What Do Medical Laboratory Assistants Do?
Medical Laboratory Assistants (MLA) serve multiple roles assisting Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLT), Medical Laboratory Scientists (MLS), physicians, patients and other healthcare personnel. MLA are trained in all areas of the Medical Laboratory including phlebotomy; specimen processing; performance of moderate complexity testing according to standard operating procedures. Duties include computer skills, safety, quality assurance and working with laboratory information system.
Medical Laboratory Assistants collect specimens from patients, process specimens, maintain equipment and perform select tests on blood and body fluids. They work under the direction of Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLT) and Medical Laboratory Scientists (MLS). The profession of Medical Laboratory Assistants requires classroom and technical knowledge and ethical qualities.