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

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    1. Keiser University

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    Associate's
      • Associate of Sciences - Medical Assistant
      • Associate of Sciences - Medical Assistant
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    2. The University of Scranton

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    Master's
      • MBA - Healthcare Management
      • Master of Health Administration
    Certificate
      • Executive Certificate in Health Administration
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    3. Brightwood College

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    Associate's
      • Medical Assistant - AS
    Certificate
      • Medical Assistant - Certificate
      • Medical Assistant - Diploma
      • Pharmacy Technician Certificate
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    4. American InterContinental University

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    Master's
      • Master of Healthcare Management
      • Master of Business Admin: Healthcare Admin
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Business Admin: Healthcare Management
      • Bachelor of Healthcare Management - HSA Mgt.
      • Bachelor of Healthcare Management
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    5. Saint Joseph's University

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    Master's
      • MS Health Administration
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    6. Utica College

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    Master's
      • MBA - Health Care Management
      • Masters in Health Care Administration
      • Online Master of Science in Health Care Administration - Acute Care
      • Online Master of Science in Health Care Administration - Long Term Care
      • Online Master of Science in Health Care Administration - Service Organization
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    7. Northcentral University

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    Master's
      • Master of Science in Organizational Leadership - Health Care Administration
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    8. Queens University of Charlotte

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    Master's
      • Master of Business Administration - Healthcare Management
      • Master of Health Administration
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    9. Colorado Technical University

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    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Management - Health Care Management and Leadership
    Master's
      • MS - Healthcare Management
      • Master of Science in Management - Healthcare Management
    Bachelor's
      • BS - Business Administration - Health Care Management
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    10. Colorado State University Global

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Graduate Specialization - Healthcare Administration

Featured Schools

Keiser University

  • Associate of Sciences - Medical Assistant

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The University of Scranton

  • MBA - Healthcare Management
  • Master of Health Administration
  • Executive Certificate in Health Administration

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Brightwood College

  • Medical Assistant - AS
  • Medical Assistant - Certificate
  • Medical Assistant - Diploma

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American InterContinental University

  • Master of Healthcare Management
  • Master of Business Admin: Healthcare Admin
  • Bachelor of Business Admin: Healthcare Management
  • Bachelor of Healthcare Management - HSA Mgt.

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Saint Joseph's University

  • MS Health Administration

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Utica College

  • MBA - Health Care Management
  • Masters in Health Care Administration
  • Online Master of Science in Health Care Administration - Acute Care

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Northcentral University

  • Master of Science in Organizational Leadership - Health Care Administration

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Queens University of Charlotte

  • Master of Business Administration - Healthcare Management
  • Master of Health Administration

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