Medical Laboratory Technician

Program Code: 3506

School: School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science

Credential: Certificate

Program Type: Post-secondary program

Program Length: 1 year/ 3 semesters

Start Date: Fall, Winter

Location: Morningside Campus


Telephone: 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 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.

The program is approved by the Ontario Society of Medical Laboratory Technologists (OSMT) and the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS).

The program is undergoing Canadian Medical Association accreditation.


  • 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 practice in a safe manner
  • Clinical placement may be located outside of Toronto



Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
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 and Professional Practice Morningside Campus
MLAB-103 Applied Chemistry for the Medical Laboratory Morningside Campus
MLAB-104 Clinical Data Management Morningside Campus
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
GNED General Education Elective Morningside Campus
MLAB-121 Practical Haematology and Immunohaematology Morningside Campus
MLAB-122 Practical Microbiology, Cytology and Histology Morningside Campus
MLAB-123 Specimen Collection and Processing Morningside Campus
MLAB-124 Clinical Chemistry & Urinalysis Morningside Campus
MLAB-125 Lab Administration and Quality Management Morningside Campus
Semester 3
Course Code Course Title Location
MLAB-150 Clinical Internship Morningside Campus

Program Highlights

  • Laboratories well equipped
  • Faculty members have experience in hospitals and clinical laboratories
  • 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.

Career Outlook

  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Medical Laboratory Assistant
  • Medical Technologist
  • Phlebotomist
  • Lab Technician
  • Microbiology
  • Echocardiography Technologist
  • Cardiology Technologist

Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
  • English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission (score of 170 or 171 is required for admission)
  • Mathematics Grade 12 C, M or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take a Centennial College Engineering Math Skills Assessment for Admission
  • Biology Grade 11 or 12 C or U, or equivalent (official transcript or credential evaluation is required)
  • Proof of English proficiency


  • 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.

1. Apply Online

Are you an International Student? Apply directly to Centennial College here.

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to For more information go to Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.