School of Health

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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Program Overview

Learn how to safely collect and receive blood, tissue, and other samples from patients in the Medical Laboratory Assistant Winnipeg diploma program at Robertson College.  As well, you will learn 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. 

Our program is affiliated with the Department of Human Anatomy & Cell Science and the Department of Microbiology at the University of Manitoba. This allows our students 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 find successful employment in hospitals, clinics, and private labs
  • Encouraging graduates to recognize the need for continuing education and professional affiliation

Program Delivery

This program is delivered through our Winnipeg campus.

Campus Availability

This program is currently only taught at our winnipeg campus.


Program Details

Quick Facts



Winnipeg Campus



44 Weeks (11 Months)



5 Days a Week
8:00 am to 12:00 pm



6 Weeks
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Admission Requirements

  1. High school diploma as verified by transcript 
  2. Grade 12 Math and English and Grade 11 or 12 Biology or Chemistry as verified by transcript.
  3.  70% or higher on MLA Entrance Assessment with a minimum of 70% in each section (Math, Reading, General)
  4. Successful interview with Student Admissions Advisor

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International Student Admission Requirements

For international applicants and applicants whose first language is not English, proof of English proficiency is required. One of the following is required:

  • IELTS 6.0 or higher
  • TOEFL (IBT) 80 or higher
  • CELPIP 7 or higher
  • Successful completion of IAE4 with Robertson College


As well, students applying as an International Student will require all of the following:

  • 70% or higher on MLA Entrance Assessment with minimum 70% in each section (Math, Reading, General)
  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • G12 English
  • G12 Mathematics
  • G11 or 12 Biology or Chemistry
  • PACE


Exceptions may be considered. Please contact our International Admissions team for more information regarding admission requirements.

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The MLA program is accredited and graduates are eligible to write the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) Medical Laboratory Assistant certification exam.


Next Start Dates

Daily online real-time lectures with your instructor; on-campus scheduled lab classes

Virtual Classroom
March 28, 2022
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New start dates are being released all the time. Contact us for more dates.

Topics of Study

Laboratory Office Procedures - 24 hours

Reviews basic medical laboratory administration skills, including 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 and using workplace collaboration tools such as e-mail and fax machines. Students also learn about patient data, entry test requisitioning, results retrieval and laboratory reports using a computerized system.

Introduction to Medical Technology - 48 hours

Introduces students to medical technology within the healthcare field, including required knowledge and skills; professional associations; the certification process and career opportunities; medical legalities, terminology, specialties and ethics; communicating effectively with patients and colleagues in a multicultural environment and medical asepsis.

Clinical Laboratory Basics - 112 hours

Reviews the basic information needed to work in any medical lab environment. The unit is 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 - 100 hours

Introduces students to the basic concepts of medical terminology, physiology, and pathophysiology of the human body as well as common drug therapeutic classifications and common laboratory procedures.

Clinical Chemistry and Pharmacology - 48 hours

Examines the plasma components in peripheral blood and describes their function and significance. Students 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. This course also covers how to identify and inform physicians when laboratory results show chemistry values out of the expected range.

MLA Techniques I - 124 hours

Examines the following subject areas; guidelines for patient preparation, including collecting, handling and transporting specimens; collection requirements of blood specimens by venipuncture and capillary puncture; serum and plasma separation; collection of non-blood specimens; and collection of urine specimen and analysis. This course also includes practical laboratory sessions.

MLA Techniques II - 124 hours

Provides a thorough study of the following subject areas: the heart and the circulatory system; basic electrocardiography; the respiratory system and related diagnostic tests; pulmonary function testing; the lymphatic system; immunology and associated slide agglutination tests and basic microbiology
theory and procedures. This course includes practical laboratory sessions where students apply a hands-on approach.

MLA Techniques III - 92 hours

Examines the fundamentals of anatomical pathology (cytology and histology). This course also includes practical laboratory sessions where students practice all skills learned to date. The purpose of these labs is to ensure that the MLA skill base remains current.

Computer Fundamentals - 25 hours

Provides a basic understanding of common computer applications and keyboarding skills as well as an introduction to the Windows operating system. Office applications include spreadsheets, presentations, emails, online research and general management of files and folders.

CPR / First Aid - 10 hours

As a part of this program, students attain First Aid/CPR certification.

Employment & Career Management - 25 hours

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

Campus Experience

Virtual Classroom

Have the flexibility to live your life while learning remotely in our Virtual Classroom. Our flexible start dates, small class sizes and online learning tool Brightspace will help you stay on track with your assignments and connect with your peers and instructors.

Industry-Leading Instructors
Learn from industry professionals who bring real-life experience into the classroom. You can book office hours or get virtual support from your instructors through Brightspace, where you can schedule video appointments and use instant messenger to ask questions.

Lifelong Career Services
Connect with a career specialist in your field who will help you find a meaningful place to start your career. As a graduate, you’ll have lifelong access to student services that will help you with resume building, interview preparation and networking.

Financial Assistance and Funding

Robertson offers a variety of financial aid opportunities to ease students’ stress and allow them to focus on their studies. If you need extra support, we have flexible funding to accommodate all our students, no matter their financial situation. Our dedicated Financial Aid Officers will help you every step of the way.

*The financial assistance and funding is not applicable for international students.

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The practicum is an essential part of a learner’s program. It is both a graduation requirement and an extension of in-class learning.  The practicum asks you to apply the skills, theories, and concepts that you learned in your classes in an entry-level work experience situation.

Practicum must begin and end within the dates outlined in your program schedule and enrollment contract. Practicum is a full-time, unpaid commitment, and you will be assigned to a host site by our Workforce Team.  The practicum will enhance your career development skills, industry networking opportunities, and professional communication skills.

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Program Availability

This program is delivered through our Winnipeg campus.

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