Medical Laboratory Technician
This program is designed for students who are going to work as a Medical Laboratory Technician / Assistant in hospital, medical laboratory, clinic, clinical research laboratory etc. In this program students will learn: 1. Fundamental vocabulary of medical terms; 2. Biology, anatomy physiology, microorganisms, and bacteriology; 3 Calculations and quality system; 4 Procedures to collect the samples from patients, procure the samples; 5 Theories and procedures related to safe reception, processing, staining and cover slipping of Cytology and Histology specimens; 6 The requirements for collection of specimen for a Clinical Chemistry; 7 Types of blood groups, blood products; 8 Equipment and supplies used in Medical Laboratory; 9 Safety in the lab; 10 The requirements for collection and storage of specimen for a Clinical Hematology laboratory, the normal ranges for various tests done. This program includes 13 modules and co-op practice. It covers all the necessary elements to work as a medical laboratory technician / assistant. We focus on practical and theoretical knowledge. After successful completion of this program, student will become eligible to write the OSMT (Ontario Society of Medical Technologists) license exam.
36 weeks full time training,
Lecture and practice: 900 hours
Applicant must have Grade 12 level or a university degree or a Science college diploma and demonstrated competency in English.
List of subjects
It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that program requirements and subject prerequisites are met. Prerequisites are included for student’s academic protection.
Diploma is issued after the completion of program.
Occupation NOC Code
Medical Laboratory Technician(3212), this is an occupation under Skills Matrix B in the NOC code
With the aging population there is a growing demand for medical laboratory technician in all aspects of healthcare. This means excellent job opportunities for new professionals entering the medical field!
Diploma holders are qualified to accept positions in many medical settings including:
• Collection Centers;
• Public Health Laboratories;
• Government Laboratories;
• Medical Laboratories;
• Pharmaceutical Bio-Medical Laboratories;
• Teaching institutions Training Laboratories;
• Health Boards;
• Insurance Companies;
• Addiction Centers;
• Blood Donor Centers;
Job Title• Medical Laboratory Technician
• Medical Laboratory Assistant
• Medical Laboratory Technologist’s Assistant
• Phlebotomy Technician
• Technical Assistant-Medical Laboratory
• Biomedical Laboratory Technician
• Pharmaceutical Biomedical Laboratory Technician
• Medical Laboratory Research Technician
• Laboratory Technician-Biochemistry
• Technical Assistant-Medical Laboratory
• Laboratory Technician-Hematology
• Laboratory Technician-Blood Transfusion
• Laboratory Technician-Histopathology
• Laboratory Technician-Microbiology
Duties and Responsibilities
Medical laboratory technician work under the supervision of a technologist to conduct routine diagnostic tests, the main duties include the followings:
• Blood sample procurement;
• Sample preparation for analysis, e.g., separation, numbering (including referral specimens); Reagent preparation; media preparation, smear preparation, i.e. blood films;
• Staining of smears;
• Cover slipping of slide preparation;
• Concentration of stool samples for parasitology examinations;
• Planting and streaking of microbiology specimens and controls, including set up of anaerobic and CO2 jars, for reading by a MLT;
• Subculturing of stock cultures in bacteriology;
• Titrations using a pH meter;
• Urinalysis (excluding microscopic);
• Set up of erythrocyte sedimentation rates;
• Set up of micro hematocrits;
• Set up of serology tests, e.g., occult blood, pregnancy test (to be read and interpreted immediately by a MLT);
• Routine equipment maintenance;
• Temperature monitoring of thermally controlled equipment;
• Transcription of results from worksheets to reports; filing of records and retrieval of files;
• Glassware washing, housekeeping;
• Preparation of kits
Most medical laboratory technicians are employed in hospitals, medical clinics, or health maintenance organizations. They generally work 40-hours a week, which may include weekends. Work is usually very pleasant in clean, air-conditioned offices. Uniforms may be required but a stipend may be paid for them. Work schedules are often flexible and many employers are now offering excellent fringe benefits.
Labour Market Trend for This Occupation
Employment for this occupation is expected to grow as fast as the average for all occupations through 2013.