Canada is an arid country in the far northern part of North America. Its three provinces and ten territories cover from the Pacific to the Arctic Ocean and southward to the Prairies. The country has many small islands, which make up its west coast, and its northern peninsula features a series of large and isolated lakes and rivers. In Canada, the two most populous areas are Vancouver Island and the Northwest Territories.
There’re a lot of job openings in the country that comes with mouthwatering benefits for personnel who are suitably qualified, passionate and willing to work. Openings are available for both full-time and part-time employment seekers
Medical laboratory assistants perform various administrative functions related to the collection, preparation, analysis, management and administration of specimens and test results.
This includes, for instance, taking blood samples (plasma and sera), processing medical equipment (polymers, centrifuges, laboratories instruments, and others), preparing samples for testing, and transporting specimens and test results to the research facility. The most common duties of laboratory assistants include preparing specimens and testing results, taking and documenting information, making or interpreting measurements, developing diagnostic tests, and following physician’s instructions.
To become a medical laboratory assistant, you need at least a high school diploma and a certification from a recognized organization like the American Association for Laboratory Technologists (AALT). In addition to that, you should have good communication skills and be able to follow instructions of the doctor. The ability to work independently and under minimal supervision is also necessary.
Furthermore, you need to complete a program offered by a technical college or other vocational institute. There are many types of programs available, including basic, associate, and technician levels. You can also complete an online course for a certificate as long as it fits within the schedule of a traditional program. However, you must have hands-on experience on the job, at least 6 months, before you can take the exam to become certified.
After passing the certification exam, the individual can look for job opportunities in hospitals, nursing homes, pharmaceutical companies, colleges and universities, consulting firms, and others.
Usually, the positions are distributed according to the geographic location and responsibilities of the individual. For instance, in a hospital, there will be a number of assistant positions, including the generalist, an ERP technician, a pharmacy technician, and an emergency medicine technician. You can also find positions in clinics, doctor’s offices, nursing homes, private offices, labs, and nursing schools. However, these positions may not be in hospitals.