Camosun expresses its sorrow and stands alongside the Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc

Camosun College is horrified by the news that the remains of 215 children have been found in the grounds of the former Kamloops Residential School, which sat on the traditional territory of the Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc. Our hearts go out to the families and communities who were and are directly affected by this news and by the original loss of their children. We are all affected. This affirms Camosun’s commitment to redressing the impact of our shared history. In memory of these children, Camosun flags on both campuses will be lowered.

Medical Lab Assistants are front-line health care heroes

Medical lab assistants are front-line healthcare workers responsible for collecting human blood, body fluids, and confidential information used by physicians to diagnose medical conditions. Demand for this profession is strong and growing.

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Medical lab assistants play a vital role in our health-care system and Camosun's program prepares students for an exciting job in this growing field.

Alex Purdy served proudly for 14 years as a medical laboratory assistant with LifeLabs. As an instructor in Camosun College’s Certified Medical Laboratory Assistant Certificate program, she is giving back by developing the next generation in her field.

“I loved the job and the variety of the role,” says Purdy. “I really enjoyed supporting patients, creating bonds and knowing that I was making a difference in their health care, and that’s why I’m instructing because I want other people to experience that as well.”

Purdy is a Camosun alumnus having graduated from the program more than 20 years ago.

Medical lab assistants are front-line healthcare workers responsible for collecting human blood, body fluids, and confidential information used by physicians to diagnose medical conditions.

“Every single person in B.C. during their lifetime will get a laboratory test and most of those will be blood draws administered by medical lab assistants,” explains Allied Health and Technologies Chair Lynelle Yutani. “And right now, there are medical lab assistants out in the field actively supporting COVID-19 immunizations and testing they are undoubtedly a critical part of the team that makes British Columbia safer and healthier.”

Demand for medical laboratory assistants is strong, and this program prepares students for employment.

“I’ve always wanted to work in health care,” says Chanice Cardinal, Indigenous learner and CMLA student representative at Camosun. “The hands on, real-world experience I’m gaining from Camosun certainly makes me feel prepared for work as a medical laboratory assistant.”

“We have very long-standing, student clinical placement agreements with both Island Health and LifeLabsthe main private laboratory facility here in B.C.,” adds Purdy. “Most of our students go on to successful employment with both of them and we often have instructors come from working in those facilities to support the program as well.”

For more information and to apply, please visit the program website.

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The full-time Certified Medical Laboratory Assistant (CMLA) Program is a comprehensive one-year, entry-level certificate in pre-analytic laboratory sciences. 

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Ivan Watson

Marketing & Communications Strategist

Camosun College

250-418-0700

watsoni@camosun.ca