Medical Laboratory Science Program

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Program at a glance:

Credential Earned: Advanced Diploma

Program Length: 7 Semesters across 3 years (Full-time)

Program Delivery: On site

Start Date: September 2022

Application Deadline: February 1, 2022

Program Code: MICH ML111

About the Program

Students are immersed in a collaborative, hands-on environment simulating a clinical lab setting. Michener’s laboratories are equipped with up-to-date equipment, including a variety of automated lab analyzers, allowing students the opportunity to practice in both small groups and independently.

Michener’s affiliation with UHN has helped in providing students with the most cutting-edge medical equipment, access to clinical expertise and digital technology to augment student learning.

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.

The Medical Laboratory Science program is accredited by Accreditation Canada . Accreditation is a quality improvement process that ensures educational programs meet national standards and that students acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies for safe and effective care at entry to practice.

“The MLS instructors use theory and practical methods in a manner that is easy to understand. They also share with us their first-hand experience in the field.”

Manjima D.
Medical Laboratory Science Student

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About the Profession

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. Medical laboratory sciences include laboratory analysis in five different disciplines: Clinical Chemistry, Hematology, Histotechnology, Microbiology and Transfusion Science.

Medical laboratory technologists (MLTs) are health professionals who perform laboratory analyses and, in some locations, perform Phlebotomy to obtain samples. MLTs provide laboratory analysis results to physicians who use this information to diagnose and treat patients, as well as monitor and prevent disease.

MLTs make up one of the largest groups of regulated health care professionals in Canada. They practice in hospitals, private or public health laboratories, plus research and educational institutions. Although

MLTs work mostly independently, collaboration and communication with fellow health care professionals is a skill that is emphasized in the Michener program.

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School graduation or equivalent with an overall average of 75% anda minimum grade of 70% in each of:

  • Grade 12 English (U)
  • Grade 12 Mathematics (U)
  • Grade 12 Chemistry (U)
  • Grade 12 Biology (U) OR Physics 12 (U) (Biology is strongly recommended)
  • Two University (U) or University/Mixed (U/M) level courses.


  1. Applicants with post-secondary education (university and/or college) must have a minimum CGPA of 2.70 on the OMSAS scale. University-level courses may be used to satisfy subject prerequisites;
  2. Applicants with post-secondary education must provide official transcripts for all secondary and postsecondary institutions attended. The academic minimums on the post-secondary record are a 65% in each subject prerequisite and a CGPA of 70% (B-).
  3. University-level courses may be used to satisfy course subject prerequisites providing the minimum grade is 65% and the post-secondary record has an overall CGPA of 70% (B-).

The deadline to submit supporting documents is February 8, 2022. Please visit the Supporting Documents page for detailed information on which documents are required and how to submit them.

Applicants to this program are required to complete CASPer (Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics), to assist with the selection process. Please visit the Mandatory Michener Assessment page for more information on how to take the CASPer test.

What Will I Study?

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 and develop your problem solving and critical thinking skills. You will learn the theory and laboratory analysis in five disciplines and specimen procurement including Phlebotomy.

Please see detailed course descriptions in the Medical Laboratory Science Curriculum page.

Clinical Education

Length: 20 weeks
Start: September

You will be assigned to clinical placement site(s) through Michener’s Office for Clinical Education. Most students will start in September and finish in February. However, based on clinical site availability, start dates for some students may occur any time after August 1st. 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.

For more information about Clinical Education, please see Michener’s Clinical Education Model page.


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