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Medical Laboratory Assisting


Programs in medical laboratory assisting prepare people to test cells, blood, and tissue samples under the supervision of physicians or laboratory scientists.

Medical laboratory assisting programs include topics such as:


In medical laboratory assisting programs, students may be able to specialize in:


Many community colleges and two-year schools offer certificate and associate degree programs in medical laboratory assisting. A certificate program usually takes a year of full-time study. An associate degree program usually takes two years of full-time study.

Several colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in medical laboratory assisting. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

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Program Admission

Proprietary schools, colleges, and universities all offer this program. If you want to study at a proprietary school, you can prepare for this program of study by completing your high school diploma or getting a GED. If you want to study at a college or university, you can prepare for this program by taking the following courses: four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

You will take many of the following courses if you are preparing to go to a college or university. But no matter what kind of school you want to go to, you should take many courses in the physical and natural sciences, math, and computers.

Many schools will also require you to take tests to make sure your reading, writing, and math skills are appropriate. They may also test you on your general chemistry, biology, and algebra knowledge.

Other requirements might include:

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Most associate degree programs also require you to take a set of general education core courses. These may include courses such as the following:

All programs include at least one practicum or clinical rotation in their curriculum. These are valuable hands-on opportunities to apply the knowledge and skills you have gained in real-world settings. For example, you might work with an experienced blood bank technician helping to screen and process blood transfusion components.

Things to Know

You need to have good hand-eye coordination in order to perform delicate procedures. You also need to be able to distinguish colors from each other.


King-Snohomish Area

Bellevue College

Edmonds Community College

Tacoma Area

Clover Park Technical College

Yakima Area

Heritage University