Detailed Course Outline – Medical Lab Assistant (MLA) Course in Calgary

If you’re really interested in learning how to be a Medical Laboratory Assistant, we at ABES know that you’ll want to know the particulars of the course. Through this course you’ll learn medical terminology, the role of a MLA, how to draw blood safely and much more.

On this page is the curriculum for this multi-module program, which has been thoroughly vetted by Calgary Laboratory Services (CLS). CLS also provides instructors and laboratory personnel to deliver portions of the program that require specialized experience.


Medical Laboratory Assistant Certificate

CPR Certificate for Health Care Professionals

First Aid Certificate for Health Care Professionals

Defibrillator Certificate for Health Care Professionals

Course Length

  • 19 Weeks (14 Weeks Classroom and Lab, 5 Weeks Work Experience)
  • Full Time


  • Alberta High School Diploma or Equivalent (GED) or Mature Student Status
  • Keyboarding (Minimum 30 WPM)
  • English Benchmark 8
  • Clear Security Clearance
  • Physical Ability to Carry Out the Work
  • Strong Interest in Science (Biology 30 is an Asset)

Course Modules

  • Program Orientation
  • History and Introduction to the Clinical Laboratory
  • Role of the Medical Laboratory Assistant
  • Medical Terminology
  • Safe Work Practices
  • Circulatory System
  • Venipuncture Equipment
  • Patient Identification
  • Venipuncture Procedure
  • Patient Approach
  • Difficult Draw
  • Risks of Phlebotomy
  • Pre-Analytical Complications in Blood Collection
  • Skin-Puncture Equipment and Procedure
  • Pediatric Collections
  • Special Collection Procedures
  • Computer in the Clinical Lab
  • Specimen Processing
  • Urine Specimens
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Professional Practice
  • Quality Assurance
  • Microbiology
  • Handling and Transportation of Samples
  • Laboratory Calculations
  • First Aid and CPR
  • Anatomical Pathology (Histology and Cytology)
  • ECGs
  • Blood Pressure
  • Practicum (240 Hours)


If you are interested in becoming a Calgary Medical Laboratory Assistant and would like more information, contact our admissions team. ABES offers all Calgary, Edmonton and Lethbridge students a chance to advance their career with our Medical Laboratory Assistant course in Calgary.

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