As a graduate of the Certified Medical Laboratory Assistant program, you’ll earn course credits you can use to complete other programs at Camosun College. You can use your certificate at a variety of Canadian and international institutions as foundational learning for pathways into other Health Science professions, with upgrading some graduates can even ladder into a Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology.
As a Certified Medical Laboratory Assistant student, you are part of the Allied Health & Technologies department of our School of Health and Human Services. Allied Health is the fastest growing group of health professions; they are in demand and vital members of the healthcare team. Allied Health professionals are gaining recognition for their professional capabilities and highly specific discipline expertise.
The School of Health and Human Services is dedicated to preparing learners to work effectively as caring professionals. Our newest building at Camosun College, The Alex & Jo Campbell Centre for Health and Wellness (CHW) at the Interurban Campus, will provide a 21st century learning environment including modern classrooms designed to foster active learning, hands-on labs, high technology simulation environments, and lots of collaboration spaces. You’ll interact with students from other programs in exciting interdisciplinary and collaborative ways preparing you for demanding future workplaces. Our program is designed to ensure that you master the theory and skills necessary for caring, safe and effective practice as a Certified Medical Laboratory Assistant.
Provincially & Nationally certified
When you successfully complete your practicum course and competently demonstrate all of the entry-to-practice skills and knowledge requirements for both the British Columbia Society of Laboratory Sciences (BCSLS) and Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS), you’ll be eligible for certification and immediate employment in BC. Once you pass the CSMLS National Certification exam, you’ll also be eligible for employment across Canada.
Some Certified Medical Laboratory Assistants will work in regulated provinces across Canada and may be required to register with a professional college like the Alberta College of Medical Diagnostic & Therapeutic Technologists or the College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario. You can learn more about regulation changes happening in BC from the BCSLS on their College of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Health Professionals of BC webpage.
As a Certified Medical Laboratory Assistant, you can earn an average annual salary of $33,00-$54,000, depending on employer and seniority. You can check out how previous graduates report on their employment for yourself at BC Student Outcomes.
Certified Medical Laboratory Assistants typically work 7.5-hour shifts, although you may work 10 or 12 hours shifts at some sites. You can expect to work day, evening and night shifts in most departments.
Most graduates initially work in a casual capacity. While you may not have a regular full time position, you may work full time hours, providing vacation relief and replacements for sick or maternity leave. It may take one to two years before you are in a regular position.
There is a strong demand for graduates both at community laboratory sites as well as within the health authority. You can prepare for future opportunities in management, quality control and assurance, education, informatics, sales, and research by continuing your training and professional development through your employer and professional associations.
Certified Medical Laboratory Assistant positions at public facilities, such as hospitals, are unionized with the Hospital Employees Union. Some employment agencies (clinics, physician offices, insurance providers) may not be unionized; those that are fall under the British Columbia Government Employees Union.