Medical Laboratory Technician | St. Clair College
One Year - Ontario College Certificate
Delivered in less than 1 year
Starts: September

Diana Christianson
519-972-2727 ext. 5081

Program Overview

Graduates of this program have the basic technical and theoretical skills required to work in healthcare laboratories and assist the Medical Laboratory Technologist in various investigative and clinical laboratory procedures including sample collection and processing. This program will appeal to students who have good organizational skills. They must also be excellent communicators with good interpersonal skills and a professional image. Students must have the ability to deal with stressful and emergent situations.

Program Highlights

  • Well organized, balanced program focused on both theory and clinical skills.
  • Four-week placement in a clinical laboratory environment.
  • Graduates of this accredited program are eligible to write the CSMLS MLA certification exam, which provides a professional credential recognized by the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science and the Professional Standards Council.

Career Opportunities

Diverse employment opportunities exist with hospital, private and public health laboratories, clinics, research labs, and commercial diagnostic supply companies. Lab technician, phlebotomist (responsible for taking blood samples), and clinic assistant are typical positions.

Program Goals

The Medical Laboratory Technician program is designed to produce graduates who have the basic technical and theoretical skills required to work in healthcare laboratories, and assist the Medical Laboratory Technologist in various investigative and clinical laboratory procedures including sample collection and processing.  Graduates will meet all requirements of the Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) MLA competencies and will be eligible to obtain certification from the CSMLS by challenging the CSMLS MLA Exam.

Admission Requirements

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 Biology (C) or (U)


  • Equivalent courses from the Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program or the Academic and Career Entrance program.

Mature students - See Admission Procedures for details.

For more information, see the Admission Procedures document on the Registrar's Office page.

Important Information

This is a HIGH-INTEREST program and has the potential to become oversubscribed. Applicants are advised to apply before February 1st. See Admission Procedures for details.

Health Requirements

  • Medical Requirements Form
  • A satisfactory medical exam.
  • An up-to-date immunization record including tetanus and diphtheria, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chicken pox), Hepatitis B (incl. Hep B titre within the last 24 months) and TB skin test.


The curriculum below is for incoming students:

Semester 1
Code Title Credits
Human Biology
Computer Studies For M.L.T.
Health Care For Medical Laboratory Technicians
Introductory Laboratory Knowledge
Introduction To The Medical Laboratory Environment
Basic Laboratory Calculations
Semester 2
Code Title Credits
Practical Clinical Chemistry
Practical Hematology
Practical Microbiology
Pract. Histotechnolgy/Cytology
Specimen Collection
Semester 3
Code Title Credits
Clinical Experience

Placement Requirements

Please be aware that although a COVID-19 vaccination is not required to attend St. Clair College, all our placement sites may require students to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 to be eligible to attend. Unfortunately, we cannot predict if a placement site will begin to require full vaccination and as such, we are encouraging all students to consider vaccination. If the requirement of your placement sites changes at any point, you will be notified immediately by the College.

It is important to note that if placement sites do require students to be fully vaccinated to attend their organization, students who are not fully vaccinated cannot be provided with a placement for their program and therefore will not be able to complete their programs.

If you have any questions about the COVID-19 vaccines, please contact our St. Clair College Health Centre at 519-972-2727 ext. 4484 (in Windsor) or 519-354-9100 ext. 3729 (in Chatham).

Employers who provide our field placement settings require a clear POLICE RECORD CHECK for criminal offences with vulnerable sector screening before accepting a student into the field placement setting. The record check MUST be obtained by the student at the student's expense.

Entering Semester 1 - Due September 15th for September Intake

The Medical requirements form, N95 mask fitting, and tuberculosis screening must be complete and uploaded to SIS by September 15th. Instructions on how to upload this documentation can be found at the following links:

Returning Semester 2 - Due January 15th

The confidentiality agreement, standard first aid, and police clearance with vulnerable sector screening must be completed and uploaded to SIS by January 15th. Instructions on how to upload this documentation can be found at the following links:

Returning Semester 3 - Due April 15th

Please note that some clinical sites require a new 1-step TB test within one month of the start of your clinical rotation. You will be notified on an individual basis if you are required to obtain an additional TB test.

Additional Information

Clinical sites may require additional onboarding documentation and activities, including training modules, tutorials, and site-specific forms. Students will be provided with their placement site location in March, to have sufficient time to make appropriate arrangements.

Please note that placements in Windsor are not guaranteed, and students may be expected to relocate for the 4-week duration of their clinical placement.

Students will complete 150 clinical placement hours that can be scheduled on days, afternoons, or night shifts, including weekdays and weekends within a 4-week period. Site-specific schedules will be shared by the clinical coordinator prior to the start of the clinical rotation.

Students will register for their first eligible CSMLS MLA certification exam, dates dependent on their placement schedule.

Your Investment

The standard tuition and compulsory fees for the current academic year:

2023-2024 Tuition Fees  

For programs with Experiential Learning (Work Placement/Internship): Costs for accommodation, if needed, travel and related expenses is at the student's own expense. It is recommended for most programs, that students have access to a laptop or desktop computer while away from home during experiential learning periods.

Textbooks and other materials are in addition to Tuition Fees. Textbook prices may be found through the Bookstore website.

Please be aware that tuition and compulsory fees are subject to adjustment each year. The College reserves the right to change, amend or alter fees as necessary without notice or prejudice.

Program Physical Demands Analysis

Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

Medical Laboratory Assistant (Ontario College Certificate) (MTCU Code 41609)

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Apply fundamental competencies in the performance of tasks assigned and within the scope of the MLA profession.
  2. Conduct professional practice that meets legal and ethical requirements and in accordance to established protocols, safety guidelines, and existing legislation.
  3. Interact with colleagues, patients, clients, and other health professionals in a professional and competent manner, using effective listing, verbal and written communication.
  4. Verify relevant data and ensure the procurement of appropriate specimens according to established protocols.
  5. Process specimens from a variety of sources according to established protocols.
  6. Perform pre-analytical procedures on specimens from a variety of sources according to established protocols.
  7. Prepare reagents/media using approved methods and equipment for medical laboratory testing according to standards and established procedures.
  8. Follow quality assurance policies and procedures and participate in quality assurance initiatives.
  9. Develop and implement effective strategies for ongoing personal and professional development that support currency, competence, ethics and values in the medical laboratory sector.

Visa Screen

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 -

Please note there is a charge $169.50 ($150 VISA Screen, $16.50hst)

Additional Information

  • Textbooks and other materials such as scrubs, safety materials, police clearance, mask fit and CSMLS exam costs are in addition to Tuition Fees.
  • Letter for Incoming Students