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The objective of the Medical Laboratory Technician / Assistant is to provide graduates with the skills and knowledge that enable them to qualify for entry-level positions as a medical laboratory technician assistant. The 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.
Upon successful completion of the MLTA diploma program, graduates are qualified to write a third party examination and achieve their “Certified Lab Assistant” designation through the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) as well as the Ontario Society of Medical Technologists (OSMT). All examinations are at the option and expense of the graduate and Medix encourages students to become certified.
What career opportunities are available to graduates of the Medical Lab Technician / Assistant program?
- Medical Laboratory Assistant
- Laboratory Assistant
- Medical Laboratory Technician
- Phlebotomy Technicians
- Patient Services Assistants
Where do graduates of the Medical Lab Technician / Assistant Program work?
- Medical Laboratories
- Research Laboratories
- Doctor’s Offices
- Blood Donor Testing Centres
- Medical Laboratories
- Veterinary Laboratories
What are common job tasks for individuals working in the Medical Lab Assistant / Technician field?
- Participate as an important member of the laboratory team.
- Provide patient reception and documentation.
- Use correct techniques to safely collect blood specimens.
- Appropriately handle and distribute specimens to be analyzed by other members of the laboratory team.
- Maintain a safe working environment.
- Perform electrocardiograms (ECG’s), applying an understanding of heart activity and heart electrical conductivity.
Why choose the Medical Lab Assistant / Technician Program at Medix College?
Practical skill-building and a practicum component are used to give students a well-rounded understanding of the role of the Medical Lab Assistant / Technician. During the course of this program, students will learn all of the skills and be trained in all the procedures that will be required of them in their new careers.
As a mandatory component of our programs, all Medix students are required to complete an off- site externship placement. Placements occur at various locations throughout the College's area. This essential module allows students to exercise the skills learned in class, learn specific applications and to further enhance their learning experience in the selected facilities.
Medix College also provides an employment advantage as we have established relationships with many employers in the field. As a result, employers in the field contact us before posting jobs to the general public giving current students and graduates of the program an advantage in the hiring process.
Students looking to start training in this program have a number of options to finance their education. By exploring these options, students will be able to gain financial assistance and support as they are training for a career. Some financing options available to students include:
- Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) (if Applicable)
- Ontario Second Career
- Out of Province Options
- Student Lines of Credit
- Lifelone Learning Plan
- Employment Ontario
- Monthly Payment Plan
Financial assistance may be available for those who qualify. Please contact us for more details regarding Financial Assistance.