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Certified Medical Laboratory Assistant

Admission Requirements

Ready to get started? We admit 24 full-time students per intake, with flexible pathways opening up after January 2020. Ask your Admissions Advisor if you qualify for priority seats reserved for Indigenous Students.

Admission requirements

In order to qualify for this program, you'll need a basic understanding of human anatomy, medical terminology, and the underlying scientific principles that form the foundations of laboratory analytics. You'll build on this knowledge as you progress through the required program courses designed to develop and enhance your practical clinical skills and professional judgement.

When you apply you will need to submit proof that you meet the following admission requirements.

Tip Where a letter grade is specified, you must have proof of that grade or higher.

Note It is highly recommended that the academic admission requirements be completed within the past five years. If more than five years have elapsed, upgrading in the required subjects can significantly improve student success.

Requirement High school course Camosun course Alternatives
one of:
  • B in English 12
  • B in English 12 First Peoples
  • B in English Language
  • Non-BC high school
one of:
one of:
  • C in Biology 12
one of:
  • C in Chemistry 11
Medical Terminology
one of:
  Completion of a course consisting of a minimum of 60 hours with a letter grade of B or higher
Grade 12 Completed Grade 12 graduation or equivalent 2
Physical Requirements Completed Physical Requirements Form
Info Session Attendance at a Certified Medical Laboratory Assistant program Information Session and completion of the online questionnaire. An online information session PDF is available for anyone unable to attend in person.
Volunteer Experience 40 hours of volunteer work in a patient related environment.3

Missing admission requirements?

Camosun offers alternative courses and upgrading programs to help you get started.


Keyboarding is no longer an application requirement. Students must successfully demonstrate their keyboarding ability as part of their coursework in order to be eligible for their clinical practicum and program completion.

1MATH 039 focuses on workplace mathematics calculations common in allied health professions and crucial in medical laboratories; it can be used as a prerequisite to MATH 052 for students wishing to build their application qualifications for other allied health programs.

2Grade 12 (High School) graduation is a condition of employment for the Hospital Employees Union (HEU) and the British Columbia Government Employees Union (BCGEU) approved Medical Laboratory Assistant, Technical Assistant, and Laboratory Assistant job descriptions common to both health authority and private employers in BC.

3The type of volunteer work required of applicants is that of an "interactive" role rather than an "informational" role; interacting with patients on a more personal level.

  • Activities like reading to patients, playing games (cards, bingo, etc.), providing for their non-medical needs (assistance with wheelchairs, mobility, etc.) are ideal.
  • The best environment to gain this all-inclusive sensory experience of sounds, smells and sights of the hospitalized patient is within an institutional care setting.
  • Individuals having prior work experience (health care assistants, nurses, physicians, paramedics, etc.) in acute or direct patient care environments may submit a letter of recommendation filled out by a direct supervisor or provide a work record and job description describing their role and responsibilities performed in lieu of the volunteer hours.
  • The applicant must submit a letter from the facility supervisor (Volunteer Coordinator) confirming at least 40 volunteer hours and the role and responsibilities performed. Some facilities may require more than 40 hours of volunteer time in order for this letter to be provided. E.g. Vancouver Island Health Authority Volunteer Program

Participation requirements

  • Criminal Record Check: During this program, you may be working with children and/or vulnerable adults. In order to participate in work integrated learning experiences, such as a practicum or work term, you will need to complete a criminal record check through the Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General for Camosun College. Camosun will email you with information on how to complete the Criminal Record Check (CRC) process. You are responsible for all associated costs.
  • Students are responsible to provide evidence that they do not have active TB. Acceptable evidence is a negative TB skin test or a negative chest x-ray. Evidence must be dated no more than six months before practicum start. Students are responsible for the cost of the testing. An additional TB test is required after each possible exposure to TB and/or travel within an area that there is a known prevalence of TB.
  • Students are highly recommended to maintain current immunizations as per the HSPnet Practice Education Guidelines of B.C. (listed under 'Content Management'). See the list of recommended immunizations PDF.
    • Failure to comply with immunization guidelines could result in the health care organization or the college barring the individual from the clinical setting until proof of immunity is provided and/or until a communicable disease outbreak is declared over. This could impact a student's ability to successfully complete the clinical placement course and/or a clinical/community rotation.
  • Employers expect candidates to be able to demonstrate the ability to keyboard at a minimum of 40 wpm without errors and be fluent in the use of computers and electronic health information programs. Basic computer literacy, including experience with keyboarding, basic internet searches, and email skills are essential to developing this level of skill during the program.
  • Students may be responsible for other eLearning, testing, and/or credentials, as required by WorkSafeBC or the individual practicum placement agencies such as (but not limited to) Mask Fit Testing, CPR/First Aid, organizational policies and procedures in order to be eligible for practicum activities. Students are completely responsible for the time and cost of completing these activities.
  • Students are required to provide their own transportation, meals, and accommodations while completing their clinical placement.

Personal qualities for success

The following personal attributes are recommended for success in this program:

  • Competence in written and oral English
  • Fluent computer skills – students will also need reliable access to a computer & internet
  • Ability to manage time commitment to school & study
  • Strong sense of responsibility – caring nature – interest in well-being of others, particularly the sick and injured
  • Empathy, ethics, and self-knowledge
  • Excellent physical fitness and mental acuity
  • Detail oriented​​​, ability to follow strict procedures with high accuracy
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Evidenced based decision making, research mindset

Completion requirements

You must achieve at least a "C+" in each course and a "COM" for all practice-based courses in order to successfully complete the program and be awarded a Certificate in Certified Medical Laboratory Assistant.

Successful completion of the Medical Laboratory Assistant National Certification Exam of the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science is required to qualify for licensure and employment across Canada. The Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science examination process is external to Camosun College.

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