WSU's Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences offers a Clinical Laboratory Assistant (CLA) certificate of completion. As a clinical laboratory assistant, graduates will be able to perform lab tests that help to detect, diagnose and study diseases. The CLA certificate can be earned online or on-campus.
To receive a certificate of completion on campus, students will need to take MLS 1113 Introduction to Laboratory Practices which is a four-credit class offered fall and spring. Upon successful completion of MLS 1113 (with a grade of C+ or better) students will receive a certificate as a Clinical Laboratory Assistant from Weber State University, which is recognized by many in the local health care industry. This is the equivalent of a CLA level IV, recognized by Intermountain Health Care.
Students will learn basic laboratory methods for quality control, quality assurance, information recording and transfer, normal and abnormal laboratory values, and problem recognition. Students will receive basic technical instruction in laboratory safety, microscopy, phlebotomy, specimen collection and processing, and laboratory instrumentation in the areas of hematology, serology, urinalysis, microbiology, and clinical chemistry.
Online students must complete MLS 1010, Core Clinical Laboratory Skills and have the support of a clinical laboratory to fulfill the laboratory requirement. The laboratory component will address applications with a focus on point-of-care testing (POCT). Students will be required to spend a minimum of 4 unpaid hours per week working on laboratory competencies. If online students wish to further their education, MLS 1113 will be waived upon acceptance into the online MLS AAS program at WSU.
These courses are designed to provide additional training to individuals employed in the health care industry who may be interested in learning an additional set of medical skills to enhance their employability. The courses are designed to encourage medical assistants, phlebotomists, certified nursing practitioners and other health care workers to achieve competencies which better serve patient care in settings requiring basic laboratory testing as a part of the facility's health care services.
If you wish to further your education and apply to the WSU Medical Laboratory Sciences program please visit the MLS website at www.weber.edu/mls. Contact the MLS department secretary at 801-626-6118 to schedule an appointment.