A Career as a Medical Laboratory Assistant Can Take You Anywhere


Salary Range
$44,405 – $53,028

Recommended High School Courses
High School Diploma or equivalent
English 40S
Math 40S
Biology 30S (or higher) OR
Chemistry 30S (or higher)

Not all courses are required for all
programs — please inquire with
individual programs for more

Medical laboratory assistants are an important part of helping a lab run smoothly. They support the work of medical laboratory technologists by collecting, sorting, preparing, and processing lab samples so they can be tested and analyzed.

Responsibilities can include:

  • Patient registration into the Laboratory Information System (LIS)
  • Performing phlebotomies (taking blood from patients)
  • Aliquoting samples
  • Preparing reagents
  • Urinalysis
  • Loading specimens onto analyzers

Role Requirements

  • Medical laboratory assistants spend a lot of time either sitting or standing
  • Medical laboratory assistants perform repetitive tasks
  • Medical laboratory assistants must follow strict safety procedures to keep themselves safe from hazardous materials
  • Medical laboratory assistants generally work 8-hour shifts, including days, evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays

Skills and Abilities

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Clear Communicator

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Attentive to Detail

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Team Player

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Problem Solver

Educational Programs

Robertson College

Herzing College

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