Medical Laboratory Assistant

Our Oulton College Medical Laboratory Assistant Diploma Program prepares you for careers in both public and private sector laboratory facilities.

Medical Laboratory Assistants’ primary role is clinical support. They perform essential work, which helps doctors and medical staff diagnose and treat diseases. Our Medical Laboratory Assistant Program is accredited with the Canadian Medical Association. With an extensive need for Medical Laboratory Assistants in the health care industry, Oulton College works hand-in-hand with leading hospitals and regional laboratories to ensure our graduates are highly skilled and prepared to enter the work force directly from their Practicum.

Medical Laboratory Assistants may work in general hospital areas such as phlebotomy and specimen receiving, or work directly in specialized laboratory departments such as microbiology (bacteria), hematology (blood), histology (tissues) or cytology (cells). Our graduates often work in hospitals, research institutions or private clinics and laboratories.


The Medical Laboratory Assistant program provides hands-on practical experience and training in:

  • Blood and Specimen Collection
  • Specimen Processing Techniques
  • Basic Laboratory Techniques
  • Communication Skills
  • Medical Terminology
  • Laboratory Mathematics

Students receive theoretical training in the classroom in addition to direct hands-on experience in our modern Health Science Lab.While there are plenty of hands-on activities during the 10 months of your program, you will also complete a 6-week Practicum in one of our partnered health care facilities.

If the health care industry interests you and you enjoy research  and laboratory work, our Medical Laboratory Assistant Program may be just the program for you.

Term: September – June

Practicum: 6 weeks
 

Career Choices

Our renowned Medical Laboratory Assistant Program is perfect if you’re looking to quickly move from the classroom to the laboratory. We can help you start an amazing career working in clinics, hospitals, research institutions and laboratories.

  • Microbiology
  • Histology 
  • Cytology
  • Hospital Laboratories
  • Private Clinics
  • Research Laboratories
  • Industry Laboratories
  • Phlebotomy Clinics

You Will Learn

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Infectious Control & Safety
  • Blood and Specimen Procurement & Processing
  • Laboratory Procedures
  • Laboratory Mathematics
  • Microbiology
  • Histology & Cytology
  • Medical Terminology

Course Descriptions

Introduction to Medical Laboratory Science

This module serves as a basic introduction to the field of Medical Laboratory Science. Topics covered include the following:

  • Laboratory disciplines
  • Quality Assessment
  • Laboratory Information System
  • Communications
  • Professionalism
  • Client/Patient Services
  • Employment Strategies

Anatomy & Physiology/Terminology

The student will be introduced to the different body systems, the structure and function of the major organs within each system and the pathophysiology of common diseases and conditions associated with each. The student will become familiar with clinical procedures, laboratory tests and abbreviations related to each system and other specialized areas of medicine.

Computer Applications

Emphasis in this area is placed on giving the student knowledge in Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office software, which is becoming the software of choice for most of today’s offices. The student also learns to use E-mail to communicate productively
and the Internet as an effective research tool.

Laboratory Mathematics

Students will learn the basic mathematics used in a medical laboratory environment including:

  • Mathematical essentials
  • Measurement systems and conversion procedures
  • Dilutions, solutions, and concentrations
  • Charts, tables, and graphs
  • Introductory statistics

Basic Laboratory Procedures

This module will provide the medical laboratory assistant student with the knowledge of labware, basic laboratory instrumentation, reagent preparation and basic procedures in hematology and urinalysis, including the clinical practice.

Infectious Control and Safety

The student will review and develop a working knowledge of:

  • Standard precautions
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Utilization of safety devices
  • WHMIS
  • Spill containment and clean up procedures
  • Incident reporting
  • Occupational health and safety guidelines
  • Infection Control
  • Appropriate methods for disinfection and sterilization

Anatomy and Physiology II

The student will continue to learn about the different body systems, the structure and function of the major organs within each system and the pathophysiology of common diseases and conditions associated with each. The student will become familiar with clinical procedures, laboratory tests and abbreviations related to each system and other specialized areas of medicine.

