Prepare to work in the medical lab
The Medical Laboratory Assistant program prepares you for immediate employment in the health care field. You'll learn about legal and ethical guidelines, human anatomy and physiology, lab terminology and techniques, safety and specimen handling.
What to expect
The program is offered once a year on a part-time basis starting each September and finishing in April. Classes are held at the Lansdowne Campus. All theory courses are delivered in a classroom, Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 to 9pm. The lab portion takes place on most Saturdays, from 8:30am to 3pm. Additional hours are required at community and hospital lab sites for the Practical Skills course and the Practicum.
From October through March, you will be assigned a placement in two working laboratories (one hospital and one community site). The program requirement is to complete 53 hours over eight site visits. Sites alternate every three weeks. Practicum sites are arranged by Camosun and if you commute from up-island, you will be assigned a practicum placement in your area. Your four-week, full-time practicum wraps up the program in April.
You should expect to spend between eight and 15 hours per week studying and doing homework, although the time may vary depending on your study skills and familiarity with the material. During the program, you will serve as a practice client for your classmates and you will perform phlebotomy procedures (drawing blood) on other students.