St. Lawrence College

Medical Laboratory Science

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Program Information

School:St. Lawrence College
Faculty:Kingston campus
Degree:Diploma; Advanced
Field of Study:Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Description:Medical Laboratory Technologists conduct sophisticated diagnostic tests on blood, body fluids and tissues to provide important information used in detecting illness and monitoring health. They enjoy rewarding careers where they use their skills to; measure chemical components in blood and body fluids, detect diseases in blood cells, perform blood typing and cross-matching for blood transfusion, detect and identify infections caused by bacteria and fungi, and prepare surgical and autopsy tissues for analysis. Medical Laboratory Technologists represent one of the largest groups of professionals in health care.

The final year of the program occurs inside the laboratories of partner hospitals and private institutions and is arranged by the College. Students are expected to finance clinical placement costs (tuition, travel, room and board).

Graduates are eligible to write the general certificate exams of the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science.
URL:Medical Laboratory Science at St. Lawrence College
Length:3 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $4,381

Students are responsible for the costs of immunizations and CPR/First Aid Training. Students are responsible for all expenses associated with clinical placement. Graduates of the program wishing to work in Canada as a certified medical laboratory technologist must successfully complete the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) national certification exam. Students are responsible for the arrangement and cost of this exam. As well, students wishing to work in Ontario as a registered medical laboratory technologist (MLT) must also apply for registration as a member of the College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario (CMLTO). Graduates are responsible for the cost of registration.

Admission Requirements


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade12 English 
  •  Grade12 Mathematics 
  •  Grade12 Chemistry 
  •  Grade11 Biology 

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with the majority of Grade 11 and 12 courses at the C, U or M level including the following prerequisites: Grade 12 English at the C or U level Grade 12 Math at the C or U level Grade 12 Chemistry at the C or U level (or SCH3U) Grade 11 or 12 Biology at the C or U level

Test Scores:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Computer Based) [min. 213] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 78] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 60]

This program has the following additional requirements: WHMIS training must be completed prior to attending laboratory classes. Minimum CPR Level HCP (Healthcare Provider Level) & Standard First Aid training up to date for placement – Semester 5 Mask fit testing is required prior to placement and is arranged by the program Immunization records including Hepatitis B immunity status must be submitted prior to the start of 1st year

Additional Admission Requirements:
    Apply to college as soon as the application is available in October. Applications received on or before the Equal Consideration Date will be given equal consideration. This is particularly important if you are applying to a program that is in high demand or oversubscribed; that is, a program for which the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of seats available. After the Equal Consideration Date, applications are considered on a first-come, first served basis. Note that this program is a high demand program, and may be subject to ranking procedures. You MUST apply for this programs before the Equal Consideration Date.

    * 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.

    Modified on July 28, 2018