Medical Laboratory Assistant / Technician
What is a Medical Laboratory Assistant / Technician (MLA/T)?
Personal Qualities for Success
The following personal attributes are recommended for success in this program:
Health Considerations for the Program and Career as a Medical Laboratory Assistant / Technician
Please consider the following when applying to the program.
- Have good physical fitness and mental acuity; this includes good eyesight and hearing
- Have good manual dexterity and enjoy working with your hands
- Be prepared to be exposed to the symptoms of hospitalized patients. As in most health care professions, you will be in close contact with infectious diseases.
- Have good back and neck health. This work requires lengthy periods of time standing and bending.
- Recognize that the profession is both physically and mentally demanding and therefore must be able to cope well in a stressful environment
- Be prepared for extensive hand-washing. As a MLA/T you must wear gloves while performing each procedure and will also wash your hands frequently using soap. Some people with skin disorders find the wearing of latex and other types of protective gloves, and the frequency of hand washing worsens their condition.
- Those with latex allergies will encounter exposure to latex products.
- Any prospective students with back, neck, or arm injury or serious skin disorders such as psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis or latex allergy should consider carefully before making application to this program. If any of these are concerns for you, we suggest you discuss this with your physician.
- Hepatitis B and the flu vaccine are required and are available at any walk-in clinic or through your physician.
- Those with anxiety to the sight of blood or other body fluids should reassess this profession.
- Be prepared to work with both females and males
Students with significant health challenges are advised to discuss concerns with their physician prior to applying.
MEDICAL LABORATORY ASSISTANT / TECHNICIAN ADMISSIONS PROCESS
Anderson College’s Medical Laboratory Assistant / Technician Diploma Program selects candidates who demonstrate the potential to succeed as a future healthcare laboratory practitioner. Every application is considered on its own merit.
To be considered for admission, you must demonstrate that you have an OSSD (Ontario Secondary School Diploma). Mature students may also be accepted in the program upon successful completion of the Wonderlic SLE Test (a Superintendent approved qualifying test) with a minimum score of 16.
Note that this is the minimum requirement and meeting the same does not guarantee admission to the program.
How to Apply?
Applicants must be able to demonstrate their suitability in joining the program by complying with the academic and non-academic requirements specified below.
Submit your Ontario Secondary School transcript and/or diploma (if available).
Applicants will be scheduled to write and pass the Wonderlic Test (a Superintendent approved qualifying test) with a minimum score of 16.
Resume and Interview
Applicants must undergo an interview with the Director of Admissions or designate. Students must submit an updated resume during the interview. The interview will assess the applicants based on the following four criteria:
Clinical Practicum Requirements
Within 30 days from the start of the classes, MLA/T program students must complete and provide:
- Proof of completion of immunization requirements (immunization form)
- A clear vulnerable police sector record
To qualify for practicum, students must also complete Standard first aid and CPR (Level C) and have successfully passed all program courses/modules. Students may also be required to conduct a successful interview with placement host.