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Ontario College Advanced Diploma | 7 semesters | Barrydowne | Limited Enrolment

Become a behind-the-scenes member of health care teams. Cambrian's program will prepare you with the medical detective skills to analyze and interpret scientific data to detect health issues and recommend courses of treatment for patients. As a certified medical laboratory technologist, you'll find a wide range of career opportunities in hospitals, private practices/labs, consulting, sales, and more.

A combination of classroom learning, laboratory exercises, and clinical placements prepare you for entry-level medical laboratory technology practice in each of the following five disciplines:

  1. Clinical hematology - Blood and blood disorders including coagulopathies
  2. Transfusion science medicine - Preparation and transfusion of blood and blood products
  3. Clinical chemistry - Determination of the presence, absence, or quantity of chemical substances in body fluids
  4. Clinical microbiology - Detection of bacteria, fungi, viruses, and other pathogens
  5. Clinical histotechnology - Gross dissection and preparation of body fluids and tissues for microscopy

Program Highlights

  • 3 years – 7 semesters
  • 3 placements in an accredited laboratory
  • Courses and lab work cover hematology, transfusion science medicine, chemistry, microbiology, and pathology
  • Grads are eligible to write the national certification examination conducted by the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Sciences (CSMLS)


In the final three semesters, you will be placed in an accredited clinical laboratory where you will function, under supervision, as a member of the clinical laboratory team. You may be required to complete your clinical placement out of town. You must be financially prepared to relocate and support yourself away from Sudbury for your clinical placement. You may complete your clinical placement at one of the following sites:

  • Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, Thunder Bay
  • Timmins and District Hospital, Timmins
  • West Nipissing General Hospital, Sturgeon Falls
  • West Parry Sound Health Centre, Parry Sound
  • Blind River District Health Centre, Blind River
  • Dryden Regional Health Centre, Dryden
  • Health Sciences North/ Horizon Santé-Nord, Sudbury
  • Kirkland and District Hospital, Kirkland Lake
  • Lake of the Woods District Hospital, Kenora
  • LifeLabs, Sudbury
  • North Bay Regional Health Centre, North Bay
  • Riverside Health Care Facilities, Fort Frances
  • Sault Area Hospital, Sault Ste. Marie
  • Sensenbrenner Hospital, Kapuskasing
  • Meno-Ya-Win Health Centre, Sioux Lookout
  • St. Joseph’s Health Center, Elliot Lake
  • Hôpital Notre-Dame Hospital, Hearst
  • Temiskaming Hospital, New Liskeard
  • Georgian Bay General Hospital, Midland

Registration to Practice

Graduates are eligible to write the national certification examinations conducted by the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Sciences (CSMLS). Certification qualifies you for registration with the College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario (CMLTO), which is a requirement to practice in Ontario.

Limited Enrolment - 60 seats available

Please note that possession of the requirements for application to the MLTY program does not guarantee admission. If the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of places available in the program, Cambrian College reserves the right to select from among those qualified applicants. All students applying by February 1 will be given equal consideration. Preference will be given to Ontario residents.

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Admission Requirements

For graduates of the new curriculum Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) curriculum or equivalent or mature student status, including:

  • Grade 12 English (C) or (U)
  • Grade 12 mathematics (C) or (U)
  • Grade 12 chemistry (C) or (U)
  • Grade 11 or 12 biology (C) or (U)

Please note: A minimum of 75% is required in each prerequisite course.


  • computer competency in relevant software

Graduates of recognized Medical Laboratory Assistant programs may be eligible for advanced standing into the second semester of the program, provided there is space and that clinical opportunities are available.

Note: Cambrian College's Pre-Health Sciences (HLPG) program is the designated preferred preparatory program for admission to Cambrian College's limited enrolment health sciences programs. Limited enrolment programs are identified within the detailed program descriptions. The minimum GPA and grades required for successful admission will be determined by the quality and quantity of the applicant pool.

Additional Information

Graduates of Cambrian's MLTY program are eligible to write the national certification examination conducted by the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS).

