Medical Assistant - Laboratory - Gulf Medical University

Medical Assistant – Laboratory

COURSE CODE & TITLEMAL 41 Medical Assistant – Laboratory
PREREQUISITES (General)Certificate of Completion of High School – with science subjects / 3 years experience in the medical field
PREREQUISITES (Additional)TOEFL score of 400
AWARD18 CE units


During this course, students will receive basic instruction in skills required in any health care setting. The students will receive an understanding of the health industry and its various career paths, both traditional and nontraditional. Competency based areas include medical law and ethics, communications, medical terminology, medical math, body system review and pathology of disease, human growth and development including life continuum. Instruction and practice will be provided in basic skills used in most health care settings, including specific skills such as the taking of vital signs, basic patient intake skills, documentation skills, computer input and retrieval skills, understanding of quality control and quality assurance, dermal puncture and venipuncture, universal precautions, laboratory safety, as well as others.

On completion of the course, the candidates should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the role and responsibilities of the medical laboratory Assistant in relation to the laboratory duties.
  2. Describe the legal, ethical, and confidentiality responsibilities of a medical laboratory assistant.
  3. Use appropriate written, verbal, and non-verbal techniques with colleagues, patients, patient’s families, and physicians.
  4. Exhibit proficiency in the use of medical terminology
  5. Exhibit knowledge in the pathology of disease and its effect on the body systems:
  6. Discuss the importance of following policy and procedures pertaining to the safe use of equipment, body mechanics, handling hazardous waste materials, universal precautions, and safeguarding patient’s records.
  7. Discuss the specific procedures as outlined in Universal Precautions for use of personal protective devices and personal protective equipment.
  8. Demonstrate the ability to position and prepare the patient for blood collection or medical procedures.
  9. Demonstrate proper collection, labeling, documentation, storage, and transportation of patient specimens.
  10. Explain the directives related to diagnostic laboratory procedures.
  11. Demonstrate knowledge of the laboratory departments and the testing done in each, including, Microbiology, Hematology and Urinalysis departments.
  12. Demonstrate proper use and care of a microscope.
  13. Discuss the proper method for managing emergency situations at a healthcare facility.
  14. Demonstrate the skills to seek, apply for and maintain employment in a hospital or health care facility.
The program offers a formal training to those currently employed as medical clerks, medical laboratory attendants, medical assistants who desire to improve their skills and job prospects. The course also offers an opportunity to enter careers in the health sector in healthcare institutions like hospitals, medical centers and physician offices in the community settings.
Introduction to Medical Laboratory AssistingBody Systems Review
Medical EthicsPathology of Disease
Medical TerminologyPatient Preparation for blood collection
Human Growth and DevelopmentSpecimen Collection
Interpersonal and Communication SkillsDiagnostic Procedures
Facility Safety and SecurityEmergency Procedures
Infection ControlJob Search

  • Lectures & Lab
  • Course work
  • Instructor led discussions
  • Worksite learning

  • Information & Learning Center, Gulf Medical University
  • GMC Hospital, Ajman
ASSESSMENT: Pretest / Post-test
For academic advising and planning of their study schedule applicants are requested to contact: The CCECO Coordinator, Office of the Assistant Director, Center for Continuing Education & Community Outreach, Gulf Medical University, Al Jurf, Ajman, UAE.Continuing Education units
The course has been accredited for eighteen continuing education (CE) units awarded by the University. Although these CE units cannot be transferred to satisfy credit requirements in any diploma or degree level courses in which the candidates may enroll at a future date, they could be counted in advancement of career by the relevant institutions.