To participate in the training to become an MTLA (medical technical laboratory assistant) you are required to have a diploma from a so-called “Realschule” or an equivalent school training, as well as being able to meet the physical and health requirements for trainees that are needed to perform the job. Graduates with other kinds of educational backgrounds are welcome as well. This includes those who have acquired a “Hauptschule” diploma with a study time of at least ten years, as well students who completed a two-year training after their “Hauptschule” diploma. “Abitur”-graduates who do not want to study at a university are welcome to apply too.
The training is standardized state-wide and consists of 3,170 hours of theoretical lessons and 1,230 hours of practical training. The soon to be MTLAs will learn how to perform laboratory examinations in clinical chemistry, hematology, immunology, micro-biology, histology and cyto-diagnostics as well as how to document their results based on legal requirements (e.g. a treatment contract).
The state-approved MTA-school of the university medical center Knappschaftskrankenhaus Bochum has 50 trainee positions, divided into two different courses, each course with 25 students.
The administrative tasks are done by school director Professor Stephan Hahn, PhD. He was originally practicing doctor, but is currently employed at the Ruhr University of Bochum as a molecular biologist where he is researching pancreatic tumors. Leading teaching assistant Erika Brockmann is responsible for smooth procedures and processes during the lessons with the support of her team of teachers. Very often they manage to motivate teachers as well as students to an extent that final exams are normally graded very highly and failing numbers are low.
The school’s curriculum guarantees a comprehensive, appropriate and professional education. During their training to become a medical technical laboratory assistant (MTLA, MTA-L) students learn how to perform laboratory examinations in clinical chemistry, hematology, immunology, micro-biology, histology and cyto-diagnostics and how to document their results appropriately based on legal requirements.
The training starts annually on the 1st of October. During a three year cycle the school takes in students every first and second year, but none in the third year. (2012, 2013, 2015, etc.). The application procedure takes place all year long.
Please send your application documents (cover letter, personal data sheet, certificates, school reports) to:
Universitätsklinikum Knappschaftskrankenhaus Bochum GmbH
In der Schornau 23-25