Medical Laboratory Assisting and Phlebotomy

The Hidden Profession that Saves Lives

A student in safety goggles and medical protective clothing examines a test tube sample by holding it up to the light.
Put on your lab coat to enter the medical laboratory world. Immerse yourself in laboratory science, mastering microbiology, immunology, physiology and anatomy. Learn the language of health professionals as you navigate the clinical landscape. Glove up to prioritize safety and learn lab operation skills. Gather vital medical information from real patients as you perform blood draws.

What You Can Learn

Units of Study
  • Medical Terminology
  • Orientation and Safety
  • Basic Laboratory Skills
  • Introduction to Health Occupations
  • The Clinical Lab and its Employees
  • Communication and Leadership
  • Legal and Ethical
  • Regulations/Organizations in Medical Lab
  • Phlebotomy, Infection Control and Cardio
  • Phlebotomists Special Collections 
  • Hematological Testing
  • Immunology and Blood Banking
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Financial Literacy
  • Career Connections
  • Microbiology
  • Urinalysis and Clinical Chemistry
  • Practice Medical Laboratory
  • Laboratory Assistant's Clerical Role
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Genetics and Genetic Testing
  • Clinical Laboratory Exam Review
  • Work-Based Learning Shadowing/Internship

What You Can Earn

Available High School Academic Credits
At district request, students may earn:
  • English
  • Science
  • Health
Licensing/Industry-Based Certifications
Students have opportunities to earn:
  • Registered Phlebotomy Tech
  • Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED
  • Certified Medical Laboratory Assistant (CMLA)
Work-Based Learning
Organizations that support this program:
  • ACM
  • CSL Plasma
  • Kodak
  • Lidestri
  • Monroe Veterinary Associates
  • Red Cross
  • RIT
  • Rochester Regional Health
  • URMC

Where You Can Go

Career Opportunities
Minimal Requirement Beyond CTE
  • Phlebotomist
  • Specimen Processor
Additional Education and/or Experience
  • Clinical Laboratory Technician
  • Clinical Laboratory Scientist
  • Pathologist Assistant
  • Histotechnician
Postsecondary Pathways
Articulation Agreements
  • Monroe Community College
  • Nazareth College
  • SUNY Cobleskill
Dual Enrollment
  • Monroe Community College
    • Foundations of Personal Health and Wellness (HED130)
    • Intro to Med Lab Tech (CLT100)
    • Specimen Procurement and Processing (CLT110)
  • Monroe Community College
    • Statistics for Scientists (MTH208)


Jim Payne
As a research technician, Jim Payne studied the blood of Alzheimer's patients and the genome of the bacteria that causes cavities. His educational background includes earning a master's in education focused on grades 5-12 biology education. Jim has taught this program at WEMOCO since 2010.
Intro Video
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Getting Started

Meet with your school counselor to discuss how Career & Technical Education at WEMOCO can benefit your career development. Your counselor can help you begin the enrollment process.