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Medical Laboratory Assistant

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
The fast-track Medical Laboratory Assistant program will equip you with the skills, applied knowledge and professional behaviour required to become a proficient lab assistant. You'll be prepared to work in various medical laboratories which are evolving rapidly to accommodate growing advancements in medical technology and healthcare. In this program, you will: learn to accurately collect, label and process blood, tissue and other specimens in a biosafety laboratory for analysis develop the technical skills to enter patient data into laboratory information systems gain experience in handling front-desk operations and office administration, including patient interaction and administrative tasks train to perform procedures such as electrocardiograms (ECGs) and urinalyses or point-of-care tests as part of a laboratory team of professionals gain professional responsibility, including scope of practice, ethics, communication, critical thinking, accountability and how to collaborate professionally. Engage in real-world scenarios to integrate clinical knowledge with practical skills. You'll participate in a SAIT-arranged practicum in a medical laboratory and patient service center to refine and apply your skills in a real-world setting. As a graduate, you can pursue employment opportunities in various settings, including community health centres, hospitals, medical laboratories, mobile clinics, insurance companies, or private home care.

Office of the Registrar
1301 16 Avenue NW
Calgary, Alberta, T2M0L4, Canada

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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 2024/08/01 to 2025/07/31*.

  • Tuition $4,700.00 Year One
  • Books/Supplies/Instruments $3,600.00 Year One
  • Mandatory Fees $1,211.00 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 October 04, 2023. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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