Specimen Procurement

This course focuses on the theoretical and practical aspects of specimen collection techniques. The topics covered in this module include:

  • Anatomy of the human blood circulation system
  • Preparation for specimen collection
  • Patient interaction
  • Specimen procurement procedures for venipuncture, capillary specimens and urine collections
  • Specimen identification
  • Specimen delivery

Specimen Processing

The student will develop a working knowledge of various pre and post analytical processes such as:

  • Specimen reception
  • Verification of specimen integrity
  • Pre analytic processes
  • Specimen dispatching
  • Specimen storage
  • Basic office procedures including telephone techniques,
    faxing, filing and time management

Basic Laboratory Procedures II

This module will provide the medical laboratory assistant student with the knowledge and clinical practice of basic clinical chemistry and immunohematology.

Introduction to Microbiology

The module introduces the student to basic microbiology and clinical procedures. The course includes the theoretical and practical aspects of:

  • Clinical procedures used for microbiological specimens
  • Culture media
  • Inoculation
  • Incubation
  • Microbiology staining procedures

Introduction to Histology and Cytology

The student will acquire basic knowledge pertaining to histology and cytology techniques such as:

  • Specimen reception
  • Specimen fixation, grossing, decalcification, processing and embedding
  • Microtomy
  • Staining and coverslipping
  • Preparation of gynecologic and non-gynecologic cytology specimens

Practicum

The student who meets all the work term criteria (has successfully passed all course material) will be placed in a health care facility for a 6-week practicum session. Specific objectives in all aspects of program and national competencies must be met in order to complete this module. Successful completion is mandatory for graduation from the program.

*Content is subject to change by administration as required to meet program and profession standards.

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 Diploma, Adult Diploma or GED
  • Grade 11 or 12 Biology* OR Chemistry* with a minimum average of 60%
  • Grade 11 or 12 Math Foundations Level* is considered an asset
  • Meeting with an Admissions Advisor
  • Acceptance by the Admissions Committee
  • Completion of the Pre-Enrollment Package
  • Geographical quotas may be considered

    *Level II or University Prepartory courses are required
    Based on New Brunswick Anglophone High School Curriculum.
    For other provincial or international requirements please contact us directly.

Unless they have completed a minimum of three years of study at a school where English is the language of instruction, international students whose first language is not English must submit proof of English language proficiency:

  • CAEL – 70
  • IELTS – 7.0
  • TOEFL – 550 paper based, 270 computer based
  • MELAB - 90

Medical Laboratory Assistant

Our Oulton College Medical Laboratory Assistant Diploma Program prepares you for careers in both public and private sector laboratory facilities.

Medical Laboratory Assistants’ primary role is clinical support. They perform essential work, which helps doctors and medical staff diagnose and treat diseases. Our Medical Laboratory Assistant Program is accredited with the Canadian Medical Association. With an extensive need for Medical Laboratory Assistants in the health care industry, Oulton College works hand-in-hand with leading hospitals and regional laboratories to ensure our graduates are highly skilled and prepared to enter the work force directly from their Practicum.

Medical Laboratory Assistants may work in general hospital areas such as phlebotomy and specimen receiving, or work directly in specialized laboratory departments such as microbiology (bacteria), hematology (blood), histology (tissues) or cytology (cells). Our graduates often work in hospitals, research institutions or private clinics and laboratories.


The Medical Laboratory Assistant program provides hands-on practical experience and training in:

  • Blood and Specimen Collection
  • Specimen Processing Techniques
  • Basic Laboratory Techniques
  • Communication Skills
  • Medical Terminology
  • Laboratory Mathematics

Students receive theoretical training in the classroom in addition to direct hands-on experience in our modern Health Science Lab.While there are plenty of hands-on activities during the 10 months of your program, you will also complete a 6-week Practicum in one of our partnered health care facilities.

If the health care industry interests you and you enjoy research  and laboratory work, our Medical Laboratory Assistant Program may be just the program for you.

Term: September – June

Practicum: 6 weeks
 

Career Choices

Career Choices

Our renowned Medical Laboratory Assistant Program is perfect if you’re looking to quickly move from the classroom to the laboratory. We can help you start an amazing career working in clinics, hospitals, research institutions and laboratories.

