Medical Laboratory Science (BPML800)

medical laboratory science bridging program

Program at a glance:

Program Length

16 weeks

Delivery Method

Hybrid *Due to COVID-19 precautions, the Bridging program has moved to a hybrid model that includes online theory classes and hands-on Laboratory sessions.

Start Date

September (Fall) 2021

Tuition

$5,000 + $750 (laboratory fees)

Application Deadline

June 19, 2021

Program Code

BPML800

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: 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Weekend Labs: 9:00am – 6:00pm (Saturday), 10:00am – 6:00 pm (Sunday)

Click here for a Sample (16 week) Schedule

Please 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.

Please Note: Course dates, fees and information are subject to change. View the Bridging Withdrawal/Refund Policy.

Application Deadlines

Winter (January) – Intake: 

Applications open: July 1

Application deadline: October 16

Fall (September) – Intake : 

Applications open:  April 1

Application deadline: June 19

Admission Requirements

    Applicants must submit proof of:

    1. A valid Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) report from the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) .
    2. Meeting the English Language requirements if English is a second language: Applicants must pass the Michener English Language Assessment (MELA) with a minimum score of eight (8) in all four (4) components (Listening, Speaking, Writing and Reading) OR IELTS (Academic Type) with an overall score of 6.5 with all components (bands) of the test being at a 6 or above OR TOEFL with a minimum score of 100 on the Internet Based Test (iBT) with a minimum score of 22 on the Writing Section. English Language Assessments must be completed within the last two years.

    Please Note – The MELA is the preferred English Language Assessment as it is designed for healthcare professionals. Also note that applicants educated outside of Canada will require the MELA (or another English Language Assessment for registration with CMLTO).

    1. Canadian Citizenship, Permanent Residency or Refugee status (International applicants may be accepted, space permitting).

    Post Admission Requirements

    Accepted/Enrolled students must also submit the Health immunization requirements prior to the start of the program: Bridging Entry Immunization Requirement Form .

    Other Documents

    Applicants who intend to apply for the Ontario Bridging Participant Assistance Program (OBPAP) must also submit an OBPAP Bursary Application Form by the application deadline. See ‘Bursary Funding’ for more information

    How Do I Apply?

    The application period is currently closed and will re-open on April 1st. At that time, for more information please access the application link and instructions.

    Please Note: The application link will not be available prior to April 1st.

    Post Application & Registration

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

    Please 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.

    External Financial Assistance

    The following alternative funding sources are external to Michener and not administered by The Michener Institute. Please review the repayment terms of any funding source very carefully. Eligibility criteria varies by funding source.

    Windmill Microlending

    Windmill Microlending is a registered Canadian charity that offers up to $15,000 in low-interest microloans to help skilled immigrants and refugees achieve professional success in Canada. Windmill offers a newcomer-friendly repayment terms to help you pay your course fees, your exam fees, and other costs you might incur on your pathway to becoming a health sciences practitioner in Canada.

    Windmill’s eligible expenses include:

    • tuition fees
    • exam fees
    • text books
    • lab supplies and lab fees
    • computers or laptops
    • travel and accommodation expenses to sit exams
    • living expenses during your course of study at Michener

    Achēv

    Funded by the Government of Canada, Achēv’s Foreign Credential Recognition Loans (FCR Loans) program provides financial loans and career counselling to internationally trained individuals who are looking to return to their chosen profession. Receive free ongoing one-on-one financial counselling and job search assistance.

    Loan program features:

    • Available in Peel Region, Halton Region, Hamilton and Toronto
    • Educational loans for up to $15,000
    • Low-interest rates (prime + 2%)
    • Loan repayment terms from 1-4 years

    Career counselling features:

    • Developing a career action plan
    • Completing the application process for credential evaluation
    • Developing your resume, cover letter and interview skills
    • Finding employment opportunities

    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.

    FAQs

    I do not see a link to apply

    Application links will only available during an application window.  See the ‘Application Deadlines’ section to view the application windows for each intake. 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 regoffice@michener.ca

    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?

    If English is a second language: Applicants must pass the Michener English Language Assessment (MELA*) with a minimum score of eight (8) in all four (4) components (Listening, Speaking, Writing and Reading) OR IELTS (Academic Type) with an overall score of 6.5 with all components (bands) of the test being at a 6 or above OR TOEFL with a minimum score of 100 on the Internet Based Test (iBT) with a minimum score of 22 on the Writing Section. English Language Assessments must be completed within the last two years.

    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.

    Contact mela@michener.ca or visit www.themela.com for additional information.

    Can I attempt MELA more than once?

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

    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 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 bridging@michener.ca

    Have questions about your application? Please contact regoffice@michener.ca