Medical Laboratory Assistant

8-Month Diploma Program

Online & In-Person Classes with 6-Week Practicum

Program Description

The Medical Laboratory Assistant Diploma Program is accredited and designated by PTIB (Ministry of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills  as well as recognized and affiliated with BCSLS and Lifelabs who will provide a 6 week practicum at their clinics. This comprehensive in demand career focused program provides both a theoretical foundation and practical skills set that includes Medical Terminology, Clinical Chemistry and Microbiology, Urinalysis, ECG and Phlebotomy training for the application of current medical laboratory procedures, practices and equipment, preparing graduates to work as Medical Laboratory Assistants at a medical laboratory within a variety of institutions both in public ( hospitals ) or private settings ( Lifelabs).

The duration of this Diploma program is 36 weeks including a 6 week practicum at a LIfelab Clinic. Graduates are prepared to meet the competency requirements and are qualified to register with BCSLS after program completion.

LifeLabs and Edison College have entered into a unique partnership to help students from the coastal communities study, train and work in their communities. 

This program has been reviewed and approved by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.

Admission Requirements

  • High School Graduate or equivalent OR mature student status (19 years or older prior to starting the program)
  • Meet one of the following English Language Proficiency requirements:
    • Minimum Grade 12 English (Domestic Students)
    • Overall IELTS 6.0, CLB Level 7, Duolingo score of 95-100, or ECC test score of 67/100
  • Keyboarding skills of 40 wpm
  • Criminal Record Check
  • Documented proof of Vaccinations


Healthcare Communication Basics
Laboratory Safety & Asepsis
Professionalism & Ethics
Fundamentals of Medical Terminology
Hematology Basics
Anatomy, Physiology & Medical Terminology
Laboratory Mathematics & Measurements
Phlebotomy in the Medical Laboratory
Clinical Microbiology Basics
Clinical Chemistry Basics
Urinalysis & Bodily Fluids
An introduction to Histology & Cytology
The Cardiovascular System & ECGs
Career & Employment Strategies


Hospital Laboratories
Private Clinics
Phlebotomy Clinics
Industry Laboratories
Other Health Care Settings

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