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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 2019/2020 Clinical Laboratory Assisting Schedule

    Classes meet twice a week for 6 weeks.

    CSPCLA Monday/Wednesday Afternoon 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    CLA2681 September 10, 2018 October 17, 2018 Closed
    CLA2682 November 05, 2018 December 12, 2018 Closed
    CLA3739 February 24, 2020 April 01, 2020 Open
    CLA3740 May 18, 2020 June 29, 2020 Open
    CLA3741 August 17, 2020 September 28, 2020 Open
    CLA3742 November 16, 2020 December 23, 2020 Open
    CSPCLA Monday/Wednesday Evenings 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    CLA3433 May 20, 2019 July 01, 2019 Closed
    CLA3434 August 19, 2019 September 30, 2019 Closed
    CLA3435 November 18, 2019 December 30, 2019 Open
    CSPCLA Monday/Wednesday Evenings 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    CLA3438 July 08, 2019 August 14, 2019 Closed
    CLA3439 October 07, 2019 November 13, 2019 Closed
    CLA3743 January 06, 2020 February 17, 2020 Open
    CLA3744 April 06, 2020 May 13, 2020 Open
    CLA3745 July 06, 2020 August 12, 2020 Open
    CLA3746 October 05, 2020 November 11, 2020 Open
    CLA3747 December 28, 2020 February 08, 2021 Open