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Medical Laboratory Assistant (MLA)


As a Medical Laboratory Assistant (MLA), you will be able to perform lab tests that help to detect, diagnose and study diseases. You will learn core laboratory skills primarily required for testing in physician office labs and other decentralized testing sites. You can earn your MLA certificate either on campus or online.



  • The MLA certificate course gives those who may already be in the healthcare field, the opportunity to learn additional laboratory skills.
  • Our 15-week MLA course is available on-campus fall and spring semesters. An online option is also available to students already working in a laboratory.
  • The course encourages and teaches competencies aimed at better serving patient care in laboratory testing.
  • Learn from our experienced instructors who thoroughly understand the industry.


The MLA certificate course will focus on fundamental and ethical skills, including: 

  • General laboratory safety
  • Basic quality control and quality assurance
  • Phlebotomy practice and techniques
  • Pre-analytical specimen processing
  • Urinalysis with microscopy, immunology, and basic hematology testing
  • Point of Care testing in clinical chemistry and microbiology


  • Upon successful completing of the MLA course, students will earn a Medical Laboratory Assistant certificate from Weber State University.
  • The MLA course is one of the pre-reqs for the Campus MLT program
  • Students can qualify for the MLA (ASCP) exam via route 6 using the MLA course plus six months of full-time laboratory experience.



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discover your pathway to admissions & start your pursuit today 

  • Step 1: Apply to WSU

    Enroll at Weber State University

    Weber State University (WSU) is an open-enrollment university, you can apply anytime by visiting the link above. 

    Don't forget, once a Wildcat always a Wildcat. If you've taken a WSU course in the past (including concurrently) please visit Return to Weber for more information.

  • Step 2: Advisement

    Once you have a W#, please set up an appointment with our Dumke College of Health Professions Academic Advisors.

    They will provide you will critical information regarding general education requirements and assist with a curriculum plan to meet your career goals.


  • Step 3: Registration

    Visit Weber State University's Registration.

    Find the next available semester to register for and double check your registration time through your e-weber portal. 

    Sign up for MSL 1113 Introductory Laboratory Practices, which is taught every semester online fall and spring semester on campus.



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