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College Catalog 2018-2019

Career Study Certificate
CIP Code: 51.1004


The program is designed to prepare personnel who collect, process, and perform selected tests on samples for medical laboratory analysis. Medical Laboratory Assistants (MLAs) work in hospitals, medical clinics, and reference laboratories. The curriculum includes learning experiences: on-campus, online, and, in partnership, with affiliated clinical laboratories. Graduates are eligible to sit for the American Society for Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) Board of Certification (BOC) national examination to become certified as a Medical Laboratory Assistant (MLA).

Admission Requirements: Applicants must do the following;

  • Comply with all general admission requirements for Allied Health Programs.
  • Attend or view a Medical Laboratory Assistant information session.
  • Have a NOVA application on file.
  • Hold a high school diploma or GED.
  • Have completed or qualify for ENG 111.
  • Have minimum 2.0 curricular GPA.

Credit for Prior Learning: Students in this program who have been certified as a phlebotomy technician by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification (BOC) are eligible for credit for prior learning in MDL 105 and MDL 106. See an academic advisor for further information.

Continuation Requirements:Each course in this program must be completed with a grade of ā€œCā€ or better before taking the next course in the sequence.

One Year Credits
1st Semester
MDL 105 Phlebotomy 3
Total   3
2nd Semester
1ENG 111 College Composition I 3
2HLT 141 Intro. to Medical Terminology 1
MDL 100 Intro. to Medical Laboratory Technology 2
MDL 106 Clinical Phlebotomy 4
MDL 140 Clinical Urinalysis 2
Total   12
3rd Semester
HIM 130 Healthcare Information Systems 3
HLT 145 Ethics for Healthcare Personnel 2
MDL 130 Basic Microbiology 3
MDL 196 On-Site Training 2
MDL 260 Laboratory Instrumentation 2
Total   12
Total credits for the Medical Laboratory Assistant Career Studies Certificate=27

1 May substitute ENG 112 or higher.

2 May substitute HIM 111.