Laboratory Assistant Program Admission Information

Program Coordinator

Michael Paul Waide, B.S. (CLS), M.Div.
Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor
201 Education Building
1201 Locust Avenue
Fairmont, WV 26554
Phone: (304) 333-3634


Laboratory Assistant Clinical Coordinator:
Melissa White, B.S., M.T. (ASCP)
132 Colebank Hall
1201 Locust Avenue
Fairmont, WV 26554
Phone: (304) 367-4790



Admission Procedures

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

  1. Meet the general admission requirements of Pierpont Community & Technical College.
  2. Have a high school GPA and, if applicable, a college GPA of 2.0 or better.
  3. 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.
  4. Meet the prerequisites for CHEM 1101 or SCIE 1110. 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.
  5. Submit an application for admission to the Program Coordinator (Prof. Michael Waide).

Please know that students who meet the admissions requirements are admitted to the Program on a first-come, first-serve basis.  A cohort of students is admitted for each fall and spring semesters.  Clinical placements and class size limit the number of available seats each semester.  

Satisfactory Academic Standing in the Program

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; HLCA 1110; HLCA 2205; HLCA 1170; HLCA 1171; ENGL 1104; English 1108 or 1109; LABA 2206; LABA 2207; and receive credit for HLCA 1101. 

Students' grades are reviewed each semester. Failure to meet any of these requirements will result in dismissal from the Laboratory Assistant program.  However, students who have been dismissed for academic reasons may reapply to the LABA program.

Health, Safety and Essential functions for Acceptance into the Lab Assistant Program

The Laboratory Assistant Program takes pride in its safety program, which follows national guidelines published by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Students admitted to the program must arrange for a physical examination and submit the completed health examination form to the Program Coordinator prior to the first day of classes. The completed health examination form, including records of immunity, is required for full admission into the Lab Assistant program.

Prospective students should also be able to possess the following skills, essential to the performance or function of their role as a laboratorian:

  • Sufficient vision to effectively operate a microscope
  • The ability to visually differentiate colors
  • Motor functions sufficient to permit performance of venipuncture and manipulation of clinical laboratory instruments and equipment
  • Communications skills adequate for transmitting to and receiving information from patients and hospital personnel
  • Behavioral and social skills acceptable to the hospital or clinical setting
  • Good general health as evaluated by a physician during a physical examination including urinalysis, and PPD tests.
  • Appropriate vaccinations including a current tetanus toxoid, DPT or TDaP, Varicella, MMR, polio and Hepatitis B vaccine. A Hepatitis B surface antibody test demonstrating sufficient antibody titer may be submitted in lieu of the hepatitis vaccine series. All students are required to obtain a Hepatitis B surface antibody titer six months after their final vaccination.  Other titers may be needed as requested by the Clinical Coordinator for the Laboratory Assistant program.


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