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NAIT’s Medical Laboratory Assisting certificate program is offered in both full-time and part-time pathways. The full -time program runs 22 weeks which includes a 7 week clinical laboratory practicum. The part-time pathway runs evenings and weekends over 30 weeks followed by full-time 7 week clinical laboratory practicum. The Medical Laboratory Assisting program will give you entry-level experience in specimen collection and processing for analysis, basic lab procedures, performance of electrocardiograms (ECGs), phlebotomy, urinalysis, data entry and clerical/reception services. It will also provide you with opportunities for hands-on experiences with a 7-week clinical laboratory practicum with a clinical partner in Edmonton, Wainwright, Westlock, Camrose or surrounding community.
This certificate program will prepare you to be the “face of the lab” in both public and private healthcare facilities, interacting with technologists, physicians and the public. The duties of a Medical Laboratory Assistant are varied; you might find yourself acquiring patient specimens by methods such as phlebotomy (taking blood) or performing electrocardiograms (ECGs) or assisting medical laboratory technologists in chemistry, cytology, hematology, histopathology or microbiology departments.
Medical Laboratory Assisting is also available as a structured part-time offering.
Employment rates reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and do not guarantee future employment opportunities.
Salaries reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and are not a guarantee of future alumni income.
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
Semester 1 of the Medical Laboratory Assisting program begins every September and January, and consists of 15 weeks of classroom instruction with related practical laboratory sessions on NAIT Main Campus.
Semester 2 consists of 7 weeks of Work Integrated Learning (WIL) at an affiliated training site in Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Wetaskiwin, Wainwright, Westlock, Camrose and surrounding areas throughout Alberta. WIL provides practical experience in a variety of clinical settings. Emphasis is placed on practical application of concepts studied at NAIT and on development of organizational and professionalism skills.
You now have an additional pathway to the School of Health and Life Sciences at NAIT. Complete one or more select Open Studies courses to be guaranteed a program entrance interview.
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 centers, 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.
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Since this program is less than 8 months in length, international students who graduate from this program are not eligible for the post-graduation work permit. International students must apply for a Study Permit and a Co-op work permit even though this program is less than 6 months.
Students enrolled in the Medical Laboratory Assisting certificate are required to complete a clinical placement that requires a Co-op work permit. For more details, please review Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada’s post-graduation work permit criteria and Co-op work permit criteria.
International applicants should please note the following:
International applicants seeking permissions to take this program can contact a NAIT academic advisor – international focus to discuss options.
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