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Fall and Winter intakes are available for this program. Please see the Admission & Registration tab for details.

The Laboratory Technician program is offered by Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology in Hamilton in partnership with The Michener Institute of Education at UHN in Toronto. The role of the Medical Laboratory Technician includes specimen collection, performing ECG, positioning Holter monitors and processing specimens.

The didactic/theory part of the program is offered as a series of nine online courses. While you are working on your theory courses, an introduction to laboratory skills takes place during the Laboratory Basics Workshop (offered at Mohawk College). Upon successful completion of the eight theory courses and the Laboratory Basics Workshop, you will gain further practical skills in the courses Clinical Behavioural Science, Clinical Skills, and Clinical Experience 1 (offered at the Michener Institute). Upon successful completion of the Michener Institute courses, you will consolidate your skills in a 4-week, full time, unpaid clinical placement administered through Mohawk College.

  • Graduates are eligible to write both the National Certification Examination and Provincial Certification Examination for Medical Laboratory Assistants/Technicians
  • Certificate from both Mohawk College and the Michener Institute
  • Access to the state of the Art, Centre for the Advancement of Simulation and Education (CASE) at the Michener Institute
  • Clinical Placements in Hospitals and Private Laboratories
  • Online courses also provide live interaction with Faculty
  • Online courses allow students flexibility in their studies


Q: What is the cost of the program?
The full cost of the program is approximately $5200 but you pay for individual courses as you register as opposed to paying full tuition up front. There are additional fees for textbooks and health clearances for clinical and lab courses (HLTH10223). View textbooks for courses currently offered using the Bookstore Textbook Search. Please note textbooks and course materials are subject to change each term.

Q: What is the structure of the program?
Theory courses are done online, aside from the Lab Basics Workshop. Once all courses at Mohawk College are completed, students move on to the practical courses at the Michener on weekends. The final course is a 4-week full-time clinical placement in a hospital or private laboratory. Review the program progression by visiting the Course Schedule Tab

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  • Applicants for whom English is a second language must submit proof that they have written and passed the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 600.


  • Transcripts for the Winter (January) intake must be received in a sealed, stamped envelope from the issuing institution by the end of September.
  • Transcripts for the Fall (September) intake must be received in a sealed, stamped envelope from the issuing institution by the end of June

Mail your transcript to:

Mohawk College Continuing Education
Attention: Health and Nursing Programs, Room i124
135 Fennell Avenue West
Hamilton, ON
L9C 0E5

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Financial Assistance Information

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The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the current academic year. 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 Continuing Education- Health and Nursing

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

Visit the Textbooks page for information on ordering your course materials.

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.

NOTE: Some courses are offered by the Michener Institute and take place at the Michener Institute. You will register for these through the Michener Institute; please see the Additional Information tab. 

YOU MUST register for HLTH10223 to complete required health clearances prior to registration in CLIN10035 - Clinical Experience 2.

