Work in health care
This eight-month part-time program will give you all the skills you need to apply for employment as a medical laboratory assistant. You'll study 12 hours a week from September to March, followed by a required four-week practicum in April.
In this program, you'll learn how to collect specimens from patients, and how to initially process and prepare the specimens for analysis. You will be trained to perform electrocardiograms (ECGs) and a variety of basic lab procedures. Data entry, clerical duties, and reception services are also a part of this program.
There are two professional certification organizations: the provincial society, BCSLS (British Columbia Society for Laboratory Science) and the national society, CSMLS (Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science).
When you graduate from our program, you are automatically certified by BCSLS. Currently, there is no exam; you just have to apply, send a copy of your graduation certificate and pay dues.
This program also qualifies graduates to meet the standard set by Island Health (Vancouver Island Health Authority) and Life Labs.