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Clinical Assistant Program

Community Healthcare System offers a 12-week Clinical Laboratory Assistant program. As a clinical assistant, you will be able to perform phlebotomy, equipment maintenance, quality control, as well as prepare patient samples for laboratory testing. The Clinical Assistant program teaches core clinical laboratory skills to individuals with the goal of preparing well-qualified entry level graduates to be ready to work in the clinical laboratory setting. Upon program completion, graduates will be eligible to take a national certification exam, such as the ASCP-BOC MLA. However, graduation is not contingent upon taking or passing a national certification or licensure exam.

Curriculum includes both classroom instruction and hands on training. You will receive instruction in phlebotomy, medical terminology, anatomy and physiology as well as an introduction to clinical chemistry, clinical microbiology, hematology/coagulation, body fluids and clinical immunology.

The Clinical Assistant program is in the process of NAACLS approval.

Admission Requirements

  • High school degree or equivalent
  • Minimum overall GPA 2.50
  • High school courses in the sciences (biology, chemistry), math (algebra) and English composition
  • References including personal, academic, employment and personal interview
  • Criminal background check, drug screen, essential functions test
  • $1,500 tuition fee


For more information contact:
Nicole Griffin, MLS (ASCP)CMSMCM
Program Director
Clinical Assistant Program
Community Healthcare System
Central Laboratory
901 MacArthur Blvd, Munster, IN 46321
219-703-2412 |