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. Argosy University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Health Services Management (MS)
      • Health Services Management (MS)
    Bachelor's
      • Medical Technology (BS)
      • Medical Technology (BS)
    Associate's
      • Medical Laboratory Technology (AS)
      • Histotechnology (AAS)
      • Medical Assisting (AAS)
  • Online Programs Available
    2. George Mason University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Health Informatics
  • Online Programs Available
    3. American University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Healthcare Management
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Kaplan University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS in Nursing
      • Master of Healthcare Admin
      • Master: Nursing/Nurse Educator
      • Master: Nursing/Nurse Administrator
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor: Health Science
      • Bachelors of Science in Nursing - RN to BSN (RN License Required)
      • Bachelor: Healthcare Admin
      • Bachelor: Health and Wellness
    Certificate
      • Medical Assisting Certificate
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Baker College Online

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Healthcare Management - MBA (Master's)
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Keiser University

    Program Options

    Associate's
      • Associate of Sciences - Medical Assistant
  • 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. Colorado State University Global

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Graduate Specialization - Healthcare Administration
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    9. Virginia College

    Program Options

    Associate's
      • Associate: Medical Assistant
    Certificate
      • Certification - Medical Assistant
      • Diploma Program - Pharmacy Technician
      • Certification - Pharmacy Technician
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Northcentral University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS - Organizational Leadership: Health Care Administration

Featured Schools

Argosy University

  • Health Services Management (MS)
  • Medical Technology (BS)
  • Medical Laboratory Technology (AS)

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George Mason University

  • Master of Science in Health Informatics

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American University

  • Master of Science in Healthcare Management

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Kaplan University

  • MS in Nursing
  • Bachelor: Health Science
  • Medical Assisting Certificate

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Baker College Online

  • Healthcare Management - MBA (Master's)

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Keiser University

  • Associate of Sciences - Medical Assistant

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Herzing University

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

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Colorado State University Global

  • Graduate Specialization - Healthcare Administration

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