What is a Medical Laboratory Assistant/Technician (MLA/T)?
Clinical laboratory testing plays a crucial role in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. Medical Laboratory Technicians are trained to work under the supervision of a Technologist to conduct routine diagnostic tests, as well as set up, clean and maintain medical laboratory equipment. As a Medical Laboratory Technician you will be responsible to collect blood, tissue and other samples from patients, as well as log patient samples and prepare them for testing. You will perform laboratory procedures such as preparing specimens for testing, preparing culture media and stock solutions, and recognizing problems and errors in lab procedures. Medical Laboratory Technicians use automated equipment and computerized instruments capable of performing a number of tests simultaneously, as well as microscopes, cell counters, and other sophisticated laboratory equipment.
Program Objectives / Job Opportunities
Our Medical Laboratory Technician Diploma Program emphasizes the importance of hands on training. Being proficient in blood collection, performing ECG's, and the use of various laboratory equipment(s) are as vital as learning the theory behind the practice. All of our students learn about the value of patient communication and patient care as interpersonal skills are a fundamental part of being a successful Medical Laboratory Technician.
Our students have the advantage of working within our fully equipped and automated diagnostic laboratory. With the training we offer in our modern and up-to-date facilities and led by our highly qualified Instructors, graduates will have the competitive edge when seeking employment. Upon successful completion of our program, students are eligible to sit for both the National and Provincial certification exams through the Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) and Ontario Society of Medical Technologists (OSMT). Our program provides our students with an online review class and mock exams to assist in preparing for the certification process. Rewarding career opportunities can be found in a variety of areas including: Hospitals, Addiction Centers, Home Health Care Insurance Companies, Private laboratories, Doctors’ Offices, Clinical Research, Blood Donor Clinics.
Medical Laboratory Assistant/Technician Program includes in total 1105 hours of academic training (50 weeks). The academic training is made of in class hours (theory) and laboratory hours (practical skills) The program also includes an additional 225 hours of clinical practicum which is completed at the end of the didactic portion of the program. So the total technical and practical hours are 1105 of in-campus and off campus practice throughout the whole program. The student will have completed a minimum of 50 successful Venipuncture’s/Phlebotomies and passed a written and practical exam prior to beginning of their practicum.
* All students REQUIRE a minimum of 225 hours (6 weeks) of Clinical Internship to successfully complete the program. Hours may vary depending on the particular location of placement. Students must submit a Police Check of Criminal Record and Immunization Report before the start of the placement.
Admission Requirement: Be at least 18 years of age and pass the Wonderlic Test (a Superintendent approved qualifying test) with a minimum score of 16. Students who are unsuccessful in the qualifying test will be allowed to attempt it a second time one (1) week, or later, after the date of the first test. Students who are unsuccessful in the second attempt may write take the qualifying test again three (3) months after the second attempt. Students who are unsuccessful in the third attempt must wait six (6) months between each subsequent writing of the qualifying test.