Genetics Technology

genetics technology

Genetics Technology:
at a glance

Credential(s) Earned

Graduate Diploma

Program Length

17 months (September 2018 to January 2020)

Delivery Method

Full time

Start Date

September 2018


Canadian Student Tuition
International Tuition

Application Deadline

February 1, 2018

Program Code


Career Opportunities

Many of our graduates are employed in hospital laboratories, but other opportunities exist, including:

  • Private laboratories
  • Forensic laboratories
  • Laboratories in an academic and/or research facility
  • Education, management, or sales

Why Genetics Technology at The Michener Institute?

Genetics Technology is a constantly evolving and rewarding career. The lab of today is a far more complicated one than the lab of just ten years ago. As new discoveries advance scientific knowledge, the Technologist’s role will continue to change and expand. Even now, we can see the impact of future tests that may be developed for diagnosing such health problems as cancer or genetic disorders.

The College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario (CMLTO) accepts graduates from the Genetics Technology Program at Michener as Medical Laboratory Technologists with competencies in both cytogenetics and molecular genetics.

Navigate the following headings to learn more about this exciting program and career.

What is Genetics Technology?

Genetics Technology utilizes laboratory techniques and instrumentation to explore the genetics of the cell. Specifically, genetics’ testing involves the study of chromosomes (Cytogenetics) as well as the analysis of DNA and RNA (Molecular Genetics). These investigations are performed on various human specimens including blood, amniotic fluid, bone marrow, tumours and fibroblasts (including fetal tissue). Genetic technologists perform laboratory tests and procedures to provide critical information which enable physicians to diagnose, treat and monitor a patient’s condition. Results have direct impact on patient care, family counseling, and future medical care.

What does a Genetics Technologist do?

Genetics Technologists are Medical Laboratory Technologists (MLTs) health professionals. They perform laboratory analyses which are used to diagnose and treat patients, as well as monitor and prevent disease.

Genetics technologists operate a variety of instrumentation. They must have good motor skills, hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity. In addition to technical skills, they must have a strong attention to detail. Genetics Technologists must also evaluate the validity of the results they obtain, which requires analytical and critical thinking. Genetics Technologists work in a dynamic laboratory environment working both independently and as a member of a team. They must be organized, able to manage time efficiently, accurate at transcribing information and able to communicate professionally with other members of the health care team.

Why become a Genetics Technologist?

Genetics Technology is a constantly evolving and rewarding career. The lab of today is a far more complicated one than the lab of just ten years ago. As new discoveries advance scientific knowledge, the Technologist’s role will continue to change and expand. Even now, we can see the impact of future tests that may be developed for diagnosing such health problems as cancer or genetic disorders.

Leading Edge: Genetics Technologists are involved in a profession that is fast moving and on the leading edge of diagnostic testing.

Variety: Genetics Technologists perform tests in two different disciplines and have a wide range of career options. Every day brings a different challenge and new problems to solve.

Job Satisfaction: Genetics Technologists help patients and families by utilising cutting edge technology in areas such as prenatal diagnosis, congenital abnormalities, familial and hematologic and other malignancies. The results produced by the genetics technologist provide information that physicians, patients and families use to make important decisions about their health and medical care.

How long does it take?

Genetics Technology is a 17 month program. The program begins with two semesters of lectures and labs followed by a 12 week semester of clinical simulation at the Michener Institute (September 2018 to July 2019). Semester 4 is a 18 week hospital based clinical education in Clinical Cytogenetics and Clinical Molecular Genetics (September 2019 to January 2020). There is 1 on-line course taken over the 17 month study period.

Graduates receive Michener’s Graduate Diploma in Genetics Technology and are eligible to write the Clinical Genetics national certification examination conducted by the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS); successful completion qualifies you to seek employment across Canada.

Start Date:

September 2018


Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Genetics Technology program must possess specific qualifications in order to be eligible for admissions. Please visit our Admissions Requirements by Program page for details.

See Admissions Requirements


The Genetics Technology program is a 17 month program with 4 semesters. Fees are assessed on an annual basis. Year 1 tuition covers the two in-class semesters and the summer clinical simulation semester. Year 2 tuition covers the clinical placement semester.

The fee policy for Canadian students can found on the Canadian Tuition Fees web page.

The fee policy for International Students can found on the International Student Tuition Fees web page.

For your convenience, these fees have been broken down into three equal payments that can be made annually. Also, each annual fee can be split into two payments which will be due in the summer and late fall of each academic year.

What will I learn?

Michener’s Genetics Technology program provides educational experiences in both cytogenetic and molecular genetic techniques. Cytogenetics encompasses the microscopic analysis of human chromosomes; molecular genetics involves the analysis of DNA and RNA.

  • Study the theory of genetic testing
  • Develop your skills in tissue culture, slide preparation, staining, microscopy, chromosome analysis, computer imaging techniques, extraction of nucleic acid, sequencing, MLPA, PCR, RT-PCR, QF-PCR, real time PCR, fragment analysis and microarray
  • Gain hands on experience in diagnostic laboratories


Find course details on the Genetics Curriculum Page

Semester 1 – FallCGGE112 Cytogenetics Theory & Techniques I
MTGE111 Molecular Genetics Theory & Techniques I
Semester 2 – WinterCGGE121 Cytogenetics Theory & Techniques II
MTGE122 Molecular Genetics Theory & Techniques II
BAIP125 Foundations of Interprofessional Collaboration for Medical Laboratory Technology Programs
Semester 3 – SummerCLGE133 Simulated Clinical Education Semester 4 – FallCLGE242 Hospital Clinical Education


Clinical Education

Length:             18 weeks

Start:                September

End:                  January

You will be assigned to clinical placement site(s) through Michener’s Office for Clinical Education. This process begins with an information session in the first semester of your program.

As clinical education is a major component of all Michener programs, our affiliated clinical sites are integral to your education. They include teaching hospitals across Canada. Working closely under the supervision of Genetics Technologists, you will have the opportunity to integrate knowledge and skills into practice during the clinical phase of your program. Clinical placements give you hands-on experience in work environments and the opportunity to network with potential employers.

You may be placed in more than one clinical site during your clinical placement period, based on the required clinical competencies for your program and the range of services at the clinical sites.

Clinical partner sites are subject to change, therefore, specific geographic regions may not be available at the time of your placement; other regions may be added. Please note that when you accept a seat in the program, you will also accept to go to any of the program’s affiliated clinical sites available at the time of your placement.

In addition, when you accept a seat in the program, you agree to comply with the following mandatory requirements which must be completed prior to the start of your clinical placement:

  • First Aid and CPR Certification for Health Care Providers
  • N95 Mask Fit Testing
  • Updated Vulnerable Persons Check (also required upon admission)
  • Updated TB Test (also required upon admission)


The Genetics Technology program is a Canadian Medical Association (CMA) accredited program. The goal of accreditation is to ensure that programs enable their students to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes to function as competent health practitioners for the benefit of all Canadians. Accreditation, an external validation of program quality, is the public recognition that an educational program has met national standards (CMA 2013) Graduating from an accredited program means that:

  • your education has met national standards (CSMLS Clinical Genetics competency Profile)
  • your program has patient care and student welfare at the forefront
  • your education is relevant to current medical practice
  • you have access to professional registration
  • you have attained the competencies required for entry to practice
  • your education is recognized by employers and the public
  • you have greater mobility as a health science practitioner