021 September 27, 2021 Open
    CLA4525 November 15, 2021 December 22, 2021 Open
    CSPCLA Monday/Wednesday Evenings 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    CLA3745 July 13, 2020 August 19, 2020 Closed
    CLA3746 October 12, 2020 November 18, 2020 Closed
    CLA3747 January 04, 2021 February 15, 2021 Open
    CLA4526 April 05, 2021 May 12, 2021 Open
    CLA4527 July 05, 2021 August 11, 2021 Open
    CLA4528 October 04, 2021 November 10, 2021 Open
    CLA4529 January 03, 2022 February 09, 2022 Open