Medical Laboratory Assistant Admission and Selection Criteria
Frequently Asked Questions
Last updated September 29, 2014
Medical Laboratory Assistant Admission and Selection Criteria questions and answers will be updated and reposted from time to time, based on questions received from applicants. Please check back periodically.
- What are the admission requirements and selection criteria?
For the most up to date admission requirements, visit the admissions section of the program page.
For required information on preparing your application, refer to the Selection Process Guide for Applicants.
What type of information should be included with my application when I submit it to Saskatchewan Polytechnic?
To ensure that your application is complete, you will need to submit the Saskatchewan Polytechnic application form and application fee between 8:00 a.m., October 1 and 4:30 p.m., February 15 (Saskatchewan times). All documents and transcripts for high school courses and post-secondary education must be received by 4:30 p.m. (Saskatchewan time), February 28(29) in order to be considered. Final official transcripts must be received by August 1.
I am currently enrolled in grade 12. What do I need to do?
Make a request to Saskatchewan Education to send your official transcript directly to Saskatchewan Polytechnic at the end of semester one (no later than 4:30 p.m. (Saskatchewan time), February 28(29)) and the end of semester two (end June). Final official transcripts must be received by August 1.
I am a grade 12/Adult 12 graduate. What do I need to do?
Make a request to Saskatchewan Education to send your official transcript directly to Saskatchewan Polytechnic by 4:30 p.m. (Saskatchewan time), February 28(29). Final official transcripts must be received by August 1.
I am currently registered in courses with Saskatchewan Polytechnic School of Academic and Career Education. What do I need to do?
Make a request to your instructor to submit, in writing, relevant mid-term grades directly to Saskatchewan Polytechnic by 4:30 p.m. (Saskatchewan time), February 28(29). Once you have completed Adult 12 or upgrading, make a request to Saskatchewan Education to send your final official transcript directly to Saskatchewan Polytechnic. Final official transcripts must be received by August 1.
I have taken additional post-secondary education and have marks in courses such as English and Biology that are higher than my high school marks. Will these count?
Yes, if you have higher marks in equivalent post secondary courses, Saskatchewan Polytechnic will use the higher mark to calculate your overall average. An official transcript should be forwarded to Registration Services directly from the issuing educational institution. Equivalent courses, having higher marks than required grade 12 courses will be considered. See question 7 for examples of equivalent courses.
- What do you consider equivalent university courses that can be used as alternatives
to grade 12 courses?
The following chart outlines some examples of equivalent courses.
Grade 12 Courses Required for Admission
University of Regina Courses
University of Saskatchewan Courses
English Language Arts A30 and B30
Biology 140 or 150
Similar courses from other recognized post-secondary institutions would also be considered.
- I have written the Accuplacer tests, can I use my test scores for admission to the
No, Accuplacer results cannot be used for admission to high-demand programs. You will need to explore ways to improve your academic record, either by upgrading your grade 12 marks or taking some appropriate equivalent courses. (See question 7 for examples of equivalent courses)
- I have taken some post-secondary courses, can I be accepted through Special Admission?
No, Special Admissions does not apply to high demand programs. You will need to explore ways to improve your academic record, either by upgrading your grade 12 marks or taking some approved equivalent courses. (See question 7 for examples of equivalent courses)
The selection criteria indicate that a career investigation will make up 30% of my final score. What would I expect to do in a career investigation?
A career investigation is an opportunity to acquire knowledge about the scope of work in the clinical department and its demands on the technologist. Some components of the career investigation will be demonstrating an understanding of: technologist responsibilities, attributes of competent technologists, awareness of the functions of the workplace and the variety of employment opportunities, the risks and potential drawbacks of working in the profession as well as the emotional, mental and physical demands of the training and career. The report format for the career investigation is available on the program web pages.
Research for your career investigations may include a report completed through job shadowing at a clinical site. Some clinical facilities that do not accommodate job shadowing will allow a tour of the department. Examples of appropriate clinical sites are urban and rural hospitals, and private clinics.
When must I submit the Career Investigation Report to be considered for the next intake?
The Career Investigation Report must be received by Saskatchewan Polytechnic before the application document deadline for the program which is no later than 4:30 p.m. (Saskatchewan time), February 28(29). Any information received after that date will not be considered.
- I have prepared my Career Investigation Report but am not sure who or where I should
Career Investigation Reports should be submitted by email as an attachment to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The cover page of the report should contain the applicant’s name, address and program you are applying to.
- I have printed and completed the Awareness Questionnaire and would like to know where
to send this form.
Awareness Questionnaires must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. (Saskatchewan time), February 28(29) and can be emailed as an attachment to: email@example.com
Clearly label the Awareness Questionnaire with your name, address, and phone number. Awareness Questionnaires must be received in Registration Services prior to the application document deadline.
Can I complete and submit the Awareness Questionnaire online?
Yes, you can complete it online here: Medical Laboratory Assistant Program
These questionnaires must be received by the application document deadline of 4:30 p.m. (Saskatchewan time), February 28(29).
The selection criteria indicate that an interview will make up 40% of my final score. How will the program set up the interview process?
The interview process was established with input and participation from program stakeholders including educators, clinical training partners and prospective employers. It consists of a series of standardized questions that will be asked of each applicant participating in Phase 2. Applicant responses will be scored and the interview score will become part of the final Phase 2 score.
Can I choose my own clinical training site?
No. Clinical placements are assigned by the Medical Diagnostic Programs Committee of Practicum Placements (COPP). The COPP committee is comprised of program and student representatives. The committee strives to ensure the assignment is done in a clear, non-prejudicial manner. It takes into consideration the ranking form the program provides, which is completed and submitted by applicants to the program after they have been offered a seat in the program.
There are limited clinical seats in each location. Enrolment in the program will require acceptance of the clinical placement as assigned and this placement may be outside of Saskatoon.
Is preference given to Saskatoon residents for the Saskatoon clinical training sites
No. See response above.
If I do not want the clinical seat I was assigned, can I waive my seat until the next year?
No. Applicants who do not accept the seat they are offered must reapply to the program, meet all current admission requirements and selection criteria, and submit all documentation required for the selection process to that program.
- How can I get in touch with students currently in the program as recommended in the
Selection Process Guide for Applicants to ask them questions about the program?
Saskatchewan Polytechnic will be organizing information sessions which will allow applicants to ask questions of students currently in the program. The first session will be scheduled for late fall and the second early in the new year. You will need to register for these sessions. Check the program page for dates, times and locations.
- If I am not accepted into the program this year, do I have to reapply?
Yes. You will need to reapply to a program on an annual basis, during the application period, and meet all admission requirements and selection criteria for the year you are applying.
If you require further information, please contact Counselling Services or Registration Services at 1-866-467-4278 or firstname.lastname@example.org.