Medical Laboratory Assistant

  • Program Delivery: In-class and Online (Combined delivery)*
  • Duration: 30 weeks, including a 4-week practicum
  • Starts: Surrey: Three times per year (May*, July and October)
    Vancouver Island: Once per year (May*)
  • Credential: Diploma
  • Wages: Up to $22.57/hour

If you’re organized, able to multi-task, and interested in working in a laboratory or hospital setting, consider a career as a Medical Laboratory Assistant. Medical Laboratory Assistants perform the practical components of sample analysis. They are integral members of the health care team who share knowledge, promote learning, and collaborate with other professionals in providing effective patient care.

A Medical Laboratory Assistant can perform a wide variety of tasks, depending upon the needs of the institute that is doing the testing. Sample duties include performing phlebotomy (collecting blood), electrocardiograms (ECGs), basic preanalytical procedures, and interacting directly with patients.

Stenberg College works very closely with labs and community hospitals and strives at all times to maintain our reputation for providing relevant training and producing highly skilled graduates who are rapidly employed.

Program Delivery: Stenberg College offers an in-class program in Surrey, BC and in collaboration with LifeLabs on Vancouver Island, also offers an online program (Vancouver Island only) with practicum placements at the LifeLabs in Victoria (and surrounding areas), Nanaimo, Duncan, and Courtenay.

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of Grade 12 or equivalent
  • Passing Stenberg College entrance examination
  • Passing Stenberg College entrance interview
  • Two years of customer service experience with the same employer, or a minimum of 6 months of customer service experience with a reference letter from an employer
  • Successful completion of a short written essay
  • Passing Verbal Test of English if English is a Second Language
  • Minimum typing speed of 40 words per minute
  • Completion of a Criminal Record Consent Form under the Criminal Record Review Act

Prior to Program Admission, Program Advisors will outline practice education requirements for the program. Upon enrollment, you will be informed of next steps and timelines. Non-compliance could result in program dismissal. Requirements for practice education placements include:

  • Acceptable Criminal Record Search under the Criminal Record Review Act
  • Proof of Immunity Status as required by industry
  • Acceptable Medical Examination Form completed by a physician

NB: Additional criteria may be required to fulfill industry guidelines; you will be informed in advance of any requirements that need to be fulfilled for placements.

Financing Your Education

You could be eligible for Employment Insurance funding for education, government student loans, as well as other financing options; Stenberg’s Financial Aid Officer would be happy to provide further assistance.

Student Stories

Read stories from our students and grads about their experience with the Medical Laboratory Assistant program at Stenberg.

Temwa Khonje

In 2014, Temwa found herself on her own with four children under the age of ten. Left with several debts and a family to support, Temwa researched short-term academic programs that would enable her to find steady work in the healthcare field.

Temwa attended a Stenberg College information session for the Medical Laboratory Assistant program. “I actually knew I was going to attend when I came across an issue of Success magazine,” Temwa says. “I was early for the info session so I sat down and I was reading the magazine, and I started getting so encouraged and excited because I thought ‘This is me.’ These people’s stories are like my story of tragedy and adversity and overcoming it and growing and becoming better and becoming successful, and I just knew I wanted to see myself in that magazine.”

Temwa excelled academically, earning straight A’s, glowing recommendations from her instructors, and numerous nominations for Stenberg’s Student of the Year award. After completing her practicum placement, Temwa was offered a permanent position with LifeLabs, and now works at two lab locations.

“I love my job, my family is stronger than ever, and to be selected as the Student of the Year was just the cherry on top of all it all; I was ecstatic.”

Temwa credits her newfound optimism to Stenberg, noting that “I’m sure [in the future] there’ll be hurdles, but I am confident that I can get through anything that’s thrown at my way now. I think my kids have that attitude too, because they’ve witnessed everything and been by my side through it all…If my story inspire even one woman that’s in a situation where she doesn’t feel she’s good enough or that she has the strength to go for it and move forward, that’s so much more than I could ever have hoped for. Stenberg has given me my confidence back.”

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