Health Career Profiles

Medical Lab Assistant

Career Description

Medical laboratory assistants work under the supervision of pathologists, or a licensed medical laboratory technologists. The responsibilities of the medical laboratory assistant can vary from collecting various specimens such as blood and urine specimens, phlebotomy data entry, sorting specimens, transporting and receiving specimens specialized plating, and loading analyzers and various other pre-analytical procedures. In addition, the medical laboratory assistant uses quality assurance procedures to ensure laboratory policies and procedures are being followed. Strong communication skills are required as interaction with patient and other healthcare professionals is a key role.

Academic Requirements

  • High School Diploma or Equivalency
  • Geometry and Applications in Mathematics 112
  • Functions and Relations 112
  • And one additional science from the following:

  • Biology 112 or 122;
  • Chemistry 112 or 122;
  • Physics 112 or 122

Where to study

Currently there is no schools in Nova Scotia that offer a program. Although there are numerous schools in Ontario and British Columbia that offer a program, listed are the requirements to the Medical Laboratory Assistant program at the New Brunswick Community College.