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Medical Laboratory Technology

Cambrian College

Faculty:Health Sciences
Degree:Diploma; Advanced
Field of Study:Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Length:3 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $7,297

The cost reflects tuition for the first year of the program. Tuition will vary for subsequent years.


Train to be a vital member of the health care team by becoming a laboratory technologist. You’ll build your analytical, interpretation, and critical thinking skills to report patient results to provide clinicians with the vital information they need to provide the best courses of treatment for the patient. Through classroom learning, laboratory exercises, and clinical placements, you’ll learn to perform complex analyses necessary for diagnosis and treatment in a fast-paced laboratory environment.

Prepare for entry-level medical laboratory technology practice in each of these five disciplines:

1. Clinical hematology - blood and blood disorders
2. Transfusion science - preparation and transfusion of blood
3. Clinical chemistry - determination of chemical substances in body fluids
4. Clinical microbiology - detection of bacteria
5. Clinical histotechnology - dissection and preparation of body fluids and tissues for microscopy
6. When certified, you’ll discover a wide range of career opportunities, from hospitals to private and public labs.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
  •  Grade12 English 
  •  Grade12 Chemistry 
  •   Biology 
  •  Grade12 Mathematics 
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)
Additional Admission Requirements:
    Students will be required to provide proof of certain immunizations and non-medical requirements to work with samples in medical laboratories both at the college and on placement.

    Full medical requirements

    • Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (adult dose on or after 18th birthday)
    • Measles Mumps Rubella (2 doses of vaccine or proof of immunity)
    • Varicella (vaccine or documentation of immunity status)
    • Polio (vaccine or documentation of immunity status)
    • Hepatitis B (documentation regarding immunity status)
    • Tuberculosis Screening (documentation of 2-step mantoux skin test, subsequent 1-step – required annually)
    • Influenza vaccine (obtained annually when vaccination becomes available)
    • COVID-19 Immunizations (2-3 doses)

    Full non-medical requirements

    • Respiratory Mask Fitting N95-3M models (required every 2 years)
    • Criminal Record Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening (required annually)
    • WHMIS Training (required annually)
    • Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Certificate (AODA)
    • Worker Health and Safety Awareness in 4 Steps (Bill 18)

    Please note: On-campus labs (Year one and two), students must provide proof of:

    • WHIMIS certificate
    • Tetanus
    • Diphtheria
    • Hepatitis B

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

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