Medical Laboratory Science | St. Clair College
Three Year - Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Starts: September
Contact:
Jess Lacasse
519-972-2727 ext. 4345

Program Overview

The Medical Laboratory Technologist assesses the types of blood cells and microorganisms that cause disease, provides chemical analysis of blood and body fluids, performs the processing of tissue samples for microscopic evaluation, and determines the compatibility of blood for transfusion.

This program will appeal to students with a love and knowledge of sciences and an investigative nature. They should have good manual dexterity and must be able to work accurately and quickly under pressure to make decisions which directly affect the diagnosis and treatment of disease.

Program Highlights

  • As an accredited program, graduates are provided the opportunity to write the general MLT certification exams offered by the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science.
  • Ability to apply to the College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario for a license to practice in Ontario clinical labs.

Career Opportunities

A nationwide shortage of Medical Laboratory Technologists exists in Canada. Graduates are employed as medical technologists, research assistants, quality control technicians and laboratory technicians in hospitals, public and private medical laboratories, in clinical research and pharmaceutical laboratories, as well as in sales or technical assistance.

Degree Completions

Students who graduate with a GPA of 3.0 or greater may receive advanced standing in up to 17 credits out of the 30 required for a Bachelor of Science (General Science) degree at the University of Windsor.

Program Goals

The Medical Laboratory Science program graduate will have the essential skills required to assess the types of blood cells and microorganisms that cause disease, provide chemical analysis of blood and body fluids, perform the processing of tissue samples for microscopic evaluation, and determine the compatibility of blood for transfusion.  Graduates will meet all requirements of the Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) MLT competencies and will be eligible to obtain certification from the CSMLS by challenging the CSMLS MLT Exam.

Admission Requirements

OSSD with the majority of courses at the College (C), University (U), University/College (M) or Open (O) level plus:

  • Grade 12 English - ENG4U, ENG4C, EAE4C or EAE4U
  • Grade 12 Math (C) or (U)
  • Senior Level Chemistry (C) or (U)
  • Senior Level Physics (C) or (U)
  • Senior Level Biology (C) or (U)

OR

  • The Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees certificate or equivalent courses from the Academic and Career Entrance program.

Mature students - See Admission Procedures for details.

For more information, see the Medical Laboratory Science Admission Guidelines document also found on the Admission Procedures page.

Important Information

This is an OVERSUBSCRIBED program. Apply by February 1 to be considered for this program. See Admission Procedures for details.

Field/Clinical Placements

Applicants are required to have the following completed prior to clinical placement. You are responsible for the associated costs.

  • N95 Mask Fit Testing
  • Employer requirement for up-to-date POLICE CLEARANCE (vulnerable sector screening)
    • Any student unable to obtain a clearance may jeopardize the internship portion of the program and thus program completion.
    • It is the responsibility of the student to incur all costs related to obtaining the Police Clearance.
  • Clinical placements may be located out of town. You are responsible for travel and accommodation costs.

Additional Requirements

Students applying to this program must complete the Health Occupations Aptitude Exam (HOAE) test as part of the application process. Your HOAE test score will be combined with your academic accomplishments to determine an overall score that is used for admissions. You can only write the HOAE exam once per application cycle.

Selection Procedure

A score is determined for each applicant derived from the Pre-Admission Testing score and from required subjects for admission. Scores are then ranked by highest score and selection is made for the available positions and places on the waiting list.

For high school applicants, all of your Grade 11 courses and the first semester of your Grade 12 courses will be averaged and ranked in order to make the selection for acceptance into this program. When final grades are released applicants must meet the minimum requirement in mandatory courses.

Health Requirements

  • Medical Requirements Form.
  • A satisfactory medical exam.
  • An up-to-date immunization record including tetanus and diphtheria, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B (incl. Hep B titer within the last 24 months) and TB skin test.

