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Certified Medical Laboratory Assistant

Certificate in Certified Medical Laboratory Assistant

Caregiving members of the medical laboratory team

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.

CMLA classroom

Our graduates are in demand!

Grads of the Certified Medical Laboratory Assistant program are equipped with scientific theory integrated with experience in authentic simulation environments and workplace clinical practicums.

Work in health care

The full-time Certified Medical Laboratory Assistant Program is a comprehensive one-year, entry-level certificate in pre-analytic laboratory sciences. This program prepares graduates for their role as integral members of the healthcare team by providing a broad foundation in laboratory science theory integrated with authentic simulation environments and workplace clinical practicums. Students learn to incorporate exemplary patient and client-centric behaviours while mastering the techniques of blood collection (phlebotomy), analytical sample collection, and sample preparation. Students learn to collect and process data required for diagnostic investigations.

Certified Medical Laboratory Assistant

Credential
Certificate
Length
10 months
Study Options
Full-time
Work Experience
7-week clinical practicum
Start
September 2019, May 2020
Campus
Lansdowne (Interurban as of Sept 2019)
School
Health and Human Services

Applied learning

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.

In demand

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.

Your career

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.    

Contact Us
Camosun College Lansdowne
3100 Foul Bay Rd
Victoria BC V8P 5J2
Camosun College Interurban
4461 Interurban Rd
Victoria BC V9E 2C1
  • 250–370–3000
  • 1–877–554–7555 (toll-free)

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