Medical Lab Assistant

Overview

Application Period: October 1, 2022 (limited seats available, apply early)
*Preference given to applicants from the Parkland region

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Medical laboratory assistants work in a laboratory setting directly with other health care providers and patients. Job duties include collecting health information and medical specimens from patients, entering clerical data, processing specimens, and assisting with basic laboratory activities. It’s a job that requires attention to detail, good communication and people skills and the ability to work in a high paced, professional team environment.

Medical lab assistants are in high demand at hospitals, health clinics, medical offices, research and pharmaceutical labs, veterinary clinics, chiropractic and physiotherapy offices and more.

Dates & Times

Time: Monday to Friday
Dates: October 2023 – June 2024 (subject to change)
Length: 27 weeks
Location: Yorkton (Main Campus) with clinical placements in Yorkton, Melville, Regina, and/or Saskatoon

Tuition

Tuition & Course Info

Tuition: Approx. $9,750
Materials & Textbooks: Approx. $1,500
Fees: Approx. $1,500
Other: *A laptop and iPad or tablet will be required for this program

Courses

Courses

APHY 189 ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY You will be introduced to the study of the human body and how it functions efficiently. You will study various body systems that are of critical importance for the promotion and maintenance of health.
CLIN 198 CLINICAL ECG You will participate in a supervised clinical experience at an assigned clinical site. Upon successfully completing this experience, you will be able to competently perform ECGs.
ECRD 180 ELECTROCARDIOGRAPHY Your studies will focus on the theoretical aspects required to perform electrocardiograms. The course content includes recording techniques, recognizing artifacts and identifying remedies to minimize them, and recognizing basic cardiac arrhythmias.
ETHC 185 PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES 1 You will receive an introduction to health care and health care delivery systems. You will study the legal and ethical issues faced by health care professionals. You will discuss interpersonal and employability skills required in health care professions with an emphasis on teamwork, communication and stress management. You will learn methods to deal with grief and loss, in addition to skills and techniques for critical thinking and conflict management.
HSTC 188 INTRODUCTION TO HISTOLOGY & CYTOLOGY You will receive the theory and practice required to assist with the preparation of clinical specimens for microscopic examination. The course content includes specimen receiving and processing, block preparation and basic staining.
INFC 180 INFECTION CONTROL AND SAFETY You will study the transmission of microorganisms, blood-borne pathogens (i.e. hepatitis virus and HIV), routine practices, isolation procedures, immunization for medical workers, sterilization and disinfection, biohazard waste, safety and WHMIS.
MICR 190 INTRODUCTION TO MICROBIOLOGY You will receive the theory and practice required to culture routine microbiology specimens. You will discuss media composition, autoclaving and quality control. The course content includes stool preparation for parasitology examination and Gram staining.
MTER 180 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY You will learn to use the prefixes, suffixes and combining forms from which medical terms are derived. You will also learn to use medical abbreviations.
PRAC 127 SPECIMEN MANAGEMENT PRACTICUM You will participate in a supervised clinical experience. Upon successfully completing this experience, you will be able to perform specimen accessioning and several specific procedures in the clinical laboratory.
PRAC 128 PHLEBOTOMY PRACTICUM You will participate in a supervised clinical experience. Upon successfully completing this experience, you will be able to perform phlebotomy.
PRAC 129 HISTOLOGY & CYTOLOGY PREPARATION You will participate in a supervised clinical experience. Upon successfully completing this experience, you will be able to assist with routine histological/cytological specimen preparation.
PRAC 130 MICROBIOLOGY PREPARATION You will participate in a supervised clinical experience. Upon successfully completing this experience, you will be able to prepare culture media, autoclave and assist with specimen culture and preparation.
PROC 180 GENERAL LABORATORY PRACTICE You will receive the theory and practice required to perform basic procedures in a laboratory. The course content includes laboratory glassware, use of balances, centrifuges, thermal equipment, pH meters, microscopes and solution preparation with related calculations.
PROC 181 SPECIMEN COLLECTION AND HANDLING You will learn how to collect, handle and transport various laboratory specimens to ensure the quality of laboratory results. The collection of blood specimens will be emphasized. You will practice venous collection on a variety of simulation training aids.
PROC 183 INTRODUCTION TO BASIC LAB PROCEDURES You will receive the theory and practice required to perform basic procedures in the clinical laboratory areas of specimen management, hematology and clinical chemistry. You will discuss the role of quality assurance including the importance of critical thinking strategies. You will demonstrate techniques for erythrocyte sedimentation rate, preparing and staining peripheral smears, macroscopic urine testing and point-of care testing.
SIMU 100 CLINICAL ORIENTATION You will participate in a 30 hour simulation to help prepare you for your clinical experience. The course will focus on skill development in laboratory and ECG. The experience will assist you to correlate your theory to real patient situations. You will demonstrate your ability to prioritize, organize, and implement procedures. Your ability to apply professional practice will be stressed. You will discuss workplace documents and effective job search strategies.

