Clinical Laboratory Assistant

Needles, tubes of blood, pipets. Let’s help doctors make a life-saving diagnosis, and get you a Life.Changing. Career!

Campus Ottumwa Campus (Main)
Entry Term Fall Term
Length of Program 3 Terms (9 Months)
Diploma/Degree  Diploma


Do you want to work in healthcare and like being part of a team? Then a medical laboratory is the place for you! Clinical Lab Assistants are an integral part of the health care team. They assist physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases by drawing blood and returning it to the lab to be tested in a timely manner. Come be a part of our team in the Indian Hills Clinical Lab Science Programs. Apply today!

What you will learn:
  • How to collect blood for various tests
  • How to properly process and prepare specimens for analysis
  • To perform point-of-care testing  or waived
  • To perform instrument maintenance
  • To assist the MLS or MLT with loading the instrument

Ready to take your education to the next level? Check out the Clinical Laboratory Assistant Program details below to see how our program at Indian Hills Community College will help you get a Life.Changing. Career as a Clinical Lab Assistant, Phlebotomist, or Specimen Processor!


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Program Outcomes (2019–2021)

Graduation Year     
2019 2020 2021
Retention Rate 100% 0% 100%
National Certification  0% 0%  0%
Employment Rate    
100% 0% 100%

* 2019 & 2021: Zero individuals sat for exam

The program has determined that its curriculum meets the state educational requirements for licensure or certification in all states, the District of Colombia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands secondary to its accreditation by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, based on the following:

NAACLS accreditation of a medical lab technician or clinical lab assistant program satisfies state educational requirements in all states except New York and California, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Thus, students graduating from NAACLS-accredited medical lab technician and clinical lab assistant education programs are eligible to take the National Board of Certification and apply for licensure in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For more information regarding state qualifications and licensure requirements, refer to the ASCP Board of Certification website at


Questions? Don’t stress. Just ask Stacie!

stacieStacie Mason - Program Director
Indian Hills Community College

525 Grandview Avenue Ottumwa, Iowa 52501

(641) 683-5319 or (800) 726-2585, ext. 5319
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