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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

medical lab assistant/ medical transcriptionists

Feb. 17, 2017: I am still looking for a deep and meaningful job.  How about a job in the medical field that is not too hard:

Medical lab assistant: This is at NAIT, and it seems pretty hard to get in:

Entrance Requirements

Academic Requirements

60% in each of:
  • Grade 12 English
  • Pure Math 10 or Math 10C or Applied Math 20 or Math 20-2
  • Chemistry 20
  • Biology 20
NAIT's MTH20T Academic Upgrading course is recognized in lieu of Math 20-2.
View the English Language Proficiency Requirements for the Program: NAIT | English Language Proficiency

Non-Academic Requirements

  • Interview - Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.

  • Online Career Assessment - An assessment of the applicant's knowledge of the program/profession which must be written prior to the interview process. To maximize the Career Assessment score, it is highly recommended that all applicants tour one or two medical laboratories or talk to a Medical Laboratory Assistant.

  • Immunization Requirements - Students are required to be immunized against vaccine preventable diseases, as determined by Alberta Health. After acceptance into the program, students will be given further information on immunization requirements. Failure to meet the Police Information Check, immunization and tuberculosis testing requirements may result in denial of access to clinical training.

  • Police Information Check - Students are required to provide a current Police Information Check (also referred to as a Security Clearance or Criminal Record Check) which must include a Vulnerable Sector Search. Please do not proceed with the Police Information Check until an offer of acceptance and follow-up instructions have been issued by the program. The Police Information Check is only considered valid when reviewed by a NAIT official within 90 days of completion.

  • Biosafety Course Requirement - Biosafety is mandatory for all students in the MLA program to ensure compliance with the Human Pathogens and Toxins Act. A biosafety course will be delivered online using Moodle. Students will be directed on deadlines and completion requirements during program specific orientation. If course requirements are not met, access to designated labs may be denied.

  • Computer Skills - Applicants must complete a keyboarding assessment at a net minimum of 30 words per minute with 90% accuracy. It is the student's responsibility to ensure they possess basic computer skills for success in the program. Effective October 1, 2016, all new keyboarding test assessments will have an expiry date of 1 year from the date of assessment. We are honoring assessments submitted for previous academic years. Please click here for instructions.
Student Selection Process and Criteria

Student selection is competitive and based on criteria that may include academic achievement beyond the stated minimum prerequisites. Applicants with prior NAIT Health Sciences credentials may be given special consideration for the interview shortlist. The selection process is based on:
  • Phase 1 - Academic entrance requirements are reviewed by the Office of the Registrar and applicants are shortlisted for interviews. Last year, applicants successful in receiving an interview had a minimum average of 79.5%.

  • Phase 2 - Shortlisted applicants are interviewed and ranked. Final student selection ranking is based on:
Academics - 40%
Interview - 40%
Career Assessment - 20%

Feb. 22, 2017 X-ray technician:

Entrance Requirements

Academic Requirements

60% in each of
  • English 30-1
  • Pure Math 30 or Math 30-1 or 30-2
  • Chemistry 30
  • Biology 30
5 or more credits of post-secondary Human Anatomy and Physiology completed within 5 years of the application deadline with a final grade of 60% or greater. The NAIT course that meets this prerequisite requirement is ANPH100 Anatomy and Physiology.

Medical Laboratory Technologist:

As part of the health-care team, the Medical Laboratory Technologist performs a large variety of laboratory tests and procedures to assist physicians in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease.

Medical Laboratory Technology focuses on the analysis of human blood and body fluids for microorganisms, cellular and chemical components. Preparation of tissue samples for microscopic examination is also covered.

My opinion: That's pretty hard.

Medical transcriptionists: are healthcare documentation specialists who primarily edit dictated medical reports. The use of electronic medical record and voice-recognition technology has increased the importance of ensuring the accuracy of a patient’s medical documentation as more medical professionals access and rely on this record.

Transcriptionists play a vital role as part of the medical team.

My opinion: This maybe the only program that seems deep and meaningful, and that I actually have the aptitude for.

I should go in for a "Student for a day" to see what the program's like.


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