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. 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
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Northcentral University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS - Organizational Leadership: Health Care Administration
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    4. Brightwood College

    Program Options

    Associate's
      • Medical Assistant - AS
    Certificate
      • Medical Assistant - Certificate
      • Medical Assistant - Diploma
      • Pharmacy Technician Certificate
  • Campus Locations:
    5. Virginia College

    Program Options

    Associate's
      • Associate: Medical Assistant
    Certificate
      • Diploma Program - Pharmacy Technician
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Colorado State University Global

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Graduate Specialization - Healthcare Administration
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Baker College Online

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Healthcare Management - MBA (Master's)
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Regent University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Strategic Leadership - Healthcare Leadership
    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership - Healthcare Management
      • Master of Business Administration - Healthcare Management
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Penn Foster High School

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • High School with Pharmacy Technician Pathway
    High School Diploma
      • Penn Foster High School with Early College Courses
      • HS Diploma
      • HS Diploma with Focus in Health Care
  • Campus Locations:
    10. American National University

    Program Options

    Associate's
      • Medical Assisting - Associate
    Certificate
      • Pharmacy Technician - Diploma

Featured Schools

The George Washington University

  • MSHS in Clinical Microbiology
  • BSHS in Medical Laboratory Sciences

What is your highest level of education?

Kaplan University

  • MS in Nursing
  • Master of Healthcare Admin
  • Bachelor: Health Science
  • Bachelors of Science in Nursing - RN to BSN (RN License Required)

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Northcentral University

  • MS - Organizational Leadership: Health Care Administration

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Brightwood College

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

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Virginia College

  • Associate: Medical Assistant
  • Diploma Program - Pharmacy Technician

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Colorado State University Global

  • Graduate Specialization - Healthcare Administration

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Baker College Online

  • Healthcare Management - MBA (Master's)

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Regent University

  • Doctor of Strategic Leadership - Healthcare Leadership
  • Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership - Healthcare Management
  • Master of Business Administration - Healthcare Management

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