Mar 28, 2023  
2021-2022 SLCC General Catalog 

Clinical Lab Assistant: CA (Competency-Based)(CTE)

Certificate of Achievement | 365 Clock Hours

SAT Instruction Division
Jordan Campus
JHS 011
General Information 801-957-7522
Program Information 801-957-6365
Program Website
Academic and Career Advising

Program Faculty
Associate Professors − Celeste Skinner, Julia Miller

Program Description
The Clinical Lab Assistant Program will provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to competently perform the duties of an entry level medical laboratory assistant.  Clinical Lab Assistants are trained to work in doctors’ offices, hospital laboratories and other outpatient labs as an integral member of the allied health care delivery team.  

Clinical Lab Assistants perform routine medical laboratory tests for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease and may work under the supervision of a medical technologist.  The curriculum will allow the students to gain competency in cognitive, psychomotor and affective competencies in entry level laboratory skills.  The program will be offered in a flexible open entry / open exit format.     

Instruction will be achieved in a Competency Based Education format with a combination of online, classroom, laboratory, and clinical activities.

Career Opportunities:
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  • 29-2012.00 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians

Estimated Cost for Students
Please visit the program website for up-to-date cost information.

Estimated Time to Completion
365 clock hours

Program Entry Requirements

  • Reading 10
  • Math 8
  • Keyboarding 40 wpm
  • Current Immunization Status for: Tdap, MMR, Two-Step TB, Hep B, Varicella, Influenza
  • Background Check
  • Drug Screen
Program Student Learning Outcomes Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes
  1 - Acquire substantive knowledge
2 - Communicate effectively
3 - Develop quantitative literacies
4 - Think critically & creatively
5 - Become a community engaged learner
6 - Work in professional & constructive manner
7 - Develop computer & information literacy

Learn cognitive, psychomotor and affective training in anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology.

1, 2, 4, 6, 7

Learn cognitive, psychomotor and affective training in applied microbiology and infection control.

1, 4, 6

Learn cognitive, psychomotor and affective training concepts of effective communication.

1, 2, 6, 7

Learn cognitive, psychomotor and affective training in front office administrative functions performed in an ambulatory healthcare setting.

1, 2, 6, 7

Learn cognitive, psychomotor and affective training legal and ethical areas of healthcare.

1, 4, 6

Learn cognitive, psychomotor and affective training in phlebotomy and laboratory procedures performed in healthcare settings, including AHA Healthcare Provider CPR and First Aid.

1, 3, 4, 6, 7

Prepare to pass industry certifications following program completion.

1, 3, 6, 7

Demonstrate mastery of job seeking skills.

1, 2, 6, 7

Demonstrate clinical laboratory skills during completion of an externship in an actual medical laboratory affiliated with the college.  This may include specimen collection including blood, urine, cultures, etc. and various specimen processing techniques of these or other specimens.

1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7

Advising Notes

The new KCLA 0050 Clinical Lab Externship course is not a required course for this program but is a stand alone elective course the student can choose to complete as desired following KCLA 0040 for additional laboratory experience in a working laboratory that has an active affiliation agreement with the college.

Additional Program Notes


  • American Heart Association Healthcare Provider CPR
  • American Heart Association First Aid

(Additional fees and experience may apply)

  • American Medical Technologists: Registered Phlebotomy Technician (RPT)
  • National Center for Competency Testing: National Certified Phlebotomy Technician (NCPT)
  • American Medical Technologists: Certified Medical Laboratory Assistant (CMLA)