• Medical Laboratory Assistant (571)


    Also see Medical Laboratory Technician (525.1).

    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.

    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.

    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 progress in the program.


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    Degree Requirements

    First Semester (e.g. Summer)

    Course #Course NameCredits
    ALH-140Medical Terminology3
    ENG-100Basic Principles of Composition3
    ENG-101English Composition 13
    Total Credits: 6
    Select ENG-101 if student already completed ENG-100 or tested into ENG-101.

    Second Semester (e.g. Fall)

    Course #Course NameCredits
    BIO-103Introduction to Human Biology3
    MLT-111Clinical Laboratory Techniques 14
    Total Credits: 7

    Third Semester (e.g. Spring)

    Course #Course NameCredits
    MLA-101Laboratory Specimen Processing4
    PHB-101 Clinical Phlebotomy4
    PHB-111LClinical Phlebotomy Laboratory1
    Total Credits: 9

    Fourth Semester (e.g. Summer)

    Course #Course NameCredits
    MLA-102Medical Laboratory Assistant Externship4
    MLA-404Medical Laboratory Assistant Co-Op 4
    Total Credits: 4
    Student select MLA-102 or MLA-404
    Co-Op Course MLA-404 would be an option for MLA program students who are current employees or new hires of partnering health care agencies.
    Minimum Credits to Graduate: 25
  • Clinical Experience

    Clinical experience is dependent on the number of students, availability of clinical sites, student successful completion of pre-requisite didactic courses and maintenance of a 2.0 GPA.
  • Medical Laboratory Assistant (MLA) program

    This program is approved by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
    5600 N River Rd Suite 720
    Rosemont, Illinois 60018-5119

    Click on the link to review the Medical Lab Assistant Outcome Measures.

    If you would like more information about the Medical Laboratory Assistant program or to request an application packet, email the MLA Program Coordinator Jane Coughanour at jcoughanour@ccac.edu or call at 412.469.6280.
  • Medical Laboratory Assistant Essential Functions

    The Allied Health programs establish technical standards and essential functions to insure that students have the abilities required to participate and potentially be successful in all aspects of the respective programs. Students are required to meet the Essential Functions and Technical Standards for the Medical Laboratory Assistant program. Satisfactory completion of the Medical Laboratory Assistant Program and successful employment following graduation demands your ability to meet the requirements. If you are uncertain as to your ability with any of these essential functions, please consult with the MLA Program Director.