What you will learn
Hands-on, industry-relevant training
As part of the health-care team, Medical Laboratory Assistants are trained in the collection of specimens from the patient, the initial processing and preparation of specimens for analysis, data entry, performance of phlebotomy and ECGs, urinalysis, specified basic laboratory procedures, and the laboratory information system (LIS).
In the program, students learn how to provide quality patient care by being introduced to
- How to work safety in a level II containment laboratory
- The process of collection of specimens for analysis
- How to procure quality laboratory specimens for analysis
- How to think critically, to communicate, and to collaborate professionally
- The professional responsibility of an MLA, including scope of practice, ethics, accountability, and professional development
Enter the workforce with confidence
Medical Laboratory Assistants are involved in the processing of all samples that come into the lab and ensuring these samples meet required standards for analysis, and there is high demand for employment throughout Alberta, specifically in the central and northern regions.
You will typically be employed by hospitals and healthcare centres, industrial process or manufacturing companies, research laboratories and insurance companies.
As a graduate of the program, you are also eligible to challenge the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science exam to obtain national certification as a medical laboratory assistant in Canada.
Please refer to the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) website to learn more about their requirements for licensing/mandatory registration and declaration of conduct, which may include disclosure of information related to criminal convictions and professional misconduct or incompetence as well as any personal factors that could impact the ability to practice safely.
Information for international students
Some NAIT programs are unavailable to international students because they do not meet eligibility for a study permit or Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP).
Study Permit: This program is offered in a part-time structure and therefore, is still eligible for a study permit; however, study permit holders do not have permission to work while studying part-time.
Co-Op Work Permit: Students enrolled in this program must complete a Clinical Placement. As such, you must apply for a co-op work permit and receive approval before the start of your work placement.
Post-Graduation Work Permit: Due to the part-time nature of Structured Part-Time Programs, this program does not meet the criteria for the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) Program. Completion of this program will not make you eligible for a PGWP.
International applicants seeking permissions to take this program can contact a NAIT Academic Advisor – International to discuss options.