Medical Laboratory Science (BPML800)

medical laboratory science bridging program

Program at a glance:

Program Length

16 weeks

Delivery Method

Part time

Start Date

January 12, 2021


$5,000 + $750 (laboratory fees)

Application Deadline

September 30, 2020

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).

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 the CSMLS National Certification Examinations.

Program Schedule

There are a total of 360 course hours (Theory – 135 and Labs – 225). This program runs:

Weekday evenings: 6-9pm

Weekend Labs: 9-6 pm (Sat), 10-6 pm (Sun)

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

Program Fees

The total fee for the program is $5,750.00 (Includes; costs for tuition, costs for some class notes and $750.00* for laboratory supplies). Please note fees 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. View the Bridging Withdrawal/Refund Policy.

Application Deadlines

Fall (September) – Intake : 

Applications open:  April 1

Application deadline: June 19

Winter (January) – Intake : 

Applications open: July 1

Application deadline: September 30

Admission Requirements

Bridging Program applicants must have the following Required Supporting Documents: 

  1. Provide a 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 (MELA). 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. Please note, other language tests including IELTS, TOEFL, CAN test or CLB, are not accepted. MELA is an entry requirement to the program. Please review our English Language Policy for exemptions.
  3. Applicants must be Canadian Residents (Landed Immigrant/Permanent Resident, Canadian Citizen or Refugee status) to be considered for enrollment to the program. 
  4. Accepted/Enrolled students must also submit the Health immunization requirements prior to the start of the program: Bridging Entry Immunization Requirement Form 

Other documents:

If you intend to apply for the Ontario Bridging Participant Assistance Program (OBPAP) you must also submit a hardcopy of the OBPAP Bursary Application Form by the application deadline. See ‘Bursary Funding’ for more information

How Do I Apply?

Prior to submitting an application, please review to the ‘Admission Requirements’ section.

Click here to access the application form and instructions.

Post Application & Registration

1. Any outstanding supporting documents NOT submitted with your original application submission, should be emailed to: 

2. 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 application deadline.

3. Bridging Program seats are limited (20 seats per intake) and offered on  first-come, first-qualified, first-accepted basis. 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. Any applicants remaining on the wait-list are encouraged to apply early for the next intake of the program.

4.  To apply for the Ontario Bridging Participant Assistance Program (OBPAP) bursary you submit a hardcopy of the *OBPAP Bursary Application Form and supporting documents by mail or in person to:

Registrar’s Office -Bridging Program
The Michener Institute of Education at UHN
222. St. Patrick Street
Toronto, ON M5T 1V4

5. Enrolled/accepted students will also be required to submit the Bridging Entry – Immunization Requirement Form

6. For information on withdrawals, transfers and refunds, please view the Bridging Withdrawal/Refund Policy

Bursary Funding

To apply for the Ontario Bridging Participant Assistance Program (OBPAP) bursary submit the OBPAP Bursary Application Form and all supporting documents by email to the or by mail by September 15 (Fall Programs) or January 15 (Winter Programs) to:

Registrar’s Office – Bridging Program
The Michener Institute of Education at UHN
222. St. Patrick Street
Toronto, ON M5T 1V4

Note: This funding is not confirmed for 2020/2021 at this time.

See OBPAP FAQ’s for more information.

For more information, visit the Ontario Bridge Training Bursary page.

CSMLS Approved Refresher 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.

View the  Bridging Program Withdrawal Refund Policy & Procedure.


I do not see a link to apply to the January – Winter Intake.

Applications for the January Intake are now closed. Our next anticipated intake will be offered in September 2020. Applications will open April 1, 2020. The application link will be available under the ‘How do I apply?’Please return to our website at that time to apply.

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

Yes, you can still apply. You may submit your application and documents you have ready. Any outstanding documents sent after should be sent to

Note: We must receive all your supporting documents by the application deadline. Do not delay in submitting all your supporting documentation. Seats are filled by a first-come, first-qualified, first-accepted basis. You may not be considered qualified until we have received all your supporting documents.

Can I take just the the theory OR simulated lab 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.

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.

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I have IELTS, TOEFL, or my Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Level was accepted by CSMLS. Do I still need to take the MELA?

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.

What if my education was received in English?

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 (i.e. transcripts) is required along with your application for exemption. Please review our English Language Policy for a list of Countries recognized as English-language-dominant speaking.

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 PLA report clearly states the gaps identified and provides refresher course options. Internationally educated doctors (Medical Graduates) don’t qualify for the program unless they meet the basic criteria as mentioned above.

How will I find out whether I have been accepted into the program?

You will be notified via email after the application deadline.

Please note, we consider it the applicant’s responsibility to follow up on their application. If Michener issues you an offer of admission or a request for further information, and you do not respond, you risk losing your place in the program.

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 Michener Institute.

  • Access to on-campus Library (LRC)
  • Coaching & Counseling Services
  • Enhanced Learning Supports
  • Fitness Centre

Have questions about the Program? – Please contact or Call: 416-596-3101 Ext. 3178 or 3147

Have questions about your application? – Please contact or Call: 416-596-3101 Ext. 3000