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Medical Laboratory Assistant

This one-year certificate program includes a 7-week placement and all the theoretical and lab training you’ll need to perform pre-analysis components of medical lab work under direct supervision of medical laboratory technologists in hospitals, physician’s offices, and private medical laboratory settings. As a student, you’ll become proficient in the collection of blood samples, performing ECGs, the use of laboratory equipment, and being fluent in medical terminology. You’ll also develop your communication and interpersonal skills. This certificate program shares common first year courses with students in the Medical Laboratory Technology program.

Upon completion of the Medical Laboratory Assistant certificate program, you may be eligible to apply to Cambrian’s Medical Laboratory Technology program with advance standing if you meet grade requirements for transfer credit.

Space in this program is limited.

Please note that the September 2022 intake for this program is closed. We invite you to connect with us at to explore future start dates or other program options.

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What's in it for you?

Career outcomes*

  • Hospitals
  • Physicians' offices
  • Diagnostic labs
  • Clinics
  • Pharmaceutical research testing clinics
  • Fertility clinics
  • Specimen collection sites and blood centres such as Canadian Blood Services
  • Research facilities

Average Salaries*

Across these career outcomes, salaries in Canada range from:

$32,059 to $49,747


  • At this time, Cambrian College is engaged in the accreditation process for the Medical Laboratory Assistant program through Accreditation Canada.
  • Graduates from accredited programs are eligible to write the Medical Laboratory Assistant examinations administered by the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) or the Medical Laboratory Professionals’ Association of Ontario (MLPAO). Medical Laboratory Assistants are not required to write these exams to work in the field.

You’ll get the opportunity to complete a 7-week placement in a lab setting before graduation. You will gain theoretical and laboratory training using sophisticated analyzers and laboratory software in clinical hematology, transfusion science, clinical chemistry, clinical microbiology, and clinical histotechnology/cytopathology.

Plan your future

Program starts

September 2023

September 2024

Learning options

  • Full-Time

Minimum technology requirements

  • Regular access to a computer with a reliable Internet connection
  • Web cam and headset
  • Personal computer
  • Windows 8, 8.1, or 10 operating system
  • Web browser: Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer 10 or higher
  • Apple Mac
  • OS X operating system
  • Web browser: Firefox or Safari

You’ll be accessing industry-standard software as part of your program. Your program coordinator and IT will set you up with access on your computer or within our campus labs. If you have any questions about these technology requirements, please email or call (705) 566-8101, ext. 7303.

For a full list of how your program will be delivered click here.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

Cambrian College has implemented a BYOD policy to ensure a rich and flexible learning experience. Learn more about BYOD by clicking here.

System requirements for Assistive Technology

To access the widest range of Assistive Technology (AT), a Windows-based computer is recommended.

  • Recommended OS: Windows 10 or newer
  • Recommended CPU: Intel or AMD multicore processor
  • Recommended RAM: 8 GB
  • Recommended Storage for Assistive Technology: 8 GB of available Hard Drive of Solid State Drive Space (please note this is not the total drive size and refers specifically to available space needed for assistive technology)
  • Recommended Audio: Speakers or Headphones for Text-to-Speech and Microphone for Speech Input

While Apple computers can provide many AT options,  some specialized software may not be available/compatible with this platform.  Please consult with the Glenn Crombie Centre for further details.

Have Questions?

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See a full list of how your program will be delivered.