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Medical Laboratory Assisting
Northern Alberta Institute of Technologywww.nait.ca
The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) is a leading Canadian polytechnic, delivering education in science, technology and the environment; business; health and trades. With nearly 60,000 credit and non-credit students and a 95 per cent employer satisfaction rate, NAIT grads are essential to Alberta's prosperity. Known for hands-on, technology-based learning, NAIT engages with business and industry in applied research and innovation and provides corporate training around the world. Recognized as one of Alberta's top employers, NAIT provides outstanding returns on investment for its graduates, partners, the provincial government and the people of Alberta.!span>!span>!span>
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Program Type Occupational
Credential Type Certificate
Length 1 Year or Less
- Part Time Only
- Cooperative Education
- Continuing Education
- Distance Learning
65% in each of:
- Grade 12 English
- Pure Math 10 or Math 10C or Applied Math 20 or Math 20-2
- Chemistry 20
- Biology 20
- Online interview - Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.
- Career assessment - Career Investigation Report is not required for admissions. Your knowledge of the profession will be assessed during the interview process. The following activities are encouraged to ensure an adequate understanding of the expectations and duties of the program and profession:
- Review of program website
- Open House information sessions
- It is highly recommended to tour one or two medical laboratories and/or speak to a Medical Laboratory Assistant
- Immunization Requirements - Students are required to be immunized against vaccine-preventable diseases, as determined by Alberta Health. After acceptance into the program, students will be given further information on immunization requirements. Prior to starting the program, it is expected a minimum of the first doses of all required immunizations are received. If immunization requirements are not met, access to designated labs and clinical training may be denied.
- Police Information Check - Students are required to provide a current Police Information Check (also referred to as a Security Clearance or Criminal Record Check) which must include a Vulnerable Sector Search. Please do not proceed with the Police Information Check until an offer of acceptance and follow-up instructions have been issued by the program. The Police Information Check is only considered valid when reviewed by a NAIT official within 90 days of completion.
- Biosafety Course Requirement - Biosafety is mandatory for all students in the MLA program to ensure compliance with the Human Pathogens and Toxins Act. A biosafety course will be delivered online using Moodle. Students will be directed on deadlines and completion requirements during program specific orientation. If course requirements are not met, access to designated labs may be denied.
- Computer Skills - Applicants must complete a keyboarding assessment at a net minimum of 30 words per minute with 90% accuracy. It is the student's responsibility to ensure they possess basic computer skills for success in the program.
Student Selection Process and Criteria
Student selection is competitive and based on criteria that may include academic achievement beyond the stated minimum prerequisites. The selection process is based on:
- Phase 1 - Academic entrance requirements are reviewed by the Office of the Registrar and applicants are shortlisted for interview and career assessment based on academic achievement. Last year, applicants successful in receiving an interview had a minimum average of 80%. Applicants with prior NAIT Health Sciences credentials or who have successfully completed at least one approved Open Studies course in the School of Health and Life Sciences with a minimum of 75% may be given special consideration for the interview shortlist.
- Phase 2 - Shortlisted applicants are interviewed and ranked based on:
- Academics - 40%
- Interview - 40%
- Career Assessment - 20%
Advanced Credit: You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced Credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses), Credential Recognition (for completed certificates, diplomas or degrees) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).
Transfer Credit & Credential Recognition: In addition to the common guidelines outlined on the Recognition of Prior Learning website and on the Request for Transfer Credit or Credential Recognition form (pdf), your program has other advanced credit requirements that are applied to each request including:
- You must have completed the course or program no more than 2 years ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
- You must have a minimum mark of C- in the course or program
Contact the program for additional information about Advanced Credit.
If you do not qualify for transfer credit or credential recognition, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) may be an option.
This program is eligible for full-time post-secondary assistance by Student Aid Alberta for the funding year 2018/08/01 to 2019/07/31*.
Tuition $2,480.00 Year One
Books/Supplies/Instruments $950.00 Year One
Mandatory Fees $842.00 Year One
* Tuition, books, supplies, instruments, and other/mandatory fees are provided to Student Aid Alberta and may be used when processing full-time post-secondary funding applications. The educational costs provided are based on a 100% full-course load and may not reflect current or all educational costs charged by the school. Contact the school to obtain accurate educational cost information.
Search Transfer Alberta for course and program transfer information including transfer agreements between post-secondary schools in Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.
Transfer(s) available outside of Transfer Alberta: Not available
Updated July 06, 2018. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.
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