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Allied Health Boasts 100% Job Placement

by Elizabeth Jonson | Apr 11, 2018
Affinity for LSUA students leads to full-time positions in the workforce

While the current US unemployment rate remains stagnant at a 17-year low of 4.1 percent (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics), the Louisiana State University of Alexandria’s Clinical Laboratory Technician program boasts a 100 percent job placement rate for its graduating students for the previous two school years. According to Sona Kumar, assistant professor and program coordinator for the Department of Allied Health, hospitals seek out LSUA students due to the rigorous coursework and clinical program that prepares students for full-time work.

 Because of the relationships Kumar has established with her institutional affiliates, she can almost guarantee students will be offered a job during their clinical rotation. “Hospitals love our students. Locations such as (CHRISTUS St. Frances) Cabrini and (West Calcasieu Cameron) Sulphur have commented on how much they enjoy our students and how prepared they are for the rotations,” Kumar said. “Additionally, they love that they can get them in their hospital and groom the students for permanent positions.”

 These students are so well-liked that most affiliates will accept up to three or four LSUA students, an extraordinary increase above the normal two students accepted per hospital. These hospitals range throughout Louisiana as far south as Sulphur and as far north as Winnfield. Some students complete all rotations in one hospital while others may complete rotations at multiple locations.

 Under the supervision of medical scientists, pathologists and physicians, CLT students perform routine laboratory procedures and tasks in the areas of hematology, parasitology, bacteriology, serology, blood banking, chemistry, and urinalysis. Upon graduation, students must pass a national certification examination prior to beginning employment— a small feat in comparison to the $40,000 per year median salary for a practicing CLT (Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition).

 The Clinical Laboratory Science Program is accredited by the NAACLS (National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science) and will be re-evaluated for accreditation in late April.