Mandatory Courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: Examine the anatomy and physiology of the human body in relation to the role of a Medical Laboratory Assistant. Examine the structure of the cell and human body systems.
Credits: 4
Course description: This simulated clinical experience will allow the student to apply the practical skills and theory that were studied in the pre-requisite courses. The simulated clinical experience will help prepare students for Clinical Experience 2, which takes place in hospitals or private laboratories. The skills that will be a focus of the simulated clinical experience will include preparation of smears, staining of slides in the areas of Microbiology, Histology, and Cytology. Inoculation of culture media will also be dealt with. Further Phlebotomy practice, Urinalysis and Instrumentation will also be part of this clinical experience. In addition, professionalism will be developed and assessed through four reflective practice modules.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: MLSCMLA58
Equivalents: CLINMLA43
Course description: 4-week clinical placement to be taken when all courses at Mohawk College and the Michener Institute have been successfully completed.
Credits: 4
Prerequisites: CLIN10034
Course description: This is an introductory course, which provides an overview for the other courses in this program. It focuses on delegation ethics, standards of practice, patient rights, and safety. Specimen collection, handling, reception, processing and associated clerical duties are also covered.
Credits: 3
Course description: Basic Medical Laboratory Mathematics, Chemistry, applicable physics and Laboratory terminology will be reviewed. The care and use of basic laboratory instruments, as well as the care, uses standards and properties of glass and plastic ware will be studied. How to prepare simple reagents and solutions using the proper lab ware will be presented.
Credits: 3
Equivalents: BIOL10015 and MLSCMLA51 or PHYS10007 and MLSCMLA51 or BIOL10016 and MLSCMLA51 or BIOL10003 and MLSCMLA51
Course description: Gain practical skills in basic laboratory techniques, and use of basic laboratory instrumentation. Become familiar with the use of glassware in standard and reagent preparation, use of the fumehood, safe operation of the centrifuge and Kohler Illumination.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: MLSC10012 and MLSC10013
Course description: At the lab assistant level, basic procedures used in the collection, handling, processing and examining of specimens for chemical analysis will be studied. Urinalysis, blood glucose, and faecal occult blood testing techniques will be examined as well as any relevant automation set up and maintenance.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: MLSC10012 and MLSC10013
Equivalents: CHEM10053
Course description: At the lab assistant level, collection and handling of routine hematological specimens, preparation and staining of blood films, setting up for processing, using automated equipment of hemoglobin and blood cell counts will be studied. Methodology involved for microhematocrits, erythrocyte sedimentation rates, basic coagulation studies and serological tests will be reviewed, as well as associated clerical duties.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: MLSC10012 and MLSC10013
Equivalents: MLSC10015
Course description: At lab assistant level, basic procedures used in the microbiology lab such as specimen collection and handling, plating, media preparation and routine staining will be reviewed. Preparation of stains and reagents will be studied as well as pertinent clerical duties.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: MLSC10012 and MLSC10013
Equivalents: MLSC10016
Course description: Collection, handling, processing and preparation of histological and cytological specimens at the lab assistant level will be studied. The care, organization and maintenance of equipment, preparation of simple solution and reagents, routine staining of sections and smears as well as appropriate clerical duties will be reviewed.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: MLSC10012 and MLSC10013
Equivalents: MLSC10017
Course description: This course will provide the student with a basic knowledge of blood groups and blood products. Storage requirements and the effects of storage will be examined in relation to blood and blood products. The course will also examine the tests routinely performed in transfusion medicine.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: MLSC10012 and MLSC10013
Equivalents: MLSC10018
Course description: This online course is designed to aid health care professionals in developing an essential understanding of human behaviour and its applications to effective patient relations and care. Effective communication strategies, conflict resolution, professionalism and ethics, stress management, temperament, aging and human development, altered body image, death, dying and grief, abuse and harassment and legal aspects of health care are presented in the context of case studies and problem solving activities. You will access readings, graded lesson assignments, and the final examination online.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: MLSC10014 and BIOL10041 and MLSC10015 and CHEM10053 and MLSC10016 and MLSC10017 and MLSC10018 or BIOL10041 and MLSC10041 and MLSC10014 and MLSC10042 and MLSC10043 and MLSC10044 and MLSC10045
Course description: Designed for entry level Medical Laboratory Technicians and those seeking certification, this practical 8-day course covers essential laboratory skills, patient care and communication skills. Students will apply professionalism, infection control and safety to a health care setting; gain practical skills in phlebotomy, ECG and basic laboratory techniques; learn the safe use of laboratory equipment; and prepare solutions and perform laboratory skills.
Credits: 1
Prerequisites: MLSCMLA42

The list of scheduled course offerings, and the completion order, for this program are detailed below.

The Semester Steps identified MUST be completed in chronological order. You are NOT permitted to skip a step or move to the next step without successfully completing all the courses within that step.  MLSC10014 can be taken as part of Step 1 or Step 2 but must be completed prior to Step 3.

Courses offered through the Michener Institute are not scheduled by Mohawk College and are not offered all the time. For course information and availability, please visit The Michener Institute's Medical Laboratory Sciences (opens new window).

