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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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:
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.
PRIOR TO CLASSES
Entering Semester 1 - Due September 15th for September Intake
- Medical Requirements Form
- Placement Acknowledgement
- Tuberculosis Screening - 1 step if you can produce prior documentation of having 2 step screening done; otherwise, 2 step is required.
- MLA Student membership to CSMLS
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
- Police Clearance with vulnerable sector screening, to be uploaded to SIS.
- Acknowledgement of Responsibility
- Confidentiality Agreement - to be uploaded to SIS.
- Standard First Aid - to be uploaded to SIS.
- Student Selection Form - provided to students in December to allow for placement site preference documentation, handed to the program coordinator.
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.
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.
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:
- Apply fundamental competencies in the performance of tasks assigned and within the scope of the MLA profession.
- Conduct professional practice that meets legal and ethical requirements and in accordance to established protocols, safety guidelines, and existing legislation.
- Interact with colleagues, patients, clients, and other health professionals in a professional and competent manner, using effective listing, verbal and written communication.
- Verify relevant data and ensure the procurement of appropriate specimens according to established protocols.
- Process specimens from a variety of sources according to established protocols.
- Perform pre-analytical procedures on specimens from a variety of sources according to established protocols.
- Prepare reagents/media using approved methods and equipment for medical laboratory testing according to standards and established procedures.
- Follow quality assurance policies and procedures and participate in quality assurance initiatives.
- Develop and implement effective strategies for ongoing personal and professional development that support currency, competence, ethics and values in the medical laboratory sector.
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)
- 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