As a graduate from our MLA program, you will be competent in all administrative and clinical functions necessary to obtain employment in a medical lab. You will be trained in the collection of specimens from patients, phlebotomy, initial processing preparation and reception services, performance of ECG's and a variety of basic laboratory procedures, which are performed under the supervision of a trained medical laboratory technologist. As a MLA, you are an integral part of the laboratory workforce. You represent the laboratory to the public and, therefore, must exhibit a professional and conscientious demeanour.
Your specialized studies will include: medical terminology, anatomy and disease, pharmacology, computerized scheduling, interactive computerized billing, telephone triage, office accounting and communications as well as instrument operations that include: microscopes; centrifuge, electronic balances (scales), and Electrocardiograph (ECG) machines. You will also learn how to prepare reagents for the lab.
Qualified instructors with extensive clinical and lab experience will ensure that you receive the training required to support physicians and lab technologists, and put you on the front lines of patient care. You will be qualified to perform many tasks, such as taking vital signs, assisting with minor surgical procedures and tests, and performing patients' urinalyses.
When you have successfully completed the program, you will be qualified to work in many different settings such as: insurance agencies, hospitals, private labs, research labs, naturopathic offices, veterinarian offices and pharmaceutical companies.
You finish your program with a four week practicum, and follow that with career preparation where we will help you with your resume and assist you in finding employment as a MLA.
Successful completion of this program leads to writing the Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) certification exam for Laboratory Assistant/Technicians - a designation that is recognized across Canada.
You will receive career preparation where we will help you with your resume and assist you in finding employment as a Medical Lab Assistant. We know our program will work for you as it did for the 93.87% of MTI grads that got employed last year
Grade 12 or mature student, Grade 11 Science or Equivalent, Entrance Assessment. TB test clearance report, Hep-B immunization. Completion of a criminal record check, Personal Interview. 20 wpm mininum keyboarding, Doctor's note of good health
Overall Average of 70%. Minimum Keyboarding Speed of 50 WPM. Must pass every course in the program by the minimum required mark of 60%.
**Students must be prepared to attend practicum at any location in B.C. and travel costs associated with the practicum are the responsibility of the student.
Full-time Program Duration: 43 Weeks
Includes: Professional Development Days & Stat Holidays