Additional Admission Information

Additional Admission Information

  • Accepted applicants will be required to provide evidence of a Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Search upon admission into the program. At the discretion of the practicum agency, you may be declined access to a clinical or work placement based on the contents of the Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Search. The cost of the Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Search is your responsibility.
  • Accepted applicants are required to provide current immunization records and meet Saskatchewan Polytechnic immunization requirements prior to entry into clinical practicum.
  • Accepted applicants are required to provide evidence of current N95 and canister respirator mask testing prior to start of clinical practicums as directed by the program. N95 and canister respirator mask testing is valid for two (2) years from the date of completion. Retesting may be required during your studies. The cost of N95 and canister respirator mask testing is your responsibility.
  • Accepted applicants are required to provide evidence of 2015 WHMIS Globally Harmonized System (GHS) certification upon admission into the program. Recertification will be required every three years to remain current. The cost of WHMIS certification is your responsibility. Register for WHMIS.
  • Accepted applicants will be required to provide evidence of Transferring Lifting Repositioning (TLR®) Object Moving certification or Safe Moving and Repositioning Techniques (SMART®) certification upon admission to the program. TLR® or SMART® certification is valid for three (3) years from the date of completion. Recertification may be required during your studies. The cost of TLR® or SMART® certification is your responsibility. Register for TLR.
Applications

Application Information

  • Parkland College application
  • $60.00 online application fee OR $90.00 paper application fee (non-refundable)
  • Applicable official high school transcripts

Career Opportunities

Medical lab assistants are in high demand at:

  • Hospitals
  • Health Clinics
  • Medical Offices
  • Research and Pharmaceutical Labs
  • Veterinary Clinics
  • Chiropractic and Physiotherapy Offices
  • and more

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 with a minimum grade of 70% in each of English Language Arts A30, English Language Arts B30, Foundations of Math 20 or Foundations of Math 30 or Pre-Calculus 30*, Health Science 20 or Biology 30*, and Physical Science 20 or Chemistry 30*
  • Current Standard Criminal record check.
  • English Language Requirement. Please refer to the Saskatchewan Polytechnic website for full details.
  • 35 words per minute keyboarding speed with 95% accuracy (5-minute testing report to be submitted with transcripts); Testing is available through Saskatchewan Polytechnic Testing Services. A completed Keyboarding Test Results Form must be submitted to Registration Services.
  • Non-refundable application fee: $60.00 (online) OR $90.00 (paper).
  • Criminal Record Check: Criminal record checks are required and must include a vulnerable sector check. It is at the discretion of the health region whether a student with a criminal record will be allowed to participate in clinical components. All costs associated with the criminal record check are the responsibility of the student. Criminal record checks must be dated July 1 or later of the current program year.
  • Immunization Record: Current immunization information must be submitted prior to the clinical portion of the program starting. You may require further immunization. All costs associated with vaccines are the responsibility of the student.
  • Accepted applicants are required to provide evidence of current N95 and canister respirator mask testing prior to start of clinical practicums as directed by the program. N95 and canister respirator mask testing is valid for two (2) years from the date of completion. Retesting may be required during your studies. The cost of N95 and canister respirator mask testing is your responsibility.
  • Accepted applicants are required to provide evidence of 2015 WHMIS Globally Harmonized System (GHS) certification upon admission into the program. Recertification will be required every three years to remain current. The cost of WHMIS certification is your responsibility.
  • Accepted applicants will be required to provide evidence of Transferring Lifting Repositioning (TLR®) Object Moving certification or Safe Moving and Repositioning Techniques (SMART®) certification upon admission to the program. TLR® or SMART® certification is valid for three (3) years from the date of completion. Recertification may be required during your studies. The cost of TLR® or SMART® certification is your responsibility.
  • Students are responsible for their own transportation during clinical. A driver’s licence and vehicle are strongly recommended.

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Last Updated: November 7, 2022