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.
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.
Below is a joint statement from Cynthia Smith, Dean, School of Health and Human Services at Camosun College and Devena Steinmann, President of the BC Society of Laboratory Sciences.
Feb. 11, 2020
“Current students in the Camosun College Certified Medical Laboratory Assistant program, who demonstrate that they meet all of the Medical Laboratory Assistant competency standards and practice requirements of the British Columbia Society for Laboratory Science, will be eligible for BCSLS certification when they successfully complete the program. BCSLS and Camosun College are committed to the ongoing process of ensuring the program meets recognition standards.”