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Certified Medical Laboratory Technician (CMLA)                Fee: $1,999*

( DAYS. (Plus 3 weeks online access for optional advance self-study)

What is a Certified Medical Laboratory Assistant/Technician (CMLA)?

MLAs examine and analyze body fluids, and cells. They look for bacteria, parasites, and other microorganisms; analyze the chemical content of fluids; match blood for transfusions; and test for drug levels in the blood that show how a patient is responding to treatment. They use microscopes, cell counters, and other sophisticated laboratory equipment. They also use automated equipment and computerized instruments capable of performing a number of tests simultaneously. After testing and examining a specimen, they analyze the results and relay them to physicians. Medical and clinical laboratory technicians generally have either an associate degree from a community or junior college or a certificate from a hospital, a vocational or technical school, or the Armed Forces. Some MLAs learn their skills on the job and/or are promoted on the job from or crosstrained in Phlebotomy.

Where does a CMLA work?

Hospitals, independent labs, clinics, doctor’s offices, etc.

How much does a CMLA earn?

$28,420 - $44,310

Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians/Assistants salary according to BLSOccupational Outlook

The Following Will Be Covered in all CMLA Training Courses:

  • History of the clinical laboratory and the professionalism desired in clinical laboratory personnel

  • Behavior consistent with the ethical practice of clinical laboratory medicine

  • Maintain of confidentiality of all patients and test results

  • Appreciation for the special knowledge and talent of other members of the health care team

  • Transmission of the AIDS (HIV) virus and state how the virus affects the immune system

  • Other pathogens that could be transmitted by blood or body fluids and demonstrate procedures to safely handle these specimens

  • Evaluate quality control values and fulfill the requirements of national and international laboratory standards

  • Safely process clinical specimens according to established procedures

  • Accurate and safe pipetting techniques

  • Operation of basic laboratory equipment, such as microscopes, centrifuges and spectrophotometers and automated analyzers safely and according to established procedures, using only necessary supplies to maximize resources

  • Correctly demonstration of standard isolation techniques, using only necessary supplies to

  • maximize resources

  • How to exhibit an understanding of safety hazards in the laboratory and demonstrate the proper techniques to avoid accidents

  • Take vital signs and perform POCT

  • Perform basic laboratory procedures in chemistry, hematology, urinalysis, immunohaematology, immunology and microbiology

  • Identify and use basic medical terminology as it applies to the clinical laboratory

  • Use basic metric systems for laboratory procedures.

****Externship/Clinical Opportunities Available****


(Reserved for RN, EMTS, PT, CNA, CCMA, CET, LPN, MLT, DR, LVN, DA, Medical Students, Science Majors as well as other CURRENT Healthcare Professionals). Contact us if you are unsure as to whether or not you qualify.

Training Fee: $1,999*

*Special pricing applies for those who are currently working as a Medical Lab Assistant or have completed an accredited Medical Lab training program.

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