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Medical Laboratory Assistant

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

www.sait.ca
A medical laboratory assistant is an integral member of the laboratory workforce, a field that is not only growing to meet the needs of an increasing and aging population, but also changing to support medical advances. As a five-month program offered full-time, the Medical Laboratory Assistant program trains student to collect, process, and prepare patient specimens, enter data, perform clerical and reception services, perform electrocardiograms and urinalyses and carry out basic laboratory procedures. Medical laboratory assistants must be accurate, self-motivated and dependable with a skilled eye for detail and strong client service skills. The Medical Laboratory Assistant program consists of 12 weeks of classroom instruction and laboratory training followed by a seven-week practicum. The first week of practicum is spent in a simulated environment at SAIT. The rest of the practicum period is spent in a clinical laboratory where students refine competencies acquired at SAIT. Practicum sites are arranged by SAIT. Students must expect to train outside of Calgary either totally or in-part. The seven weeks of practicum are not necessarily consecutive and may not be continuous with the end of the theory portion of the program. Certain courses are available by distance education or continuing education - INFC 215, MEDL 245, MEDT 211, PROF 240. The courses must be completed within the time frame shown in the Program Outline. Please be advised that full-time student status requires the student to take 60 percent of a full course load per semester. Depending on the number of courses completed by distance education or continuing education, students may be considered a part-time student, which may impact their financial loan status. Students in this program require access to a personal computer and the Internet to facilitate completion of required online course components.
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  • Program Type Standard
  • Credential Type Certificate
  • Length 1 Year or Less
  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Learning Available
Admission Requirements

Completion of the following courses or equivalents:

  • At least 60% in Math 20-2 or Pure Math 10 or Math 10C,
  • At least 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2,
  • At least 60% in Chemistry 20,
  • At least 60% in Biology 20.
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

Distance Delivery Options

Some courses are available by Correspondence.


Student Aid

This program is eligible for full-time post-secondary assistance by Alberta Student Aid for the funding year 2020/08/01 to 2021/07/31*.

  • Tuition $3,483.00 Year One
  • Books/Supplies/Instruments $3,440.00 Year One
  • Mandatory Fees $1,222.00 Year One

* Tuition, books, supplies, instruments, and other/mandatory fees are provided to Alberta Student Aid 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.

Transfer(s) Eligibility

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: Yes

Updated July 23, 2019. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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