May 30, 2024  
2023-2024 NOVA Catalog 
2023-2024 NOVA Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Medical Laboratory Technology: Medical Laboratory Assistant (MLA), C.S.C.

Location(s): MEC

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CIP Code: 51.0802

NOVA Code: 221-151-10

Purpose: The program is designed to prepare personnel who collect, process, and perform selected tests on samples for medical laboratory analysis. Medical Laboratory Assistants (MLAs) work in hospitals, medical clinics, and reference laboratories. The curriculum includes learning experiences: on-campus, online, and, in partnership, with affiliated clinical laboratories. Graduates are eligible to sit for the American Medical Technologists certification to become certified as a Medical Laboratory Assistant (MLA).

Admission Requirements: Applicants must do the following:

  • Comply with all general admission requirements for Health Sciences Programs.
  • Attend or view a MLA information session.
  • Have a NOVA application on file.
  • Hold a high school diploma or GED.
  • Have completed or qualify for ENG 111 .
  • Have minimum 2.0 curricular GPA.

Credit for Prior Learning: Students in this program who have been certified as a phlebotomy technician by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification (BOC) are eligible for credit for prior learning in MDL 105  and MDL 106 . See an academic advisor for further information.

Continuation Requirements: Each course in this program (MDL courses only) must be completed with a grade of “C” or better before taking the next course in the sequence.


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