Technical expertise, analytical precision, and exceptional service
Certified Medical Laboratory Assistants are front-line healthcare workers responsible for collecting human blood, body fluids, and physiologic data used by physicians to diagnose medical conditions. As part of the Interdisciplinary Healthcare Team, Certified Medical Laboratory Assistants are valued for their careful attention to detail and compassionate treatment of patients and clients.
Located at Interurban campus starting Fall 2019
Beginning September 2019, classes for this program will be held in The Alex & Jo Campbell Centre for Health and Wellness (CHW) at Interurban campus. Learn more about the new building.
Prepare for your role as an integral member of the healthcare team by learning a strong foundation in laboratory science theory integrated with authentic simulation environments and workplace clinical practicums. You’ll learn to incorporate exemplary patient and client-centric behaviours while mastering the techniques of blood collection (phlebotomy), analytical sample collection, and sample preparation.
Aging populations with complex care needs, constant additions of new testing services, and expanding scopes of practice result in a constant demand for new laboratory professionals.
New economic growth in BC is responsible for nearly half of all future job opportunities in this flexible and accessible program.
As a Certified Medical Laboratory Assistant, you’ll first find employment as a phlebotomist, diagnostic assistant, technical assistant, pathology assistant, or in pre-analytical specimen preparation. Further professional opportunities for the Certified Medical Laboratory Assistant exist in management, quality control and assurance, education, informatics, and research.
Most graduates begin with casual positions, transitioning into regular employment within a year or two. Shifts vary from 7.5 to 12 hours and you will work day, evening and night shifts.
Accreditation applications for Accreditation Canada, the National Health Education Accreditation for Medical Laboratory Programs (EQualTM Canada), and a request for application for recognition of the new Certified Medical Laboratory Assistant program from the British Columbia Society of Laboratory Science are in progress. Students from the first cohort in the program will participate in Accreditation evaluation activities.