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Medical Laboratory Assistant Courses


Medical Laboratory Assistant Courses in Winnipeg


  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • This course introduces the foundations of the language of medicine and provides instruction in the organization and structure of the body components (anatomy) and their functions (physiology). The course will also contain a review of the mathematics skills required of a Medical Laboratory Assistant. Topics include medical terminology, the structure and major functions of the body systems, laboratory testing of physiology and pathology, and basic laboratory mathematics.
  • Health Care, Communication, and Computers
  • This course will provide instruction in the roles and responsibilities, the communication skills, and the computer skills required of a Medical Laboratory Technician. Topics will include the role of the Medical laboratory Assistant in the Health Care System, professionalism, legal issues, ethical issues, quality assurance, communication skills, assertiveness, nonverbal communication, team work, communication with patients, dealing with challenging behaviours, documentation, and basic computer skills.
  • Laboratory Safety
  • This course will provide instruction in laboratory safety and the use and care of laboratory equipment. Topics will include laboratory mathematics, chemical, biological, and physical hazards; infection control, basic first aid; and safe care and use of laboratory equipment.
  • Specimen Collection
  • This course will provide instruction and practice in specimen collection, preparation, and testing. Topics will include phlebotomy, clinical chemistry, hematology, microbiology, immunology, serology, immunohematology, histology, cytology, the specific testing procedures for some common laboratory tests, and quality control.
  • Certification Preparation
  • This is a review course designed to assist the students with their preparation to write the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science’s medical assistant certification examination.
  • Clinical Practicum
  • The clinical practicum component of the program is the practical application of a student’s knowledge and skills in a health care environment. The internship requires full-time day attendance working in the clinical setting. The duration of the practicum is six weeks, during which the student must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 6 weeks of work experience.


  • Minimum of a Canadian high school grade 12 or equivalent (high school transcript to be provided if under the age of 19), or a mature student (certified that the student is 19 years of age or over and have not attended high school in the last twelve months)
  • Pass an entrance assessment administered by Herzing College
  • Be interviewed in detail regarding interest in the field
  • Be selected by Medical Laboratory Assistant Selection Committee

Note: admission to some programs may include additional requirements


Provide the College with the following documentation:

  • A valid Manitoba driver’s license and access to a vehicle
  • Immunization record
  • Criminal record check with vulnerable sector search
  • Adult abuse registry
  • Child abuse registry

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