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Medical Laboratory Assistant

Students enrolled in CDI College's Medical Laboratory Assistant diploma program will find a wide variety of career opportunities to choose from upon graduation.

This program consists of both practical and theoretical studies in order to prepare graduates for the work environment. Students are first introduced to the technical areas of medical terminology, clinical laboratory, and laboratory mathematics. A fundamental understanding of chemistry and biology in the form of laboratory microbiology, cytology and histology, and hematology is taught through a combination of lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on experimentation. Anatomy, physiology, quality assurance and safety procedures are also important components to the Medical Laboratory Assistant program.

In order to graduate students must complete a total a designated amount of hours in a clinical placement. To enhance this work experience, CDI College offers workplace skills courses that develop professional skills as well as employment strategies such as effective job planning, searching, and interviewing.

Admissions Requirements

  • High school graduation or equivalent, or mature student status.
  • Pass college’s admissions test.
  • Criminal record check (in accordance with the Criminal Records Review Act).
  • Interview with campus director, program coordinator, or designate.
  • English 11.
  • Immunization report (form provided by the College).
  • Keyboarding 40 wpm.

Program Courses

PSK4 - Professional Skills
This course is designed to equip students with the skills necessary for dealing effectively with both customers and colleagues in the business world. Using a variety of instructional methods including role-plays, case studies, group exercises, simulated situations, and discussions, students learn and practice customer service and interpersonal skills necessary for success in today’s business environment.
CES4 - Career and Employment Strategies
In business, as in other interpersonal contact, the impression formed in the first 10 to 15 seconds is crucial to the success of the relationship. The importance of the customer and of customer relations to business success is examined through case studies, role-playing, take-home assignments and discussion. Students will learn relevant theories of human behaviour and how they may be applied to resolve conflicts and improve customer relations.
MLA-PRAC120 - Mandatory Clinical Placement
Students are required to complete a supervised outside clinical practicum. This is a non-payment work experience.
LSAE - Laboratory Safety and Asepsis
The purpose of this course is to provide students with the proper knowledge of workplace safety procedures. Students will learn how to safely and effectively use and maintain laboratory equipment. This course will provide an excellent foundation for the safety protocols students will use in the other Medical Laboratory Assistant courses. It will also establish the necessary training for the Medical Laboratory Assistant within the clinical field. Students will be instructed on the correct waste-disposal techniques, with particular emphasis on bio-hazardous waste. Specific topics include medical asepsis biological hazards and safety practices, sterilization and disinfection, accident prevention methods, WHMIS, transportation of dangerous goods, and shipping with dry ice.
SPEE - Standards of Practice, Ethics and Legislation
This course will provide students with the fundamental notions necessary to the understanding of the components of the Standards of Practice. The students will have knowledge of the Standards of Practice, Ethics, and Legislations governing medical laboratory assistants/technicians. The emphasis of this course is placed on laws, regulations, various acts, ethical, and legislative framework that influence the practice of medical technology in your province. Other topics include specimen procurement and handling, accreditation bodies and their roles, quality management, Canada Health Act and the health care system, Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS), Occupational Health and Safety Act (1990), and confidentiality acts and guidelines.
CYHE - Fundamentals of Cytology and Histology
This course will provide the student with the fundamental notions necessary to the understanding of the components of Histology and Cytology. The student will use their basic understanding of anatomical structures of the body.
CHME - Clinical Chemistry
The student will understand the procedures related to clinical chemistry. Explain the proper specimen collection requirements for all routine clinical chemistry tests. State the reportable ranges for routine clinical chemistry tests. The students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of tolerance testing as well as the ability to collect special chemistry test specimens.
UNSE - Urinalysis and Body Fluids
This course will provide the student with the fundamental notions necessary to the understanding of Urinalysis as performed in a routine laboratory or clinic. The students will learn the basic anatomical structures of the renal system and identify the various components. Each aspect of the study of urine in the diagnosis, management, and treatment of various diseases will be understood. As well, the evaluation of various other body fluids will be studied to ensure their understanding of how these other body fluid evaluations can help the physician in their management of their patients.
LMBE - Laboratory Microbiology
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of how to perform routine procedures to collect specimens and process them in an appropriate way so that the micro-organisms can be cultured and/or identified. This will assist the physician in treating various infections. Students become familiar with the various uses and applications of equipment and culture techniques to grow microorganisms.
CVSE - Cardiovascular System and ECG
This module is intended to explore the cardiovascular system of the body and electrocardiography. The students will learn about the heart and the circulation of blood through the body and the cardiac cycle and rhythm. The students will learn about the heart’s conduction system and how it can be examined through the use of ECG. Students will also learn how to monitor vital signs and recognize the reportable values for the vital signs.
HEME - Hematology
Hematology is a 15-day module, intended to introduce the students to the laboratory procedures involving hematology, coagulation, transfusion medicine, and immunology. Delivery of this module combines classroom teaching, laboratory demonstrations, and practice.
ICLE - Introduction to the Clinical Laboratory
This course will provide the students with the knowledge to be able to apply the proper techniques and processes related to specimen procurement, processing, and data collection. Determine the suitability of a sample for the test requested. Apply the correct specimen procurement and processing techniques related to phlebotomy. Recognize laboratory equipment, instruments, and supplies. Demonstrate the correct usage and handling of laboratory glass and plastic ware. Demonstrate the knowledge of the proper usage of a microscope.
QLME - Quality Assurance and Laboratory Mathematics
This course is designed to provide students with a solid mathematical foundation for use in a medical laboratory. It includes a basic understanding of mathematics, measurements, dilutions, solutions, graphs, statistics, and quality control as well as specific applications in chemistry, hematology and urinalysis. Specific topics include the components of quality assurance programs, quality assurance, the metric system, and reagent preparation.
ANME - Anatomy, Physiology and Medical Terminology
This course gives the student an overview of the Human Anatomy and the terminology associated with each body system. Understanding new words becomes easier with the discovery that many of these terms are made up of interchangeable word parts that are used in different combinations. The text used in the course is designed to make the process as simple as possible.
FTME - Fundamentals of Terminology
This course will provide the student with the fundamental notions necessary to the understanding of the components of Medical Terminology. The students will learn the basic anatomical structures of the body and identify commonly used abbreviations in the healthcare field. The emphasis of this course is placed on the proper use of the elements of medical terminology, such as prefixes, suffixes and root words. Medical terminology is a vast field that cannot be taught completely in one course. This course will serve as a foundation for the continuous learning of medical terminology that will continue throughout the remainder of the program.
KBF4 - Keyboarding
Students practice basic touch-typing techniques to develop skills in using the keyboard correctly. This course gives the student an introduction to the fundamentals of keyboarding. This course will help the students reinforce their English language skills and develop their ability to key and compose information to develop the proper keyboarding techniques and skills. The gradual pace of this course will help the students develop both speed and accuracy while applying the proper keyboarding techniques and position. Students will also develop their proofreading techniques and improve their word processing techniques in a windows environment.
ITC4 - Introduction to Computers
This course is a broad-based introduction to using a personal computer. It teaches the fundamentals of an operating system and the most popular application software including word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations. You will also learn about the Internet, Web browsers, electronic mail and antivirus software. The course is based on the Windows 7 operating system, Microsoft office 2013 and a variety of popular software programs for the Internet-related and security-related applications
SSS4 - Student Success Strategies
This course will introduce students to skills and concepts that will help them achieve personal, academic, and career success.