Courses

The curriculum below is for incoming students:

Semester 1
Code Title Credits
BIO147
Anatomy & Physiology I
3
CHM161A
Chemistry I
3
LSW100G
Literature: Short Exposition
3
MDL106
Cellular Biology
3
MDL112
Laboratory Calculations
2
MDL102
General Laboratory Knowledge
4
MDL125
Interprofessional Care In Healthcare
3
MDL107
Introductory Microbiology And Immunology
4
Semester 2
Code Title Credits
BIO245
Human Anatomy & Physiology II
3
CHM216A
General Chemistry II (Lecture)
3
CHM222G
Environmental Awareness
3
MDL207
Microscopy And Human Micro Anatomy And Physiology
4
MTH231
Applied Statistics
2
MDL206
Analytical Techniques
3
CHM223A
Organic Chemistry I
3
MDL211
Introduction To The Clinical Laboratory
3
Semester 3
Code Title Credits
MDL328A
Clinical Chemistry A
6
LBS110G
Communication Across Cultures
3
MDL413A
Clinical Microbiology A
5
MDL428A
Hematology A
5
MDL429A
Transfusion Science A
5
MDL407A
Histotechnology & Histology
5
Semester 4
Code Title Credits
MDL328B
Clinical Chemistry B
5
MDL455
Ethics & Professionalism In Medical Laboratory Technology
2
MDL413B
Clinical Microbiology B
6
MDL429B
Transfusion Science B
5
MDL428B
Hematology B
4
MDL435B
Histotechnology & Histology B
4
Semester 5
Code Title Credits
MDL519
Clinical Microbiology Internship
2
MDL504
Clinical Chemistry Internship
15
MDL522
Hematology Internship
15
MDL508
Histotechnology Internship
13
MDL511
Clinical Work Experience
3
MDL525
Transfusion Science Internship
15
Semester 6
Code Title Credits
MDL920
Hematology Review
1
MDL921
Transfusion Science Review
1
MDL922
Histotechnology Review
1
MDL923
Clinical Microbiology Review
1
MDL924
Clinical Chemistry Review
1

Your Investment

The standard tuition and compulsory fees for the current academic year:

2019-2020 Tuition Fees

For programs with Experiential Learning (Work Placement/Internship): Costs for accommodation, if needed, travel and related expenses is at the student's own expense. It is recommended for most programs, that students have access to a laptop or desktop computer while away from home during experiential learning periods.

Textbooks and other materials are in addition to Tuition Fees. Textbook prices may be found through the Bookstore website.

Please be aware that tuition and compulsory fees are subject to adjustment each year. The College reserves the right to change, amend or alter fees as necessary without notice or prejudice.

Program Physical Demands Analysis

Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

Medical Lab Technology (Ontario College Advanced Diploma) (MTCU Code 61609)

The successful completion of this program will enable the graduate to:

  1. Perform basic clinical laboratory procedures within defined limits of accuracy.
  2. Possess sufficient theoretical knowledge to learn to perform more complex procedures under supervision of personnel accountable for these procedures.
  3. Recognize and identify anomalous results due to technical errors and equipment malfunction.
  4. Undertake, under supervision, corrective measures for anomalous results identified in (3).
  5. Assist in the implementation and development of new techniques or improvements to existing techniques.
  6. Recognize when results of laboratory procedures fall outside clinically established normal values and indicate appropriate action which may include reporting through established channels and carrying out additional related tests within established guidelines.
  7. Initiate the ordering of supplies essential for the performance of his/her area of responsibility; collate statistical information pertinent to his/her area of responsibility; and practice medical laboratory technology that conforms to approved safety and ethical standards.
  8. To understand and practice the ethics involved in dealing with patients and related patient information.
  9. To appreciate his/her contribution and that of others to patients' care.

Additional Information

  • Textbooks and other materials such as scrubs, safety materials, police clearance, mask fit and CSMLS exam costs are in addition to Tuition Fees.

Medical Laboratory Science Program Student Scholarships:

Medical Laboratory Science Certification Links:

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