MLAs work to detect, diagnosis, and treat disease by way of examination and analysis of body fluids and cells. MLAs search for microorganisms; analyze the chemical content of fluids; match blood for transfusions; and test for drug levels in the blood in order to help determine how a patient is responding to treatment. They also use microscopes to look for abnormal cells in blood and body fluids, to count cells, and to look for abnormal cells. After collecting and gathering all data, it is then given to the physician. MLAs often work in hospitals, independent labs, clinics, doctor’s offices etc. Our MLA program is only three days long.
- History of the clinical laboratory and the professionalism desired in clinical laboratory personnel
- Behavior consistent with the ethical practice of clinical laboratory medicine
- Maintain of confidentiality of all patients and test results
- Appreciation for the special knowledge and talent of other members of the health care team
- Transmission of the AIDS (HIV) virus and state how the virus affects the immune system
- Other pathogens that could be transmitted by blood or body fluids and demonstrate procedures to safely handle these specimens
- Evaluate quality control values and fulfill the requirements of national and international laboratory standards
- Safely process clinical specimens according to established procedures
- Accurate and safe pipetting techniques
- Operation of basic laboratory equipment, such as microscopes, centrifuges and spectrophotometers and automated analyzers safely and according to established procedures, using only necessary supplies to maximize resources
- Correctly demonstration of standard isolation techniques, using only necessary supplies to
- maximize resources
- How to exhibit an understanding of safety hazards in the laboratory and demonstrate the proper techniques to avoid accidents
- Take vital signs and perform POCT
- Perform basic laboratory procedures in chemistry, hematology, urinalysis, immunohematology, immunology and microbiology
- Identify and use basic medical terminology as it applies to the clinical laboratory
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why would anyone choose to go to a traditional schooling program, when yours has so many great benefits and advantages over the others?
A: Because our programs are not for everyone. Students must meet special qualification guidelines to take our programs, which not everyone is able to meet. The other reason is that many people who would qualify, do not know that there is an alternative to the traditional college and university vocational programs because it is not something that most schools know and are willing to admit.
Q: What is the difference between the certifications and credentials earned through your programs versus those earned after completing a traditional vocational college/university program?
A: There is no difference between the certifications. It’s not the certification and credentials that is different, it is the method taken to earn those certifications/credentials that is different. Traditional schooling is one way, and meeting our qualification guidelines and completing one of our programs is another. They are just two different paths that end at the same destination. Not everyone qualifies for this path, whereas anyone could qualify for the other.