Certification Laboratory Assistant (CLA) - A Laboratory Assistant is a health care practitioner qualified by education, experience, and examination to assist in the performance of routine laboratory testing. This multi-skilled practitioner performs, or assists in performing, clinical laboratory tasks as regulated by law, administrative tasks, and select tasks involving patient contact. Quality improvement, safety, procedural accuracy, knowledge of regulatory practice standards are defining aspects of this practitioner’s role.Laboratory Assistants learn their skills on the job. However, some do go through a formal training program.
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