Medical Laboratory Assistant

CREDENTIAL: Certificate

Learn to collect and prepare blood (phlebotomy) and other biological samples, perform electrocardiograms (ECG), and communicate effectively with patients and other health care providers.

Tuition: 2368*
Credential: Certificate
Length: 6 0 months
Hours: Full-time
Delivery: Class-based
Program Flyer: Download
Campus: Broadway Broadway
Start Dates: May, Sep

What you will learn

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates 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.

What to expect

The program is divided into two levels.

Level 1

Level 1 is 20 weeks in length and is a combination of theory and practical skills. Instructional activities include lectures, assignments, audio-visual presentations, workshops, on-line activities, guest speakers and tours. Practical skills are developed and practised in a laboratory setting. Under the supervision of an instructor, students practise their blood collection and cardiac monitoring skills.

Level 2

Upon successful completion of Level 1, students are assigned to a four-week practicum in a medical laboratory. The purpose of the practicum is to provide the students with an opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in the workplace.

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Admission requirements


  • Grade 12 graduation, or equivalent 
  • English Language Proficiency as demonstrated by one of the following:*
    • English 12 with a minimum ‘B’ grade, or equivalent
    • English Language Proficiency at an English 12 ‘B’ level
  • Knowledge of biology demonstrated by one of the following: 

    • Biology 12 with a minimum ‘C-’ grade, or equivalent 

    • BIOL 0983 and BIOL 0993 both with a minimum ‘C-‘ grade, or equivalent 

  • Certified five-minute keyboarding test with a minimum typing speed of 40 gross words per minute with a maximum of five errors 

Upon Acceptance 

  • Criminal Record Check (CRC)

    • Students in this program are required to complete a CRC. The CRC must be completed according to VCC's Criminal Record Check instructions. Students whose CRC results indicate they pose a risk to vulnerable populations will not be able to complete the requirements of the program (e.g. practicums) or graduate. 

  • TB Screening 

    • Within six months of the start of the program, students must submit a negative TB skin test. If the TB skin test is positive, a negative TB chest x-ray is required. 

  • Immunizations 

    • An Immunization Record must be completed 

    • Immunizations in the following are strongly recommended and in some case may be required  for practicum placements: ?

      • Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis 

      • Polio 

      • Measles, Mumps & Rubella 

      • Varicella (Chicken pox) 

      • Hepatitis B 

      • Influenza (annually) 

      • COVID-19 Vaccination


  • This program is available to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. See program options for international students at VCC International.
  • Applicants who self-identify as Indigenous are strongly encouraged to connect with VCC’s Indigenous Education and Community Engagement team to learn more about VCC’s Indigenous Enrolment policy, application preparation/completion, program advising, and a range of other individualized services.
  • Applicants must be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school. (Some exceptions may apply.)
  • Applicants must submit official transcripts and other documents as required by their course or program. Seats are offered to eligible applicants with completed applications, in order of application completion date (except for programs with competitive admissions). A complete application includes an application form, evidence of educational pre-requisites (e.g. transcripts), any required supporting documents (e.g. language proficiency, audition video), and the required deposit or fee payment. If you do not meet the requirements for the term applied, your application may be cancelled.

Missing prerequisites? Learn more about VCC's tuition-free academic upgrading or English as a Second Language (ESL) courses, or discover which university transfer options are right for you.

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

Courses *

Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the exception of practicum experiences. Students will be advised of their practicum hours once registered and attending the program.

Prior learning assessment and recognition

Prior learning assessment and recognition is not available for this program.

Fees and other costs *

Tuition Deposit

0 (0 non-refundable)

Tution deposits are payable usually within two (2) weeks after a Letter of Offer is issued.

Fee descriptionFee AmountNotes
Application fee36
Tuition Tuition 2368
Student union128
College initiative69
Materials387 not including textbooks
Campus resource95
Tools (deposit)0
Coverall (deposit)0
Uniform (deposit)0
Medical and Dental 275
Temporary Medical Insurance 0
U-PASS 266
Program-specific extra fees0
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