Medical lab tech wearing a white lab coat, blue latex gloves and green safety goggles pouring a solution into a test tube in a laboratory

Enter the health-care field as a medical lab assistant

Medical Laboratory Assistant Ontario College Certificate program

Explore laboratory and analysis techniques in state-of-the-art labs. Play a vital role in the detection of disease and illness. Start your career in one year.

Program code MLBA
Duration 1 Year
Credential Ontario College Certificate
Delivery Full-time

Program information

Program description

The Medical Laboratory Assistant program offers students the skills and abilities to perform pre-analysis components of medical lab work under direct supervision of medical laboratory technologists in hospitals, physician’s offices and private medical laboratory settings. Through experiential learning opportunities, students become proficient in the collection of blood samples, performing ECGs, the use of laboratory equipment and being fluent in medical terminology. Communication and interpersonal skills are also developed in the program for patient interaction.  

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2023 Barrie

Tuition and fees

Work-integrated learning

This program includes an internship component. During your final semester, you will take part in a supervised, structured work opportunity and apply your academic knowledge in a setting directly related to your program.

What are the admission requirements for the Medical Laboratory Assistant program?

Medical Laboratory Assistant admission requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status 
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 12 Mathematics (C or U)
  • Grade 11 or 12 Chemistry (C or U)
  • Grade 11 or 12 Biology (C or U)
    • OR Grade 11 or 12 (U), or Grade 12 (C) Physics

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to: www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/academic-regulations/

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit for Prior Learning website for details:
www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/credit-transfer/

Selection Process

Applicants will be assessed and ranked based on academic grades.

Criminal Reference/Vulnerable Sector Check

Placement agencies require an up-to-date clear criminal reference check and vulnerable sector check prior to going out on placement. Students should obtain their criminal reference three months prior to placement; checks conducted earlier may not be considered current. As some jurisdictions require longer lead-time for processing, please check with the program coordinator to ensure you allow for sufficient turn-around time. It is the student’s responsibility to provide the completed document prior to placement start.

NOTE: Individuals who have been charged or convicted criminally and not pardoned will be prohibited from proceeding to a clinical or work placement.

Admission details

Clinical Preparedness Permit  

Clinical placements will require students to have updated flu shots and Covid 19 vaccinations, TB testing and Hepatitis B vaccination, Mask Fit Test (click for requirements), as well as a Police Record Check (including Vulnerable Sector Screening and a check of the Pardoned Sex Offender Data Base). It is the student’s responsibility to ensure he or she is eligible to participate in clinical placements. The College assumes no responsibility for these matters and students should be aware that tuition will not be refunded in the event that access to a placement is denied. In addition to these requirements, applicants must also provide proof of a current First Aid and C.P.R. ‘HCP’ certification, prior to the commencement of the clinical placement course.

Placement Requirements

Students are responsible for the costs related to transportation and accommodation if needed. Please direct inquiries to the program coordinator.

Physical Considerations

Applicants are advised that for the program’s clinical requirements and future employment situations, they must have good vision (with or without corrective lenses), be able to sit and stand for prolonged periods, and mix various materials using repetitive wrist motions. Applicants with back/neck/wrist or visual problems should discuss individual concerns with the program coordinator.

What career paths can I take in medical laboratory services?

Your Medical Laboratory Assistant certificate gives you many career opportunities

Graduates of the Medical Laboratory Assistant program may gain work as Medical Laboratory Assistants/Technicians, serving in a variety of urban and rural settings in the public and private sectors, such as

  • hospitals
  • physicians’ offices
  • diagnostic labs
  • clinics
  • pharmaceutical research testing clinics
  • fertility clinics
  • specimen collection sites and blood centres such as Canadian Blood Services
  • research facilities

What courses are included in the Medical Laboratory Assistant certificate program?

Course overview

11 Program Courses
1 Communications Course
1 General Education Course
1 Clinical Internship

Program-specific courses

Semester 1 courses are listed below. For a full list of courses in the program including course descriptions, view the Medical Laboratory Assistant program outline.

  • BIOL 1044 – Anatomy and Terminology
  • MATH 1045 – Medical Laboratory Mathematics
  • MLAB 1000 – Quality Assurance and Control
  • MLAB 1001 – Lab Equipment and Safety
  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.
  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.

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