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Medical Laboratory Assistant Diploma Program Winnipeg

Medical Laboratory Assistants play an essential role in hospitals, private and public health laboratories, clinics, research laboratories, commercial diagnostic supply companies and insurance companies.

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Medical Laboratory Assistants are responsible for collecting and receiving blood, tissue, and other samples from patients; logging samples and preparing them for testing; performing routine tests and sample analyses; and setting up, cleaning, sterilizing and maintaining laboratories and equipment.

Program Overview

Learn how to safely collect and receive blood, tissue, and other samples from patients as well as how to log samples and prepare them for testing, perform routine tests and sample analyses, and set up, clean, sterilize and maintain laboratories and equipment. 

The Medical Laboratory Assistant diploma program at Robertson College Winnipeg is focused on the needs of our students, employers, and industry partners, allowing graduates to find successful employment in the medical laboratory field and to provide the skills they require to become a successful contributor to their organization. 

Our program is also affiliated with the Department of Human Anatomy & Cell Science and the Department of Microbiology at the University of Manitoba. This will allow you to receive further training in the specialized areas of Histology, Cytology, and Microbiology using the university’s state of the art labs.

The Medical Laboratory Assistant program is committed to:

  • Graduating students who are able to pursue a career in the rapidly growing field of Medical Lab Assistants
  • Providing a quality Medical Laboratory Assistant program that aligns with the existing Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) competencies
  • Preparing graduates to successfully pass the CSMLS Examination
  • Preparing graduates to be employed in hospitals, clinics, and private labs
  • And encouraging graduates to recognize the need for continuing education and professional affiliation

Topics of Study

Laboratory Office Procedures

In this course, you will learn the basic medical laboratory administration skills. Topics covered include communication skills needed in a culturally diverse workforce, communication process and its elements, ways to improve listening skills, developing effective verbal and nonverbal communication skills, telecommunications, using workplace collaboration tools such as e-mail, fax machine, etc. In addition, you will learn about patient data, entry test requisitioning, results retrieval and laboratory reports using a computerized system.

Introduction to Medial Technology

This course will introduce you to Medical Technology and the Health Care field. Topics include the role and responsibilities of the Medical Laboratory Technician including required knowledge and skills, professionalism, professional associations, the Certification process, and career opportunities, medical legalities and ethics, medical terminology, medical specialties, communicating effectively with patients and colleagues in a multi-cultural environment, the patient’s health record and an introduction to medical asepsis.

Clinical Laboratory Basics

In this course, you will learn the basic information you need to work in any medical lab environment. The unit is sub-divided into 3 major topic areas – laboratory safety including WHMIS and TDG; laboratory mathematics and quality control; and laboratory instruments and equipment.

Anatomy and Physiology

This course will introduce you to the basic concepts of medical terminology, physiology, and pathophysiology of the human body. It introduces common drug therapeutic classifications and common laboratory procedures.

Clinical Chemistry and Pharmacology

In this course, you will learn to identify the plasma components in peripheral blood and describe their function and significance. You will also learn to describe the proper specimen collection for various chemistry tests, explain the basic principles of glucose and fat metabolism, match various chemistry panels with tests performed and identify the reason why each panel is ordered. In addition, the course will cover how to identify and inform physicians when laboratory results show chemistry values out of the expected range and match possible chemistry disorders when test results are out of their reference range. This course also covers the major classification of drugs by use and by action and function, routes of administration of drugs and side effects and allergies.

MLA Techniques I

This course covers the following subject areas; (1) guidelines for patient preparation, collecting, handling and transporting specimens; (2) collection of blood specimens by venipuncture and capillary puncture; (3) serum and plasma separation; (4) an overview of the collection of non-blood specimens; (5) collection of urine specimen; and (6) urine analysis. This course also includes practical laboratory sessions where you will get to practice all skills learned in the classroom. The purpose of these labs is to ensure our students’ Medical Laboratory Assisting skill base remains current.

MLA Techniques II

This course covers the following subject areas (1) the heart and the circulatory system including common diseases, disorders and related diagnostic tests; (2) basic Electrocardiography; (3) the respiratory system, common diseases, disorders and related diagnostic tests, Vital Signs, and an introduction to Pulmonary Function testing; (4) the lymphatic system, immunology and associated slide agglutination tests; and (5) basic Microbiology theory and procedures. This course includes practical laboratory sessions where you will get to practice all skills that you have learned to date. The purpose of these lab sessions is to ensure your Medical Laboratory Assisting skill base remains current.

MLA Techniques III

This course covers the fundamentals of anatomical pathology (cytology and histology). This course also includes practical laboratory sessions where you will practice all skills learned to date. The purpose of these labs is to ensure that your Medical Laboratory Assisting skill base remains current.

Computer Fundamentals

The Computer Fundamentals course provides you with a basic understanding of common computer applications, keyboarding skills, as well as an introduction to the Windows 7 operating system. Office applications include word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, email, browsing the Internet, and general management of files and folders.

CPR / First Aid

As a part of your program you will attain your First Aid/CPR certification.

Employment & Career Management

This course provides guidance in preparing for your next job interview, including preparation of a resume and cover letter, as well as job-hunting and interview techniques, and assessing your strengths and weaknesses.

Medical Laboratory Assistant Industry Practicum

A six-week work practicum is included in this program. This practicum will give you a chance to put your newly acquired skills to work in a “real-world” environment while gaining valuable experience.

CSMLS Exam Review

A CSMLS exam preparation week will help prepare you to pass the certification examination.

Marianela Lopez

Irene Campo

Marianela Lopez, PhD brings exceptional depth and experience to her role as Program Coordinator and Instructor at Robertson College. Marianela has extenstive experience in research & development and was the Senior Scientist with Cangene Corporation in Winnipeg, studying bacterial infections for humans. She is also a Post Doctoral Fellow through the University of Saskatchewan on Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization, holds a Masters degree in Genetics and Molecular Biology from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil and is a Doctor of Philosophy in Cellular Immunology from Washington State University.

Marianela Lopez
, PhD

Irene has over 10 years of experience working in the Medical Laboratory Field in both clinical and hospital settings.  She holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Medical Technology and is proficient in HIV Testing, Drug Testing and Transfusion Medicine. Now, as an instructor with Robertson College since 2010, Irene is able to educate the next generation of Medical Laboratory Assistants.

Irene Campo

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