Diploma in Medical Laboratory Assistant

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You could prepare for an entry-level position as a laboratory assistant by completing CDI College's Medical Laboratory Assistant diploma program. Learn more about the courses and clinical components in this diploma program here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

CDI College's Diploma in Medical Laboratory Assistant program is designed to provide you with skills that could help you pursue a career testing blood, tissue, urine, and other specimens to detect diseases or infections. You will have the chance to learn about laboratory microbiology, cytology, histology, and hematology though courses that include lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on experiments. Anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, laboratory mathematics, and safety procedures are also covered in this program. At the end of the program, you will be required to complete a set number of hours in a clinical placement.

What Are the Prerequisites?

You might already have strong analytical and communication skills, as well as some science and or math knowledge before applying to the Diploma in Medical Laboratory Assistant program. All CDI College applicants must be high school graduates or equivalent, though some programs or campuses may have additional requirements.

What Are the Course Requirements?

Specific course requirements vary by campus, but could include the following topics. Contact CDI College to confirm the most up-to-date information before enrolling in a program.

Common Course Topics

  • Professional skills and career and employment strategies
  • Laboratory safety and asepsis
  • Standards of practice, ethics, and legislation
  • Fundamentals of cytology and histology
  • Clinical chemistry
  • Urinalysis and body fluids
  • Laboratory microbiology
  • Cardiovascular system and ECG
  • Hematology
  • Introduction to the clinical laboratory
  • Quality assurance and laboratory mathematics
  • Anatomy, physiology and medical terminology
  • Fundamentals of terminology
  • Keyboarding and introduction to computers
  • Student success strategies

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

With a Medical Laboratory Assistant diploma from CDI College, you could explore entry-level positions in a variety of medical facilities. You might choose to seek a laboratory assistant position in private testing laboratories, hospital labs, physician's offices, public health laboratories, or even veterinary labs.