Medical Lab Assistants Sponsorships

Posted on January 31, 2022

Interior Health is sponsoring eight current or recently graduated from high school students or Aboriginal Job Seekers to become a Medical Lab Assistants (MLA).

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  • $5,000 Tuition Reimbursement
    • (Tuition is roughly $5,000 + fees, books, etc. for the 8 month course)
  • Paid practicum
  • Guaranteed job in your community after graduation ($25.31/hr)

*All perks are based on and paid out upon successful completion of the MLA Program

What are Medical Lab Assistants?

Medical laboratory assistants do pre-analytical functions. This involves, for example, collecting blood samples (phlebotomy), processing and moving specimens, and preparing special  chemicals  (called  reagents)  for  use  in testing. In BC, medical laboratory assistants also perform electrocardiograms. Click here for more information

Who is Eligible?

  • High School students who have or will have graduated in either 2021 or 2022
  • OR Aboriginal Job Seekers of any age

Applicants must meet the entry requirements of a BC Society of Laboratory Science approved program (list of approved programs found here)

  • Virtual or In-Person Available
  • Courses are typically 8 months

Medical Lab Assistants  admission requirements vary by program but typically include:

  • Grade 12  or  equivalent    
  • English 12  with  a  min  ‘B’  grade

One applicant will be selected from each of the following communities:


  • Castlegar
  • Lillooet
  • Merritt
  • Nelson
  • Salmon Arm
  • Trail
  • Williams Lake
  • Vernon