Registered CSMLS members pay a reduced cost for the national certification exam.  Students can register as members with CSMLS for periods of 2 years or 4 years at a reasonable additional cost.  In 2015 - 2016, the cost to write the CSMLS exam for a member will be $720 while the cost for non-members will be $950. For more information, please visit the CSMLS website (

Medical laboratory science is a regulated health profession.  Certification qualifies the graduate for registration with the College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario (CMLTO), which is a requirement to practice in Ontario.


Program Delivery

Semester 1 - Fall 2016
Semester 2 - Winter 2017
Semester 3 - Fall 2017
Semester 4 - Winter 2018
Semester 5 - Fall 2018
Semester 6 - Winter 2019
Semester 7 - Spring 2019

Program of Study

Semester 1Credits
BIO 1001Anatomy Physiology 3
CHM 1001Clinical Chemistry I 4
ENG 1121Research Writing/Health Sciences 3
MLT 1004Principles Practice I 4
MLT 1008Laboratory Math 3
MLT 1009Immunology 2
The following General Education course:  3
Thinking, Reasoning, Relating 3
One of the following General Education courses:  3
Introduction To Gerontology 3
Social Issues/Social Welfare in CA 3
 Term Credits: 25
Semester 2
BIO 1011Clinical Microbiology I 3
CHM 1004Clinical Chemistry II 5
MLT 1010Molecular Techniques 3
MLT 1011Principles Practice II 4
MLT 1012Histotechnology I 2
MLT 1013Clinical Hematology I 2
One of the following General Education courses:  3
Concurrent Disorders, Mental Health Addictions 3
Introduction To Sociology 3
 Term Credits: 22
Semester 3
BIO 1012Clinical Microbiology II 6
CHM 1006Clinical Chemistry III 6
MLT 1014Histotechnology II 5
MLT 1015Clinical Hematology II 6
MLT 1016Transfusion Science I 5
 Term Credits: 28
Semester 4
BIO 1013Clinical Microbiology III 6
CHM 1007Clinical Chemistry IV 6
MLT 1017Transfusion Science II 6
MLT 1018Histotechnology III 2
MLT 1019Clinical Hematology III 6
 Term Credits: 26
Semester 5
MLT 1020Program Management 2
MLT 3509Clinical Transfusion Science I 4
MLT 3510Clinical Chemistry V 4
MLT 3565Clinical Hematology IV 4
 Term Credits: 14
Semester 6
MLT 3508Clinical Microbiology IV 4
MLT 3520Clinical Histotechnology III 4
 Term Credits: 8
Semester 7
MLT 3615Clinical Microbiology V 4
MLT 3625Clin. Transfusion Science II 4
MLT 3630Clinical Chemistry VI 4
MLT 3640Clinical Histotechnology IV 4
MLT 3665Clinical Hematology V 4
 Term Credits: 20
 Total Credits: 143

Tuition Fee (Canadian Students)

The tuition fee for the 2015-2016 academic year is $6,694.70. Next year's tuition fees will be available by May 1, 2016.

Tuition Fee (International Students)

The tuition fee for the 2015-2016 academic year is $17,889.24 for two semesters of study. Next year's tuition fees will be available by May 1, 2016.

Books & Supplies

The estimated cost of books and supplies for 2015-2016 is approximately $2,000. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Employment Opportunities

While most medical laboratory technologists (MLTs) work in hospitals, physicians' offices, and private laboratories, MLTs also find challenging employment in other areas. From industrial research and public health laboratories to forensic and pharmaceutical laboratories, the MLTs analytical, scientific, and technical skills are a valuable asset. Other career options may include:

  • Consulting
  • Sales and marketing
  • Research and product systems
  • Laboratory information systems
  • Supervision/administration/management
  • Education
  • Public health/infection control
  • Technical support
  • Quality assurance/total quality improvement
  • Forensic biological sciences

University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from this program may continue their studies at university and may receive credit for their prior College education.

Refer to College/University Agreements for further information.

Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.

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