Please note that all offerings are subject to change. Not every course is offered every semester, so please consider this schedule when planning your academic path.

Course Code

Course Name

(Sep to Dec)

(Jan to Apr)

(May to Aug)

Semester Step 1

MLSC10012 Medical Laboratory Assistant




MLSC10013 Basic Laboratory Techniques for MLA




MLSC10014 Lab Basics Workshop for MLA Classroom Classroom Classroom

Semester Step 2

BIOL10041 Anatomy and Physiology for MLA MyCanvas MyCanvas MyCanvas
MLSC10041 Chemistry for MLA MyCanvas MyCanvas MyCanvas
MLSC10042 Hematology for MLA MyCanvas MyCanvas MyCanvas
MLSC10043 Microbiology for MLA MyCanvas MyCanvas MyCanvas
MLSC10044 Histology/Cytology for MLA MyCanvas MyCanvas MyCanvas
MLSC10045 Transfusion Medicine for MLA MyCanvas MyCanvas MyCanvas

Semester Step 3

MLSCMLA42 Clinical Behavioural Science Michener Institute (opens new window)
MLSCMLA58 Clinical Skills Michener Institute (opens new window)

Semester Step 4

CLIN10034 Clinical Experience 1 Michener Institute (opens new window)

Semester Step 5

CLIN10035 Clinical Experience 2 FieldWork FieldWork FieldWork
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Courses are delivered over a set time period and are led by instructors. Most courses do not require that you be online at a certain time of day or night, but that you are active in the course during the schedule. There are scheduled start and end dates and you cannot start courses late nor finish early.

Visit the MyCanvas Course page for registration information and a step-by-step guide to get started. Please note your course will not appear in MyCanvas until the scheduled start date.

Preclinical / Clinical Information

Students preparing for clinical should visit our Preclinical / Clinical webpage  and our Clinical FAQ for details and information on the process.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • Perform all assigned tasks in a manner consistent with established competencies of the profession
  • Complete all work in accordance with established protocols, safety guidelines, and existing legislation to ensure work practices
  • Interact with clients/patients in a professional and competent manner, projecting a professional image with other health care professionals and following generally accepted practices regarding client/patient service
  • Verify relevant data and contribute to the assurance that appropriate specimens are procured to established protocols
  • Process specimens from a variety of sources according to established protocols
  • Perform pre-analytical procedures on specimens from a variety of sources according to established protocols
  • Prepare reagents for medical laboratory testing using approved methods and according to laboratory standard and established procedures
  • Follow quality assurance policies and procedures and participate in quality assurance initiatives

Career Opportunities

A laboratory technician works under the supervision of a laboratory technologist to perform laboratory tests and procedures that require limited technical skill and abilities. The emphasis is on the practical performance of the procedures. Recognition of problems and errors is required, but the technician is not required to correct errors or provide solutions except within certain prescribed guidelines. The terms Laboratory Technician and Laboratory Assistant are often used interchangeably.

Because of increasing automation and centralization of laboratory service, forecasts for the future indicate employment opportunities for laboratory technicians with a broad base of skills.

Graduates may be employed in hospitals, private laboratories or specimen collection centres. Shift work and evening work are usually required. Completion of this program will not qualify the graduate for entry into a full-time laboratory sciences program.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, visit the Government of Canada Job Bank.

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Michener Institute Courses

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PD807 Clinical Behavioural Science is an online course.

CLLT140 Clinical Skills, and CLLT151 Clinical Experience 1 are offered on site at the Michener Institute. CLLT140 will be offered on four weekends at least once per year. CLLT151 will be offered on four weekends at least once per year. Enrollment in these courses is limited.

PD807 Clinical Behavioural Sciences
(will show on Mohawk transcript as MLSCMLA42)
CLLT140 Clinical Skills
(will show on Mohawk transcript as MLSCMLA58)
CLLT151 Clinical Experience 1
(will show on Mohawk transcript as CLIN10034)

Please note this information is subject to change without notice. Browse the current catalogue for course offerings.


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Phone: 416-596-3101

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