Red Deer Polytechnic

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Medical Laboratory Assistant

Red Deer Polytechnic

Field of Study:Clinical/Medical Laboratory Assistant
Length:29 Week(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $3,904
International: $13,545


The Accredited Medical Laboratory Assistant program is designed to produce health care professionals who have the basic technical and theoretical skills to work in heathcare laboratories. Their duties consist mainly of sample collection, specimen processing and various clinical laboratory procedures. Graduates will attain all the specified MLA competencies that are outlined by the Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS). They will be eligible to write the CSMLS MLA exam and obtain national certification.

The program is completed over 29 weeks and includes classroom and laboratory study on campus and a 7 week practicum off campus for clinical laboratory training. Students are trained to collect, process, and prepare patient specimens, enter data, perform clerical and reception services, perform electrocardiograms and urinalysis, and carry out basic laboratory procedures. During practicum experience, students will address a selection of competencies in simulation labs.


Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*60
These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
  •  Grade12 English 
  •  Grade11 Biology 
  •  Grade11 Chemistry 
  •   Mathematics 
Minimum average of 60% and no mark below 50% in: English 30-1 or 30-2, Chemistry 20, Biology 20, Math 10C or Math 20-2
Test Scores:
  • International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based)

* The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

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