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The Medical Laboratory Assistant program comprises 25 weeks of practical and theoretical studies in order to prepare graduates for the work environment. Students are introduced to technical areas of medical terminology, clinical laboratory, and laboratory mathematics. Fundamental instruction of chemistry and biology is delivered through laboratory microbiology, cytology and histology, and hematology. This is taught through a combination of lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on experimentation. Anatomy, physiology, quality assurance, and safety procedures are also components of the program. A six-week clinical practicum is a mandatory requirement of the program. Graduates may seek employment in Private Diagnostic Testing Laboratories, Public Health Laboratories, Hospital Labs, Quality Control Labs, Physician’s Office or Clinic, and Veterinary Laboratories.

Total Program Length: 24 weeks

admission requirements

Standard Admissions Policy:

  •  Academic Grade 12
  • Grade 11 or 12 Biology (min 60%), OR, Grade 11 or 12 Chemistry (min 60%)
  • Grade 11 or 12 Math considered an asset

In addition to the above, applicants also need to provide:

  • Vulnerable Sector Check
  • Immunization Agreement Waiver
  • Admissions Interview

Program Outline

  • Module 1- MLA Orientation (MLA101) 3 Theory hrs
  • Module 2- Introduction to the Medical Laboratory Assistant (MLA 102) 6 Theory Hrs
  • Module 3: Professional Practice in the Laboratory (MLA 103) 35 Theory Hrs
  • Module 4: Anatomy & Physiology (MLA 104) 63 Theory Hrs
  • Module 5: Medical Terminology (MLA 105) 51 Theory Hrs
  • Module 6: Specimen Collections & Processing (MLA 106) 50 Theory Hrs, 36 Lab Hrs
  • Module 7: Clinical Chemistry (MLA 107) 25 Theory Hrs, 5 Lab Hrs
  • Module 8: Hematology (MLA 108) 25 Theory Hrs, 5 Lab Hrs
  • Module 9: Microbiology (MLA 109) 35 Theory Hrs, 9 Lab Hrs
  • Module 10: Pre-Analytical Cytology and Histology (MLA 110) 25 Theory Hrs
  • Module 11: Career Building/Employment Readiness (MLA 111) 10 Theory Hrs
  • Module 12: Clinical Structured Practice Experience (SPE) (MLA 112) 240 Hrs
  • Module 13: Non-Violent Crisis Intervention (MLA 113) 8 Hrs
  • Module 14: First Aid & CPR (MLA 114) 16 Hrs
  • Module 15: Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) (MLA 115) 8 Hrs
  • Module 16: Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) (MLA 116) 2 Hrs
  • Module 17: Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) (MLA 117) 8 Theory Hrs
  • Module 18: Laboratory Safety (MLA 118)
  • Module 19: Laboratory Quality Management (MLA 119) 20 Theory Hrs
This program prepared me and gave me the confidence to enter the real business world. The close knit atmosphere CBBC has, made me very comfortable. Each and every staff member at CBBC was extraordinarily helpful on my journey in obtaining a full-time Administrative Assistant position in Cape Breton. Courtney MacPhail Administrative Assistant / Offshore Technical Services

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