The Certified Medical Laboratory Assistant (CMLA) credential is offered through the American Medical Technologists (AMT) organization. Three general content areas are covered on the CMLA exam: General Knowledge, Administrative Knowledge, and Clinical Knowledge.
Obtaining CMLA certification validates skills and competencies that are critical to the roles and responsibilities of a Medical Lab Assistant. Certification shows a commitment to professionalism and quality patient care.
AMTs CMLA certification exam has been accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and can be taken at Pearson Vue testing locations across the United States.
IMPORTANT: To be eligible to attempt the CMLA exam, students must provide proof of completion (Transcript) of an AMT-approved training program (MedCerts' training program is approved by the AMT). Graduates who attempt and pass the CMLA exam will remain in a state of Provisional Certification status until such time as they complete 120 hours of documented, approved clinical lab experience on the job.
MedCerts training programs are some of the most competitively price ways to start a new career.
|MedCerts||Community College||Online College|
|Program & Tuition Cost||$4,000 average||Up to $20,000||$3,000 average|
|Exam Fees, Books & Materials||Included||Up to $750||Up to $750|
|Job Ready In||3–6 months||24–48 months||3–6 months|
|Schedule Flexibility||On-demand 24/7||Set class schedule||On-demand 24/7|
|Travel Requirements||None: 100% online||On-campus classrooms||None: 100% online|
|Student Support||Personal Advisors: text, call, and email access||Professors: scheduled office hours||Support inbox|
|Career Coaching||Exam-tailor + soft-skill training to build well-rounded careers||Exam-based + prerequisites and electives to meet credit hour requirements||Exam-specific only|
|Content Delivery||3D animations, immersive environments, interactive activities, game-based learning||Professor lectures||Varies: typically videos and presentations|
This table is provided for reference only. Actual pricing may vary or change without notice. Pricing is based on an estimated full-cost tuition with fees for a Medical Assistant program or similar program before financial aid or other assistance. Data sampled from MedCerts, Oakland Community College, and Kaplan University.
A Medical Lab Assistant (also known as a Lab Aid/Assistant, Specimen Processor/Collector) is an important member of the laboratory healthcare team. They collect, prepare and transport patient specimens and may perform various testing on blood, urine and other bodily fluids.
A Health Technician typically works in a medical lab running tests and operating diagnostic equipment.