Medical Laboratory Assistant

This full time program is designed to prepare students for employment as a Medical Laboratory Assistant in either a private, hospital or public health laboratory. The program consists of a combination of theory and practical experiences. Students learn how to collect and process various biological specimens, including blood, for testing and analysis. Administrative functions to support the operation of the medical laboratory are also discussed. Students also learn how to perform cardiac monitoring tests, including electrocardiograms and Holter monitoring.

Graduates of the program meet the British Columbia Society of Laboratory Science’s current Competencies of an Entry-Level Medical Laboratory Assistant.

Program Status:
Accepting applications The waitlist is approximately 2 years

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Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
May, September 6 months Certificate Broadway Full-time

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Applicants are advised to apply as soon as possible. Students who have officially applied and met all admission requirements are sent a letter of acceptance approximately four to five months before the next available program

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Program Description

Program Description

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Practise safely, ethically and professionally as a Medical Laboratory Assistant (MLA)
  • Integrate knowledge from the medical laboratory sciences to provide optimal medical laboratory services
  • Collect, handle and process specimens for analysis according to standard operating procedures in the medical laboratory
  • Use equipment applicable to the medical laboratory
  • Perform cardiac monitoring tests
  • Perform administrative functions to support the operation of the medical laboratory
  • Assist with quality assurance programs in the medical laboratory
  • Use effective interpersonal skills in the medical laboratory

This program is offered in one six-month term. As part of the program students are assigned a practicum.

Classes are generally held from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday. (Class times are subject to change).

Transfer Credits

All requests for transfer credits or course exemptions for all courses in the program must be submitted with application. Click here for Request for Transfer Credit (PDF) form.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements


VCC welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 18 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.

Please note that you must submit official transcripts and educational documents to support your application; unfortunately, we cannot accept photocopies or fax versions.

Program Specific

Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.
  • Grade 12 graduation, or equivalent
  • English 12 with a B, or equivalent and English language proficiency
  • Biology 12 (with a C- or better) or VCC Biology 0983 & 0993 or equivalent
  • Certified five minute keyboarding test with a typing speed of 40 gross words per minute or higher with a maximum of 5 errors.

Upon acceptance:

  • A Criminal Record Check (CRC) is required in accordance with the Criminal Records Review Act. All individuals who work with vulnerable adults and/or children must complete a Criminal Records Check through the Ministry of Justice. Applicants to this program should be aware that some practicum placement in hospitals and schools may require completion of a Criminal Records Check indicating no relevant criminal record. After submitting an admissions application, applicants will receive by email a web link and unique college access code to apply and pay for a Criminal Record Check online
  • Proof of a negative TB skin test or chest xray
  • Immunization Record

Read information about our Health requirements

Seats are offered to applicants who have met all admission requirements, on a first-qualified, first-served basis.

Recommended Characteristics:

  • Ability to perform fine motor skills
  • Able to work well in stressful situations
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral)
  • Ability to work well as a team member
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Good health

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Course Schedule

Courses Schedule

Fees and Other costs

Application Fee $35
Tuition Fee $2,103
Student Union Fee $60
College Initiative Fee $60
Student Union Health Plan Fee $73
Student Union Dental Plan Fee $73
U-Pass Fee $246
Other Costs
$21 - Graduation Fees
$84 - Campus Resource Fee
$400 - Approximate textbooks, supplies,
At the time of acceptance, a $300 non-refundable deposit will be required to hold your seat if accepted more than two months before the start date of the program. Full payment of the first installment will be required within two months before the start date.

For book lists and prices, check Bookstore.

Fees are approximate and subject to change without notice. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made. The application fee is non-refundable. Fees are refunded according to the refund policy. For further clarification, see withdrawals and refunds information page.

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Program Highlights

Program Highlights

Course Schedule

Courses Schedule

Term 1

(MLAB 1111) Professional Practice
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3.0 credits
(MLAB 1112) Laboratory Fundamentals
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2.0 credits
(MLAB 1113) Specimen Collection & Processing
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6.0 credits
(MLAB 1114) Medical Laboratory Procedures
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3.0 credits
(MLAB 1115) Electrocardiography
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4.0 credits
(MLAB 1116) Human Relations Skills
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1.0 credits
(MLAB 1117) Medical Laboratory Computer Applications
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1.0 credits

Term 2

(MLAB 1218) Laboratory Practicum
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4.0 credits