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Medical Laboratory Technology

MDLYSchool of Health Sciences

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Key Details

Program Start Dates

September 2024

Please visit Ontario College Application Service to learn more about start dates

Program Delivery

Campus / Full-time


Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Program Duration

6 Semesters
Currently not available for international students

Program Contacts

Juelle Wickenden

Program Coordinator / Professor

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705-566-8101 ext.6481

Program Overview

Prepare for a high-demand, rewarding, and critical health care career.

Train to be a vital member of the health care team by becoming a laboratory technologist.  You’ll build your analytical, interpretation, and critical thinking skills to report patient results to provide clinicians with the vital information they need to provide the best courses of treatment for the patient. Through classroom learning, laboratory exercises, and clinical placements, you’ll learn to perform complex analyses necessary for diagnosis and treatment in a fast-paced laboratory environment. 
Prepare for entry-level medical laboratory technology practice in each of these five disciplines: 

  1. Clinical hematology – blood and blood disorders 
  2. Transfusion science – preparation and transfusion of blood 
  3. Clinical chemistry – determination of chemical substances in body fluids 
  4. Clinical microbiology – detection of bacteria 
  5. Clinical histotechnology – dissection and preparation of body fluids and tissues for microscopy 

When certified, you’ll discover a wide range of career opportunities, from hospitals to private and public labs. 

Program Highlights

Program highlights 

  • Limited enrolment 
  • Practical fieldwork in an accredited hospital or private lab in Canada 
  • Grads are eligible to write the national certification examination administered by the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) 
  • Accredited by Accreditation Canada 
  • Free tuition and funding supplies for eligible Ontario residents with Learn and Stay Grant 


Admission requirements

For graduates of the new curriculum Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) curriculum or equivalent or mature student status, including:

  • Any grade 12 English (C) or (U)
  • Any grade 12 mathematics (C) or (U)
  • Any grade 12 chemistry (C) or (U)
  • Any grade 11 (U) or (C) or grade 12 biology (U)

Additional admission requirements

Students will be required to provide proof of certain immunizations and non-medical requirements to work with samples in medical laboratories both at the college and on placement. 

Full medical requirements

  • Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (adult dose on or after 18th birthday)
  • Measles Mumps Rubella (2 doses of vaccine or proof of immunity)
  • Varicella (vaccine or documentation of immunity status)
  • Polio (vaccine or documentation of immunity status)
  • Hepatitis B (documentation regarding immunity status)
  • Tuberculosis Screening (documentation of 2-step mantoux skin test, subsequent 1-step – required annually)
  • Influenza vaccine (obtained annually when vaccination becomes available)
  • COVID-19 Immunizations (2-3 doses)

Full non-medical requirements

  • Respiratory Mask Fitting N95-3M models (required every 2 years)
  • Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening (required annually)
  • WHMIS Training (required annually)
  • Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Certificate (AODA)
  • Worker Health and Safety Awareness in 4 Steps (Bill 18)

Please note:  On-campus labs (Year one and two), students must provide proof of:

  • WHIMIS certificate
  • Tetanus
  • Diphtheria
  • Hepatitis B

Academic Upgrading

Are you missing admission requirements? Strengthen your academic skills for free at your own pace through Academic Upgrading!

Program Delivery

Program delivery


Fall term start

SEMESTER 1:  Fall 2024
SEMESTER 2:  Winter 2025 
SEMESTER 3:  Fall 2025
SEMESTER 4:  Winter 2026
SEMESTER 5:  Fall 2026
SEMESTER 6:  Winter 2027

