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2019-2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Medical Laboratory Assistant, Certificate (571)


MLA Admissions Requirements     MLA Outcome Measures     MLA Essential Functions        

This certificate program prepares students to function as a medical laboratory assistant (or MLA) in a clinical laboratory setting. (In some settings the MLA is also known as clinical assistant, clinical laboratory assistant or specimen processor.) This program also provides opportunities for graduates to career ladder to a medical laboratory technician Associate’s degree program and/or a medical technologist four-year degree program. The program objectives comply with the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) guidelines.

Graduates are eligible to take the National Examination as Medical Laboratory Assistants (ASCP).

This program is approved by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119, 773.714.8880, www.naacls.org.

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will:

  1. Prepare blood and body fluid specimens for analysis according to industry standards and to prepare reagents, standards and controls.
  2. Enter data into the laboratory computer - Laboratory Information System (LIS).
  3. Perform phlebotomy and display safety practices for infection control according to industry standards.
  4. Display behaviors and communication skills appropriate for the healthcare environment.

A student must maintain a 2.0 college level cumulative GPA to remain and successfully complete the program.

Graduates are eligible to apply for the national examination for Medical Laboratory Assistant, MLA (ASCP).

Admission to the MLA program is limited by the availability of clinical sites. A separate application for program admission is required. The student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 to remain and successfully complete the program.


Certificate Requirements

Total: 6 Credits

Total: 7 Credits

Third Semester (e.g. Spring)

Total: 9 Credits

Fourth Semester (e.g. Summer)

Total: 4 Credits

Minimum Credits to Graduate 26

1 If student already completed ENG 100  or tested into ENG 101  

2 A minimun of 240 Clinical hours is required.