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Lab Assistant Overview

Start your career in healthcare with CVTC’s new fast, affordable Lab Assistant technical diploma! In this crucial profession, you will collect and prepare critical medical samples and communicate information to patients and providers.

Get hands-on experience with laboratory equipment, learn medical terminology, and study safety procedures. In only one semester, you will gain experience receiving, examining, and analyzing specimens in a laboratory, capturing data, and coordinating the distribution of results for both client and healthcare requests.

If you are organized, can multi-task, and hold yourself to a high level of accuracy, this rewarding career has many job openings in our area, and you will be in high demand.

Note: To gain employment, a high school diploma or GED and a criminal background check will be required by the employer.

Just the Facts

Lab Assistant
3 Credit Technical Diploma

Length of Program //
One Semester

Delivery Method //

Program Location //
Eau Claire

Program Location //
June, August, and January

Start Months //
August, January, June

Next Start Date //
June 12, 2023

Start Dates //
June, August, and January

Bloodborne Pathogens
Students in this program should be aware of the risks associated with bloodborne pathogens. Learn more.


Bloodborne Pathogens

Students entering health programs at CVTC should understand the risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens, including Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV/AIDs, through saliva and blood with direct patient care as part of their education.

This exposure can be minimized or eliminated using a combination of engineering and work practice controls, personal protective clothing and equipment, training, medical surveillance, Hepatitis B vaccination, signs and labels, and other provisions.

All programs at CVTC comply with local, state, and federal infection control policies, including the use of standard precautions as stipulated by current CDC guidelines. Written policies and instructions on infection control protocol to minimize the risk of disease transmission is provided throughout the courses in the curriculum. Compliance of safety practices is evaluated throughout the students' clinical experiences to ensure a safe educational environment.

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Estimated Program Cost 

Term 1






 Estimated Total: $706

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Program Courses

These are a few of the courses you can take in the Lab Assistant program.

Basic Lab Skills
This course explores health career options and the principles and procedures of basic tests performed in the clinical laboratory. You will utilize medical terminology and general laboratory equipment. You will follow required safety and infection control procedures and perform simple laboratory tests.

This course provides opportunities for leaners to perform routine venipuncture, routine capillary puncture, and special collection procedures. The student must be 18 years old to register for this course.

Earn Credentials Along the Way

Career Pathways 

Career Pathways are a clear, manageable way to access education that provides employer-recognized, stackable credentials tied to specific jobs, education, and career progression. Career Pathways are beneficial to high school students and teachers, parents, adult students, and employers.

Technical Diplomas

Lab Assistant


Transfer Credits to Other Institutions

Did you know you can transfer your CVTC credits to another institution to continue your education? CVTC has partnership agreements with other institutions which provide an easy way to identify which credits will transfer. Other classes may transfer, but please verify with the transfer coordinator at the college or university to which you plan to transfer.

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Related Programs & Certificates

Whether you're looking to continue your learning to another program or to gain continuing education credit, CVTC offers a variety of learning opportunities for students.

Degrees & Diplomas

Medical Assistant, Technical Diploma

Medical Laboratory Technician, Associate Degree

Nursing Assistant (CNA), Technical Diploma


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Continue Your Learning

CVTC can help you achieve your learning goals whether you are looking to advance your career or enrich your personal life.

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