What to Expect
Students can expect to spend on average:
- Semester 1: 15 weeks with 26 hours per week in class experience on NAIT Main Campus. 2 to 3 hours per day on assignments/studying outside of the classroom/lab hours.
- Semester 2: 7 weeks of Clinical Placement (7.25 hours per day, five days per week), plus required online activities.
Classroom & Study Hours
Students can expect to spend
- 22-25 hours per week attending classes over the course of the semester.
- 2 to 3 hours per day on assignments/studyng outside of the classroom/lab hours.
Students in the Diagnostic Laboratory programs at NAIT receive hands-on experience with industry-standard equipment.
- Learn more about the Diagnostic Laboratory programs facilities.
- View photos of Diagnostic Laboratory programs students getting hands-on experience with equipment and patients to accurately take, prepare, and analyze samples.
Simulation in Health and Life Sciences Programs
Hands-on simulation exercises have been a key part of School of Health and Life Sciences programs for a number of years. These exercises provide a bridge between classroom theory and real-life clinical experience. They allow students to experience some of the challenges and unpredictability of real-world situations in a safe environment before practicums begin.
Becoming a new mom changed Paula's priorities – shift work in remote oil and gas fields no longer fit with her life. Medical Laboratory Assisting offered Paula a quick way to retrain and give herself the flexibility and career options she needs. Read her story.
Is This Program For You?
Applicants to this program should have a sound background in biology, chemistry and mathematics.
Medical laboratory assistants work and communicate intricately with patients, clients and other health care professionals. To be successful, graduates must possess:
- Excellent interpersonal skills required to work with the public and all health care providers
- Strong communication skills
- The ability to work independently and in a team environment
- Good hand/eye coordination
- Basic understanding of biological science and medical terminology
- The ability to work precisely and accurately with a high degree of attention to detail
- The ability to work well in a fast-paced environment
- Good organizational skills
- Problem-solving and critical-thinking skills
- The ability to adapt to varied and challenging situations
- Normal colour vision
- Basic computer skills and good record keeping skills
- Professional standards
They should enjoy:
- Working with the public and helping people
- Working in an organized team environment
- Taking a methodical approach to their work
See how being a student in the School of Health and Life Sciences prepares you for a successful career.
- Alumni profiles – hear what our grads have to say about their NAIT education and how it has contributed to their careers.
- Student profiles – why do students choose NAIT? What's it like to be a student in the Health and Life Sciences programs? Find out from the students themselves.
- Clubs – a NAIT education extends well beyond the classroom. Find out how the Dental Assisting Club is making a real difference in our community.
- Awards and recognition – the quality of our programs and instruction shows! Our students and graduates excel at all levels.
- Video galleries – watch our students at work, see what they do and listen to why they've chosen the School of Health and Life Sciences.
- Photo galleries – get a view of our classrooms, facilities, equipment and laboratories.