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Medical Laboratory Assistant (MLA) 


As a medical laboratory assistant, you will be able to perform lab tests that help to detect, diagnose and study diseases. You will learn core laboratory skills primarily required for testing in physician office labs and other decentralized testing sites. You can earn your MLA certificate either on campus or online.



  • This certificate gives those who may already be in the healthcare field, the opportunity to add and learn additional skills.
  • The program encourages and teaches competencies aimed at better serving patient care in laboratory testing.
  • Learn from our experienced instructors who thoroughly understand the industry.
  • Our graduates report high rates of satisfaction with the curriculum and program.
  • Successful achievement students will receive a Certificate of Completion from the College of Health Profession's Medical Laboratory Assistant program. This course plus 6 months of laboratory clinical experience qualifies students to sit for the ASCP National Certification Exam, MLA (ASCP) under route 6.


Under this program students will complete MLS 1010 Core Clinical Laboratory Skills, which is a four credit class offered every semester.

After successful completion of this course (a grade of B- or better), students will be mailed a Medical Laboratory Assistant certificate, recognized by many in the healthcare industry. 

In addition, ASCP offers a certification exam to become a certified Medical Laboratory Assistant (MLA ASCP). You may use our MLS 1010 or MLS 1113 course, in conjunction with six months full-time laboratory work experience, to qualify for this exam (via route 6). 


The MLS 1113 course was created to teach you the core clinical laboratory skills from various healthcare professions. The curriculum will focus on basic laboratory methods in quality control, quality assurance, information recording and transfer, normal and abnormal laboratory values, and problem recognition. You'll receive basic technical instruction in phlebotomy, specimen collection and processing, and laboratory instrumentation in the areas of hematology, serology, urinalysis, and clinical chemistry.

If you continue your education and apply to the WSU online (MLT) program, MLS 1113 Intro Lab Practices will be waived upon acceptance into the online MLS AAS program for students who have completed MLS 1010 with a B- or better. 





discover your pathway to admissions & start your pursuit today  

  • Step 1: Apply to WSU

    Enroll at Weber State University

    Weber State University (WSU) is an open-enrollment university, you can apply anytime by visiting the link above. 

    Don't forget, once a Wildcat always a Wildcat. If you've taken a WSU course in the past (including concurrently) please visit Return to Weber for more information.

  • Step 2: Advisement

    Once you have a W#, please set up an appointment with our Dumke College of Health Professions Academic Advisors.

    They will provide you will critical information regarding general education requirements and assist with a curriculum plan to meet your career goals.


  • Step 3: Registration

    Visit Weber State University's Registration.

    Find the next available semester to register for and double check your registration time through your e-weber portal. 

    Sign up for MSL 1113 Introductory Laboratory Practices, which is taught every semester online fall and spring semester on campus.



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