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Ontario College Advanced Diploma | 6 semesters | Barrydowne

As a critical member of the healthcare team, Medical Laboratory Technologists are health professionals that perform complex laboratory analyses on blood, body fluids, tissues and cells in order to generate results that are used by physicians for the diagnosis and treatment of patients and the monitoring and prevention of disease. Medical Laboratory Technologists combine theoretical knowledge and operate sophisticated analyzers while accurately performing test procedures in a fast-paced laboratory environment.

As a certified Medical Laboratory Technologist, you'll find a wide range of career opportunities in hospital and private laboratories, public health departments, post-secondary institutions, consulting, sales, and more.

A combination of theoretical and laboratory courses and clinical practicum training will 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 - 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 – 6 semesters
  • Third year clinical practicum training in an accredited hospital or private laboratory
  • Theoretical and laboratory training in clinical hematology, transfusion science, clinical chemistry, clinical microbiology, and clinical histotechnology
  • Graduates are eligible to write the national certification examination administered by the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS)


In the final two semesters of the program, students will be placed in an accredited clinical laboratory where you will function, under supervision, as a member of the clinical laboratory team. Cambrian is partnered with a number of public and private laboratories across Canada that will provide excellent clinical training to Cambrian's MDLY students. Students may be placed at any one of the clinical placement sites that are affiliated with Cambrian's MDLY program. Please note that all related clinical placement expenses such as travel, parking, and accommodation are the responsibility of the student. The following is Cambrian's partnership roster of hospitals and private laboratories for student practicum training in Medical Laboratory Technology:

  • 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
  • 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 Centre, Elliot Lake
  • Hôpital Notre-Dame Hospital, Hearst
  • Temiskaming Hospital, New Liskeard
  • Hanover District Hospital, Hanover
  • Grey Bruce Health Services, Owen Sound
  • Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare, Huntsville / Bracebridge
  • Royal Victoria Regional Health Center, Barrie
  • Lifelabs, Toronto

Registration to Practice

Graduates are eligible to write the national certification examination conducted by the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS). Certification qualifies you for registration with the College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario (CMLTO) or other provincial equivalent which is a requirement to practice in Canada.


The Medical Laboratory Technology program’s six-year accreditation status is honoured by Accreditation Canada

Limited Enrolment

Please note that possession of the prerequisite course requirements does not guarantee admission. If the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of places available in the program, the College reserves the right to select from among those applicants. All students applying by February 1 will be given equal consideration. Preference will be given to Ontario residents. Please see the Limited Enrolment F.A.Q.'s on our website under "How to Apply" for further details.

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How to Apply

Health Sciences, Nursing, and Emergency Services

Admission Requirements

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

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

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


  • Computer competency in relevant software

Note: Cambrian College's Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees (PHPG) 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 grades required for successful admission will be determined by the quality and quantity of the applicant pool.

Additional Information

Registered CSMLS members pay a reduced cost for the national certification exam. Students can register as members with the CSMLS for periods of 2 years or 4 years at a reasonable additional cost. In 2019, the cost to write the CSMLS exam for a member was $1030 while the cost for non-members was $1365. For more information, please visit the CSMLS.


Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2021
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2022
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2022
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2023
  5. SEMESTER 5 Fall 2023
  6. SEMESTER 6 Winter 2024

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the Academic Schedule on our website.

Program of Study for 2021-22 Academic Year

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
CHM 1021 Clinical Chemistry I 3
MLT 1009 Immunology 2
MLT 1030 Principles and Practice I 4
MLT 1020 Quality 2
MLT 1021 Laboratory Safety 2
MLT 1026 MLT Medical Terminology 2
ENG 1121 Research & Writing/Health Sciences 3
Two General Education courses. 2 6
Semester 2
BIO 1017 Clinical Microbiology I 5
CHM 1004 Clinical Chemistry II 5
MLT 1010 Molecular Techniques 3
MLT 1011 Principles & Practice II 4
MLT 1013 Clinical Hematology I 2
MLT 1027 MLT Micro and Gross Anatomy 3
One General Education course. 2 3
Semester 3
BIO 1012 Clinical Microbiology II 6
CHM 1006 Clinical Chemistry III 6
MLT 1015 Clinical Hematology II 6
MLT 1028 Histotechnology I 6
MLT 1025 Transfusion Science I 6
Semester 4
BIO 1013 Clinical Microbiology III 6
CHM 1007 Clinical Chemistry IV 6
MLT 1017 Transfusion Science II 6
MLT 1019 Clinical Hematology III 6
MLT 1029 Histotechnology II 6
Semester 5
MLT 3560 Clinical Transfusion Science 1 8
MLT 3562 Clinical Chemistry 1 8
MLT 3564 Clinical Hematology 1 8
MLT 3566 Clinical Microbiology 1 8
MLT 3568 Clinical Histotechnology 1 8
Semester 6
MLT 1023 Comprehensive Exam Review 2
 Total Credits151


Tuition and Ancillary Fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students.

Books & Supplies

The cost of books and supplies for year one of the Medical Laboratory Technology program is approximately $1000. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.  

Graduate Options

Employment Opportunities

While most medical laboratory technologists (MLTs) work in public hospital laboratories, MLTs also find challenging employment in other areas. From industrial research and public health laboratories to forensic and pharmaceutical laboratories, the MLT’s 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

College/University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from this program may continue their studies at college/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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