Should You Consider A Medical Lab Assistant Program?

Have you, or someone you know, always been interested in science? Was science your favourite subject in high school? If your answer is yes, then you've probably been thinking about a professional career in a science-related field for quite some time now. And if you're reading this article in particular, then it is almost certain that you've been asking yourself this question: "should I consider a medical laboratory assistant program?" Keep reading to find out the answer to this and other questions.

What Do You Learn in a Medical Laboratory Assistant Program?

Let's get straight to the point, as this article won't address the details of the lab assistant career because you can get those by reading our previous article titled "Everything You Need to Know About Medical Lab Assistant Jobs" (ADD LINK). Instead, our focus is on providing you with essential information about Medical Lab Assistant Programs.

When you enroll in a medical lab assistant program or course, which usually lasts about one year, you begin a journey into the world of health sciences. Soon enough you'll be learning to perform procedures like collecting and processing samples, urinalysis, positioning Holter monitors, ECGs (electrocardiograms, the tests that check how hearts are functioning by measuring their electrical activity), and all the pre-analysis components of medical lab work and clinical chemistry.

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How Can You Get A Lab Assistant Certification?

Furthermore, medical lab assistant programs prepare students for the medical laboratory field. In Ontario, for instance, all programs aim to provide students with all the knowledge needed to get certified by the Medical Laboratory Professionals' Association of Ontario (MLPAO, previously known as OSMT) and approve the national exam offered by the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) to be able to practice in hospital laboratories, private laboratories, private clinics, blood donor testing centres, and research facilities across the country.

Should You Consider a Medical Laboratory Assistant Program?

If you're interested in the healthcare field, but you prefer health sciences instead of the clinical part of the field, and you were particularly good at biology and chemistry in your previous academic experiences, we'd say go for it!

Also, if you're looking for a career in healthcare because you like helping people and making their lives better, and you also love science, a medical lab assistant course might be the right choice for you. The same is true if you happen to be an introvert who likes healthcare but don't want a role that will require significant interaction with patients. There are many medical lab assistant jobs that involve minimal patient interaction and focus on assisting physicians in the diagnosis of medical conditions.

Other scenarios: You love the idea of a career in healthcare, but you don't want to go to school for years and years, so you would prefer a career path that you can get into in two years or less. Or you like the idea of working as a "medical detective" using samples of blood, urine, or other biological material to confirm or rule out medical conditions. Whichever the case, a medical lab assistant program is a good idea for you.

lab technician looking into a microscope

How To Enroll In A Laboratory Assistant Program For Immigrants

If you're new to Canada and are considering a medical lab assistant program, there are several things you need to know before you enroll. First and foremost, you will need to demonstrate language proficiency (English or French, depending on where you live) for admission. Then, you will need other documents such as criminal background checks, transcripts from your previous education abroad, and letters of recommendation. For more detailed information, you will have to consult the post-secondary institute of your choice.

And to learn about employment prospects and career development opportunities once you become a medical lab assistant, don't hesitate to sign up to our platform and create a free healthcare worker account. Visit our homepage Caring Support to get started. Once you do that, you will have access to our extensive job board where you will see dozens of current job postings that will give you an accurate idea of what medical lab assistant employers are looking for.

If you have any other questions or comments about medical lab assistant programs and courses, leave us a comment below. Otherwise, we wish you the best of luck in your journey to becoming a medical lab assistant.

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