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Get the Skills to Become a Medical Lab Assistant

Medical Lab Assistant handling vials of blood.
As a Medical Lab Assistant, you would be a member of a laboratory that provides diagnostic services

37-Week* Medical Laboratory Assistant Training Program in British Columbia

Medical Laboratory Assistants play a crucial role in healthcare by conducting laboratory tests that are essential to the diagnosis and treatment of diseases. They work behind the scenes in healthcare, providing valuable data that informs patient care.

If you’re a detail-oriented, communicative person interested in a rewarding career as part of a healthcare team, training to become a Medical Lab Assistant could be an excellent opportunity for you.

The best way to see if Cambria College is the right fit for you is to come in and visit the school. You can tour our facilities, and meet with both students and instructors. Book an Appointment Now or Get more info.

Becoming a Qualified Medical Laboratory Assistant

This diploma program focuses on preparing graduates to work as medical laboratory assistants in a variety of institutions or laboratories by providing a solid theoretical and practical foundation in the application of current medical lab theory, tools, processes, procedures, and practices.

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Practical “On-The-Job” Training

At Cambria College, we believe that you should not only complete training with theoretical knowledge, but with real experience in the industry. That’s why students in the Medical Lab Assistant program will complete a 120-hour practicum placement during their training.

Your practicum enables you to apply what you’ve learned in a real setting and gain not only experience to put on your resume, but also industry connections, references, and confidence.

Course Breakdown
Course No.Course NamePrerequisiteHours

OP100

Office Procedures

NA

25

WP200

Word Processing

NA

25

BC300

Business Communications

NA

25

IMT400

Introduction to Medical Terminology

NA

25

EPL500

Ethics, Professionalism, and Legislation

NA

25

LPS600

Laboratory Procedures and Safety

EPL500

50

APT700

Human Anatomy, Physiology and Terminology

IMT400

125

MMA800

Laboratory Mathematics, Measurements & Accuracy

NA

25

IPA900

Infection Prevention & Asepsis

EPL500

25

CC1000

Clinical Chemistry

HP1300

50

LM1100

Laboratory Microbiology

HP1300

50

HC1200

Histology & Cytology

HP1300

25

HP1300

Hematology & Phlebotomy

IMT400, EPL500, LPS600, APT700, MMA800, IPA900

150

USC1400

Urinalysis & Special Collections

CC1000, HP1300

25

ECG1500

Cardiovascular System & ECG

NA

100

CS1600

Career Strategies

NA

25

WE1700

Work Experience

All courses listed above.

120

TOTAL

895

Program Duration

Total Program Hours895
Work Experience Hours120
Total Program Weeks37*

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must meet the following requirements prior to acceptance into the program:

1. High School Graduation or equivalent OR mature student status (19 years or older prior to starting the program)

2. Meet one of the following English Language Proficiency requirements:

  • Minimum Grade 12 English (Domestic Students)
    • For English as second language students;
      • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall band of 6.0 or higher, with a minimum 6.0 in each band,
      • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 60-78,
      • Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) 7 or higher, with a minimum of 6.0 in all four skills,
      • Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL): Score of 60 or higher with no sub score less than 50,
      • Pearson Test of English (PTE): Score of 46 or higher,
      • Language Proficiency Index (LPI): Level 4 with an essay score of 26 or higher,
    • Pass the College’s English Admission test with 60% or higher.

3. Clear Criminal Record Check Completion under the Criminal Record Review Program (CRRP).

4. Applicants must have a keyboarding speed of 40 wpm.

This program is approved by the Private Training Institution Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills.

Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be able to:

  • You will be able to practice safely, and ethically as a medical lab assistant.
  • You will be able to provide professional medical laboratory services.
  • You will be able to collect, handle and process specimens for analysis according to professional and accepted medical laboratory operating standards and procedures.
  • You will be able to use medical laboratory equipment effectively and efficiently.
  • You will be able to use a variety of blood collection methods using proper techniques with standard precautions.
  • You will be able to perform cardiac monitoring tests.
  • You will be able to perform medical laboratory administrative tasks and requirements.

Program Fees

Domestic Students: 

  • Application Fee: $150
  • Tuition: $15,250
  • Textbooks: $1,550

Total: $16,950

International Students: 

  • Application Fee: $500
  • Tuition: $19,850
  • Textbooks: $1,550

Total: $21,900

Career Opportunities

This program prepares graduates for medical lab careers in a variety of public and private:

  • Healthcare settings
  • Hospital laboratories
  • Private clinics
  • Industry laboratories
  • Phlebotomy clinics

Designed to prepare graduates for NOC 3212.

To be submitted before work experience:

  • Proof of a negative TB skin test or chest x-ray.
  • Immunization requirements: Pertussis, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Polio, Measles/Mumps/Rubella, Chicken Pox, Hepatitis B, Influenza
  • N95 Mask Fit testing (prior to practicum placement)

*This admissions requirement change is pending approval by PTIB.

This program is approved by the Private Training Institution Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills.

Cambria College’s Medical Laboratory Assistant program is approved by the British Columbia Society of Laboratory Sciences. Upon completion of this program, graduates may apply for BCSLS certification.

Is a Career as a Medical Lab Assistant Right for You? Get More Info…

If you’re interested in learning more about a career as a Medical Lab Assistant and exploring whether Cambria College is right for you, fill out the form on this page to receive more information.

For immediate questions, call your nearest Cambria College location today.

Richmond: (604) 242-4000
Surrey: (604) 416-5522
Vancouver: (604) 428-7500
Victoria: (778) 265-7547

*Program length when completed in normal time