Laboratory Assistant

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2013 - 2014 Academic Catalog

Laboratory Assistant

  • Certificate in Applied Science (CAS)

Waide, Michael

Assistant Professor of Medical Laboratory
Technology/Laboratory Assistant
Coordinator, Laboratory Assistant Program
304-333-3634
201 Education Building
Locust Avenue Campus, Fairmont
Program Purpose: 

The Laboratory Assistant certificate program is designed to educate and prepare students for work in a laboratory under the supervision of analysts, scientists, technologists, or technicians in the physical, chemical, biological and medical sciences.  Students in this program receive one year (two semesters) of didactic instruction and laboratory training in basic and advanced laboratory skills, technical report writing, basic human anatomy and physiology, CPR (Basic Life Support) and safety procedures, communication, venipuncture and capillary puncture techniques, and computer concepts and applications.

Student Learning Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the Laboratory Assistant Certificate Program, graduates will be able to do the following:

  • Attain basic skills in performing laboratory procedures, following quality control parameters and reporting results
  • Attain knowledge and skill for preparation to qualify for a phlebotomy certification exam
  • Attain cognitive knowledge of basic laboratory procedures and specimen processing, requisitioning, transport, and reporting in the delivery of patient care
  • Demonstrate multitasking skills and flexibility in adapting to new situations
  • Communicate verbally and non-verbally with patients, health care professionals and others in an effective, appropriate, and capable manner, respecting the confidentiality of patient results
  • Exhibit conduct that reflects professional standards that are legal, ethical and safe
Opportunities: 

Graduates may go directly into the workforce. Laboratory Assistants may perform a variety of tasks depending upon where they are employed. They may perform phlebotomies, use computers and computer-interfaced equipment; perform quality assurance checks; collect and prepare samples for analysis; clean, maintain and set up equipment used in experiments or laboratory analyses; follow safety procedures; properly dispose of biological wastes; maintain laboratory supplies; perform routine mathematical calculations; or prepare chemical solutions, reagents and media.

Graduates may also choose to apply for admission into one of the competitive Associate degree health careers programs at Pierpont Community & Technical College or transfer into a Baccalaureate degree program offered by Fairmont State University. Graduates of the Laboratory Assistant program who are admitted into a Pierpont Associate degree Health Careers Program can complete anywhere from 12-19 credit hours toward that degree (depending on the major) before beginning of the Associate degree program.

Program Specific Admission Requirements: 

Applicants are admitted each semester to the Laboratory Assistant Program. To be considered for admission, applicants must:

  • Be admitted and enrolled in Pierpont Community and Technical College.
  • Have a high school GPA and, if applicable, a college GPA of 2.0 or better.
  • Meet the prerequisites for English 1104. These include successful completion of an academic skills writing course, OR a score of 18 or better on the English section of the ACT (or SAT equivalent) OR a score of 71 on the English COMPASS test.
  • Meet the prerequisites for MATH 1106. These include successful completion of the appropriate academic skills math class, OR a score of 19 or better on the Math section of the ACT (or SAT equivalent) OR a score of 36 on the Algebra COMPASS test.
  • All applicants are expected to meet nonacademic criteria (essential functions) in order to participate in the Lab Assistant Program and are accepted according to date of application.

NOTE: Those students who do not meet all prerequisites may be provisionally allowed to enroll in courses provided there is space available. Students must be eligible for Math 0086 and ENGL 0097 to be provisionally considered. It will usually take longer than two semesters full time to complete the certificate program for students who are provisionally allowed to enroll in courses.

If space is available in class and if approved by the program coordinator, provisional students may be able to enroll in basic lab skills classes and phlebotomy theory while completing mathematics and English prerequisites.

Program Specific Enrollment Requirements: 

To remain in and graduate from the Laboratory Assistant program, students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.0 and earn a grade of “C” or better in HLCA 1100 Medical Terminology; HLCA 1110 Basic Clinical and Laboratory Skills; HLCA 2205 Phlebotomy Practicum; HLCA 1170, 1171 Human Anatomy and Physiology; ENGL 1104 Written English I; English 1109 Technical Report Writing; LABA 2206 Advanced Lab Skills Theory; LABA 2207 Advanced Lab Skills; and receive credit for HLCA 1101. GPA’s are reviewed each semester. Failure to meet any of these requirements will result in dismissal from the program. Students who have been dismissed for academic reasons may reapply to the program.

Readmission to the Laboratory Assistant Program will be determined on an individual basis. The decision will be made by the Laboratory Assistant Admissions Committee on the basis of the student’s prior academic performance in the program, the student’s qualifications when compared to the other applicants, and the availability of space.

Notice to Students: 

Clinical Affiliates:  The Laboratory Assistant program is currently affiliated with several medical institutions where students obtain practical experience in blood drawing techniques. Students are required to have background clearances, meet essential functions, and submit health documentation before attending clinical placements.

Program Total Credit Hours: 
31 CHs
Support Coursework: 
15 CHs

INFO 1100

Computer Concepts and Applications
3
CH(s)

MATH 1106

Applied Math in Health Careers
3
CH(s)

COMM 2200

Introduction to Communication
3
CH(s)

ENGL 1104 Prerequisite(s):  Minimum Verbal/Reading/Writing ACT score of 19, or COMPASS score of 71, or ENGL 0097.
ENGL 1109 Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1104.
MATH 1106 Prerequisite(s): Minimum Math ACT score of 19, or SAT score of 460, or COMPASS score of 36, or MATH 0080 series.

Program Specific Required Coursework: 
16 CHs

HLCA 1101

Introduction to Health Careers Programs
1
CH(s)

HLCA 1170

Human Anatomy and Physiology
3
CH(s)

HLCA 1171

Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory
1
CH(s)

HLCA 1110

Basic Clinical and Laboratory Skills
4
CH(s)

LABA 2206

Advanced Lab Skills Theory
2
CH(s)

Students seeking admission into an Associate degree program in the School of Health Careers are encouraged to complete HLCA 1171, “Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory”, during the first semester of the program.

Model Schedule
First Semester

HLCA 1101

Introduction to Health Careers Programs
1
CH(s)

HLCA 1170

Human Anatomy and Physiology
3
CH(s)

HLCA 1171

Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory
1
CH(s)

HLCA 1110

Basic Clinical and Laboratory Skills
4
CH(s)

INFO 1100

Computer Concepts and Applications
3
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
18 CHs

ENGL 1104 Prerequisite(s):  Minimum Verbal/Reading/Writing ACT score of 19, or COMPASS score of 71, or ENGL 0097.

Second Semester

MATH 1106

Applied Math in Health Careers
3
CH(s)

COMM 2200

Introduction to Communication
3
CH(s)

LABA 2206

Advanced Lab Skills Theory
2
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
13 CHs

ENGL 1109 Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1104.
MATH 1106 Prerequisite(s): Minimum Math ACT score of 19, or SAT score of 460, or COMPASS score of 36, or MATH 0080 series.

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