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 with online components

Start Date: September 2024

Application Deadline: February 1, 2024

Program Code: MICH ML111

Michener is now accepting international applicants to all full-time programs. Please visit our International Applicants page for more details.

About the Program

Collaborative, hands-on learning within a simulated clinical lab

From day one, students in the Medical Laboratory Science program are immersed in a collaborative, hands-on environment simulating a clinical lab setting. Michener’s affiliation with UHN has helped to further its goal of providing students with the most cutting-edge medical equipment and access to clinical expertise. Michener’s laboratories are equipped with up-to-date equipment, including a variety of automated lab analyzers, high quality microscopes, double and five-headed microscopes and digital technology to augment student learning. The labs are equipped with multiple analyzers allowing students the opportunity to practice in both small groups and independently.

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.

Michener Medical Laboratory Science Program in Nova Scotia

At this time, Michener cannot confirm a 2024 intake for Medical Laboratory Science students in our Nova Scotia location. Should a 2024 Nova Scotia intake be confirmed, we will post updates on our website.

The Michener Medical Laboratory Science program in Nova Scotia has successfully applied for accreditation status with Accreditation Canada/EQual  and is currently “Registered” for accreditation. “Registered” status serves as an important demonstration of our commitment to providing quality education in alignment with accreditation and regulatory requirements. “Registered” status is not an accreditation status, nor does it guarantee any eventual accreditation. If you require additional information regarding “Registered” accreditation status and endeavors and/or any potential implications this may have on your future abilities to practice as a healthcare professional, contact us at admissions@michener.caPlease note that this “Registered” status does not affect the accreditation of Michener’s Medical Laboratory Science program in Ontario, which is a fully accredited program.

“The Med Lab program not only makes us competent MLTs, but it also makes us confident in our ability to work in labs.”

Nicole L.
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, as is the ability to discuss sensitive test results in a professional and responsible manner.

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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