Medical Laboratory Technician 3506

"This is just to say thank you for all the information I learned through the professors at Centennial College. The information we learned in the Medical Laboratory Technician program were very relevant and useful during my clinical internship. All the questions on OSMT examination were covered during the 10-month training at Centennial College." 

Adebayo Adeeko — 2007 Graduate

Will get a new one from Lorna Chacha soon.

About Centennial
Established as Toronto's first public college in 1966, Centennial College offers programs in business, communications, community and health studies, science and engineering technology, general arts, hospitality and transportation.
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Program code: 3506
School: School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science
Credential: Ontario College Certificate
Program Type: Post-secondary program
Program Length: 1 year/ 3 semesters
Start Date: Fall, Winter
Location: Morningside Campus
Tel: 416-289-5000, ext. 8123

Centennial’s Medical Laboratory Technician program will expose you to the exciting and rewarding world of the medical laboratory. The medical lab offers a unique combination of technical employment and the satisfaction of working with a diverse client population.

With the role of the medical technician expanding, there are numerous opportunities for full- and part-time employment in both clinics and hospital laboratories. In addition, career opportunities exist in government, research and veterinary laboratories. 

Emphasis is placed on becoming proficient in the collection of blood samples, performing ECGs, the use of laboratory equipment and fluency in medical terminology, while developing the professional attitude and demeanor needed for close patient contact. Excellent communication skills and good interpersonal skills are essential.

The theoretical and practical portions of this program are completed within a year. The compressed delivery format makes this program an ideal choice for those who wish to quickly enter the workforce.

This is a collaborative program that will be taught by Centennial’s School of Community and Health Studies and School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science, with representatives from hospitals, private laboratories and the Ministry of Health.

Approved by OSMT

Approved by CSMLS

Currently undergoing CMA accreditation

Apply your love of science to the medical world. You’ll learn to collect blood, process clinical specimens, perform ECGs, set up Holter monitors and perform a variety of lab functions. Become proficient in the use of laboratory equipment and fluent in medical terminology. Centennial’s Medical Laboratory Technician program prepares you to develop the professional attitude and demeanour needed for close patient contact.

Semester 1 Courses
Course Code Course Title Campus
ANAT-106 Applied Anatomy & Physiology Morningside Campus
COMM-170/COMM-171 College Communications 2 Morningside Campus
GNED-139 Transcultural Health: A Canadian Sociological Exploration of How Race, Class, and Gender Inform Health Morningside Campus
MLAB-101 Clinical Laboratory Techniques Morningside Campus
MLAB-102 Communication & Professional Practice Morningside Campus
MLAB-103 Applied Chemistry for the Medical Laboratory Morningside Campus
MLAB-104 Clinical Data Management Morningside Campus

Semester 2 Courses
Course Code Course Title Campus
GNED General Education Elective Morningside Campus
MLAB-121 Practical Haematology & Immunohaematology Morningside Campus
MLAB-122 Practical Microbiology, Cytology & Histology Morningside Campus
MLAB-123 Specimen Collection and Processing Morningside Campus
MLAB-124 Clinical Chemistry & Urinalysis Morningside Campus
MLAB-125 Lab Administration & Quality Management Morningside Campus

Semester 3 Courses
Course Code Course Title Campus
MLAB-150 Clinical Internship Morningside Campus

Program Highlights
  • Laboratories are well-equipped
  • Faculty members have experience in clinical laboratories and hospitals
  • You will gain experience in a real work environment during clinical placement
  • You will have eligibility for certification as a Medical Laboratory Assistant/ Technician (MLA/ T) with the Ontario Society of Medical Laboratory Technologists and the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science

Additional Fee Requirements:
Students should be aware that there are some additional costs related to placement and employment in the industry:

  • OSMT exam application and fee
  • CSMLS exam application and fee
  • N95 mask fitting fee
  • Vulnerable sector police record check cost
  • First aid and CPR
  • Accommodation or transportation costs associated with semester three field placement
  • Some immunization
The qualification requirements and costs for each external accreditation, designation, certification or recognition are set by the granting body, not by Centennial College.  In order to qualify for any external accreditations, designations, certifications or recognitions, students and graduates will need to follow the processes and meet the applicable requirements listed on the websites and in the materials of those external bodies.


Gain the real world, clinical experience you need to launch your career. You’ll undertake a six week field placement in your final semester, which will prepare you to be eligible for certification as a Medical Laboratory Assistant/Technician (MLA/T) with the Ontario Society of Medical Laboratory Technologists and the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science. Placement starts in semester three.


  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
Academic Requirements
  • Biology Grade 11 or 12 / C or U or equivalent (official transcript or credential evaluation is required) 

  • Applicants must demonstrate language proficiency for admission
  • Before undertaking this program applicants should be aware that a current criminal background check including a vulnerable section screening will be required prior to field placement
  • Technicians employed in this sector should not be suffering from a mental or physical disorder that could affect his or her ability to practise in a safe manner.
After admission, prior to field placement students must complete and provide:
  • Proof of completion of immunization requirements (immunization review form)
  • A clear vulnerable police sector record (annually)
  • N95 mask fit testing
  • Standard First Aid and CPR – HCP level
  • Students may require a successful interview with the provider of the placement
  • Successful completion of all program courses
Career Outlook
Graduates are prepared to work in areas such as:
  • Phlebotomy
  • Performing ECGs and Holter monitoring
  • Specimen processing
  • Assisting in clinical or veterinary labs, physicians' offices, private and public health labs, research labs and diagnostic supply companies


With the role of the medical laboratory technician expanding, there are numerous opportunities for employment in both clinics and hospital laboratories. Graduates work performing phlebotom ECGs and Holter monitoring, specimen processing, and assisting in clinical labs, physician’s offices, research or veterinary labs.