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Medical Laboratory Science

Available at: Kingston

Overview

Medical Laboratory Technologists conduct sophisticated diagnostic tests on blood, body fluids and tissues to provide important information used in detecting illness and monitoring health. They enjoy rewarding careers where they use their skills to; measure chemical components in blood and body fluids, detect diseases in blood cells, perform blood typing and cross-matching for blood transfusion, detect and identify infections caused by bacteria and fungi, and prepare surgical and autopsy tissues for analysis. Medical Laboratory Technologists represent one of the largest groups of professionals in health care.

The final year of the program occurs inside the laboratories of partner hospitals and private institutions and is arranged by the College. Students are expected to finance clinical placement costs (tuition, travel, room and board).

Graduates are eligible to write the general certificate exams of the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science. 


The Medical Laboratory Science program has earned accreditation from the Canadian Medical Association.

Highlights

Quick Facts about the Medical Laboratory Science Program

Click here to read the Quick Facts for prospective students interested in the MLS program, written with input from current students!

Career Opportunities

Medical Laboratory Science offers exciting opportunities for those who want a career in science and health care. Graduates find job opportunities in hospital laboratories, private laboratories, and public health institutions. Additional opportunities exist in research laboratories, clinics, business and industry. The profession also provides opportunities for specialization and leadership roles.

For more information on a career as a Medical Laboratory Technologist (MLT) please visit the following sites:

Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS)

College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario (CMLTO)

Ontario Society of Medical Technologists (OSMT)

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Program Name

Medical Laboratory Science

Program Code

0134

Credential

Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Start Dates

September

Program Duration

3 Years

Location (Campus)

Kingston

Canadian Fees

2016-17 full year tuition fees: $2,905.52. Compulsory fees $1,062.15. All fees are subject to change for 2017-18.

International Fees

2016-17 International full year tuition $13,420.00. International Compulsory fees $1,740.15. All fees are subject to change for 2017-18.

Additional Costs

Students are responsible for the costs of immunizations and CPR/First Aid Training. Students are responsible for all expenses associated with clinical placement. Graduates of the program wishing to work in Canada as a certified medical laboratory technologist must successfully complete the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) national certification exam. Students are responsible for the arrangement and cost of this exam. As well, students wishing to work in Ontario as a registered medical laboratory technologist (MLT) must also apply for registration as a member of the College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario (CMLTO). Graduates are responsible for the cost of registration.

Scholarships and Bursaries

St. Lawrence College offers an extensive Student Scholarship and Bursary Program.  Scholarships and bursaries for this purpose are sponsored by external organizations and private individuals.  These awards recognize our academic excellence, community involvement, contribution to the quality of College life, outstanding achievement and professional potential.  For more details visit Bursaries and Scholarships.

Program Outline 2017-18

Semester 1 (15 weeks)
BIOL 151 Applications of Brightfield Microscopy
CHEM 101 General, Organic and Biological Chemistry
CHEM 154 Basic Clinical Laboratory Techniques
MATH 150 Biological Mathematics
COMM 150 Communications
BIOL 1001 Anatomy & Physiology I
GENE General Education Course

Semester 2 (15 weeks)
BIOL 2 Molecular Biology
MICR 45 Introductory Clinical Microbiology
BIOL 230 Basic Immunology
BIOL 1002 Anatomy & Physiology II
HLTH 1000 Health Foundations
LABS 205 Diagnostic Specimen Preparation
MATH 151 Biostatistics
GENE General Education Course

Semester 3 (15 weeks)
CHEM 201 Clinical Chemistry 1
HEMA 200 Hematology I
HSTO 204 Histotechnology I
MICR 203 Clinical Microbiology I
TRAN 202 Transfusion Science I
GENE General Education Course

Semester 4 (15 weeks)
CHEM 207 Clinical Chemistry II
HEMA 206 Hematology II
HSTO 210 Histotechnology II
MICR 208 Clinical Microbiology II
TRAN 208 Transfusion Science II

Semesters 5 & 6 (34 weeks)
CHEM 80 T/L Clinical Chemistry – Theory & Lab
HEMA 82 T/L Clinical Haematology - Theory & Lab
HSTO 83 T/L Clinical Histotechnology - Theory & Lab
MICR 81 T/L Clinical Microbiology – Theory & Lab
TRAN 84 T/L Clinical Transfusion Science - Theory & Lab
COMM 50 Reflective Development of the MLT – Theory

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with the majority of Grade 11 and 12 courses at the C, U or M level including the following prerequisites:

  • Grade 12 English at the C or U level
  • Grade 12 Math at the C or U level
  • Grade 12 Chemistry at the C or U level (or SCH3U)
  • Grade 11 or 12 Biology at the C or U level
For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements.

Additional Requirements

  • WHMIS training must be completed prior to attending laboratory classes.
  • Minimum CPR Level HCP (Healthcare Provider Level) & Standard First Aid training up to date for placement – Semester 5
  • Mask fit testing is required prior to placement and is arranged by the program
  • Immunization records including Hepatitis B immunity status must be submitted prior to the start of 1st year  

Recommended Background

  • Students must be able to demonstrate ef­fective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Successful students have an strong aptitude for biological sciences, strong organizational and time management skills and pay attention to detail.

Prerequisites

Criminal Background Check: Applicants are advised that Criminal Background Checks (CBC) and Vulnerable Sector Checks conducted by the Canadian Police Informa­tion Centre (CPIC) are required for clinical placement. Certain criminal convictions may prevent participation in placements and pro­gram completion. Applicants with criminal records must advise the Associate Dean/ Campus Dean and/or the Coordinator of the respective school prior to applying to the program or upon receiving the charge during the school term as applicable.

Health Requirements

IMMUNIZATION - COMMUNICABLE DISEASE requirements

Completion of the IMMUNIZATION - COMMUNICABLE DISEASE FORM is a MANDATORY condition
for your clinical/practical placement.  THIS FORM IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.

Download your IMMUNIZATION - COMMUNICABLE DISEASE FORM (pdf)

Questions regarding completion of this form can be submitted to:  Immunizations@sl.on.ca

Note:  Full-time students coverage for vaccines received on or after September 1, can be claimed under the Student Sickness & Accident Insurance Plan.


Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

Testimonials

With experienced faculty who are very knowledgeable in their field and a very well organized program, Medical Laboratory Science at  St. Lawrence College has done an outstanding job at preparing me for the national certification exam and to be able to work right away upon completion of the program.

Class of 2014



Satoru Watanabe

Program Contact

Robin McAvoy
rmcavoy@sl.on.ca

Recruiting Contact

Recruitment Office
Dreamit@sl.on.ca

Additional Information

Programs at St. Lawrence College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Program delivery can be run weekdays, weekends or evenings. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided a St. Lawrence College email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.

WSIB Coverage:

Students from health sciences program on placement are covered by Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) coverage in the event of an incident.

To be eligible:

  • A student must be currently registered in the program; 
  • The placement must be sanctioned by the educational institution;
  • The student must not be paid for the placement.

Advanced Standing

Advanced Standing Applications: 

Due to the programs over-subscribed status applicants should check with the program coordinator prior to application to ascertain the availability of Advanced Standing seats. Applications must be accompanied by official transcripts and course outlines containing details about competencies or course objectives, course hours and assessment. 

Transfer Credits:

Students who wish to attempt to transfer credits in the first to third semester do so once they have been accepted into the 1st year of the program. Request for transfer(s) must be accompanied by course outlines and transcripts. Students must retain a 70% course load to remain full-time. The program will still take three years to complete.

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