Medical Laboratory Technician Program (6 – Year EQualTM Accreditation*) 

EQualTM Accredited Medical Laboratory Technician Program

Anderson College of Health, Business and Technology announces the 6-year EQualTMaccreditation of its Medical Laboratory Technician Program by Accreditation Canada (AC) and their affiliate Health Standards Organization (HSO). 

A 6-year accreditation represents a significant achievement, reflecting the quality of Anderson’s Medical Laboratory Technician program. The criteria for receiving such status include the ability of the program to cover the professional competencies as outlined for national standards; equitable learning opportunities for practicing and attaining those competencies in a work setting; and, that the program’s evaluation process results in continuous quality improvement. 

What is a Medical Laboratory Technician?

Medical Laboratory Technicians 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 Medical Laboratory Technician, you will be responsible to draw blood, accept body fluid sample(s) and tissue specimen(s) 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 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 Technician 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 Technician

Please consider the following when applying to the program.

Medical Laboratory Technicians 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 long 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 Medical Laboratory Assistant, 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 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 into 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, Medical Laboratory Technician 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.


Rafik R. 
Medical Laboratory Technician Program Chair

Dr. Ragheb, is a Clinical Scientist, Biochemist (CSCC) and AACC in the USA, a licensed Medical Laboratory Technologist (CMLTO), and Faculty for Laboratory Medicine. He is a licensed health care professional practicing medical laboratory sciences as a practitioner through CMLTO/CSMLS since 1996 in Canada and abroad for more than 25 years. He also holds his status with the Ministry of Health (as a Medical Laboratory Director (Ontario Regulation 682, section 6 (1) class of Biochemistry (Feb 1999)/ Ministry of Health- Laboratory Services Branch-Toronto).

In the academic field, he managed all academic functions at higher/post-secondary education, monitored and assessed student performance and involved in the implementation of curriculum and program site assessments. He has received a number of national and international awards. Dr. Ragheb is also conducting diagnostic research that links the inflammation with Diabetes and other metabolic disorders. Dr. Ragheb also serves the community of laboratory medicine at the level of college of medical laboratory technologists of Ontario (CMLTO) as CMLTO Statutory Committee Councillor Member: for the Inquiries, Complaints & reports Committee (ICRC), CSMLS for Practice Test Item Writing (For MLA/T) and strategic planning with OSMT in Ontario and across Canada.

Bardhyl V.
Medical Laboratory Technician Instructor

Bardhyl has been working as a Medical Laboratory Instructor since 2009. He is an OSMT certified and CSMLS member in good standing, Bardhyl is also a certified CPR and First- Aid instructor at St.John Ambulance.

Rania S.
Medical Laboratory Technician Instructor

Rania is a Medical Laboratory Technologist with over 15 years of experience within the medical profession. Rania’s focus and interests include complex chemical, hematological and microscopic testing. Her passion for the field has led her to the Anderson College Team where she can share her knowledge and expertise with aspiring medical professionals.

Rania is a current member of the College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario (CMLTO) and the Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS).

Simona K.
Medical Laboratory Technician Instructor

Simona has been in the medical field since 1991 after successfully completing a Clinical Laboratory Sciences Diploma in her home country of Bulgaria. Simona held various roles in the hospital setting before immigrating to Canada. Simona, determined to continue her career in the medical profession, completed a Medical Laboratory Technician Diploma in 2002.

Her journey as an Instructor in the Medical Laboratory Technician program began in 2003 and she continues to share her knowledge with Anderson College students.

Suresh K.
Medical Laboratory Technician Instructor

Suresh joined Anderson College with over 20 years of experience in the Medical Laboratory field, specializing in clinical pathology. While he has worked in Medical Laboratories within Ontario he has returned to his passion of sharing his knowledge with future healthcare workers.

Suresh is a member of the Ontario Society of Medical Technologists (OSMT), Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) and Canadian Association of Pathologists (CAP).

Orlando B.
Medical Laboratory Technician Instructor

Orlando is a certified Medical Laboratory Technician with the OSMT. Prior to joining the healthcare field, Orlando was a practicing Civil Engineer in the Philippines. He completed his Medical Laboratory Technician Diploma as a Valedictorian in 2012.

Orlando worked as a Research Lab Technician at Sunnybrook Hospital – Surgery Department. He has been an instructor for more than 4 years.

Julio L.
Medical Laboratory Technician Instructor

Julio, is a registered Medical Technologist with the College of Medical Technologist of Ontario (CMLTO), with the Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Sciences (CSMLS), and with the Ontario Society of Medical Technologist (OSMT). Julio completed his medical laboratory sciences training at the Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences in Toronto, Ontario. Julio has also been involved with the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) accreditation processes.


Rita S.
Medical Laboratory Technician Instructor

Rita is a proud graduate of Michener Institute where she completed her Medical Laboratory Technology Diploma. Rita joins Anderson College with 17 years of experience working as a Medical Laboratory Technologist locally and abroad.

Rita is a member of the College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario (CMLTO), Ontario Society of Medical Technologists (OSMT) and Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS).

* 6 Year Accreditation applies to the program offered at Downtown Campus only 

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