Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute

Medical Laboratory Assistant

Medical Laboratory Assistant

The MLA program is 23 weeks in length and is offered twice each year. During the initial 14 weeks, students develop knowledge and skills through on-campus learning and simulated laboratory experiences. The final 9 weeks the student participates in assigned experiential learning in a variety of clinical laboratory settings. Students will gain insights and focus on the role of the Medical Laboratory Assistant in a healthcare setting such as hospitals, laboratories, and medical clinics. The course will provide functional knowledge required of a clinical allied healthcare professional.

Course Content

The course will provide functional knowledge required of a clinical allied healthcare professional.

Emphasis is placed on the laboratory procedures performed in:

  • hematology
  • coagulation
  • immunology
  • serology
  • blood bank
  • urinalysis

This course will include topics related to:

  • infection control
  • OSHA regulations
  • laboratory testing
  • quality control

This course includes the procedures of:

  • phlebotomy
  • order of draw
  • vein selection
  • other skills and knowledge of blood draw and proper labeling of specimens


Program Contacts

Program Information


For Registration Information

Watauga Instructional Facility
460 Community College Drive
P.O. Box 3318
Boone, NC 28607

Registration Requirements

This information packet will answer the majority of your questions.

  1. Social Security card
    • original SIGNED card.
    • First and Last name on card must match government issued PHOTO ID.
    • Cannot be laminated
  2. Government issued PHOTO ID (Driver’s License)
    • First and Last name on ID must match name on social security card.
    • Must be valid and cannot expire before the end of class
  3. High School Diploma or equivalent
  4. Immunization/Health Record Form
    • Provided during orientation
    • Must be completed and signed, or stamped, by student’s health care provider or health department.
    • Must have the following immunizations documented:
      1. Tetanus Booster within past 10 years OR record of Tdap
      2. Varicella (chickenpox) (2 shots or titer =/>1.09
      3. Measles, mumps, rubella – MMR (2 shots or + titer)
      4. Hepatitis B – (3 shots OR Positive Hepatitis B titer OR Declination)
      5. Two-step Tuberculin Skin Test (TST) – current, negative
      6. Flu Vaccination (in season)
      7. Covid Vaccination
        • Vaccine not required by CCC&TI, but may be required by the clinical facility


Item Cost
Medical Laboratory Assistant Class Registration Fee $203.00
Criminal Background Check varies
Drug Screen varies
Student ID $2.50
Textbooks $98.00
Pewter Gray Scrubs, Black closed toe & heel shoes varies
Supplies varies

Course available via Continuing Education

Title Instructor
Start Date End Date Meeting Information Available
Medical Laboratory Assistant Calhoun
07/09/2024 12/10/2024 Classroom Hours Tuesday, Thursday 05:00PM - 09:00PM, W372, Room 116 (more)...

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Employment Opportunities

  • Doctor’s office
  • Hospitals
  • Laboratories
  • Health Departments
  • Clinics

Estimated Hourly Earnings:

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average mean average salary is $42,220 per year or $19.93 per hour in North Carolina.

Educational Pathway

Medical Laboratory Assistant > Medical Technologist > Pathologist

For additional information, contact

Watauga Continuing Education Department
460 Community College Drive
P.O. Box 3318
Boone, NC 28607