Lab Assistant: Diploma Coursework Summary

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A Lab Assistant Diploma will allow you to work in a laboratory. You will be assisting other health professionals in helping patients get well. Some of the courses you may be required to take include medical terminology, healthcare, laboratory procedures and computers. Read the following article to find out more.
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Reasons to Earn a Lab Assistant Diploma:

Earning a Lab Assistant Diploma will allow you to work in the medical field helping those who suffer from diseases and illnesses. You will not be on the front lines but you will have a significant role to play.

Career Opportunities

Lab assistants can work in doctor's offices, hospitals, clinics, dental offices, blood banks, auditory labs or other medical facilities. Lab assistants may also work with scientists doing research.

Occupational Outlook

Healthcare is the fastest growing job field today. Therefore, there will be plenty of opportunities for employment in the coming years, according to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov. Lab assistants will be needed more than ever as the number of elderly people increases and medical technology advances, requiring qualified individuals to run equipment and perform lab tests.

Salary Information

Those who have a lab assistant diploma can expect to earn between $20,000 and $28,000 annually, according to The Bureau of Labor Statistics. This may vary from region to region, however.

Coursework Requirements

The basic courses required for this diploma program may include:

  • Medical terminology
  • Healthcare
  • Pharmacology
  • Skills for laboratory assistants
  • Laboratory procedures
  • Administration of a laboratory
  • Laboratory management
  • Computers
  • English
  • Technical writing
  • Work placement
  • Hazardous materials training

Students may be required to take additional courses if they specialize in a certain area such as a medical or clinical laboratory assistant.

Skills that you will learn

Graduates with a diploma as a lab assistant may be have skills in the following areas:

  • Computer skills
  • Billing skills
  • Skills in performing test
  • Skills in using laboratory equipment
  • Reporting skills
  • Communication skills
  • Analytical and problem solving skills
  • Skills in handing hazardous materials and their disposal

Popular Schools

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    1. The George Washington University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MSHS in Clinical Microbiology
      • MSHS in Clinical Microbiology
    Bachelor's
      • BSHS in Medical Laboratory Sciences
      • BSHS in Medical Laboratory Sciences
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Purdue University Global

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS in Nursing
      • MS in Nursing
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelors of Science in Nursing - RN to BSN (RN License Required)
      • Bachelors of Science in Nursing - RN to BSN (RN License Required)
    Certificate
      • Medical Assisting Certificate
      • Medical Assisting Certificate
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    3. Fortis College

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Lab Technician
      • Medical Laboratory Technology
      • Medical Assistant
      • Medical Assisting
      • Pharmacy Technician
      • Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
  • Marquette, MI

    Northern Michigan University

  • Online Programs Available
    5. Independence University

    Program Options

    Associate's
      • Medical Assisting (AOS)
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Penn Foster High School

    Program Options

    High School Diploma
      • HS Diploma
  • Poplarville, MS

    Pearl River Community College

  • Dayton, OH

    Southwestern College

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    9. Herzing University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Public Safety Leadership
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Project Management
    Associate's
      • Associate of Science - Medical Assisting Services
    Certificate
      • Diploma: Medical Assisting

Featured Schools

The George Washington University

  • MSHS in Clinical Microbiology
  • BSHS in Medical Laboratory Sciences

What is your highest level of education?

Purdue University Global

  • MS in Nursing
  • Bachelors of Science in Nursing - RN to BSN (RN License Required)
  • Medical Assisting Certificate

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Fortis College

  • Lab Technician
  • Medical Laboratory Technology
  • Medical Assistant

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Independence University

  • Medical Assisting (AOS)

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Penn Foster High School

  • HS Diploma

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Southwestern College