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.
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 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
• Police check indicating the absence of a criminal
• Average of at least 60% in each course of the program, as
well as a minimum mark of 60% on all final practical and
• 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 of Laboratory Science (BCSLS) has
established standards for the training of Medical Laboratory
Assistants. Graduates of educational programs approved by
BCSLS are eligible to obtain a BCSLS MLA 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 NCA is an American certifying agency.
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