Career Information for Medical Lab Assistants in Calgary

Would you like to help identify and prevent some of the diseases and health conditions that affect more and more people each year? Are you highly organized, and do have a keen eye for detail? If you answered yes to all of the above, a career as a Medical Lab Assistant in Calgary could be right for you! In partnership with Calgary Laboratory Services (CLS), ABES offers a full-time Medical Laboratory Assistant program to prepare you for work in a hospital, patient service center, physician's office or clinical laboratory. The Medical Lab Assistant (MLA) course will last 19 weeks and covers everything from medical terminology to specimen processing and quality assurance.

Some of the responsibilities of a Medical Laboratory Assistant include collecting blood specimens, using macro and micro phlebotomy techniques, sorting specimens, transporting and receiving specimens, and performing limited testing procedures such as specialized plating, urinalysis, and loading analyzers. This behind-the-scenes work is very important and relied upon by physicians and other medical professionals to diagnose illnesses. Accordingly, a Medical Lab Assistant must be able to work in a high-pressure environment where precision and accuracy are absolutely critical. To succeed in this position, you need to be able to take precise readings, work well with others and follow instructions correctly.

Educational Requirements
As a student studying to be a Medical Lab Assistant, you must have at least a high school diploma or equivalent and basic computer skills. There are also prerequisites set forth by ABES to enroll in their Medical Lab Assistant course in Calgary, which include:


  • 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)

As a graduate of the MLA program, you'll obtain the certificates needed to successfully gain employment in this field. Please note that certification is not regulated.

Advancement Opportunities
Medical Laboratory Assistants are highly sought after as there has been a significant shortage in the industry in recent years. And as baby boomers become older, more medical personnel are needed to oversee their health care. New positions are regularly being created and/or opening up. This career field will reward those who receive additional education with the most advanced, in-demand positions and supervisory roles. Advancement will be contingent on your experience and ability to do your job.

A Rewarding Career Awaits
ABES is a respected post-secondary school where you can receive excellent training to become a Medical Lab Assistant in Calgary. We're extremely proud of our partnership with CLS, which is also a significant advantage for our students because it keeps our program up to date with the current skills and techniques that CLS requires. After taking this course, we're confident that you'll be fully qualified for your chosen career path. We'll help you learn how to work well in a laboratory setting and take all the proper readings carefully and correctly. Contact us today to learn more information about our MLA program.

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