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Medical Laboratory Assistant Training: The Skills You Learn


Medical Laboratory Assistant TrainingFinding a profession in a stable and growing field is a priority for many in today's economy. If you want to make a career change, consider an educational program that enables you to enter the rapid-growth healthcare industry. Laboratory assistant training gives you the skills needed to enter a fast growing career. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 150,000 positions are expected to open up in this field during the next ten years.[1] During training to become a medical laboratory assistant, you learn many skills that qualify you for employment in a variety of medical settings.

What is a Medical/Clinical Laboratory Assistant?

A medical or clinical laboratory assistant helps doctors and nurses perform tests that provide information necessary for accurate diagnosis. This information helps with early detection of illnesses and with prescribing a correct course of treatment for the health issue. This critical function streamlines healthcare processes, enabling healthcare providers to offer treatments that meet or exceed industry standards.

What Do I Learn in the Program?

Laboratory assistant training combines both academic and hands-on learning opportunities. In the classroom, medical laboratory assistant students cover topics like:

    • Phlebotomy
    • Medical terminology and clinical procedures
    • Medical office skills
    • Pharmacology
    • And more

Clinical laboratory assistant students also cover an array of hands-on subjects taught in the classroom and at medical facilities. Students watch demonstrations and practice performing lab tests, collecting samples and measuring drugs, managing patient records, CPR and other topics. Ultimate Medical Academy students then move beyond the classroom into a clinical externship.

During an externship, you have the opportunity to see how the skills you learned work an actual patient care setting. During your externship you work with real patients, take samples and perform tests under the supervision of working healthcare professionals. You also learn how to use software typically in use in healthcare facilities.

Moving from the Classroom to the Workforce

In less than one year, laboratory assistant training prepares you to enter into an exciting new career in the healthcare industry. The mix of academics, laboratory and career training gives you all the skills needed to apply for an entry level position assisting in a medical lab or other facility. The addition of medical office management skills gives graduates an expanded skillset that has real value in today's workforce. The broad range of topics covered and experience in a laboratory makes training for a career as a clinical laboratory assistant a smart choice for those interested in making a career change.

For more information on student graduation rates, retention and placement rates, and student financial obligations click here.



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The consumer information above is provided as required by federal regulations. This information is based on current and historical data and does not constitute a promise or guarantee of future performance. There are many factors that may change the cost of a program, the time to complete the program, or the amount of debt that an individual may incur in order to complete the program, including transfer credits, eligibility for grants or scholarships, the decision whether to attend on a full- or part-time basis, course failures and non-continuous attendance. These figures represent general program information that may vary for individual students based on their circumstances. UMA reserves the right to adjust tuition and fees and to add or delete programs of study at any time, in accordance with applicable statutes and regulations.

[1] Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians, 
on the Internet at (visited April 05, 2013).


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