The Medical Laboratory Technologist assesses the types of blood cells and microorganisms that cause disease, provides chemical analysis of blood and body fluids, performs the processing of tissue samples for microscopic evaluation, and determines the compatibility of blood for transfusion.
This program will appeal to students with a love and knowledge of sciences and an investigative nature. They should have good manual dexterity and must be able to work accurately and quickly under pressure to make decisions which directly affect the diagnosis and treatment of disease.
- As an accredited program, graduates are provided the opportunity to write the general MLT certification exams offered by the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science.
- Ability to apply to the College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario for a license to practice in Ontario clinical labs.
A nationwide shortage of Medical Laboratory Technologists exists in Canada. Graduates are employed as medical technologists, research assistants, quality control technicians and laboratory technicians in hospitals, public and private medical laboratories, in clinical research and pharmaceutical laboratories, as well as in sales or technical assistance.
Students who graduate the program may receive advanced standing in credits that can be applied towards a Bachelor of Science (General Science) degree at the University of Windsor. See Credit Transfer & Pathway Agreements for further details.
The Medical Laboratory Science program graduate will have the essential skills required to assess the types of blood cells and microorganisms that cause disease, provide chemical analysis of blood and body fluids, perform the processing of tissue samples for microscopic evaluation, and determine the compatibility of blood for transfusion. Graduates will meet all requirements of the Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) MLT competencies and will be eligible to obtain certification from the CSMLS by challenging the CSMLS MLT Exam.
OSSD with the majority of courses at the College (C), University (U), University/College (M) or Open (O) level plus:
- Grade 12 English - ENG4U, ENG4C, EAE4C or EAE4U
- Grade 12 Math (C) or (U)
- Senior Level Chemistry (C) or (U)
- Senior Level Physics (C) or (U)
- Senior Level Biology (C) or (U)
- The Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees certificate or equivalent courses from the Academic and Career Entrance program.
Mature students - See Admission Procedures for details.
For more information, see the Medical Laboratory Science Admission Guidelines document also found on the Admission Procedures page.
This is an OVERSUBSCRIBED program. Apply by February 1 to be considered for this program. See Admission Procedures for details.
Applicants are required to have the following completed prior to clinical placement. You are responsible for the associated costs.
- N95 Mask Fit Testing
- Employer requirement for up-to-date POLICE CLEARANCE (vulnerable sector screening)
- Any student unable to obtain a clearance may jeopardize the internship portion of the program and thus program completion.
- It is the responsibility of the student to incur all costs related to obtaining the Police Clearance.
- Clinical placements may be located out of town. You are responsible for travel and accommodation costs.
A score is determined for each applicant derived from the required subjects for admission. Scores are then ranked by highest score and selection is made for the available positions and places on the waiting list.
For high school applicants, all of your Grade 11 courses and the first semester of your Grade 12 courses will be averaged and ranked in order to make the selection for acceptance into this program. When final grades are released applicants must meet the minimum requirement in mandatory courses.
- Medical Requirements Form.
- A satisfactory medical exam.
- An up-to-date immunization record including tetanus and diphtheria, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B (incl. Hep B titer within the last 24 months) and TB skin test.
The curriculum below is for incoming students:
*MDL508 course credits are actually 12.5 & MDL511 course credits are actually 2.5.
|BIO147||Anatomy & Physiology I||3|
|LSW100G||Literature: Short Exposition||3|
|MDL102||General Laboratory Knowledge||4|
|MDL125||Interprofessional Care In Healthcare||3|
|MDL107||Introductory Microbiology And Immunology||4|
|BIO245||Human Anatomy & Physiology II||3|
|CHM216A||General Chemistry II (Lecture)||3|
|MDL207||Microscopy And Human Micro Anatomy And Physiology||4|
|CHM223A||Organic Chemistry I||3|
|MDL211||Introduction To The Clinical Laboratory||3|
|MDL328A||Clinical Chemistry A||6|
|LBS110G||Communication Across Cultures||3|
|MDL413A||Clinical Microbiology A||5|
|MDL429A||Transfusion Science A||5|
|MDL407A||Histotechnology & Histology||5|
|MDL328B||Clinical Chemistry B||5|
|MDL455||Ethics & Professionalism In Medical Laboratory Technology||2|
|MDL413B||Clinical Microbiology B||6|
|MDL429B||Transfusion Science B||5|
|MDL435B||Histotechnology & Histology B||4|
|MDL527||Clinical Microbiology Internship||15|
|MDL504||Clinical Chemistry Internship||15|
|MDL511||Clinical Work Experience||2.5|
|MDL525||Transfusion Science Internship||15|
|MDL921||Transfusion Science Review||0.8|
|MDL923||Clinical Microbiology Review||0.8|
|MDL924||Clinical Chemistry Review||0.8|
Program Physical Demands Analysis
Program Vocational Learning Outcomes
Medical Lab Technology (Ontario College Advanced Diploma) (MTCU Code 61609)
The successful completion of this program will enable the graduate to:
- Perform basic clinical laboratory procedures within defined limits of accuracy.
- Possess sufficient theoretical knowledge to learn to perform more complex procedures under supervision of personnel accountable for these procedures.
- Recognize and identify anomalous results due to technical errors and equipment malfunction.
- Undertake, under supervision, corrective measures for anomalous results identified in (3).
- Assist in the implementation and development of new techniques or improvements to existing techniques.
- Recognize when results of laboratory procedures fall outside clinically established normal values and indicate appropriate action which may include reporting through established channels and carrying out additional related tests within established guidelines.
- Initiate the ordering of supplies essential for the performance of his/her area of responsibility; collate statistical information pertinent to his/her area of responsibility; and practice medical laboratory technology that conforms to approved safety and ethical standards.
- To understand and practice the ethics involved in dealing with patients and related patient information.
- To appreciate his/her contribution and that of others to patients' care.
Applicants for the CGFNS Visa Screen process will have records (Official Transcript) of their MLT training, experience, and other course work assessed for hours equivalency to be provided to the International Commission on Healthcare Professions (ICHP). MLS applicants must provide a signed copy of the "Request for Academic Records of Clinical Laboratory Scientists and Clinical Laboratory Technicians for Visa Screen" for application to be processed.
Forms can be submitted to Boris Jovic in the Registrar’s Office - BJOVIC@stclaircollege.ca
Please note there is a charge $169.50 ($150 VISA Screen, $16.50hst)
- First Year Students
- Second Year Students
- Textbooks and other materials such as scrubs, safety materials, police clearance, mask fit and CSMLS exam costs are in addition to Tuition Fees.
Medical Laboratory Science Program Student Scholarships:
Medical Laboratory Science Certification Links:
The Canadian Forces (CF) is offering paid education with an employment opportunity for students enrolled in a CF-recognized program.