  • Microbiology
  • Histology 
  • Cytology
  • Hospital Laboratories
  • Private Clinics
  • Research Laboratories
  • Industry Laboratories
  • Phlebotomy Clinics

You Will Learn

You Will Learn

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Infectious Control & Safety
  • Blood and Specimen Procurement & Processing
  • Laboratory Procedures
  • Laboratory Mathematics
  • Microbiology
  • Histology & Cytology
  • Medical Terminology

Course Description

Course Descriptions

Introduction to Medical Laboratory Science

This module serves as a basic introduction to the field of Medical Laboratory Science. Topics covered include the following:

  • Laboratory disciplines
  • Quality Assessment
  • Laboratory Information System
  • Communications
  • Professionalism
  • Client/Patient Services
  • Employment Strategies

Anatomy & Physiology/Terminology

The student will be introduced to the different body systems, the structure and function of the major organs within each system and the pathophysiology of common diseases and conditions associated with each. The student will become familiar with clinical procedures, laboratory tests and abbreviations related to each system and other specialized areas of medicine.

Computer Applications

Emphasis in this area is placed on giving the student knowledge in Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office software, which is becoming the software of choice for most of today’s offices. The student also learns to use E-mail to communicate productively
and the Internet as an effective research tool.

Laboratory Mathematics

Students will learn the basic mathematics used in a medical laboratory environment including:

  • Mathematical essentials
  • Measurement systems and conversion procedures
  • Dilutions, solutions, and concentrations
  • Charts, tables, and graphs
  • Introductory statistics

Basic Laboratory Procedures

This module will provide the medical laboratory assistant student with the knowledge of labware, basic laboratory instrumentation, reagent preparation and basic procedures in hematology and urinalysis, including the clinical practice.

Infectious Control and Safety

The student will review and develop a working knowledge of:

  • Standard precautions
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Utilization of safety devices
  • WHMIS
  • Spill containment and clean up procedures
  • Incident reporting
  • Occupational health and safety guidelines
  • Infection Control
  • Appropriate methods for disinfection and sterilization

Anatomy and Physiology II

The student will continue to learn about the different body systems, the structure and function of the major organs within each system and the pathophysiology of common diseases and conditions associated with each. The student will become familiar with clinical procedures, laboratory tests and abbreviations related to each system and other specialized areas of medicine.

Specimen Procurement

This course focuses on the theoretical and practical aspects of specimen collection techniques. The topics covered in this module include:

  • Anatomy of the human blood circulation system
  • Preparation for specimen collection
  • Patient interaction
  • Specimen procurement procedures for venipuncture, capillary specimens and urine collections
  • Specimen identification
  • Specimen delivery

Specimen Processing

The student will develop a working knowledge of various pre and post analytical processes such as:

  • Specimen reception
  • Verification of specimen integrity
  • Pre analytic processes
  • Specimen dispatching
  • Specimen storage
  • Basic office procedures including telephone techniques,
    faxing, filing and time management

Basic Laboratory Procedures II

This module will provide the medical laboratory assistant student with the knowledge and clinical practice of basic clinical chemistry and immunohematology.

Introduction to Microbiology

The module introduces the student to basic microbiology and clinical procedures. The course includes the theoretical and practical aspects of:

  • Clinical procedures used for microbiological specimens
  • Culture media
  • Inoculation
  • Incubation
  • Microbiology staining procedures

Introduction to Histology and Cytology

The student will acquire basic knowledge pertaining to histology and cytology techniques such as:

  • Specimen reception
  • Specimen fixation, grossing, decalcification, processing and embedding
  • Microtomy
  • Staining and coverslipping
  • Preparation of gynecologic and non-gynecologic cytology specimens

Practicum

The student who meets all the work term criteria (has successfully passed all course material) will be placed in a health care facility for a 6-week practicum session. Specific objectives in all aspects of program and national competencies must be met in order to complete this module. Successful completion is mandatory for graduation from the program.

*Content is subject to change by administration as required to meet program and profession standards.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 Diploma, Adult Diploma or GED
  • Grade 11 or 12 Biology* OR Chemistry* with a minimum average of 60%
  • Grade 11 or 12 Math Foundations Level* is considered an asset
  • Meeting with an Admissions Advisor
  • Acceptance by the Admissions Committee
  • Completion of the Pre-Enrollment Package
  • Geographical quotas may be considered

    *Level II or University Prepartory courses are required
    Based on New Brunswick Anglophone High School Curriculum.
    For other provincial or international requirements please contact us directly.

Unless they have completed a minimum of three years of study at a school where English is the language of instruction, international students whose first language is not English must submit proof of English language proficiency:

  • CAEL – 70
  • IELTS – 7.0
  • TOEFL – 550 paper based, 270 computer based
  • MELAB - 90

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