Medical Laboratory Assistant



A Medical Laboratory Assistant will perform various tasks to support the laboratory technical staff, including blood specimen collection, specimen procurement, specimen processing, lab testing, send outs and the maintenance of quality assurance records. The individual will work collaboratively with all patients in accordance with department.

The Lab Assistant will also be able to receive and process samples to identify suitability, prepare samples for testing using various types of laboratory equipment, perform waived and low complexity laboratory testing, prepare and maintain accurate laboratory records, label specimens accurately and distribute them to the appropriate department, perform quality control as directed by the Laboratory Manager, clean and maintain work area and all lab equipment and supplies. The student will receive a digital certificate of completion unless otherwise requested. 

This program is a total of 576 hours which consists of classroom, online, skills lab, and clinical externship. 


Course Prerequisite: Phlebotomy Experience

Must have a certificate of completion from a Phlebotomy program OR must be currently employed as a Phlebotomist AND/OR have at least one year of verified working experience in phlebotomy.  

Course Prerequisite: Complio Account

Course Recommendation: Electronic Device with access to the Internet


This program is accredited by American Medical Technologists (AMT). Prior to program completion, students will create an AMT account and schedule their final written exam which is administered by Pearson Vue. The examination fee, $135.00, is included in the tuition. The AMT Medical Laboratory Assistant (CMLA) exam may serve as a final exam. 

A digital certificate of completion will be issued into Complio after the student attempts the AMT Medical Laboratory Assistant (CMLA) exam. A physical certificate of completion may be picked up at the Continuing Education office.

Please scroll through the entire web page as many of the frequently asked questions are answered below. Also, please refer to the Resources section at the bottom of the webpage for more valuable information. If you still are in need of additional assistance, please call the Continuing Education office at 432.335.6580 or email us

Want to know the Laboratory Assistant's Career Outlook?

United States Department of Labor: Bureau of Labor Statistics – Medical Laboratory Assistant 

To make our programs more beneficial to students, this year we have bundled the Textbooks, Scrubs, Supply Fees, and the Exam Voucher into the tuition! 

By packaging these items into the tuition students can now have these items covered by grant and scholarship funds for a lower out of pocket expense. 

We also have payment plans available so you can get started training for your new career sooner!

Have enrollment questions? Please call our office at 432.335.6580 or email at 

Course Info: 

  • Spring Courses (Odessa) 

    • Duration: 46 Weeks
    • Class Size: 6 Min/10 Max
    • Cost: $5,900 (Includes Supplies, Textbooks, Scrubs, and Testing Fee)
    • Down payment: $1,125
    • Hours: 456 Classroom/Skills Lab Hours, 120 Clinical Hours; there is an online component to this course
    • AMT Recognized
    • Pre-Requisite - Phlebotomy Experience or Certificate of Completion and Complio Account
    • Adult Morning Classes:
      • March 21st, 2022 - February 29th, 2024
        • Classroom/Skills Lab – TUESDAYS,THURSDAYS, and FRIDAYS 8am-12pm
        • Clinical Externship – MONDAY – FRIDAY 8am-12pm (Dependent on Assigned Facilities Hours)   

What do I need to register?

In response to COVID-19, the Health Careers Pre-Registration process has been moved to a Document Tracking Service called COMPLIO! Once you upload your documents, you will have access to them through Complio for a lifetime! The Certificate of Completion will also be accessible through this system when the students have completed a Health Careers program. This pre-registration service will cost $97 for Odessa residents and $109 for students in Extension Sites. This cost for the Bundle includes the required Background Check and Drug Screen costs. Please ensure you have all of the items listed on the Checklist prior to purchase. Also, be mindful that the drug screen order will expire within 30 days of creating an account. Please review COMPLIO's non-refundable policy prior to purchase. You will need to submit the following documentation:

  • Adult Learner Checklist 
  • Checklist may say Non-CNA Learner or other classification; the checklist is correct. 
  • COMPLIO How to Guide & Tutorial will provide you with examples of how to enter your documentation. If you are ready to submit your documents click the link below to create a COMPLIO account.
  • A Customer Service chat is available after an account is created or you can call 1-800-200-0853 Monday-Friday 8am-6pm (MT) for assistance. Click Here to Submit Documents to COMPLIO.

Please enter your information into Complio how you want it to appear on your Certificate of Completion and input the email address where you wish to receive email communication from the college.  

Make sure your scrubs fit! Come by the Gregory D. Williams Hall located at 2714 Robertson Ave and try on available sample sizes before completing your size selection in Complio. 

I am Compliant with COMPLIO and have met all the enrollment requirements. What’s next?

Call the Continuing Education Department at 432-335-6580 to enroll AFTER you have received an email from COMPLIO stating you are “Compliant” and have met the registration requirements. Our team will verify your compliance and enroll you in a Health Careers course. 

Within 48 hours of enrolling tuition or payment plan must be initiated. Please use the link below to start your program payment plan. Out team can also accept payment over the phone with a credit card at 432-335-6580.

Payment Plan Link

What do I need prior to the first day of class?

Students need to access their Blackboard account prior to the first day if possible. 

During the first week of class you will be sized and receive your scrubs soon thereafter. Our programs require students to wear Galaxy Blue scrubs to class and clinical. Come by the Gregory D. Williams Hall located at 2714 Robertson Ave and try on available sample sizes before completing your size selection in Complio. 

Most classes have the textbook and course materials available through Blackboard. However, some classes have a physical textbook. You may need to obtain a textbook, which is included in your tuition, through the Odessa College Bookstore 432-335-6655. 


*Course offerings are subject to restrictions and/or guidelines issued by local, state, and national government entities in response to pandemics, evacuations, natural disasters, inclement weather events, or any other circumstance that may affect the school’s ability to hold class. This may include damage to buildings, equipment failure, technology failures, or any safety concerns that may develop. Classes, courses, and/or programs may be moved, postponed, or cancelled as Odessa College deems necessary to remain operational and in compliance with such restrictions or guidelines. Students should refer to Blackboard or reach out to their instructor for further direction. Classes will mostly likely resume in an online format until otherwise notified.




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*Offerings are subject to restrictions and/or guidelines issued by local, state, and national government entities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Classes, courses, and/or programs may be postponed or cancelled as Odessa College determines necessary to remain in compliance with such restrictions or guidelines.