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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 position Holter monitors, 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 one-year program includes two semesters of learning in our classrooms and laboratories followed by 150 hours of field placement at a participating clinical site.

The Medical Laboratory Assistant/Technician program has earned accreditation from the Canadian Medical Association.

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Graduates of our program are qualified to write the Ontario Society of Medical Technologists (OSMT) and the Canadian Society of 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)   

The College arranges placements for students. Students may be required to train in a location which is not their first choice and Placement Agencies are subject to change.  

Career Opportunities

Medical Laboratory Assistant / Technicians are employed mainly with private laboratory companies, hospital and public health laboratories and in health care clinics. 

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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

2016-17 tuition fees are $2,850.18. Compulsory fees are $1,174.15. All fees are subject to change for 2017-18.

International Fees

2016-17 International tuition fees are $13,420.00. Compulsory fees are $1,852.15. All fees are subject to change for 2017-18.

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)

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 2017-18

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

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

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.


  • WHMIS training must be completed prior to attending laboratory classes.
  • Minimum CPR Level HCP (Healthcare Provider Level) & Standard First Aid training up to date for placement.
  • 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

The health of each applicant accepted into the program must be such that you can (a) cope successfully with the program of instruction including the field placement experience and (b) meet the health requirements of field placement settings.


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.

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

Formal and informal pathways offer SLC graduates the chance to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Those that follow are specific to this program:

    For details on Credit Transfer within Ontario please visit:


    The thing I liked most about SLC was the sense of community I fet while there. I'm currently doing my last placement in Fort Frances working with native youth and plan on getting a job out here. SLC definitely prepared me for my career as a CYW. My advice for student would be to get out of your comfort zone, because it is there that you will learn the most and challenge yourself everyday.

    Kyle Ozeroff

    Program Contact

    Shari Batson

    Recruiting Contact

    Recruitment Office

    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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