Medical Laboratory Assistant Certificate

The Medical Laboratory Assistant Certificate introduces students to the pre-analytic and analytic activities of the Medical Laboratory. It provides the basic foundational training for laboratory personnel working in the medical office, clinical, or hospital laboratory setting. The program introduces students to a variety of laboratory techniques and equipment used in the medical laboratory. Students are introduced to laboratory safety, specimen collection, processing, and reporting. Students are trained in basic clinical chemistry, hematology, microbiology, serology, blood banking and urinalysis.

The Medical Laboratory Assistant Certificate is earned by completing 10 units of required courses. MLT courses completed in this certificate can be used toward earning an Associate Degree in Medical Laboratory Technician. Students who successfully complete the program qualify to sit the national exam to become licensed phlebotomists and/or medical laboratory assistants.

Note: This is a new certificate with pending Federal Financial Aid eligibility.


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Plan of Study Grid
Fall Semester 1Units
AH-105 Medical Terminology 3
MLT-701 Phlebotomy for Medical Laboratory Assistants and Technicians 4
MLT-702 Introduction to Medical Laboratory Technology 3
 Total Units10
Course Title Credits
Required Courses
AH-105Medical Terminology3
MLT-701Phlebotomy for Medical Laboratory Assistants and Technicians4
MLT-702Introduction to Medical Laboratory Technology3
Total Units10

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This program is designed to be completed in 4 months.

This program will cost $460 if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $ 0 of debt.

The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: California

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Cost per unit $46
Nonresident Fees- Tuition: $318
Capital Outlay: $58
Parking Permits cost $90 a year or $45 a semester
RTA Go Pass cost $16 a year or $8 a semester
SGA discount sticker (optional) - $14 a year or $7 a semester
Student representation fee (optional) - $4 a year or $2 a semester
Student Health Center Fee - $52 a year or $26 a semester
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