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
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The program curriculum aligns with the CSMLS (Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science) Competency Profile for Medical Laboratory Assistants allowing students to write the national certification exam. The program curriculum has also been accepted by the MLPAO (Medical Laboratory Professionals’ Association of Ontario) allowing the students to write the provincial certification exam.
For more information on exams, certification and the profession, please see the following websites:
This course covers basic body chemistry, and the physiology of the major body systems with particular emphasis on structure versus function. Students will be introduced to links between how the body works and the clinical laboratory tests that may be used to diagnose disease.
This laboratory-theory integrated course demonstrates and emphasizes proper and safe techniques when using a variety of laboratory equipment. This course provides foundational applied skills preparing the student for more complex and varied laboratory activities in the second semester of the program.
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.
- WHMIS training must be completed prior to attending laboratory classes.
- Minimum CPR Level BLS (Basic Life Support) & Standard First Aid training up to date for placement. 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.
Pre-Placement Immunization Requirements
Immunizations are MANDATORY and may take several weeks to complete. Students cannot start Semester 2 laboratory classes or any placement(s) without updated immunization status confirmed with the appropriate personnel within the College.
- Prior to arriving to campus, students are required to set an appointment to confirm/update their immunization status with their physician
- If a student does not have a physician, they can obtain their health records from their local Health Unit and then work with their local community walk in clinic or contact Kingston Campus Health Centre to set an appointment
- Print this MLS/MLAT Communicable Disease Form and take to your appointment
- Questions about completing this form can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Secure and save all medical documents
- Students will be notified where and how to send this information through to the College during your first week of classes or through their SLC email account
- PLEASE DO NOT email any medical information using private email accounts
- Once verified as complete, students will be notified that they have met this requirement for placement
Note: Medical coverage for vaccines received on or after September 1, can be claimed by full-time Students under their Student Sickness & Accident Insurance Plan. This insurance is made available to all full-time students once enrolled unless students are opt-out.
OTHER PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS
To be eligible for unpaid placement, enrolled students will need to complete a series of MANDATORY program and agency-specific pre-placement requirements. These will be discussed with students during class time and a Student Placement Facilitator will be in place to assist and answer all placement-related questions.
Students will need to complete the below mandatory requirements before classes begin:
- Standard First Aid & CPR Level BLS (formerly HCP) Certification
Must be completed through a WSIB-approved training provider. Certification must remain valid for the duration of the program and must not expire during placement.
- WSIB Certified First Aid/CPR Trainers
- Book a class ASAP as they fill up quickly
- Students can hold their certificate once completed and they will be instructed where and how to share it with the College during their class time
- All costs associated with the training are at the expense of the student
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- Police Record Check – Vulnerable Sector Screening
Note: Certain criminal convictions may prevent a student from participating or completing placements for this program. Applicants with criminal records are required to contact the Associate Dean of the respective school (see Program Contacts below) prior to accepting an offer to this program to discuss and confirm participation within this program is suitable.
A recent Police Record Check including the Vulnerable Sector Screening is an agency requirement and is MANDATORY to begin any unpaid placement for this Program.
- Students will be notified when to apply for their Police Record Check by the Student Placement Facilitator to ensure the dates remain valid for their placement period.
- Many agencies want these updated every 3-6 months. All costs associated with obtaining a Police Record Check are at the expense of the student.
- Enrolled students will be notified of further instruction through their SLC email account or their Blackboards and should continue to monitor frequently.
ADDITIONAL PLACEMENT INFORMATION
Students with outstanding pre-placement requirements will not be eligible to begin placement and may be denied to begin placement or be required to pay additional fees (at their own expense) to continue and complete the placement component.
Pre-placement requirements are subject to change based on placement agency and/or legislative or regulatory changes.
Program-specific or additional questions? Please email the Program Contact(s) listed below.
The Medical Laboratory Assistant/ Technician Program utilizes online assessments throughout the program. Students must have a reliable personal device (i.e. laptop, tablet) so that they can access all required assessments in their homes, in the college student spaces, in their learning environments and at their clinical site.
Placement selection is by random draw for over-subscribed areas and may include the following sites: Cornwall Community Hospital, Brockville General Hospital, Cornwall Community Hospital, Niagara Health Services (Niagara Falls, St. Catherine’s and Wellington), Pembroke Hospital, Perth & Smith Falls Hospital, Peterborough Regional Hospital, Providence Care Hospital, Queensway Carleton Hospital, Quinte Healthcare (Belleville Site), Sick Kids – Toronto, South Bruce-Grey Hospital – Walkerton, The Ottawa Hospital (Civic, General and Riverside Campuses), University Health Network (Toronto Western and Toronto General sites)
Our Kingston campus has seen significant renovation over the past few years, including a brand new Student Life and Innovation Centre that houses a new gymnasium, fitness centre, pub, and more.
Graduates of our program are qualified to write the Medical Laboratory Professionals Association of Ontario (MLPAO) 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:
This allied health program is accredited by:
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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