Medical Laboratory Science
Medical Laboratory Science:
at a glance
Advanced Diploma, Medical Laboratory Science
6 semesters over 2.5 years
February 1, 2018
Medical Laboratory Technologists are the fourth largest group of health care professionals in Ontario, and their career outlook is very positive due to an impending national shortage of MLTs.
While most Medical Laboratory Technologists work in hospitals and private laboratories, MLTs also find challenging employment in other areas. From sales and marketing, Laboratory Information Systems, Technical support to public health laboratories and infection control, the MLT’s analytical, scientific and technical skills are a valuable asset. Other career options include:
- Sales & Marketing
- Research & Product Development
- Laboratory Information Systems
- Public Health/Infection Control
- Technical Support
- Quality Assurance/Total Quality Improvement
- Canadian Blood Services
Why Medical Laboratory Science at The Michener Institute?
Medical laboratory science is a regulated health profession. Michener’s Medical Laboratory Science program is accredited by the Canadian Medical Association Conjoint Committee on Accreditation, and graduates are eligible to write the national certification examinations conducted by the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Sciences (CSMLS). Certification qualifies the graduate to work across Canada or for registration with the provincial colleges, such as the College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario (CMLTO), which is a requirement to practice in Ontario.
Health care services are in demand twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Medical Laboratory Technologists often perform shift and weekend work, sometimes alone to ensure patients get critical lab results. MLTs must be able to make critical decisions while working in a fast-paced, high stress environment.
Graduates receive an Advanced Diploma in Medical Laboratory Science and may apply for advanced standing in Ryerson’s Bachelor of Health Administration program or other university programs. They may also apply to pursue advanced studies at Michener, including:
- Clinical Laboratory Quality Manager
- Clinical Research Associate
- Diagnostic Cytology
- Genetics Technology
Medical Laboratory Science includes laboratory analysis in five different disciplines: Clinical Chemistry, Hematology, Histotechnology, Microbiology and Transfusion Science. Medical laboratory science combines the use of sophisticated instruments and techniques with the application of theoretical knowledge to perform complex procedures on tissue specimens, blood samples and other body fluids. The tests and procedures that Medical Laboratory Technologists perform provide critical information enabling physicians to diagnose, treat and monitor a patient’s condition.
Medical Laboratory Technologists (MLTs) are health professionals who perform laboratory analyses and in some locations, perform Phlebotomy to obtain samples. They provide the results of laboratory analysis to Physicians who use this information to diagnose and treat patients, as well as monitor and prevent disease.
Medical Laboratory Technologists operate a variety of complicated instruments. 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 in order to detect subtle change to the microscopic appearance of blood, tissue and bacterial cells. MLTs must also determine the validity of the results they obtain, which requires analytical and critical thinking. MLTs work in an ever-evolving environment, and on occasion need to design new procedures to reflect the rapid pace of change in their workplace. Whether working alone or as a member of a team, the MLT must be able to manage time efficiently and communicate clearly, sometimes in high stress situations.
Medical laboratory 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.
Variety: Medical Laboratory Technologists perform tests in five different disciplines and have a wide range of career options. Every day brings a different challenge and new problems to solve.
Job Satisfaction: Test results have an immediate impact on the care of critically ill patients. Making a real difference in patients’ lives contributes to high levels of job satisfaction among Medical Laboratory Technologists.
Independence: Medical Laboratory Technologists often work independently with minimal supervision. While still a key member of the health care team, MLTs have greater control over their daily routine than many other health care professionals.
Expanding Roles: Demand for faster testing and constant monitoring of patients has taken some tests out of the laboratory to the patient’s bedside. This is called “point-of-care” testing. This is an exciting new role for MLTs.
Travel: A Medical Laboratory Technologist with Canadian credentials is welcome in many other countries. If you have a desire to see the world, a career as a MLT will carry you through life’s adventures.
Michener’s Medical Laboratory Science Advanced Diploma program is a full-time program which consists of 25 months of education over a period of two and one-half year(6 semesters). There is one intake each year, in September, and courses are held at The Michener Institute and affiliated clinical sites.
Applicants to the Medical Laboratory Science 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 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.
Tuition fees are based on the entire duration of the program of study. 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.
When you enroll in the Medical Laboratory Science program at Michener you will combine theoretical knowledge with hands-on skills development. You will also learn to communicate professionally, work independently, and in a team as well as in an interprofessional environment and develop your problem solving and critical thinking skills. You will learn the theory and laboratory analysis in five disciplines and will learn specimen procurement including Phlebotomy.
Please see detailed course descriptions in the Medical Laboratory Science Curriculum Page
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|Semester 3 – Fall
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|Semester 5 – Summer
||Semesters 6/7 F/W
Note: Clinical education encompasses simulation experience at Michener and a placement in medical laboratories with our clinical partners.
Length: 20 weeks
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 the Medical Laboratory Sciences Program, our affiliated clinical sites are integral to your education. They include teaching and community hospitals and private laboratories primarily in Ontario. Working closely under the supervision of Medical Laboratory 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 within Ontario and other provinces may be added. Please note that when you accept a seat in the program, you also accept to go to any one of the program’s affiliated clinical sites available at the time of your placement. In addition, 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)
Michener requires that all students entering this program be vaccinated to protect them against Hepatitis B and can demonstrate immunity to both Hepatitis and Tuberculosis. Michener also highly recommends all students be vaccinated with the annual influenza vaccine. This vaccine may also be mandatory at some clinical sites. Students must follow clinical site protocol.
The Medical Laboratory Sciences 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) Graduating from an accredited program means that:
- your education has met national standards (CSMLS Medical Laboratory Science 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