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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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 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.
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.
Questions about completing this form can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: Full-time student coverage for vaccines received on or after September 1 can be claimed under the Student Sickness & Accident Insurance Plan.
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.
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 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:
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.
SPF/Faculty arrange placements
Program Coordinator schedules placement
Complete SLC Placement requirements
- 6 Training Modules
- Student Declaration/Oath of Confidentiality
- Student Covid 19 Waiver
Student Placement Facilitator (SPF) Support
Complete agency specific requirements
- CPIC - VULNERABLE SECTOR
- First Aid
- Infection control training
- Mask fit
- Hospital Training Modules
- Health Literacy (BSCN/PN only)
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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