Medical Laboratory Assistant: Diploma Description Summary

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Medical laboratory assistants are employed in many medical facilities such as clinics, hospitals, medical laboratories, and research universities and institutes among many others. Typical course titles include Serology and Blood Banking, Clinical Microbiology, Medical Terminology, Safety in the Laboratory, and Human Biology to name a few. Please read on to find out more.
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Reasons to Earn Your Medical Laboratory Assistant Diploma

As a medical laboratory assistant, you will be prepared to work under medical laboratory technicians and technologists. You get to use various lab equipment when testing and analyzing samples. Many schools require practicum sessions (also known as internships), which require you to work in various laboratory environments. Many programs are available for working adults through evening classes and online courses.

Some states require that all laboratory workers be licensed. Your program will inform you of any licensing requirements, and, if present, the program you are part of typically prepares you for state licensure.

Career Possibilities

Occupational Outlook

There are many facilities, which employ medical laboratory assistants such as clinics, hospitals, medical laboratories, and research universities and institutes. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), www.bls.gov, the occupation of clinical laboratory technicians and technologists (of which medical laboratory assistants fall under) is projected to grow faster than the average occupation.

Salary Information

According to Salary.com, the average entry-level laboratory assistant earns $33,740 annually.

Degree Specifics

Coursework Requirements

Some schools prepare you for transfer to colleges/universities while others offer associate's degrees or certificates. The following list of courses represents common courses found in medical laboratory assistant programs:

  • Serology and Blood Banking
  • Clinical Microbiology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Safety in the Laboratory
  • Human Biology
  • Urinalysis and Body Fluids
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Clinical Laboratory Techniques
  • Collection, Storage, Transportation, and Analysis of Specimens
  • Hematology and Coagulation
  • Physiologic Systems

Skills You Will Learn

Upon completion of your program requirements, you will be ready to aid medical technicians and technologists in the laboratory environment. This is possible from the following skills you will obtain:

  • Prepare samples for testing using established industry standards
  • How to act safely and ethically in the laboratory environment
  • Analyze and input data into computer programs

Popular Schools

  • Online Programs Available
    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
      • Master of Healthcare Admin
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor: Health Science
      • Bachelors of Science in Nursing - RN to BSN (RN License Required)
      • Bachelor: Health and Wellness
    Certificate
      • Medical Assisting Certificate
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Keiser University

    Program Options

    Associate's
      • Associate of Sciences - Medical Assistant
  • Campus and Online Programs
    4. Fortis College

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Medical Laboratory Technology
      • Medical Assistant
      • Medical Assisting
      • Pharmacy Technician
      • Sterile Processing Technician
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    5. Altierus

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Medical Assistant
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • EdD in Organizational Leadership - Health Care Administration
    Master's
      • MBA: Health Systems Management
      • MS in Health Care Administration
    Bachelor's
      • BS in Health Sciences: Professional Development & Advanced Patient Care
      • Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science
      • BS in Health Care Administration
  • Online Programs Available
    7. 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
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Penn Foster High School

    Program Options

    High School Diploma
      • HS Diploma
  • Campus and Online Programs
    9. College of Health Care Professions

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Medical Assistant-Certificate
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Independence University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Health Administration (MS)

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
  • Bachelor: Health Science
  • Medical Assisting Certificate

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Keiser University

  • Associate of Sciences - Medical Assistant

What is your highest level of education?

Fortis College

  • Medical Laboratory Technology
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Assisting

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Altierus

  • Medical Assistant

What is your highest level of education completed?

Grand Canyon University

  • EdD in Organizational Leadership - Health Care Administration
  • MBA: Health Systems Management
  • BS in Health Sciences: Professional Development & Advanced Patient Care

What is your highest level of education?

Herzing University

  • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Public Safety Leadership
  • Associate of Science - Medical Assisting Services
  • Diploma: Medical Assisting

What is your highest level of education?

Penn Foster High School

  • HS Diploma

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