Medical Laboratory Science (BPML800)

medical laboratory science bridging program

Medical Laboratory Science (BPML800):
at a glance

Program Length

16 weeks

Delivery Method

Part time

Start Date

September 2017, January 2018



Application Deadline

October 1, 2017

Program Code


Program Information

This program has been specifically designed to help prepare internationally educated medical laboratory technologists for the CSMLS national licensing examination in Canada.  In this intensive and comprehensive, sixteen (16) week course, participants will gain valuable simulated laboratory experience, intensive theory review, and thorough preparation to write the CSMLS certification exam. The simulated laboratory courses will assist you in obtaining Canadian work experience.  It runs for 16 consecutive weeks, including a 5 business day reading week.

This program will also fulfill all refresher course requirements from your Prior Learning Assessment (PLA).

Questions about the Medical Laboratory Science Bridging Program?
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Program Schedule

This program runs on weekday evenings and all day on weekends. There are a total of 356 course hours (Theory – 131 and Labs – 225).

Click here for a sample Sixteen (16)week schedule. NOTE: The schedule is subject to change.

Program Fees

The total fee for the program for the January 2017 intake was $5,750.00 (Including; costs for tuition, costs for some class notes and $750.00* for laboratory supplies). Please note total fees for the program are subject to change for the 2018 intake.

Eligible students who are approved for OBPAP funding may receive between 70-90 percent (%) of the total cost of the tuition. See ‘Bursary Funding’ section below for more information.

*$750.00 fees for laboratory supplies is an out of pocket expense and is not covered by the OBPAP Bursary.

Course dates, fees and information are subject to change. To view the Bridging Withdrawal/Refund Policy, click here.

Admission Procedure

Eligibility: Applicants to the bridging program must go through the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) process from the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS). Your PLA establishes your eligibility to take CSMLS National Certification Examinations.

Required Supporting Documents:

  1. Provide a valid Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) report from the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS). Your PLA Report must remain current for the duration of the program and when you attempt the CSMLS exam.
  2. Applicants, for whom English is a second language, must pass the Michener English Language Assessment. Provide the MELA test report as proof of English language proficiency. One must have a minimum score of 8 in all 4 components (Listening, Speaking, Writing and Reading) of the MELA test. Even if you have taken IELTS, CAN test, TOEFL, or any other language test, applicants are still required to take the MELA test.  (Please review our English Language Policy for exemptions.)
  3. Provide proof of Canadian Residency (either a copy of; Landing documents or Permanent Resident Card or Citizenship Certificate or Canadian Passport or Refugee status documents). Applicants must be landed immigrants or permanent residents to be considered for enrollment in the program. The bridging program does not support Canadian visa applications.

Other documents: Enrolled students will also be required to submit the health immunization requirements: Bridging-Entry-Immunization-Requirement-Form-Part-Time-2017-2018

NOTE: The next anticipated next offering is January 2018 . Check back May 8, 2017 for application forms. Apply early as seats are limited.

Post Application & Registration

If you are eligible to enroll in the program, you will receive further enrollment information from the Bridging Program office such as; if your bursary application was approved and information regarding program orientation.

For information on withdrawals, transfers and refunds, please view our Course Registrations Policies

Bursary Funding

Applicants applying for OBPAP Bursary funding should also submit the OBPAP Application form 2017-2018  For more information on the OBPAP please read the OBPAP FAQs. If OBPAP funding is not approved, students will be notified.

For information on other financial options to support your education click here.

CSMLS Approved Referesher Courses

If you’ve received a Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) from the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) and are required to complete refresher courses, please see our Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) Approved Refresher Courses

Recommended Additional Courses

Withdrawal/Refund Policy

To maintain program integrity and to ensure we have the right resources matched to student needs, the Bridging Program department has a strict policy on refunds.

To view the Bridging Program Withdrawal Refund Policy & Procedure, click here 


Can I take just the simulated labs portions of the Bridging Program courses?

No. The program is designed to support participant success in both theory and simulated laboratory experience. In order to achieve this success and better prepare a participant to write the CSMLS certification exam for medical laboratory technologists, it is mandatory for participants to attend both components (theory and simulated laboratory) as outlined in the course schedule.

What are the English language requirements to enroll in the Bridging Program?

To be eligible to enroll in the program, one must obtain a MELA test with a minimum score of 8 in all 4 components (Listening, Speaking, Writing and Reading). One may attempt the MELA test up to a maximum of 3 times.

Even if you have taken IELTS, CAN test, TOEFL, or any other language test, applicants are still required to take the MELA test. Please review our English Language Policy for exemptions.

What is MELA?

The Michener English Language Assessment, or MELA, is a standardized, sector-specific, English language proficiency test. MELA measures English language proficiency based on communication that is typical in health care training or practice settings. The test is referenced to the Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB), a Canadian framework for English language proficiency. MELA scores are used by post-secondary institutions and regulatory bodies as approved and acceptable demonstration of communicative competence for academic purposes or professional practice.

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Can I attempt MELA more than once?

Yes. One may attempt the MELA test up to a maximum of 3 times.

Can the bridging program assist internationally educated medical doctors (IMGs)?

This bridging program is designed for internationally educated and experienced medical laboratory technologists whose training and work experience have been assessed by Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) and have been issued a Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Report. The report clearly states the gaps identified, provides refresher course options and has an expiry date. Internationally educated doctors (Medical Graduates) don’t qualify for the program unless they meet the basic criteria as mentioned above.

What types of supports will I receive once I have enrolled in Michener’s Bridging Program?

Bridging Program participants will have access to the following student support services offered at the Michenr Institute.

  • Library (LRC)
  • Student ID
  • Coaching & Counseling Services
  • Enhanced Learning Supports
  • MyMichener intranet site
  • Fitness Centre

More Questions? – Please contact or Call: 416-596-3101 Ext. 3147 or 3178