Bridging Program for Medical Laboratory Technology - 170

Ontario College Diploma
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Overview

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 (3 semesters) and consists of theory and laboratory sessions at the College, along with a 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 through 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.  More information about the CSMLS assessment can be found here (opens new window).  Please note this process is separate from Mohawk's PLAR Office.

Distance Education opportunities are available. For more information on see the Medical Laboratory Technician program.

Financial Assistance

Bursary funding may be available through the Ontario Bridging Participant Assistant Program (opens new window) for individuals residing in Ontario. Funding may be available for Bridging studies from the home province for individuals from 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.

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.

PLEASE NOTE: The next intake will be for Fall 2019.

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Students who began in other academic years may require different courses to be eligible to graduate. If you have questions regarding a strategy for completion contact cehealth [at] mohawkcollege.ca (Continuing Education - Health and Nursing)

Click on the Course number or Course title for more information on each course.

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A selection of courses are available each term. Courses that are currently not available (N/A) for registration may be offered in the future – check back frequently.

Mandatory Courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: The chemistry clinical experience allows students to build their laboratory skills in a clinical setting as a Medical Laboratory Technologist.
Credits: 4
Course description: The transfusion science clinical experience allows students to build their laboratory skills in a clinical setting as a Medical Laboratory Technologist.
Credits: 4
Course description: The hematology clinical experience allows students to build their laboratory skills in a clinical setting as a Medical Laboratory Technologist.
Credits: 4
Course description: The microbiology clinical experience allows students to build their laboratory skills in a clinical setting as a Medical Laboratory Technologist.
Credits: 4
Course description: The histotechnology clinical experience allows students to build their laboratory skills in a clinical setting as a Medical Laboratory Technologist.
Credits: 4
Course description: This course will introduce the students to three major principles utilized in instrumentation; Spectrophotometry and other light measurement principles, Particle Counting and Ion Selective Electrodes. The impact of automation in the laboratory will also be examined.
Credits: 2
Equivalents: INSTMLS06
Course description: This course will introduce the student to Spectrophotometric techniques and analysis utilizing Ion Selective Electrodes for measurement within a laboratory setting.
Credits: 1
Equivalents: INSTMLS07
Course description: Learn about molecular techniques used in the clinical laboratory specific to a Medical Laboratory Technologist. This course includes a laboratory session which will provide an opportunity for practical applications.
Credits: 2
Equivalents: MLSC10007
Course description: This course will focus on the issues involved in safe specimen procurement. The safe procurement of blood samples will be examined in detail. The role of proper specimen procurement techniques, in maintaining sample integrity will also be addressed. The course will provide hands on phlebotomy and capillary puncture practice.
Credits: 3
Equivalents: MLSCMLS04
Course description: The course will review basic lab techniques such as microscopy, and reagent preparation. It will also focus on basic laboratory mathematics and quality control/statistical methods utilized in the clinical laboratory. The course will provide an overview of the appropriate handling of other basic laboratory equipment and reagents. Opportunities for hands on practice on the microscope will also take place.
Credits: 2
Equivalents: MLSCMLS05
Course description: This course will examine the principles of qualitative and quantitative biochemical analysis. This course teaches to the CSMLS competencies surrounding chemistry.
Credits: 3
Course description: This course will allow the BMLT student to apply the Chemistry theory components in a laboratory setting.
Credits: 1
Course description: This course will review erythropoiesis and leucopoiesis and focus on the morphology of cellular and non-cellular elements seen in microscopic preparations. Anaemia and leukemia will also be discussed. The course will also examine Haematology analyzer and Coagulation.
Credits: 3
Course description: Students will use the microscope to study the morphology of cellular and non-cellular elements in microscopic preparations. Student will also practice making blood films and setting up sedimentation rates within a laboratory setting.
Credits: 1
Course description: This course will use a multi-disciplinary approach to examining the factors that must be considered when assessing and interpreting results in the laboratory.
Credits: 3
Equivalents: MLSCMLS17
Course description: This course allows students to review all five CSMLS disciplines prior to challenging the certification exam. A CSMLS mock exam will be provided to assist with studying tactics.
Credits: 1
Equivalents: MLSCMLS20
Course description: This course will enable the student to develop the language skills that are relevant to communication in the laboratory environment and in everyday situations. Students will also examine the factors that define the workplace culture in the health care system while gaining an understanding of the role of the Medical Laboratory Technologist.
Credits: 3
Course description: Students will apply the theory learned from the 5 CSMLS disciplines and solve case studies which simulate real experiences occurring in a laboratory setting.
Credits: 2
Equivalents: MLSCMLS22
Course description: This course is designed to actively prepare BMLT students for employment by improving learning effectiveness skills, workplace attitudes and critical thinking application.
Credits: 3
Course description: This course will focus on issues of quality control and quality management in the laboratory particular to the role of a Medical Laboratory Technologist.
Credits: 3
Equivalents: QUALMLS18
Course description: This course will review topics in Transfusion Medicine. The materials in this course deal with CSMLS competencies related to Transfusion Science.
Credits: 3
Course description: Students will apply concepts learned in the theory portion of transfusion medicine within a laboratory setting. Antibody detection will also be included.
Credits: 1
Course description: This course will review characteristics and testing of clinically significant bacteria while teaching to the CSMLS competencies regarding Microbiology.
Credits: 3
Course description: Students will apply concepts learned in the theory portion of microbiology within a laboratory setting. Bacterial identification is included in this course.
Credits: 1
Course description: This course will introduce students to the concepts in Histotechnology while teaching to the CSMLS competencies.
Credits: 3
Course description: Students will apply concepts learned in the theory portion of histotechnology within a laboratory setting. The lab will involve microtomy and H&E staining.
Credits: 1
Course description: This course will introduce the student to the various professional bodies that govern the practice of medical laboratory technology. The code of ethics and standards of practice of these bodies will be examined. The course will also focus on the Regulated Health professions Act and the role of Regulatory Colleges.
Credits: 1
Course description: This course will examine the biological, chemical and environmental hazards encountered in the medical laboratory. The course will focus on the proper usage of safety equipment and protective wear for the laboratory. The course will outline the prescribed safety practices that should routinely be utilized in the laboratory setting.
Credits: 1

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

Professional bodies:

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Funding for the development of this program was provided by:

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.