Medical Laboratory Assistant: Online Certificate Program

A lab assistant working with a sample

This program is a great fit for:

Individuals interested in a career in healthcare

Recent high school graduates

Current healthcare workers looking to upskill or grow their career

Dive into the world of diagnostics and patient care with our specialized Medical Laboratory Specialist certificate program. Learn the essential skills needed to perform a wide range of medical tests, aiding in the accurate diagnosis and treatment of diseases. Join the backbone of healthcare and make a difference at work every day!

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Course length

16 weeks

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Certified Laboratory Assistant Certification (CMLA)

A Medical Laboratory Assistant (also known as Lab Aid/Assistant, Specimen Processor/collector), is an important member of the laboratory healthcare team. They collect, prepare, and transport patient specimens, and may perform various testing on blood, urine, and other bodily fluids. Lab Assistants perform the tests and procedures that physicians and other healthcare providers order, which are often used for the diagnosis of disease.

Depending on the laboratory department, the Medical Lab Assistant may be responsible for test kit management and quality control which includes proper ordering, inventory, and storage. The Medical Lab assistant role will also include accurate documentation, records management, and communication with other ordering physicians. They use microscopes, cell counters, and other sophisticated laboratory equipment. After testing and examining a specimen, they analyze the results and relay them to physicians

Why Choose Siena Heights University?

Siena Heights University’s Workforce Development certificate programs were built to meet the needs of modern-day students. You can start learning as soon as today and be on the path to a fulfilling new career in just a few weeks or months.

Online and self-paced coursework

Affordable tuition

Fulfilling, flexible job opportunities

Industry-leading credentials

Clinicals included (if necessary)

Certificates matched to industry demands

Medical Laboratory Technician jobs are projected to grow faster than the national average for all occupations, with a strong demand for skilled professionals in clinical laboratories and healthcare settings.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Is this Medical Laboratory Assistant Certificate Program right for me? 

  • Are you fascinated by the world of medical diagnostics and its critical role in patient care?  
  • Do you possess a strong interest in laboratory work and a commitment to precision and accuracy?  
  • Are you excited about learning to operate state-of-the-art laboratory equipment and conducting a variety of medical tests?  
  • Do you see yourself as an essential part of the healthcare team, providing crucial data for physicians' decisions?  
  • Are you passionate about contributing to the well-being of patients through accurate test results? 

Career Paths

Medical Laboratory Technician # Clinical Laboratory Scientist # Phlebotomist # Medical Laboratory Technologist # Histotechnician # Cytotechnologist # Pathology Assistant