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Medical Laboratory Assistant / Technician

What is a Medical Laboratory Assistant / Technician (MLA/T)?

Medical Laboratory Assistants / Technicians (MLAT’s) are trained to work under the supervision of a Technologist to conduct routine diagnostic tests, as well as set up, clean and maintain medical laboratory equipment. As a MLA/T you will be responsible to collect blood, tissue and other samples from patients, as well as log patient samples and prepare them for testing.
Clinical laboratory testing plays a crucial role in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. As a Medical Laboratory Assistant / Technician you will perform laboratory procedures such as preparing specimens for testing, preparing culture media and stock solutions, and recognizing problems and errors in lab procedures. Medical Laboratory Assistants / Technicians use automated equipment and computerized instruments capable of performing a number of tests simultaneously, as well as microscopes, cell counters, and other sophisticated laboratory equipment.

General Duties

·       Participate as an important member of the laboratory team
·       Provide patient reception and documentation
·       Use correct techniques to safely collect blood specimens
·       Provide information to patients regarding proper collection of specimens other than blood
·       Appropriately handle and distribute specimens to be analyzed by other members of the laboratory team
·       Maintain a safe working environment
·       Perform electrocardiograms (ECG’s), applying an understanding of heart activity and heart electrical conductivity

Personal Qualities for Success

The following personal attributes are recommended for success in this program:

·         Have a strong sense of responsibility, a caring nature, an interest in the well-being of others, particularly the sick and elderly
·         Demonstrate good interpersonal skills, communication, and dependability
·         Enjoy performing precise work, where details can be a matter of life or death
·         Enjoy being a member of productive, disciplined team
·         Be able to complete repetitive tasks accurately
·         Maintain accuracy even in stressful or emergency situations
·         Be willing to take direction and work competently without constant supervision
·         Truly care about and find satisfaction in providing service to people
·         Is conscientious regarding safety issues

Health Considerations for the Program and Career as a Medical Laboratory Assistant / Technician

Please consider the following when applying to the program.

MLAT’s should:

  • 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.


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).


Assessment Exam

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:

  • Professionalism
  • Communication
  • Advocacy
  • Aptitude

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.

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It all started with a visit to Anderson College.
It all started with a visit to Anderson College.
It all started with a visit to Anderson College.


Financial Assistance May be Available to Those Who Qualify. Contact one of our career consultants for more information.
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