Lab Assistant (2024): Course, Details, Eligibility, Jobs, Salary, syllabus | Virohan

Everything You Need to Know About Lab Assistant Course

By Dr. Nidhi on 17 Apr 2024
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Have you ever fallen sick and tried to figure out what’s ailing you? You visit your doctor, who orders a series of tests to uncover the cause. Then, a professional skillfully collects your blood sample, runs the required tests on your blood sample with precision, analyses the test results after which the final results are shared with you and your doctor.

While you rest at home, these professionals are diligently working in the lab, uncovering clues that will help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis and prescribe the right treatment.
So, if you’re intrigued by the idea of being that crucial link between illness and answers, consider becoming a medical laboratory assistant or a medical lab assistant.

A lab assistant plays an integral role in the healthcare industry. Being a lab assistant, you work directly with doctors and patients for effective treatment. 

So, if you are passionate about medical science and wish to pursue a career as a lab assistant, this blog article is for you.

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Course Highlights

COURSE LEVELDiploma, Undergraduate
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIACompleted 10+2 with Science subjects (Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Mathematics as mandatory subjects) with a minimum aggregate of 50%
COURSE FEE INR 20,000 to INR 3,00,000 per annum
AVERAGE SALARYINR 1,50,000 to INR 6,00,000 per annum


Role of a Lab Assistant

The responsibilities and duties of a lab assistant vary throughout the day. The core duties, however, are:

  • Collecting and processing patient samples
  • Accurately labelling specimens and distributing them to specified departments
  • Preparing samples for tests using different laboratory instruments
  • Performing laboratory tests such as blood tests
  • Preparing and maintaining laboratory records according to clinical standards
  • Performing quality control
  • Cleaning and maintaining the work area as well as all laboratory instruments and supplies

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How to Become a Lab Assistant?

To pursue your career as a lab assistant, you will have to complete your high school education in the science stream with Physics, Chemistry and Biology as mandatory subjects. Once completed, you can apply for a Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) course to begin your career as a healthcare professional.

If you are not from a science background and still want to pursue a career as a lab assistant, do not worry. Institutes such as Virohan offer medical laboratory technology courses to students from all streams, be it arts or commerce or science. Check out the different medical laboratory technology courses offered by Virohan and kick start your journey towards becoming a lab assistant!

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Lab Assistant Course Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria for laboratory assistant courses vary for different institutions.

But broadly the eligibility criteria is:

  • A 10+2 certificate with Science subjects (Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Mathematics as mandatory subjects)
  • A minimum aggregate score of 50% in 10+2

As this can differ between different institutions, please make sure to check the website of the institution of your choice before applying. Further, some institutions might also take an entrance exam for admission.

Lab Assistant Course Duration

There are different courses after class 12th that you can choose from to become a lab assistant.

Name of CourseDuration
Diploma in MLT1-2 years
Bachelor of Vocation in MLT (B.Voc. MLT)3 years
Bachelor of Science in MLT (B.Sc. MLT)3-4 years 
Bachelor of MLT (BMLT)3 years

Lab Assistant Course Fee

The course fee varies with the level of program, the facilities provided by the institute and also the location where the course is offered.

Government colleges/institutes charge fees of around INR 20,000 to INR 2,00,000 whereas the course fee in private institutes/colleges is approximately INR 1,00,000 to INR 3,00,000 per year. 

At Virohan, we value quality education at nominal prices. With this aim, the entire coursework and fee structure is designed to support students to build strong careers. We provide advanced facilities, quality education from industry leaders, and internship and placement support at affordable prices. 

Lab Assistant Course Syllabus

A lab assistant is skilled in conducting various laboratory tests and is responsible for aiding in diagnosing, treating and preventing diseases. To achieve this, professionals must have a thorough knowledge of biochemical, pathological, and microscopic examination of the body’s cells, tissues, and fluids.

The lab assistant course is designed in a way to provide complete knowledge of the following to students:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Medical Terminology
  • Medical Laws and Ethics
  • Infection Control 
  • Managing Medical Emergencies
  • Biochemistry 
  • Haematology
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology 
  • Clinical Pathology
  • Pre- and post-analytical lab procedures to evaluate specimens

Career Scope of a Lab Assistant

After the completion of an MLT course, students can work as lab assistants in different healthcare settings both in the private and government space. They can work in hospitals, nursing homes, specialised clinics, diagnostic labs, blood banks, public health agencies, etc. Further, they can also teach and nurture the next generation of lab assistants by working as educators. If they wish to study further, they can also opt for advanced and specialised courses in medical laboratory technology.


Lab Assistant Salary

The salary of a lab assistant may vary depending on his/her experience and the location and size of the healthcare facility.

The average starting salary, however, is around INR 16,000 per month. Government employees and technicians in hospitals earn around INR 40,000 per month. This can further go up as the individual gets skilled and gains more experience. 


In conclusion, lab assistant courses provide a solid foundation for aspiring lab assistants. From contributing to groundbreaking discoveries to supporting patient care in medical settings, the role of a lab assistant is rewarding and essential. Thus, for individuals seeking to kickstart their careers in healthcare, enrolling in a lab assistant course could be your first step towards a fulfilling career. 

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