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Medical Laboratory Assistant
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School of Health Sciences
Program Length: One Year
Medical Laboratory Assistants are medical laboratory professionals who collect patient specimens, perform pre-analytical procedures to prepare them for analysis, and do data entry, clerical and reception duties. As an integral member of the health care team, the medical laboratory assistant is part of the front line laboratory staff and is often the first person with whom patients and clients interact. The profession therefore requires strong communication and organizational/time management skills as well as professional conduct.
Upon successful completion of Medical Laboratory Assistant program, the graduate will:
Utilize academic knowledge as outlined in the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) competency profile, and apply the learned knowledge in clinical practice.
Perform pre-analytical clinical laboratory procedures using appropriate equipment and instruments in accordance with established protocols.
Communicate and interact effectively with clients, family members, and members of the health care team.
Maintain a high level of professional practice, meeting legal and ethical requirements, while following established protocols, safety guidelines, and existing legislation in the performance of duty.
Use quality management / continuous improvement principles to investigate, evaluate, and problem solve in a rapidly changing environment.
This is a 36 week program, which includes training at the College as well as clinical placements at various hospitals/clinics throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. Semesters 1 and 2 (15 weeks each in duration) take place at the College whereas Semester 3 consists of a 6-week clinical placement. Graduates of the program will be eligible to write the certification examination set by the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science.
The program at the Grand Falls-Windsor Campus is accredited by Accreditation Canada.
Students must possess valid Standard First Aid with Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) /Basic Life Support (BLS) certification to be eligible for graduation from the College.
Eligibility for admission to the Medical Laboratory Assistant program requires the applicant to meet one of the following four academic criteria:
1. High School
High School Graduation Certificate with a 60% overall average in the following (or equivalent):
1. English 3201 or 3202 (minimum 60%)
2. Mathematics (4 credits) chosen from:
Advanced: 2200, 3200 (50% minimum in each course)
Academic: 2201 (50% minimum), 3201 (60% minimum)
3. Science (4 credits) chosen from two of:
Earth Systems: 3209
4. Electives (2 additional credits) chosen from any of the remaining 3000 level courses offered in the Senior High School Program.
2. Comprehensive Arts and Science (CAS) Transition
Comprehensive Arts and Science (Transition) Certificate with the following courses:
1 English (minimum 60%):
2 Math (minimum 60%):
3 Four Science courses chosen from two of the following three combinations:
: It is strongly recommended that CAS students who intend to enroll in the Medical Laboratory Assistant program complete the Biology and Chemistry courses.
3. Adult Basic Education (ABE)
Adult Basic Education (Level III) Graduation with Degree and Technical Profile (overall 60% average) including the following courses (or equivalent):
1 English (minimum of 60%) 3101A, 3101B, 3101C or 3102A, 3102B, 3102C
2 Mathematics (minimum of 60%) 1101A, 1101B, 1101C, 2101A, 2101B, 2101C, 3101A, 3101B, 3101C
3 Science from two of the following sections:
a. Biology 1101, 2101A, 2101B, 2101C, 3101A, 3101B, 3101C
b. Chemistry 1102, 2102A, 2102B, 2102C, 3102A, 3102B, 3102C
c. Physics 1104, 2104A, 2104B, 2104C, 3104A, 3104B, 3104C
Applicants with Adult Basic Education (Level III) Graduation with a different Profile (and appropriate grades) may be eligible for admission to the program provided the appropriate selection of courses including those outlined above have been completed.
4. Mature Student Requirements
Applicants who do not meet the education prerequisites for this program, must be at least 19 years at the time of application and out of school for at least one year may be considered on an individual basis under the Mature Student Requirements; for more information regarding the Mature Student Requirements please refer to
Procedure AC-102-PR Admission
Students meeting academic entrance requirements are accepted on a first come, first served basis. Before final acceptance is granted, additional documentation must be submitted; see the Additional Information for Health Sciences Applicants section of the calendar or under the Admissions Regulations section of our website for details.
General Laboratory Knowledge
Orientation & Med Lab Skills
Working in Healthcare
Practical Clinical Chemistry
Semester 3 (Intersession)
In Semester 3 students will be assigned to one of the program’s affiliated clinical locations.
Locations & Start Dates
Grand Falls-Windsor Campus - September 2020