Medical laboratory assistants perform medical examinations that help doctors make a diagnosis. Using his/her scientific knowledge and training, IEK graduates can work by themselves or as a member of a scientific team in biochemical, haematological and microbiological laboratories.
RegistrationGraduates of secondary education schools, such as Vocational high schools, Technical high schools, General high schools and Multidisciplinary high schools, are allowed to enroll, according to m.d. 5954.
On completion of their training, graduates receive a Vocational Training Certificate. On the condition that they pass the examination organised by EOPPEP, they receive a level-5 Certificate in Vocational Training in their field.
Duration of studies
IEK studies include 5 terms (semesters). Four of these terms, that is 1,200 hours, are theoretical and laboratory classes, whereas in the 5th term students become interns and apprentices for 960 hours (Training Practice).
Assistants in medical laboratories give instructions to the people who are to be examined, prepare the necessary tools and equipment and receive samples of bodily liquids or use machinery such as X-ray scanners to perform examinations. Then they execute techniques and measurements in order to assess the physical condition of patients.