Program of Study

Program of study for 2024-25 Academic Year 

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
ENG 1121Research & Writing/Health Sciences3
MLT 1300Quality3
BIO 1311Anatomy and Terminology3
MLT 1301Lab Equipment and Safety4
MTH 1310Lab Mathematics3
One General Education courses. 13
Semester 2
MLT 1302Molecular Techniques3
MLT 1303Lab Techniques – Microbiology4
MLT 1304Lab Techniques – Hematology3
MLT 1305Lab Techniques – Chemistry3
MLT 1306Specimen Collection and Handling3
MLT 1307Specimen Collection and Handling Lab3
MLT 1308Introduction to Transfusion3
Semester 3
BIO 1301Clinical Microbiology II2
BIO 1302Clinical Microbiology II Laboratory3
CHM 1320Clinical Chemistry II2
CHM 1321Clinical Chemistry II Lab3
MLT 1310Clinical Histotechnology II2
MLT 1311Clinical Histotechnology II Lab3
MLT 1312Transfusion Science II2
MLT 1313Transfusion Science II Lab3
MLT 1314Clinical Hematology II2
MLT 1315Clinical Hematology II Laboratory3
Semester 4
BIO 1303Clinical Microbiology III2
BIO 1304Clinical Microbiology III Laboratory3
CHM 1440Clinical Chemistry III2
CHM 1441Clinical Chemistry III Lab3
MLT 1400Clinical Histotechnology III2
MLT 1401Clinical Histotechnology III Lab3
MLT 1402Clinical Hematology III2
MLT 1403Clinical Hematology III Laboratory3
MLT 1404Transfusion Science III2
MLT 1405Transfusion Science III Lab3
Semester 5
MLT 1031Comprehensive Review I1
MLT 1500Clinical Placement I12
One General Education Course. 13
Semester 6
MLT 1032Comprehensive Review II1
MLT 1600Clinical Placement II12
One General Education Course. 13
 Total Credits123

For more information regarding General Education courses, click here.


Tuition Cost

Canadian Students

$7,324.20Estimated first year costView fee breakdown

Important Notice

Fees presented are estimates based on projections for future academic year(s) of study. Actual fees charged may differ from what is published here. A full detailed listing of all fees is available in myCambrian and updated annually no later than May 1 for the following academic year. Students in Academic Upgrading are responsible for any fees listed on their invoice each term.

Tuition and ancillary fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students.

Books and supplies

Books and supplies may be required at the course level over and above what is estimated above. Please consult your professor/instructor for further information.

College may be more affordable than you think!

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Work-integrated learning (WIL)

Take your education beyond the classroom!

Cambrian programs blend academic learning, hands-on training, and community involvement opportunities to help you achieve your ultimate goal – your dream career. You’ll have the opportunity to apply your knowledge to real-world scenarios within and outside of the classroom through work-integrated learning. Whether it be a capstone project, co-op, practicum, preceptorship component, or placement, you’ll benefit from a practical, job-related experience before you graduate.

Field of Study

School of Health Sciences

Cambrian offers a rich assortment of gratifying careers that focus on supporting health and improving well-being. Our on-campus dental and massage clinics provide opportunities for real-world experiences with the local community. Our MRI, medical lab, radiation technologist, and health analytics programs equip you with in-demand skills. From our state-of-the-art fitness lab to occupational and physiotherapy support training, there’s a program to transform your helpful nature into a career.

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Specific program pathways

College or university degree opportunities

If you are a graduate of this program, you may continue your studies at a college or university and you may receive credit(s) for your prior college education. Refer to Cambrian’s college and university agreement details for further information.

Career Outcomes

Employment opportunities

While most medical laboratory technologists (MLTs) work in public hospital laboratories, MLTs also find challenging employment in other areas. From industrial research and public health laboratories to forensic and pharmaceutical laboratories, the MLT’s analytical, scientific, and technical skills are a valuable asset. Other career options may include:

  • Consulting
  • Sales and marketing
  • Research and product systems
  • Laboratory information systems
  • Supervision / administration / management
  • Education
  • Public health / infection control
  • Technical support
  • Quality assurance / total quality improvement
  • Forensic biological sciences
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Minimum technology requirements

Success in this program requires that you come equipped with some program-specific technology requirements.

Bring your own device (BYOD)

Cambrian College has implemented a BYOD principle to both enrich the student learning experience in and out of the classroom and to ensure flexibility!

Ready to take the first step?

Start gaining the highest level of skills at Cambrian now – and you’ll be ready to take advantage of the many career opportunities waiting for you just around the corner. The future is yours!

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