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 130   OR

MA 110

Specimen Collection and Handling

Phlebotomy Skills



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