Medical Laboratory Assistant - Southwestern Illinois College

The SWIC Medical Laboratory Assistant program prepares students to assist in the clinical laboratory by preparing graduates with the basic skills and professionalism required to supply quality laboratory results for optimal patient care.

Program Cost

For details, see the Medical Laboratory Assistant cost sheet.

Additional Information

MLAs assist physicians or medical professionals in diagnosing illness and/or determining the effectiveness of treatment. Medical Laboratory Assistants have limited patient contact, except when drawing blood. Assistants will learn how to order, collect, and process specimens in addition to the basics of laboratory testing with an emphasis on quality control and good analytical practices. Courses from the certificate will bridge the Medical Laboratory Technology AAS degree. See the program coordinator or an academic advisor for more information.

Medical Laboratory Assistant Certificate Requirements

Medical Laboratory Assistant (OCCUP 022A)

Fall or spring Semester

Total Credit Hours


First Six weeks

Credit Hours

MLT 100 or

MA 110

Introduction to Phlebotomy Procedures

Phlebotomy Skills



MLT 120

Introduction to Lab Processing


HRO 100

Medical Terminology


Second Six Weeks

MLT 150 or

MA 171

Introduction to Clinical Lab

Medical Lab Orientation II


Last Four Weeks

MLT 243

Lab Processing Clinical


*Students who complete MLT 100 will have 8 credit hours for this certificate.