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Laboratory Assisting

Laboratory Assisting

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Overview

Laboratory Assistants perform pre-analytical processes, point-of-care testing, and initiate testing to provide clinical support for testing and reporting of laboratory tests. A multi-skilled lab assistant may work in various healthcare settings where laboratory testing is performed.

The Laboratory Assistant Program includes training for specimen processing, inventory management, quality assurance and quality control, phlebotomy, and performing analyses on various specimen types using advanced technology as well as point of care technologies.

Skills and knowledge gained from the successful completion of this program include the ability to:

  • Perform initial testing on selected laboratory specimens
  • Practice infection control and laboratory safety
  • Use computer functions of laboratory information systems and laboratory instrumentation
  • Document laboratory actions and clerical functions using medico-legal guidelines

Program Certificate

In this program you can earn the following:

Students completing this program are encouraged to pursue an associate's degree with an emphasis in science such as the Medical Laboratory Science program, or the Histologic Technology program.

Employment Outlook

Medical laboratory technology is a growing field, with opportunities for advancement. For more information about the job outlook and career characteristics, visit O*NET OnLine for job descriptions, education requirements, wage and employment trend information.

Certifications

Graduates from the Laboratory Assisting program are eligible to apply for national certification as a Certified Medical Laboratory Assistant (CMLA) through American Medical Technologists (AMT).