Phlebotomy/Medical Laboratory Assistant


About the program

Phlebotomy Technicians draw blood for tests, transfusions, research, or blood donations. Medical Laboratory Assistants are able to perform a variety of tasks within the medical laboratory including waived and point-of-care testing and quality assurance. They typically work in hospitals, medical and diagnostic laboratories, blood donor centers, physician offices, and other health care facilities.

The demand for certified Phlebotomists is growing much faster than average. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics this field is projected to grow 25% through 2024. (BLS January 2016) The External Certificate Exam is available through the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Registry.

Career Pathways: Medical Assistant ATS Degree, Medical Laboratory Technology AAS Degree, Nursing AAS Degree.

Program format(s)

Students enrolled in this program will take traditional, 16-week classes each semester.  

Career Pathways: 

Medical Assistant ATS DegreeMedical Laboratory Technology AAS DegreeNursing AAS Degree

External Certification

Students who complete the program are eligible to take the PBT certification exam (Route 2) offered by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists website Eligibility for the Medical Laboratory Assistant certification requires PBT certification and one year of full-time experience as a lab assistant (Route 5) through ASCP.

Occupational Certification Opportunities

  • ASCP

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the health care delivery system, medical terminology and basic understanding of anatomy and physiology and anatomic terminology.
  • Demonstrate basic understanding of age specific or psycho-social considerations involved in the performance of phlebotomy procedures on various age groups of patients.
  • Follow standard operating procedures to collect specimens via venipuncture and capillary puncture.
  • Prepare blood and body fluid specimens for analysis according to standard operating procedure.
  • Prepare/reconstitute reagents, standards and controls according to standard operating procedure.
  • Follow established quality assurance and quality control protocol
  • Demonstrate knowledge of aseptic techniques, infection control, and safety in the collection and processing of specimens that minimizes risk to patients, self, and others.
  • Perform CLIA-waived and Point-of-Care testing, perform patient screenings, and vital sign measurements.
  • Identify and report potential pre-analytical errors that may occur during specimen collection, labeling, transporting and processing.
  • Apply knowledge of local, federal, and state health care legislation such as proper documentation and reporting, performing within legal and ethical boundaries, and applying HIPAA rules in regard to privacy and release of information.
  • Recognize and problem solve situations related to the medical lab environment.
  • Demonstrate professional conduct and apply legal, social, and ethical responsibilities within the health care environment.

Career Opportunities

  • Phlebotomist
  • Lab Assistant

Application Requirements - Limited Enrollment

  • MTC Application for Admission including application fee and final high school transcript.
  • A minimum 2.0 accumulative grade point average (on 4 scale) in high school or college-level courses (whichever is most recent).
  • Demonstrate college-readiness by achieving the required minimum score on a placement test, successfully completing any required college foundation courses, or satisfying other measures including but not limited to high school coursework, previous college coursework, samples of work, etc. College transfer credit may also be used with a grade of C or better.

  • Completed Phlebotomy/Medical Laboratory Assistant application packet available by request or online on MTC’s website.
  • Completion of successful criminal background check and successful drug screen. Students admitted into the program are required to submit to a criminal background check facilitated by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and identification. Students with certain felony, misdemeanor, or drug-related arrests will be ineligible for admission into the program.
  • Applicant must read the Medical Science Student Handbook. A listing of requirements, policies, and procedures for the program.