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. Kaplan University

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    2. Regent University

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    Doctorate
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    3. American National University

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    4. Colorado State University Global

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    Master's
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    5. College of Health Care Professions

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    6. CDI College

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    Certificate
      • Diploma in Medical Laboratory Assistant
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    7. Penn Foster High School

    Program Options

    High School Diploma
      • HS Diploma
  • Dayton, OH

    Southwestern College

Featured Schools

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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Regent University

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

What is your highest level of education completed?

American National University

  • Medical Assisting - Associate
  • Pharmacy Technician - Diploma

What is your education level?

Colorado State University Global

  • Graduate Specialization - Healthcare Administration

What is your highest level of education?

College of Health Care Professions

  • Medical Assistant-Certificate
  • Physical Therapy Technician-Certificate

What is your highest level of education completed?

CDI College

  • Diploma in Medical Laboratory Assistant
  • Diploma in Medical Laboratory Assistant/Technician
  • Diploma in Health Care Aide

What year did you graduate high school?

Penn Foster High School

  • HS Diploma

What is your age?

Southwestern College