|Field of Study:||Clinical/Medical Laboratory Assistant
|Description:||A medical laboratory assistant is an integral member of the laboratory workforce, a field that is not only growing to meet the needs of an increasing and aging population, but also changing to support medical advances. This program trains students to collect, process, and prepare patient specimens, enter data, perform clerical and reception services, perform electrocardiograms and urinalyses, and carry out basic laboratory procedures. Medical laboratory assistants must be accurate, self-motivated and dependable with a skilled eye for detail and strong client service skills.
This program consists of 12 weeks of classroom instruction and laboratory training followed by a seven-week practicum. The practicum period is spent in a clinical laboratory where students refine competencies acquired at SAIT. Practicum sites are arranged by SAIT. Students must expect to train outside of Calgary (totally or in-part). The seven weeks of practicum are not necessarily consecutive and may not be continuous with the end of the theory portion of the program.