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16 Weeks


$30,491 - $40,560

Average Starting Salary

What Does It Mean To Earn Your Certification As A Medical Laboratory Assistant?

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.


This certification ensures individuals can:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the soft skill expectations of an allied healthcare professional
  • Grasp the importance of customer service, communication skills and professionalism
  • Demonstrate knowledge of laboratory testing in various laboratory departments
  • Understand responsibilities of patient care and safety related to preparation and collection complications
  • Maintain solution-oriented conversations, manage conflicts, and build self-confidence
  • Recognize the importance of infection control and safety compliance with diagnostic testing
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the soft skill expectations of an allied healthcare professional.


The American Medical Technologists (AMT) is the issuing authority for certifications across a variety of healthcare professions, such as Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) and Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT).

The National Healthcareer Association (NHA) is the issuing authority for various certifications in the healthcare field, such as Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) and Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT).

Select The Right Training Program For Your Goals

Medical Laboratory Assistant

Our in-depth online Medical Laboratory Assistant program aims to provide you with the knowledge and proficiency to carry out an array of laboratory tasks, manage specimens effectively, uphold lab equipment functionality, and consistently abide by safety standards, thus ensuring precision and adherence to regulations within a medical laboratory environment.


April is your Workforce Training Specialist. She is here to help you understand the program, payment options, and succeed! Get in touch with her to learn more about the program, Professional Workforce Development, and how to achieve your workforce development goals!

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Andrews University, located in Berrien Springs, Michigan, provides the highest quality training in order to best serve students and surrounding communities. Our specialized career training programs provide up-to-date and in-demand skills, preparation and certification, ensuring that everyone who completes our programs is of the highest caliber.