Working in a medical lab, you get to see life as its most basic levels – on a daily basis, you could be handling blood tests, working with tissue samples, and examining diseases under a microscope. The Medical Laboratory Assistant/Technician program is geared toward helping you prepare for the challenges of a career in a medical laboratory.
The program combines theoretical and practical elements of lab work in a well-equipped classroom/laboratory setting. It covers key scientific principles, including the fundamentals of anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, clinical chemistry, laboratory microbiology, hematology and immunohematology, the cardiovascular system, urinalysis and body fluids, specimen procurement, clinical pathology, cytology, and histology.
Additionally, you will undertake a four-week practicum, where you'll get to test your new skills working in a real laboratory.
The Medical Laboratory Professionals’ Association of Ontario (MLPAO) has established standards for the training of medical laboratory assistants/technologists. Graduates of educational programs approved by MLPAO are eligible to write the MLPAO Examination. Interested students may also apply to take the CSMLS National Certification Exam, which is usually held in February, June, and October.