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Medical Laboratory Technician

This program provides students with knowledge and skills about human sample procurement processing and a variety of medical lab tests. Students will be able to work in hospital, medical clinics and clinical research laboratories.

Program Length

36 weeks instructor-led full-time training With Co-op

Practicum Duration

160 hours Local Clinic and hospital co-op


Registered with Medical Laboratory Professionals Association of Ontario (MLPAO)

Financial Aid

Free financial consultation available. Financial aid may be available to those who qualify.

Program Description

The Medical Laboratory Technician program is designed for students who are going to work as a Medical Laboratory Technician/Assistant in a hospital, medical laboratory, clinic, clinical research laboratory etc. In this program students will learn:

  1. Standards of Practice
  2. Medical Terminology
  3. Basic Biology Anatomy and Physiology
  4. Laboratory Mathematics & Quality Control
  5. Sample Procurement Processing and Data Collection
  6. Laboratory Safety
  7. Laboratory Equipment & Supplies
  8. Anatomy Pathology & Cytology
  9. Clinical Microbiology
  10. Clinical Chemistry
  11. Clinical Hematology
  12. ImmunoHematology
  13. Electrocardiograms
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This program includes 13 modules and a co-op placement. It covers all the necessary elements to work as a medical laboratory technician/assistant. We focus on practical and theoretical knowledge. After successful completion of this program, students will be eligible to write the license exam by Medical Laboratory Professionals’ Association of Ontario (MLPAO) and become qualified members of the laboratory team.

For more exam information please see https://www.mlpao.org/mlat

Admission Requirements

Applicants must have a Grade 12 level education and a university degree/college diploma from a science-related program. They must also have a demonstrated competency in English.

Additional Requirements:

  • Medical Certificate (Immunization Form) is required indicating that the student has up-to-date immunization
  • CPR & First Aid Certificates – It is preferred to have completed STANDARD FIRST AID and BASIC RESCUER CPR prior to clinical placement
  • A police check of Criminal Record – Must be produced within 30 days of starting school

Clinical Practice

After students finish in-class training, students will have an opportunity to have a minimum of 6 weeks of full-time placement in a clinical facility, such as CML, life lab, and hospital etc.

Career Opportunities

With the ageing population, there is a growing demand for medical laboratory technicians in all aspects of healthcare. This means excellent job opportunities for new professionals entering the medical field! Diploma holders are qualified to accept positions in many medical settings including:

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Blood collection centers
  • Public health laboratories
  • Government laboratories
  • Medical laboratories
  • Pharmaceutical Bio-Medical Laboratories
  • Universities
  • Teaching institutions training laboratories
  • Health boards
  • Insurance companies
  • Addiction centers
  • Blood donor centers
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Medical laboratory technician work under the supervision of a technologist to conduct routine diagnostic tests, the main duties include the followings:

  • Blood sample procurement;
  • Sample preparation for analysis, e.g., separation, numbering (including referral specimens); Reagent preparation; media preparation, smear preparation, i.e. blood films;
  • Staining of smears;
  • Cover slipping of slide preparation;
  • The concentration of stool samples for parasitology examinations;
  • Planting and streaking of microbiology specimens and controls, including setting up of anaerobic and CO2 jars, for reading by an MLT;
  • Subculturing of stock cultures in bacteriology;
  • Titrations using a pH meter;
  • Urinalysis (excluding microscopic);
  • Set up of erythrocyte sedimentation rates;
  • Set up of micro hematocrits;
  • Set up of serology tests, e.g., occult blood, pregnancy test (to be read and interpreted immediately by an MLT);
  • Routine equipment maintenance;
  • Temperature monitoring of thermally controlled equipment;
  • Transcription of results from worksheets to reports; filing of records and retrieval of files;
  • Glassware washing, housekeeping;
  • Preparation of kits


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