Quick Facts about the Medical Laboratory Assistant/Technician Program

For prospective students, written with input from current students!

  • Getting your immunization status checked, recorded and sent to the college Health Center prior to first semester is crucial to ensure that you can attend laboratory classes and ultimately field placement. This program is training you for a profession in which your exposure to dangerous materials, samples and infectious agents is higher than in many other professions.
  • You will take blood and have your blood taken (unless you physically are unable to do so) in this program.
  • You must make a continuance grade in all core courses to continue in the program. The continuance grade is 60%.
  • The program is challenging and staying on top of your studies and in touch with your teachers is important!
  • Laboratory attendance is mandatory and you will have “hands-on” practical assessments throughout the program to ensure skill development and that competencies are met.
  • Transfer credits are processed prior to 1st semester start via the college main website under the tab Transfer Credits and Exemption at SLC. There is an administrative fee involved due to the need to check course outlines, transcripts and ensure graduation requirements.
  • This is a competency based program which means the curriculum is based on the national standards (CSMLS) for entry-level medical laboratory assistants.
  • Students are responsible for arranging and paying for their own certification exams.
  • Placement is not paid and is not a co-op. You pay tuition and the costs for living in your placement area.
  • Your police check, CPR and First Aid must be in date for placement so the best time to do this is at the start of 2nd semester, right before your field placement.
  • Placement is 4 weeks long. You may be placed with any of the program’s training partners and assignment is by random draw. The program arranges placement so that the necessary competencies are met.
  • Use of email and program resources such as Blackboard is essential to good communication while in the program.