Medical Laboratory Technician

Program Details

  • Program Code:3506
  • School:School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science
  • Credential:Certificate
  • Program Type:Post-secondary program
  • Program Length:1 year/ 3 semesters

Program Availability

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Program Overview

Program Overview

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Centennial College's Medical Laboratory Technician program immerses you in the exciting and rewarding world of the medical laboratory, which offers a unique combination of technical employment and the satisfaction of working with a diverse client population.

The curriculum is based on the national standards (CSMLS) and provincial standard of practice (OSMT) for entry-level medical laboratory assistants/technicians.

This program places emphasis on ensuring you become proficient in the collection of blood samples, performing ECGs, the use of laboratory equipment and being fluent in medical terminology, all while developing the professional attitude and demeanour needed for close patient contact. Excellent communication and good interpersonal skills are essential.

The theoretical and practical portions of this Centennial College program are completed within a year. The third and final semester of this program is a clinical internship field placement that offers real-world experience. The compressed delivery format makes the Medical Laboratory Technician program an ideal choice if you wish to quickly enter the workforce.

The role of the Medical Laboratory Technician includes specimen collection, performing ECG, positioning Holter monitors and processing specimens. A Medical Laboratory Technician (MLA/T) works under the direction of a Medical Laboratory Technologist (MLT) and assists in various clinical laboratory procedures.

With the role of the medical technician expanding, there are opportunities for employment in clinics, private laboratories, and hospital laboratories. In addition, career opportunities exist in government, research and veterinary laboratories.


  • Applicants must demonstrate language proficiency for admission.
  • A current criminal background check, including a vulnerable section screening, will be required prior to field placement.
  • Your health must be such that you can cope successfully with the program of instruction and the clinical placement experience and meet the health requirements of clinical placement settings.
  • Clinical placement may be located outside of Toronto.

Program Outline

Program Outline

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Career Options, Academic Pathways and Partners

Career Options, Academic Pathways and Partners

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Future Alumni

Career opportunities for Medical Laboratory Technicians are typically within hospitals, private laboratories, public health laboratories, Canadian blood services, healthcare clinics, research labs. Areas of specialization may include:

  • Blood collection

  • Perform ECG and Position Holter Monitor

  • Core department of the medical laboratory

  • Clinical biochemistry

  • Diagnostic cytology

  • Hematology

  • Histopathology

  • Immunology

  • Clinical microbiology

Program Highlights

  • Faculty members within the Medical Laboratory Technician and have experience in hospitals and clinical laboratories.

  • Six weeks of clinical placement will provide you with experience in a real work environment.

Placement Partners

Clinical Placement Partners include:

  • Credit Valley Hospital
  • Hospital for Sick Children.
  • St. Joseph’s Hospital
  • St. Michael’s Hospital
  • Sunnybrook/Women’s College Hospitals
  • North York General Hospital
  • University Health Network ( General and Western sites)
  • The Scarborough Hospitals (General, Grace and Centenary sites) Hospital
  • Lakeridge Health (Ajax, Oshawa sites)
  • Michael Garron Hospital- Toronto East Health Network
  • York Central Hospital
  • Med. Health Laboratories
  • Hospitals outside the GTA as required or requested

Career Outlook

  • Medical laboratory technician
  • Medical laboratory assistant
  • Phlebotomist
  • ECG technician

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

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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)

Note: Technicians employed in this sector should not be suffering from a mental or physical disorder that could affect their ability to practice in a safe manner.

Additional Requirements

How to Apply

How to Apply

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1. Apply Online

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.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

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Tuition Fees - Fall 2018

Fees noted below are for the specified period and are subject to change without notice.

Canadian Students

Semester Tuition Incidental Fees Total
1 $1,511.75 $641.50 $2,153.25
2 $1,511.75 $566.50 $2,078.25
3 $534.00 $566.50 $1,100.50

International Students

Semester Tuition Incidental Fees Total
1 $7,494.00 $1,225.50 $8,719.50
2 $7,494.00 $1,150.50 $8,719.50
3 $2,645.00 $1,150.50 $3,795.50

Additional Fees:

  • OSMT exam application and fee - refer to OSMT website
  • CSMLS exam application and fee - refer to CSMLS website
  • N95 mask fitting fee - $30.00
  • Vulnerable sector police record check cost - Approximately $20.00 - $45.00
  • Standard First Aid Certification and CPR level HCP (Health Care Provider): Approximately $100.00 - $175.00
  • Students are responsible for expenses related to placement, such as transportation and/or accommodations. These expenses will vary based on the location of the placement.
  • Clinical Pre-placement Immunization: Cost for immunization may vary by physician 
  • Health Record Clearance Fees - Visit our Health Record Clearance website for more information

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