Bunker Hill Community College

Bunker Hill Community College

Medical Laboratory Assistant Certificate Program

Certificate Science, Engineering and Mathematics - Medical Laboratory Assistant

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Admission Requirements Credits Milestone GenEd Note Pre-req Expand

High School diploma or GED


Attend Mandatory information session

BIO-108 Human Biology/Lab

Complete the course with a grade of C or better.

MAT-093 and RDG-095 or ESL-099 and ENG-095 or ELL-103 or placement.

Total Credits:
Semester 1 Credits Milestone GenEd Note Pre-req Expand
MLA-120 Medical Terminology for the Clinical Laboratory Professional

Milestone courses should be taken in the order shown.

Admission to Program

MLA-121 Phlebotomy and Specimen Processing

Milestone courses should be taken in the order shown.

Admission to Program

ENG-111 College Writing I

Prerequisites : ENG-095 and RDG-095, ELL-103 or placement

Total Credits:
Semester 2 Credits Milestone GenEd Note Pre-req Expand
MLA-222 Clinical Laboratory Techniques

Milestone courses should be taken in the order shown.

Prerequisite: MLA-120 and MLA-121 *see note

BIO-203 Anatomy and Physiology/Lab I

Prerequisite: BIO-105 or BIO-108 or BIO-195

Total Credits:
Semester 3 Summer Credits Milestone GenEd Note Pre-req Expand
MLA-223 Clinical Practicum

MLA-222 must be completed with a grade of B- or higher.

Prerequisites: MLA-121 and MLA-222

MAT-181 Statistics

MAT-097 or MAT-098

Total Credits:
Last Modified Date: May 27, 2021
Approved for the 2021-2023 College Catalog

Upon Completion of this Concentration Graduates will be able to:

  • Develop an attitude of professionalism and be knowledgeable of the ethical considerations of dealing with patient and laboratory information.
  • Correctly perform basic venipuncture techniques using a variety of blood drawing apparatuses.
  • Explain the proper method to process and store various specimens used for laboratory testing.
  • Describe the routine workflow of the clinical laboratory.
  • Describe the importance of and correctly utilize a laboratory information system (LIS).
  • Discuss the various types of laboratory equipment that would be best utilized for various testing procedures.
  • Describe the roles of laboratory staff.
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of instrumentation.
  • Discuss the importance of and how to perform maintenance and quality control on instrumentation.
  • Perform assigned procedures, demonstrating competency in the performance of the test, understanding the underlying principles of the test, and the determination of appropriate actions necessary in handling and reporting of sensitive data.
  • Demonstrate organizational skills in the performance of assigned workload in a timely manner.

Career Outlook

A Medical Lab Assistant (MLA) is someone who works in a laboratory setting and assists in the processing of patient samples and the preparation of tests that need to be done. They play a key role in aiding the medical technologist and allowing for everything to run as efficiently as possible. They perform phlebotomy, specimen processing, testing preparation for the Medical Technologist to perform the actual testing, maintenance and calibration of instrumentation, and work with the Laboratory Information System (LIS).