Diploma Medical Laboratory Assistant

CDI College

Program Description

Diploma Medical Laboratory Assistant

CDI College

Program Objectives

The objective of this program is to help individuals prepare for the challenges of a career within the medical environment.
Graduates enjoy the greatest career satisfaction when they are scholastically prepared, hold a solid, practical understanding of their responsibilities and begin their positions with a healthy attitude. The College seeks to develop all of these attributes within each student.

The program provides both theoretical and practical instruction in a well-equipped classroom/laboratory setting. In-class learning is supplemented during the enrollment period by clinical work experience in any of the fast-paced hospital departments.

Career Opportunities

This program prepares individuals for a career in:

  • A private diagnostic testing laboratory
  • A public health laboratory (including Blood Services)
  • A hospital laboratory or outpatient department
  • A quality control laboratory (food industry, microbiology media, point of care testing)
  • A veterinary laboratory
  • A physician’s office or clinic
  • Other types of medical office settings


  • Grade 12 or equivalent OR mature student status (19 years of age and one year out of high school).
  • Passing score on the entrance examination.
  • Pre-Entrance Immunization Report indicating a student is fit to undertake the program/practical and has up-to-date immunization. In addition to regular immunization, it is mandatory that each student be immunized against Hepatitis B. Students may also be required to be immunized against influenza virus, dependent on field placement requirements.
  • Police check indicating the absence of a criminal record.

Graduation Requirements

  • Average of at least 60% in each course of the program, as well as a minimum mark of 60% on all final practical and theory examinations.
  • Successful completion of all Practical Skills and Clinical Placement requirements as well as the hours of the Career and Employment Strategies course.
  • Standard First Aid Certificate and CPR Certificate (Level C – Basic Rescuer) which must be attained before starting any Clinical Placement.


The British Columbia Society for Laboratory Science (B.C.S.L.S.) has established standards for the training of Medical Laboratory Assistants. Graduates of educational programs approved by B.C.S.L.S. are eligible to obtain a B.C.S.L.S. M.L.A. Certificate and can apply for certification (Medical Lab Assistant and /Phlebotomy) within three years of their graduation date.

Interested students may also apply to take the National Certification Agency Phlebotomy Exam which is usually held in June. The N.C.A. is an American certifying agency.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 28, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2018
100 hours
Full time
Canada - Vancouver, British Columbia
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Sept. 2018
Canada - Vancouver, British Columbia
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