Medical Laboratory Assistant

CampusStart Date
Saint JohnSeptember 2018

Program Overview

Medical Laboratory Assistants interact with patients and the public. You’ll learn how to collect and prepare specimens for analysis, and perform data entry and clerical services in the lab. Our program offers on site learning in hospital laboratory settings. With the increase of New Brunswick’s aging population, skilled Medical Laboratory Assistants to perform phlebotomy and prepare specimens for analysis and tests are in demand.


The requirements for this certificate program may be achieved within one year of full-time study.

Admission Requirements

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  • High School Diploma or Adult High School Diploma or GED Diploma of High School Equivalency
    • Foundations of Mathematics 110
      Geometry and Applications in Mathematics 112 and Functions and Relations 112
      • Total of two (2) sciences, including at least one (1) from the following:
        • Biology 112 or 122
        • Chemistry 112 or 122
        • Physics 112 or 122

      (NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies)

      Career Possibilities

      Grads could be employed in medical laboratories under the supervision of Medical Laboratory Technologists; and in public health departments, medical clinics, biological supply houses, veterinarian hospitals and related commercial fields.

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      NOC Codes

      3212 - Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists' assistants

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      What you will learn

      • Laboratory fundamentals
      • Specimen procurement and processing
      • Health and safety
      • Interpersonal communication
      • Computer skills and data entry
      • Anatomy and physiology
      • Ethics
      • Clinical chemistry
      • Microbiology
      • Hematology
      • Histotechnology
      • Quality control
      • Pathology

      Specific Considerations

      To function efficiently in a clinical setting, the Medical Laboratory Assistant must possess good manual dexterity, precision, accuracy, dependability and organizational skills. They must also be able to work well under pressure and pay very close attention to detail. Good health and a good level of physical fitness and stamina are essential. In addition, the nature of this occupation requires a sincere desire to work with and help other people, at times under trying circumstances. Students are required to interact with patients while performing tasks such as drawing blood. A mature outlook is essential and a background knowledge in Chemistry and Biology an asset.

      Upon acceptance, you will be asked to submit proof of immunization prior to commencement of training, by following the instructions on the standardized NBCC Immunization and Medical Form. Hepatitis B immunization is expected for those who are accepted. It should be noted that certain immunizations are required for anyone entering a training program involving a practicum that takes place in a hospital or related setting.

      In addition, various health facilities throughout the province may require the completion of their medical/immunization form and a police record and vulnerable sector check before clinical practicums can occur. Health facilities may also require proof of valid CPR certification prior to the beginning of each clinical practicum. It is your responsibility to attain and maintain this certification.

      You may be expected to travel to clinical sites outside the campus area, and potentially around the province. Costs incurred for travel and accommodation are at your own expense. The Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) is the national certifying body for medical laboratory assistants, and the national professional society for Canada's medical laboratory professionals.

      Graduates will be eligible to write the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) National Certification examination. This voluntary national certification provides graduates with recognition of their competence to practice within a set of national standards and a professional credential recognized by the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science and the Council on National Certification.

      For further information regarding Medical Laboratory Science, please refer to the following websites:
      Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science
      New Brunswick Society for Medical Laboratory Technologists

      Several courses associated with this program are transferable to the Medical Laboratory Technology program.


      Organization: Canadian Medical Association (CMA)
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      Information: This program is accredited by the Canadian Medical Association (CMA). Program Accreditation Agreement with CMA.

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