Medical Laboratory Technician - 047
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
COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS PROGRAM:
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 flowchart here.
Admission & Registration
- Grade 12 English and Mathematics
- Grade 11 Chemistry
- 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 November.
- Transcripts for the Fall (September) intake must be received in a sealed, stamped envelope from the issuing institution by the end of July.
Mail your transcript to:
Mohawk College Continuing Education
Attention: Health and Nursing Programs, Room i124
135 Fennell Avenue West
Program of Studies
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 Mohawk College Bookstore Textbook Search (opens in new window) for information on textbooks.
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.
|Register||Course number||Course title||Course Hours|
|N/A||BIOL10041||Anatomy and Physiology for MLA||56.00|
|N/A||CLIN10034||Clinical Experience 1||96.00|
|N/A||CLIN10035||Clinical Experience 2||160.00|
|N/A||MLSC10012||Medical Laboratory Assistant||42.00|
|N/A||MLSC10013||Basic Laboratory Techniques for MLA||42.00|
|N/A||MLSC10014||Lab Basics Workshop for MLA||23.00|
|N/A||MLSC10041||Chemistry for MLA||42.00|
|N/A||MLSC10042||Hematology for MLA||42.00|
|N/A||MLSC10043||Microbiology for MLA||42.00|
|N/A||MLSC10044||Histology/Cytology for MLA||42.00|
|N/A||MLSC10045||Transfusion Medicine for MLA||42.00|
|N/A||MLSCMLA42||Clinical Behavioural Science||36.00|
The list of scheduled course offerings for this program is below. 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||Fall
(Sep to Dec)
(Jan to Apr)
(May to Aug)
|MLSC10012||Medical Laboratory Assistant||
|MLSC10013||Basic Laboratory Techniques for MLA||
|MLSC10014||Lab Basics Workshop for MLA||Classroom||Classroom||Classroom|
|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|
|CLIN10035||Clinical Experience 2||FieldWork||FieldWork||FieldWork|
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Field Placement / Clinical
Frequently Asked Questions
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
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, see the Government of Canada website: www.jobbank.gc.ca/home
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)
(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.