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Medical Laboratory Assistant/Technician Course & Program

  • Diploma Program – 40 weeks (total time in class and on practical placement)
  • Monday to Friday, 4 hours per day

Do you have an interest in science and the medical field? Then the Medical Lab Technician program may be the program for you! Med Lab Technicians conduct routine medical laboratory tests and set up, clean and maintain medical laboratory equipment.  

Medical Laboratory Assistant/Technician Program Objective  

The Medical Laboratory Assistant/Technician (MLA/T) Diploma program is designed to prepare you for a challenging career in a medical laboratory or medical clinic. Our program will train you to perform standard medical lab tests such as blood tests, immunoassays, cultures and ECGs.

The program is designed to achieve the learning competencies published by the Ontario Society of Medical Technologists (OSMT) and the Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Science. 

In the MLA/T course, our students will learn to perform the following:

  • Collect blood or other samples from patients
  • Receive tissue samples from patients
  • Log patient samples and prepare them for testing
  • Set up medical laboratory equipment
  • Conduct routine laboratory tests and sample analyses
  • Clean and maintain medical laboratory and medical laboratory equipment.

Students also learn laboratory safety and WHMIS, the structure and function of the body, the body systems, clinical chemistry, laboratory mathematics, medical terminology, OHIP and information handling, electrocardiogram and holter monitor, heart and heart disease, circulatory system, vital signs, and microbiology.  

A co-op placement combined with practical classroom instruction ensures our students graduate with confidence in themselves and in their theoretical and practical skills.  

Medical Laboratory Assistant/Technician Clinical Placements  

Algonquin Careers Academy has an excellent working relationship with various members of the medical industry. During the last six weeks of the program our students supplement the in-class training with an “on the job” clinical placement arranged by Algonquin Careers Academy. The placement provides an opportunity to apply the lessons learned in the classroom, gain confidence, and open doors to future employment. The clinical placement enables us to provide front line experience for our students.   

Successful completion of the 240 hours of placement is necessary for graduation.  

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Medical Laboratory Assistant/Technician Relevant Certification  

The Ontario Society of Medical Technologists (OSMT) and the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) each have certification examinations. Both of these exams are offered three times a year.  

Graduates of our MLA/T diploma program are eligible to write the OSMT examination. Successful completion of one or both of these exams will allow students to attain the designation of ‘MLA/T’. Interested students must register and pay the examination fee to the respective organizations.   

Medical Laboratory Assistant/Technician Career Opportunities

Graduates of the MLA/T program will find employment in medical laboratories, in hospitals, clinics, research institutes and universities and in government research laboratories. MLA/Ts must be able to function in a stressful environment, be prepared to take on shifts at any time of the day or night, and be prepared to work periodic overtime. Flexibility with hours is particularly important at facilities staffed around the clock, such as hospitals. In addition, MLA/Ts must be physically able to remain on their feet for most of the day, and be prepared to lift and carry lab samples or equipment from one location to another. MLA/Ts must also have good interpersonal skills to interact with patients and their families. Relevant positions include:

  • Medical Laboratory Assistant/Technician
  • Medical Laboratory Aide
  • Medical Laboratory Assistant
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Clinical Laboratory Assistants
  • Phlebotomist
  • Phlebotomy Aide

Medical Laboratory Assistant/Technician Wage Information

$/hr rate:

Median  High
$24.00   $39.00

Source: Medical Laboratory Technicians (NOCC 3212-B) Ontario www.jobbank.gc.ca, February 2017

Medical Laboratory Assistant/Technician Program Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or the equivalent, or if 18 years of age or over, you may apply as a mature student and write an entrance exam
  • Ontario grade 12 English or equivalent
  • Language proficiency is an essential skill required for all Medical Laboratory Assistants/Technicians
  • Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident or Immigration approval  
  • Assessment Interview to determine suitability for the Medical Laboratory Technician program
  • A medical report including current immunizations is required for placement
  • Applicants must have a scientific and mathematical mind and a comfort level around needles and bodily fluids

Medical Laboratory Assistant/Technician Fee Information

Tuition: $10,750    Textbooks and other fees: $1,009



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