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Bridging Program for Medical Laboratory Technology Diploma

Program Overview

Start Date: Winter 2017 - Applications are closed for Fall 2016
School: Continuing Education - Health and Nursing
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Classroom; online refresher courses available
Ontario College Diploma

Program Description

This unique diploma program is intended for internationally educated Medical Laboratory Technologists who wish to work in this role in Ontario. The program is 9 months in length and is divided into 3 semesters. The program consists of theory and laboratory sessions at the College, along with clinical placement. The program also includes sector-specific language courses and preparation for the CSMLS competency-based exam.

Participants, in consultation with the Program Manager, may take select courses to develop a learning plan, from CSMLS approved refresher courses.

Program applicants must go through a Prior Learning Assessment process with the Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Science. Some of the course work may also be of interest to technologists who are trying to re-enter the work force.

Distance Education opportunities are available, click here for more information on the Medical Laboratory Technician program.

Bursary Funding

Bursary funding is available through the Ontario Bridging Participant Assistant Program for individuals residing in Ontario. Funding may be available for Bridging studies from home province from those individuals form all other areas of Canada.

English Assessment

Applicants for whom English is a second language must pass the English assessment test with Canadian Language Benchmarks of 7 or above. For more information visit our ESL Assessments website.

Admission Information

Applications can be submitted online for Winter 2017. Please contact CEHEALTH for more information on refresher courses. A Prior Learning Assessment from the CSMLS must be provided, along with proof of permanent residency/Canadian citizenship/refugee status and English assessment.

Program of Studies

Students currently in progress should contact us regarding a strategy for completion

Click on the course title for a course description.


How can I work as a Medical Laboratory Technologist in Ontario?
You must be registered with the College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario. (CMLTO) CMLTO is the regulatory body for Technologists in Ontario. CMLTO is the body that issues the license to practice in Ontario as a Technologist. (

How do I become registered with CMLTO?
As a internationally educated technologist, the first step towards registration is to begin a prior learning assessment process through the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science. (CSMLS) ( CSMLS is the body that administers the certification examination for Medical Laboratory Technologists all across Canada. Successful completion of the certification exam is a requirement for registration with CMLTO.

How can the Mohawk College program address my needs?
Each successful applicant will receive instruction at the College consisting of theory and laboratory sessions. As well there are 675 hours of clinical experience incorporated into the program. Theory and laboratory sessions are designed to prepare the participant for the clinical experience and the CSMLS certification examination.


Thank you to the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science for their donation of two complete sets of reference texts to the library at the Mohawk-McMaster Institute for Applied Health Sciences.

This program has been developed with input from the following groups:

Professional bodies:

Clinical Affiliates:

Funding for the development of this program was provided by: