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Medical Laboratory Assistant/Technician

Available at: Kingston


Medical Laboratory Assistant/Technicians are important members of the health care team. Interacting directly with patients, they perform ECG’s and collect blood samples for laboratory analysis.

Inside the laboratory they assist other professionals by sorting and preparing samples for testing, operating laboratory equipment, performing basic laboratory testing under supervision, and managing data in computers.

This program includes two semesters of learning in our classrooms and laboratories followed by a final 4 weeks of field placement occurring inside the laboratories of partner hospitals and private institutions. The College arranges this and students are expected to finance clinical placement costs (tuition, travel, room and board).

Quick Facts about the Medical Laboratory Assistant/Technician Program

Click here for Quick Facts about the program, with input from current students!


Graduates of our program are qualified to write the Ontario Society of Medical Technologists (OSMT) and the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) certification exams for Medical Laboratory Assistant/Technician.  To learn more about being a Medical Laboratory Assistant / Technician (MLA/T) visit the following websites:   

Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS)   

Ontario Society of Medical Laboratory Technologists (OSMT)   

This allied health program is accredited by:

Med Lab accreditation

Career Opportunities

Graduates find job opportunities mainly in hospital laboratories and with private laboratory companies. Additional opportunities exist in health clinics and public health laboratories. 

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Program Name

Medical Laboratory Assistant/Technician

Program Code



Ontario College Certificate

Start Dates


Program Duration

1 Year

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

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International Fees

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Additional Costs

Students are responsible for the costs of immunizations and CPR/First Aid Training.
Students are responsible for all expenses associated with placement (eg. Travel, room & board).

Graduates of the program wishing to certify with either the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) or the Ontario Society of Medical Technologists (OSMT) are responsible for the arrangement and cost of the exam(s).

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 2020-21

Semester 1 (15 weeks)
BIOL 102 Biology for Health Technician
CHEM 106 Sciences for the Laboratory
COMP 150 Computers for the Medical Laboratory Technician
LABS 100 Laboratory Techniques
LABS 125 Technician Skills Integration
TERM 112 Medical Terminology for the Health Technician
GENE General Education Course

Semester 2 (15 weeks)
BIOL 109 Basic ECG Theory
CHEM 107 Clinical Chemistry
HEMA 108 Clinical Hematology
HSTO 109 Histotechnology
LABS 103 Specimen Procurement
MICR 113 Microbiology

May/June (4 weeks)
INTN 111 Placement

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

SLC graduates have many options to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Agreements between SLC and other institutions that are specific to this program are listed below. In addition, there are many credit transfer pathway agreements between colleges and universities within the province of Ontario. Please also visit to search for options relevant to your program area of study.

    Admission Requirements

    Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, including the following prerequisites: 

    • Grade 12 English at the C or U level
    • Grade 12 Math at the C or U level
    • Grade 11 or 12 Biology or Chemistry at the C or U level

    For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements.

    If you are missing prerequisite courses, enroll in the Career/College Prep program - free for Ontario residents who are 19 years or older. Click here for full details


    • WHMIS training must be completed prior to attending laboratory classes.
    • Minimum CPR Level BLS (Basic Life Saving) & Standard First Aid training up to date for placement - Semester 5. Students are responsible for arranging and paying for this.
    • 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 the program.


    • Students must be able to demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills in order to demonstrate competency with clients and co-workers.
    • Successful students have an aptitude for biological sciences, strong organizational skills and pay attention to detail.
    • Experience with computers is an asset.


    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 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


    for your clinical/practical placement.  THIS FORM IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.


    Questions regarding completion of this form can be submitted to:

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


    Joe Pelow, SLC Graphic Design grad, 2012
    Freelance Designer, Toronto

    Joe Pelow knew he wanted to get into graphic design, but when his first attempt at going to college didn’t work out, he took some time to work before trying again. “I worked retail for two years which really built up my motivation to want to go back to college for a second try,” Joe said.

    “When I was finally ready to go back to college, I chose SLC for two reasons. The first was that it was local and the second was because I had heard many great things about the program.”  After an engaging presentation by Professor Andrew McLachlan at his high school, Joe knew SLC would be the right choice.  “I think SLC should have been my first choice, but I thankfully made it there eventually.”

    According to Joe, the top three things about SLC’s Graphic Design Program are the professors, the evolving program, and the dedicated lab space.

    “I felt like my teachers really cared about my success in the program. As well, the program is evolving to meet the needs of industry, which means current students are being taught what they need to be a successful in a very competitive field. The lab space and equipment are current and up-to-date.”

    At SLC, Joe learned the important skill to critique his own work. “The biggest thing I learned was  what makes a design work, or not work, and I can assess my projects and make the necessary adjustment to make sure they work for the client.”

    Joe Pelow

    Program Contact

    Shari Batson

    Admissions Information

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    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.

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