Professional Development

Medical Laboratory Assistant

What does a Medical Laboratory Assistant do?

Through the Clinical Medical Laboratory Assistant career training, you will learn the skills needed to collect and test specimens. This position typically is typically hands-on, working directly with patients. They collect blood, tissue and other samples for testing, sometimes during difficult times in a patient’s life, so compassion is a huge part of their role.

Where Can You Work?

Typically, medical laboratory assistants work in inpatient or outpatient medical facilities. Sometimes, however, they can also be employed in private and public labs or research institutions.


16 Weeks


Training Materials Provided



Certification Requirements

A clinical component is required for this program. We will assist students enrolled in this program find a clinical location. If you have any questions about the clinical requirements of this program, please discuss them with your Training Specialist.

Medical Laboratory Assistant


Healthcare employment is projected to grow by 13% from 2021 to 2031, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This means that over the next decade there will be nearly 2 million new positions available for those interested in healthcare.

Skills Learned

Upon completion of this training, you’ll be able to:

  • 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 the responsibilities of patient care and safety related to the preparation and collection of 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

Courses - 16 Weeks

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Medical Laboratory Assistant Job Possibilities

Laboratory Specimen Processor


$22,000 – $36,000

Health Technician


$30,491 – $40,560

Medical Lab Assistant


$27,718 – $33,202

Certification Information

Upon completing your training, you’ll be qualified to earn the Certified Medical Laboratory Assistant (CMLA) credential which is offered through the American Medical Technologists (AMT) organization and the Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT) certification through the National Healthcareer Association (NHA).


Certified Medical Laboratory Assistant

The CMLA credential validates skills and competencies that are critical to the roles and responsibilities of a Medical Lab Assistant.


Certified Phlebotomy Technician

This certification proves that you understand the proper procedures relating to Phlebotomy. Students wishing to complete the Certified Phlebotomy Technician exam will be required to complete 30 venipunctures and 10 capillary sticks on a live person. Students should already be working in the field to complete this requirement.

Individuals who intend to work in the states of CA or WA should be aware that this program is not approved to prepare students to draw blood.

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Payment Options

Credit Card

Pay in full using any major credit card, PayPal, or Venmo. Select “credit card” as your payment option.


Short-term Loan

Apply for PayPal Credit and pay zero interest if your balance is paid in full within 6-months. Complete a quick application and you’ll receive a credit decision within seconds.

Program Comparison

Emerge Education
Community College
Program & Tuition Cost
$4,000 average
Up to $20,000
Exam Fees, Books & Materials
Up to $750
Job Ready In
3–6 months
24–48 months
Schedule Flexibility
On-demand 24/7
Set class schedule
Travel Requirements
None: 100% online
On-campus classrooms
Student Support
Personal Advisors: text, call and email access
Professors: scheduled office hours
Career Coaching
Exam-tailor + soft-skill training to build well-rounded careers
Exam-based + prerequisites and electives to meet credit
Content Delivery
3D animations, immersive environments, interactive activities, game-based learning
Professor lectures

Meet Your Training Specialist

Lauren Holubec is your Training Specialist. She is here to help you understand the program, payment options and succeed! Get in touch with Lauren to learn more about the program and how to achieve your career goals. If you are a manager interested in group enrollment, please contact Lauren directly so she can assist you with the enrollment process.


How long does it take to become a Medical Laboratory Assistant?

You will complete the courses in this program over 16 weeks, making students job-ready in 4 months. The program is flexible, allowing for assignments to be completed anytime, from anywhere, 24/7.

Do these courses count for college credit?

No, these courses do not count for college credit

Is the Medical Laboratory Assistant career training online?

Yes, our training program is fully online and asynchronous.