This major is a program that prepares individuals, under the supervision of physicians or laboratory scientists or technologists, to perform waived testing procedures (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988), phlebotomy, and other duties in support of laboratory teams.
Includes instruction in clinical procedures, various laboratory tests, laboratory mathematics, computer technology, equipment operation and maintenance, sterilization and safety, communications skills, and interpersonal skills.
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What can you do with a major/degree in Clinical/Medical Laboratory Assistant Major?
As a Clinical or Medical Laboratory Assistant, it is your job to collect samples and perform tests to analyze body fluids, tissue, and other substances. Job opportunities for clinical and medical laboratory assistants are very strong in the future as this career subsector is expected to see a seven percent (7%) growth 2019-2029. Clinical and medical laboratory assistants usually have an earned bachelor’s degree. Some states require licensing. An entry-level job for assistants usually requires a bachelor's degree in medical technology or life sciences.
Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in Clinical/Medical Laboratory Assistant Major
Professional associations are groups of professionals dedicated to topics in specific fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.
- The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science
- American Society of Cytopathology
- National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
Publications/Magazines in Clinical/Medical Laboratory Assistant Major