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Medical Laboratory Assisting


The mission of the Orlando Tech Medical Laboratory Assisting Program is to prepare students to become nationally certified Phlebotomists, ECG Aides, Physician Office Medical Laboratory Assistants and Clinical Laboratory Assistants in hospitals and independent laboratories.


Training includes, but is not limited to phlebotomy techniques, electrocardiography techniques, laboratory safety, infection control, quality assurance and basic skills in waived testing in hematology, urinalysis, microbiology and clinical practice.

Occupational Completion Points (OCPs)

This program is a planned sequence of instruction consisting of three Occupational Completion Points. OCPs provide a student with early completion training options linked to employment opportunities established by the Florida Department of Education based on the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) system and accepted industry titles.

Academic Skill Level Required to Complete the Program

Grade 9 math, 11 language and 11 reading.

H170306 OCP Postsecondary Program of Study 465 Hrs
HSC0003 A* Basic Healthcare Worker 90
MEA0520 B Phlebotomist 75
MEA0560 C Medical Lab Assistant 300
* OCP A, Basic Healthcare Worker, is the foundation of the majority of health-related programs of study. If the student has high school credit for Health Science I and Health Science 2 or an applicant can demonstrate the skills in those courses through a written and performance test for OCP A, the student may start with OCP B, Phlebotomist.

Program Overview

Program Overview

Industry Certification/Licensure

After completing this program, graduates may take one of the following exams:

  • Registered Phlebotomy Technician (RPT), American Medical Technologists (AMT)
  • Certified Medical Laboratory Assistant (CMLA), American Medical Technologists (AMT)
  • Certified Phlebotomy Technician, American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians (ASPT)

Optional Exam(s)

  • Phlebotomy Technician (PBT), American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP)


The State Board of Education has approved statewide articulation agreements to provide credit for successful completion of industry certification through the Gold Standard program.

  • Registered Phlebotomy Technician (RPT), American Medical Technologists (AMT) – 3 credit hours toward the AAS/AS degree in Medical Laboratory Technology


Upon successful completion of this program, students enrolling in an AS degree program are eligible to be awarded articulated credits at:

  • Valencia College:
    • Biotechnology Laboratory Sciences AS degree – 4 credits


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