Medical Laboratory Assistant

Become a Certified Medical Lab Assistant through Calgary’s ABES

In partnership with Calgary Laboratory Services (CLS), this full-time program prepares graduates for work in hospitals, patient service centers, and clinical laboratories. Alberta Business & Educational Services’ (ABES) Medical Lab Assistant course will help you become fully qualified.


Calgary Laboratory Services (CLS) Partnership

In 2004, CLS approached Alberta Business & Educational Services (ABES), and requested we run the Medical Lab Assistant program in Calgary in order to solve a shortage of MLAs in the industry.
As a result of successfully addressing their issues, we have remained partners ever since. This relationship has been very advantageous for our students, because it allows our program to grow with the times, and to develop the most current techniques and skillsets necessary for success in the field.

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Calgary Laboratory Services (CLS) Partnership

Our partnership with CLS for the Medical Lab Assistant program means that students have the opportunity to form a professional relationship with CLS—the largest employer for MLAs in Calgary and the surrounding areas. Our MLA students also receive these direct benefits:
  • CLS interviews and selects students for the program. You will have a working relationship with CLS from the beginning.
  • CLS employees help train students while they are at ABES. ABES brings in CLS employees to provide training in technical areas during the classroom portion of training. ABES’ onsite lab uses all CLS equipment and trains students to CLS’ Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) standards to help better prepare you for practicum and employment. Our students complete a 5-week practicum with CLS in either a community or hospital setting.
  • The CLS Occupational Health and Safety Department screens students and offers them any vaccinations requisite for their practicum and employment. CLS will help you prepare for employment any way that they can.
Ongoing Support with ABES

Ongoing Support with ABES

Because of our close working relationship with CLS, graduates of this program are streamlined into the work force; 95% of Medical Lab Assistant graduates from Alberta Business & Educational Services (ABES) are employed upon or before graduation. Although the majority of our grads work for CLS, our Calgary Medical Lab Assistant program does not limit you to this company.

Upon your request ABES will provide you with practicums outside of CLS. Many other employers hire our graduates.

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Graduates of this program are streamlined into the work force; 95% of Medical Lab Assistant graduates from Alberta Business & Educational Services (ABES) are employed upon or before graduation.

What Our Students Have to Say

After I graduated and I am very satisfied with my career

I am extremely thankful to ABES and my wonderful instructors for providing exceptional educational services. I highly recommend the MLA program, as it has helped me in maintaining my business and family life. The beauty of being an MLA is that the work hours are extremely flexible and you can choose the work schedules according to your requirements. I would also like to mention that I got hired right after I graduated and I am very satisfied with my career.

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I would certainly recommend ABES

However due to some changes I was laid off, and after being unable to find a job, I decided that I would go back to school and start a new career. With the help of my friends and family I enrolled into the MLA program at ABES. Being at ABES was one of the best experiences I have ever had; everyone there was extremely helpful and went out of their way to help me succeed. The training and things that I learnt at ABES have gone a long way in helping me not only find a job but start a career I enjoy more than I would have ever thought possible. If anyone were to go back to school, I would certainly recommend ABES as they go above and beyond when helping their students.

ABES MLA Graduate

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What is the Job Outlook for Medical Lab Assistant in Calgary?

Great news for Medical Lab Assistants: there are plenty of opportunities for steady, high-paying positions available both now and in the future.

Health care workers in Alberta have less unemployment and higher wages than average. And according to a report released by the Government of Alberta, by 2025 there will be a shortage of over 5,300 Health Care Aides needed—making this a fast-growing and in-demand career.

In other words, if you’ve been searching for a career that will allow you to give your family a higher quality of life…or if you’re just ready to finally earn the kind of salary you deserve…becoming a Health Care Aide is a fantastic way to earn more money while making the world a better place.

Can I Qualify for Financial Aid?

Yes! More than 95% of applicants qualify for financial aid.

Many applicants—such as those with children, those who didn’t work last year, and those who recently arrived in Canada—will qualify for free grants automatically, and even those with a high income will usually qualify for some aid.

In short: if you’re worried about the cost of the program, schedule a time to chat with an Admissions Advisor. They can help give you a better idea of how much financial aid you will qualify for.

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What Makes ABES Different from Other Schools

What Makes ABES Different from Other Schools?

We stand out from other schools for 3 big reasons:
  • As a small, privately owned school, ABES guarantees hands-on training for every student.
  •  Unlike other schools, all our programs offer practicum in the Calgary area—making it easier for you to stay local. (Many students get their first job offer while they’re still on practicum)
  • Finally, we stand out for our extensive connections in the medical community. Thanks to our relationships with local healthcare facilities, our graduates have an easy road to employment.