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

      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

      Program Courses

      This year's courses are still under development. Showing 2017's courses for reference.

      This course will introduce the sciences of anatomy and physiology of the body systems. The progression of study of the body systems is from simple to complex (e.g. chemical level to cellular level, tissue level to system level)

      This course teaches students how to create documents that are organized, unified, and coherent.

      In this course students develop the skills to complete clerical tasks and communicate effectively in a medical laboratory environment. The course focuses on medical terminology as well as clerical and communication protocols specific to a laboratory setting.

      This course utilizes a practical approach in introducing the student to ethics and ethical issues in the workplace. Participants examine the subject by considering numerous examples of real-world case studies that illustrate dilemmas students are challenged to resolve.

      Health care is one of the most important issues to Canadians. This course introduces students to the complexity of the Canadian health care system and examines the various factors that impact this system. It also examines the role of inter-professional collaboration in achieving positive outcomes.

      Medical Laboratory professionals are an essential part of the health care team. This course prepares students for the expectations of Medical Laboratory Technologists and Assistants within the Canadian health care system by introducing them to their roles and the governing bodies, standards and principles which determine their professional requirements.   

      The accuracy of medical laboratory tests is dependent on the integrity of the sample used. This course introduces students to the proper techniques for collecting samples and preparing them for analysis.


      • ANAT1024
      • SECU1305A

      This course will introduce students to the fundamentals skills needed for working in a laboratory. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of following proper procedures and adhering to protocols.


      • SECU1305A

      This course introduces students to the laboratory specimen requirements including the guidelines for collection, identification, storage, retention, transportation and disposal.


      • LPTL1037G

      This course will prepare students to do pre-analytical laboratory procedures. The student will prepare specimens for further analysis.


      • LPTL1040F
      • LPTL1048C

      Students participate in a clinical laboratory setting to achieve the skills necessary to meet the competency based objectives established by the CSMLS for entry level Medical Laboratory Assistants.


      • LPTL1048C
      • LPTL1049D
      • SECU1221E

      Microbiology refers to the branch of biology that deals with microorganisms and their effects on other living organisms. This course will introduce students to the clinical aspect of microbiology and its application in health care.

      Participants are challenged to apply human relations and interpersonal communications theory to workplace-based and real life situations. They use a problem solving perspective in suggesting and carrying out appropriate communication strategies and techniques.

      This course provides an introduction to the meaning of community service.  Students learn how community service can enhance a student’s educational experience, personal growth, employability, and civic responsibility. Students participate in one day of volunteering to enhance their understanding of civic responsibility and to help the New Brunswick Community College realize its vision of transforming lives and communities. 

      A safe and healthy workplace is the responsibility of the employer and the employee. This course introduces students to the importance of working safely and addresses how employers and employees can control the hazards and risks associated with the workplace. Students will also learn about the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders including WorkSafeNB, the employer and the employee in ensuring workplaces are safe.

      This course introduces the principles of safe laboratory practices. Concepts examined include good safety practices, biological, chemical and physical hazards, ergonomics, laboratory controls, equipment safety, waste disposal, spill clean-up and relevant legislation.

      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.


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      Information: This program is accredited by Accreditation Canada. Program Accreditation Agreement with Accreditation Canada.

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