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Medical Laboratory Assistant

The MLA program is 23 weeks in length and is offered twice each year. During the initial 14 weeks, students develop knowledge and skills through on-campus learning and simulated laboratory experiences.

At a Glance

Emphasis is placed on the laboratory procedures performed in:

  • hematology
  • coagulation
  • immunology
  • serology
  • blood bank
  • urinalysis

This course will include topics related to:

  • infection control
  • OSHA regulations
  • laboratory testing
  • quality control

This course includes the procedures of:

  • phlebotomy
  • order of draw
  • vein selection
  • other skills and knowledge of blood draw and proper labeling of specimens

Estimated Hourly Wages

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics website:

  • The current mean hourly state wage is $19.93 per hour in North Carolina.

Employment Opportunities

  • Doctor’s office
  • Hospitals
  • Laboratories
  • Health Departments
  • Clinics

Educational Pathway

Medical Laboratory Assistant > Medical Technologist > Pathologist

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The final 9 weeks the student participates in assigned experiential learning in a variety of clinical laboratory settings. Students will gain insights and focus on the role of the Medical Laboratory Assistant in a healthcare setting such as hospitals, laboratories, and medical clinics. The course will provide functional knowledge required of a clinical allied healthcare professional.

The course will provide functional knowledge required of a clinical allied healthcare professional.

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Amy Swink
Health Services
Continuing Ed. and Workforce Development
Office: Caldwell–H–149 Work Phone: 828-726-2341

Registration Requirements

This information packet will answer the majority of your questions.

  1. Social Security card
    • original SIGNED card.
    • First and Last name on card must match government issued PHOTO ID.
    • Cannot be laminated
  2. Government issued PHOTO ID (Driver’s License)
    • First and Last name on ID must match name on social security card.
    • Must be valid and cannot expire before the end of class
  3. High School Diploma or equivalent
  4. Immunization/Health Record Form
    • Provided during orientation
    • Must be completed and signed, or stamped, by student’s health care provider or health department.
    • Must have the following immunizations documented:
      1. Tetanus Booster within past 10 years OR record of Tdap
      2. Varicella (chickenpox) (2 shots or titer =/>1.09
      3. Measles, mumps, rubella – MMR (2 shots or + titer)
      4. Hepatitis B – (3 shots OR Positive Hepatitis B titer OR Declination)
      5. Two-step Tuberculin Skin Test (TST) – current, negative
      6. Flu Vaccination (in season)
      7. Covid Vaccination
        • Vaccine not required by CCC&TI, but may be required by the clinical facility


(Scholarships are available.)

Medical Laboratory Assistant Registration Fee$203.00
Student I.D. Badge$2.50
Criminal Background Checkvaries
Drug Screenvaries
Pewter Gray Scrubs, black closed toe & heel shoesvaries

For Registration Information

Watauga Instructional Facility
460 Community College Drive
P.O. Box 3318
Boone, NC 28607

Courses currently on the schedule:

Course/SectionTitleMeeting InformationInstructorAvailability / Capacity
MED-7002-850Medical Assisting07/09/2024-12/10/2024 Classroom Hours Tuesday, Thursday 05:00PM – 09:00PM, W372, Room 116 (more)…Calhoun12/12


Licensure: Authorization granted to CCC&TI to provide instruction within another state does not imply or provide guarantees of any kind that an individual will be granted professional licensure by another state as a result of completing coursework at CCC&TI or receiving professional licensure in North Carolina. It is the sole responsibility of the individual/student to determine whether another college or license-awarding agency in another state will accept CCC&TI coursework and/or award licensure through a reciprocity agreement with the State of North Carolina.