Medical Laboratory Assistant/Technician
Medical Lab Assistants and Technicians work to detect, diagnosis, and treat disease by way of examination and analysis of body fluids and cells. MLAs search for microorganisms; analyze the chemical content of fluids; match blood for transfusions; and test for drug levels in the blood in order to help determine how a patient is responding to treatment. They also use microscopes to look for abnormal cells in blood and body fluids, to count cells, and to look for abnormal cells. After collecting and gathering all data, it is then given to the physician. MLAs often work in hospitals, independent labs, clinics, doctor’s offices etc.
MLA/MLT Course Curriculum
● History of the clinical laboratory and the professionalism desired in clinical laboratory personnel
● Behavior consistent with the ethical practice of clinical laboratory medicine
● Maintain of confidentiality of all patients and test results
● Appreciation for the special knowledge and talent of other members of the health care team
● Transmission of the AIDS (HIV) virus and state how the virus affects the immune system
● Other pathogens that could be transmitted by blood or body fluids and demonstrate procedures to safely handle these specimens
● Evaluate quality control values and fulfill the requirements of national and international laboratory standards
● Safely process clinical specimens according to established procedures
● Accurate and safe pipetting techniques
● Operation of basic laboratory equipment, such as microscopes, centrifuges and spectrophotometers and automated analyzers safely and according to established procedures, using only necessary supplies to maximize resources
● Correctly demonstration of standard isolation techniques, using only necessary supplies to
● maximize resources
● How to exhibit an understanding of safety hazards in the laboratory and demonstrate the proper techniques to avoid accidents
● Take vital signs and perform POCT
● Perform basic laboratory procedures in chemistry, hematology, urinalysis, immunohematology, immunology and microbiology
● Identify and use basic medical terminology as it applies to the clinical laboratory
● Use basic metric systems for laboratory procedures.
Our programs are generally designed for those who have a prior background in healthcare by way of experience, schooling, or job training. To qualify for our Medical Laboratory Assistant program, you must be one of the following:
Certified Nurse Aide (CNA), Clinical Medical Assistant (CMA), Patient Care Technician/Associate/Nurse, (PCT/PCA/NT), Registered, Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse (RN, LPN, LVN), Medical Doctor (MD), Emergency Medical Tech (EMT), Phlebotomy Tech (PT), IV Tech, Medical Lab Tech/Assistant (MLT/MLA), Medical Office Assistant (MOA), Dialysis Tech (DT), Health Information Technologist (HIT), Home Health Aid, Physician Assistant, Physician Technician®, Ultrasound Technician, Physical Therapist, Rehabilitation Specialist, Health Information Technologist, Health Records Specialist, Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (DMS), Dental Hygienist, student of allied health or all medical (pre-nursing, pre-medical) or Natural Science college majors (Biology, Chemistry) or degree recipients.
ADDIITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: Phlebotomy knowledge and training is an additional prerequisite to the Medical Laboratory programs.