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Medical Laboratory Assistant/Technician

Kingston Campus | Program Code: 0734 | Open for International Students
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Overview

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).

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Program Details

Code 0734
Start Date September
Credential Ontario College Certificate
Campus Kingston
Program Length 1 Year
Delivery Full-Time
Open for international students

Program Outline

2021-2022

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 course introduces topics in mathematics, chemistry, and instrumentation of importance to Medical Laboratory Technicians. The course emphasizes the practical application of these topics. Students use a scientific calculator to perform mathematical problems in laboratory mathematics and chemistry.
This course introduces Medical Laboratory Technician students to common computer applications and uses, and develops the skills required for their role in the laboratory.

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.

This course introduces students to the role of the Medical Laboratory Assistant / Technician within the laboratory. Students learn laboratory management including hierarchy, Quality Management, Standard Operating Procedures, Safety Legislation and the Acts directly affecting their profession. Professionalism and ethics in healthcare are also discussed.
With the use of a workbook, students learn the medical terminology required for a medical laboratory setting. Topics include determining the meaning of common suffixes and prefixes, the meaning of common medical abbreviations and symbols, and translating medical language into common English.

This course provides EKG theory and one hour of practical demonstration. Material includes anatomy, physiology and conduction system of the heart, basic cardiac signs and symptoms, basic rhythm interpretation, EKG lead placement and practice, patient education, machine operation and troubleshooting of results. Professionalism is discussed, particularly informed consent, confidentiality and ethics.
This laboratory-lecture integrated course introduces the student to the clinical chemistry laboratory. It covers topics such as diagnosis of disease using various clinical chemistry laboratory methods, proper sample collection for a variety of blood and body fluid procedures, and correct preservation of patients’ samples. Students also practice the technical skills to build a foundation for a career within the clinical chemistry laboratory.
This laboratory-lecture integrated course is a study of blood and its cellular elements. It provides basic theoretical principles upon which the practice of clinical hematology is based. The labs provide students with the application of methods to support future work in a clinical laboratory.
This laboratory-lecture integrated course provides the theory behind and theopportunity to practice the skills necessary to assist in an anatomical pathology labsetting. These include routine fixation, decalcification, tissue processing,embedding, cutting and staining of histological and cytological samples.
This laboratory-lecture integrated course shows students how to perform various blood collection techniques and identify the safety hazards and legal implications of these collections. The methods for collection, preservation, transport and handling of all body fluids and tissues is discussed.
This laboratory-lecture integrated course introduces the various types of microorganisms identified in clinical microbiology. Common staining and culturing procedures used to detect and isolate microorganisms and sterilization/disinfection methods utilized in the laboratory setting are studied.

Field placement provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate entry -to -practice technical and professional competency while applying skills in the practice setting. Under supervision, students collect blood samples, and handle information, equipment and specimens inside the laboratory. Through the deliberation of assigned topics online, the student demonstrates reflective practice and professional growth.

Requirements

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. 

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • 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.

RECOMMENDED BACKGROUND

  • 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.

Health Requirements

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. 

  1. 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
  2. Print this MLS/MLAT Communicable Disease Form and take to your appointment
  3. Questions about completing this form can be sent to immunizations@sl.on.ca
  4. Secure and save all medical documents
  5. 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
  6. 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:

  1. 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.

  1. WSIB Certified First Aid/CPR Trainers
  2. Book a class ASAP as they fill up quickly
  3. 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
  4. All costs associated with the training are at the expense of the student 

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

  1. 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.

Fees

2021-2022

Tuition
Program Fees
Ancillary Fees
Total
CAD
Tuition
$2,721.36 CAD
Program Fees
$0.00 CAD
Ancillary Fees
$1,184.25 CAD
Total
$3,905.61 CAD

Fees are estimates only.  Tuition is based on two semesters.

Tuition fees are subject to change pending confirmation of provincial Ministry Funding rates for 2021-2022.

Tuition
Program Fees
Ancillary Fees
Total
CAD
Tuition
$15,050.00 CAD
Program Fees
$0.00 CAD
Ancillary Fees
$1,886.66 CAD
Total
$16,936.66 CAD

Fees are estimates only.  Tuition is based on two semesters.

Tuition fees are subject to change pending confirmation of provincial Ministry Funding rates for 2021-2022.

Kingston

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Career Opportunities

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:

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

Program Contacts

Program Contact
Shari Batson
SBatson@sl.on.ca
613.544.5400, ext. 1219

Associate Dean Allied Health
Barry Weese
bweese@sl.on.ca
613-544-5400 Ext.1132

Health and Wellness General Inquiries
healthsciences@sl.on.ca


International Students Contact
international@sl.on.ca
+1 613.544.5400 ext. 5514

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