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The deadline to apply for the Fall 2019 intake was July 1st, 2019.  The next intake will be January 2020, 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
Program Contact
Continuing Education Health and Nursing
  • Grade 12 English and Mathematics
  • Grade 11 Chemistry
  • Academically qualified applicants may be interviewed and/or tested.
  • 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.

Important: The next intake is September 2019. Transcripts must be provided in a sealed, stamped envelope from the issuing institution.

Mail your transcript to:

Mohawk College
Continuing Education - Fennell Campus
Attention: Health and Nursing Programs
Hamilton, ON
L9C 0E5

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Once you have been accepted into the program, you will receive information about the course registration process.

Some courses are offered by Mohawk College. You will register for these following the instructions in the program acceptance letter.

Some courses are offered by the Michener Institute and take place at the Michener Institute. You will register for these through the Michener Institute.

  • 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.

Once accepted into the program, candidates who have current laboratory experience, or who have an academic background that may include some or all of the above subjects, are invited to apply for exemptions from the program courses. All applications for exemptions will be considered on an individual basis.

You should complete modules/courses MLSCMLA50, MLSCMLA51 and BIOL10006 in order. Once those courses have been completed, the remaining MLA courses may be taken in any order. MLSC10003 Laboratory Basis Workshop must be taken at this time as well.

After completing MLA50-56, BIOL10006, MLSC10003, MLA61, PD807, CLLT140 and CLLT151, you will be eligible for the final clinical placement. You must also submit a completed immunization form to the Program Manager at Mohawk College prior to the start of your clinical placement. Participants will also need to complete a vulnerable sector screening check prior to clinical placement.

A clinical placement will be negotiated for you, taking into consideration your geographic location and the availability of training at an accredited laboratory. During this placement, you are required to attend on a full-time basis. Wherever possible, you are placed in a facility close to your home.

The Mohawk College Program Manager will meet with students as they enter their practical studies at the Michener Institute to start the clinical placement process. Applicants are cautioned that it is not always possible to make the necessary arrangements without a lengthy lead time.

The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the 2018/19 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.

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
Equivalents: BIOL10006
Course description: This simulated clinical experience workshop will allow students in the Joint Michener / Mohawk Medical Laboratory Assistant / Technician Program to apply the practical skills and theory that were studied in the prerequisite courses (including CLLT140). This course is structured to be offered over four separate weekends addressing the subject specialties of Phlebotomy, Clinical Chemistry & Hematology, Transfusion Science, Histology & Cytology, and Microbiology. The skills that will be a focus of the simulated clinical experience include:-
Credits: 0
Prerequisites: MLSCMLA58
Course description:
Prerequisites: CLIN10034 and HLTH10223
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
Equivalents: MLSCMLA50
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: MLSCMLA50 and MLSCMLA51 or MLSC10012 and MLSC10013
Equivalents: MLSC10003
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.
Prerequisites: MLSCMLA50 and MLSCMLA51 and MLSC10003 and BIOL10006 and MLSCMLA53 and CHEMMLA54 and MLSCMLA55 and MLSCMLA56 and MLSCMLA61 or 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. Topics covered include: - Theoretical and practical laboratory skills including venipuncture, specimen collection and handling, and electrocardiography - Instrumentation skills Evaluation is done by practical assessments with a graded final exam.
Credits: 1
Prerequisites: MLSCMLA42
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 or MLSCMLA50 and MLSCMLA51
Equivalents: CHEMMLA54 or 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: MLSCMLS50 and MLSCMLS51 or MLSC10012 and MLSC10013
Equivalents: MLSCMLA53 or 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: MLSCMLA50 and MLSCMLA51 or MLSC10012 and MLSC10013
Equivalents: MLSCMLA55 or 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: MLSCMLA50 and MLSCMLA51 or MLSC10012 and MLSC10013
Equivalents: MLSC10017 or MLSCMLA56
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: MLSCMLA50 and MLSCMLA51 or MLSC10012 and MLSC10013
Equivalents: MLSCMLA61 or MLSC10018

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When are students admitted into the program?
There are 2 intakes - September and January.

How do I apply?
Applications are accepted through the program webpage, accompanied by official transcripts in sealed, stamped envelope from issuing institution, to the address indicated on the "admission and registration" page. 

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 the full tuition up front. There are additional fees for textbooks and health clearances for clinical and lab courses (HLTH10223).  
To view textbooks that are available for courses currently offered for this program please see the Textbook Search on the bookstore website. Please note, textbooks and course materials are subject to change each term.

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, the student moves on to the practical courses at the Michener which are run on weekends. In the final course is a 4 week full time placement in a hospital or private laboratory.

Please see here for the program progression flowchart. 

Michener Institute Courses:

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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)
* Subject to change - Browse current catalogue for course offerings



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Phone: 416-596-3101

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