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

June 30, 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).

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Who is eligible?

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

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

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.

How do I Apply?

Instructions: Complete the online application form and upload your supporting documents directly to the online application form.  

Important: Before you proceed to submit or ‘finish’ your application, make sure you have uploaded your supporting documents to the online application. Do not email them. Only, if you do not have a specific item ready (i.e. MELA) at the time you apply, will these be accepted at a later date (only until the application deadline) by email to:

Click here to access the online Bridging Program Application form.

Bridging Program Required Supporting Documents: 

(Upload/attach your supporting documents to directly to your online application form).

  1. Valid Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) report from the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS). 
  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

See Post Application and FAQ’s for further information 

Post Application & Registration

1. Any outstanding supporting documents you did NOT have ready at the time you submitted your online application, can be sent by email directly to: Please note the application deadlines for submitting any outstanding documents.

2. Applications for the Sept intake will be assessed in July. Those for the January intake will be assessed in October. A firm offer of admission may only be given to applicants who have met all the admission criteria and have submitted all required supporting documents by the set deadline.

3. Bridging Program seats are limited (20 seats per intake) and offered on first-come, first-serve bases. All other candidates will be placed on a wait list. Offers will continue to be sent to candidates on the wait list until the program is full.

4. Applicants applying for OBPAP Bursary assistance should also submit a hardcopy of the OBPAP Application Form by mail or in person directly to: The Michener Institute, Registrar Office -Bridging Program, 222. St. Patrick Street, Toronto, ON M5T 1V4, Canada. See OBPAP FAQ’s for more information. Those who apply for OBPAP will be notified of their eligibility and any remaining tuition fees due at the time they receive their offer of admission

5. Enrolled/accepted students will also be required to submit the health immunization requirements: Bridging Entry Immunization-Requirement-Form-Part-Time-2017-2018

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

Bursary Funding

Applicants applying for OBPAP Bursary funding should also submit a hardcopy of 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 apply to more than one intake?

Yes, you may apply to more than one intake of the program. Note: You will need to complete a new separate online application form for each intake you want to apply for.

I do not have all my documents ready, can I still apply?

Yes, you can still apply. You may submit your online application and documents you have ready. We must receive all your supporting documents by the application deadline to be considered.

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.

Do I still need to take the MELA if my education was received in english, or if my Canadian Language Benchmark Level was accepted by CSMLS?

Yes, you are still required to take the MELA. Only students who have received two or more years of full-time education in an English dominant speaking country my apply for exemption. Proof of attendance is required along with your application. (Please review our English Language Policy)

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