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Certificate in Applied Science (CAS)

Craddock, Sherri

Assistant Professor of Medical Laboratory Technology
Laboratory Assistant Program Coordinator
304-333-3634
102 Advance Technology Center (ATC) 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 analysis; 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 sciences programs at Pierpont Community & Technical College or transfer into a Baccalaureate degree program. 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.

Gainful Employment Opportunities

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 & 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.
    • The application may be found at the bottom of the page in Program Documents.
  • Students must be able to meet the essential functions of the program and classes, with or without accommodations.

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.

Laboratory Assistant Application

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.

Program Specific Accreditation: 
We are excited to be accredited and approved to offer a National Health Certification through the National Health Career Association and to provide all the needed courses and even the exams at Pierpont Community & Technical College. Students are able to complete the program in its entirety at both our Advanced Technology Center and Braxton Center campuses.
 
Since the Laboratory Assistant Program received its approval to offer the certification exam in 2011. 90% of all students who completed the exam have successfully passed the national certification exam.
 
Holding a National Certification demonstrates a student’s commitment to the health profession and a patient safety, both standards that employers prefer if not require, and give students a competitive edge in job searching and advancement opportunities!
Notice to Students: 

This program alone does not qualify for financial aid. Students seeking financial aid eligible degrees may incorporate the classes as electives when their schedule allows or may declare an Associate or Certificate of Applied Science degree major of study in which the courses are embedded. A flagged criminal background​​ alert may prohibit a student from receiving a clinical placement.

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

ENGL 1104

Written English I
3|4
CH(s)

OFAD 1150

Computer Concepts and Applications
3
CH(s)

ENGL 1109

Technical Report Writing
3
CH(s)

HLCA 1102

Pathophysiology of Diseases
3
CH(s)

HLCA 1200

Health Assessment and Physical Examination
3
CH(s)

ENGL 1104 Prerequisite(s):  Minimum Verbal/Reading/Writing ACT score of 19, or COMPASS score of 71, or ENGL 0097.
ENGL 1108/ENGL 1109 Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1104. 
HLCA 2200 may be substituted for HLCA 1102.

Program Specific Required Coursework: 
16 CHs

HLCA 1100

Medical Terminology
3
CH(s)

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)

HLCA 2205

Phlebotomy Practicum
2
CH(s)

LABA 2206

Advanced Lab Skills Theory
2
CH(s)

LABA 2207

Advanced Lab Skills
1
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

ENGL 1104

Written English I
3|4
CH(s)

HLCA 1100

Medical Terminology
3
CH(s)

HLCA 1101

Introduction to Health Careers Programs
1
CH(s)

HLCA 1110

Basic Clinical and Laboratory Skills
4
CH(s)

HLCA 1170

Human Anatomy and Physiology
3
CH(s)

HLCA 1171

Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory
1
CH(s)

OFAD 1150

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

ENGL 1109

Technical Report Writing
3
CH(s)

HLCA 1102

Pathophysiology of Diseases
3
CH(s)

HLCA 1200

Health Assessment and Physical Examination
3
CH(s)

HLCA 2205

Phlebotomy Practicum
2
CH(s)

LABA 2206

Advanced Lab Skills Theory
2
CH(s)

LABA 2207

Advanced Lab Skills
1
CH(s)
Total Credit Hours: 
13 CHs

ENGL 1108 may be substituted for ENGL 1109  Both have a Prerequisite: ENGL 1104.
HLCA 2200 may be substituted for HLCA 1102.

Program Documents: 

If needed, a paper version of the application is available by request.  To request a paper application please call or email Student Services at 304-333-3684 or StudentServices@pierpont.edu

2016 Laboratory Assistant and Phlebotomy Handbook

Laboratory Assistant Brochure

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