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SPCC to offer Medical Lab Assisting course over summer

South Piedmont Community College will offer a Medical Lab Assisting course this summer.

The course could serve as a springboard into a medical laboratory or office, or into SPCC’s Medical Assisting program.

Students in the class will master phlebotomy training and laboratory skills needed to conduct specimen testing in medical laboratory and office settings. Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible to take the Certified Medical Laboratory Assistant exam and the Certified Phlebotomy Technician exam. The training in the course, plus the certifications, will allow students to work in a laboratory setting in a hospital or physicians’ office under the supervision of a medical laboratory technician or medical technologist. The expected salary range for graduates is $7 to $12 per hour.

Students who successfully complete the course may also apply to SPCC’s Medical Assisting program and will be eligible to test out of Med 121, Med 130 and Med 150 to earn credit hours for those courses. Students must earn a B or higher on the test in order to receive credit. No credit hours will be awarded for the summer course.

The class will meet Mondays through Thursdays, May 14 through July 20, on the Old Charlotte Highway Campus in Monroe. The class will meet from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays and 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays and Thursdays for the first five weeks, then shift to 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Friday, in clinical settings.

Cost of the class is $515, which includes drug screening and background check, insurance, lab fee, uniforms, supplies and materials. Students must purchase their own shoes, which must be white, have no air holes in the top and must have a closed heel.

Deadline to register for the course is May 4. Orientation will be May 9.

For information, e-mail Meredith Eubanks at meubanks@spcc.edu. To register, contact Kristen Griffin at 704-290-5223 or kgriffin@spcc.edu.

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