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Medical Laboratory Technician/Assistant

Does working in a hospital, laboratory or doctor’s office inspire you? Join this EQual™ accredited program and learn the fundamentals for various clinical laboratory testing procedures in our state-of-the-art laboratory.



Program Duration
Full Time: 55 weeks
In-class schedule: Monday to Friday
Practicum Duration
300 hours
Financial Aid
Various payment options. Financial assistance may be available to those who qualify.
EQual™ Accreditation*


As a Medical Laboratory Technician/Assistant, 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. You will be responsible for drawing blood (phlebotomy also known as venipuncture) and logging patient samples. This will be completed using state of the art equipment and computerized instruments capable of performing several tests simultaneously, as well as microscopes, cell counters, and other sophisticated laboratory equipment.

People need healthcare regardless of the economy. In fact, during a recession, there is a generally higher demand for healthcare professionals. Now is the perfect time for you to become a Medical Laboratory Technician/Assistant. Protect your career in the event of a global recession

*Please note – program content and practicum duration is as per registration with the Ministry and may vary slightly from campus to campus. 

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The program is 55 weeks including a 300-hour practicum with on-the-job training, which will take place offsite with potential employers. It provides you with a foundation of skills and experience, both in classroom learning with industry experts and in the ability to apply that knowledge to real-life, practical activities. Whether new to Canada and looking to expand your experience, trained in healthcare and wanting to specialize, or wanting a new profession and fascinated by where this diploma can take your future, this program is second-to-none.


We pride ourselves on providing exceptional programs to our students across the board, but we’re particularly thrilled to say that our Medical Laboratory Technician/Assistant program has a *2-year EQual™ conditional accreditation. It meets rigorous national standards and represents a significant achievement, reflecting the quality of our program’s development, delivery and practical training. We also encourage our students to earn the national certification with Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) as this is often required by employers.


      • Gain real-time knowledge and best-practices onsite from our industry-expert instructors and offsite through practicum with laboratories
      • Work within our fully equipped and automated diagnostic laboratory
      • Get hands-on training in blood collection, performing ECG’s and more, using various state-of-the-art laboratory equipment
      • Participate in online review classes and mock exams to prepare for the CSMLS certification


The program consists of theory, practical skills, and practicum components which have been mapped to the CSMLS & MLPAO (formerly OSMT) Competency Profile for the Medical Laboratory Assistant Technicians. Upon successful completion, you will receive an Anderson College Diploma which will allow you to sit the CSMLS/MLPAO Exams. The costs associated to these exams will be the responsibility of the applicant. Please visit the CSMLS and MLPAO websites for more information with regards to the certification exams.
The CSMLS certification exam must be undertaken within 12 months of graduation. The designation of Certified MLA/T will be granted upon the successful completion of this examination. The provincial MLPAO certification examination is offered 3 times a year. The designation of MLA/T will be granted upon the successful completion of this examination.

MLPAO exam certification exam costs and information can be found here.
CSMLS exam certification exam costs and information can be found here.


Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent; OR be at least 18 years of age and pass the Wonderlic Test (a Superintendent approved qualifying test).


Students must attain a grade of 60% or better in each course to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses with a minimum grade of 60% or better and complete all course requirements including practicum within the prescribed timelines.


Students enrolled in the Medical Laboratory Technician/Assistant program must meet the clinical requirements established by the program. Before being placed in a practicum experience, a student must have the following on file at the College:

  • Statement of Satisfactory Health Requirements
  • Criminal Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening (”VSS”)


Please find the course outline /details here.


Medical Laboratory Technician/Assistant Diploma Program tuition fees (in CAD) for Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents.

Tuition $12,995
Textbooks* $936
Compulsory Fees $3,960
Total $17, 891

*This is the cost of the textbooks that the students will own. Students will have access to other textbooks that they can use and return to the college at no cost to the student at the end of each term.

Students are required to pay for their vulnerable criminal records check, fees associated with practicum (transportation, parking, lunch), costs for immunization. Financial assistance is available to students who qualify. For assistance, please contact Anderson College.

For more information about MLPAO exam application and fee – Please refer to MLPAO website
For more information about CSMLS exam application and fee – Please refer to CSMLS website

Program Details

Duration 55 Weeks
Clinical Placement 300 hours
Program Type Diploma


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I came to Canada trained abroad but struggling to survive and working jobs day and night because of my family’s financial needs. One day I visited Anderson College, and I’m proud to say, it changed my life and gave me a new perspective. I was warmly received … and realized it’s an advantage to train for a profession with a highly reputable organization in the health sector. After successfully completing the course, I earned The Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science certification. (CSMLS) … I give my gratitude to Anderson College. They helped me prepare for those exams and now I am a qualified candidate for a job in an honorable profession

Tonmoy P.


Anuradha T., PhD

“Teaching has been my passion since I was a student. I believe that learning is a constant process throughout our lives, which can also be achieved by teaching and sharing our knowledge and experiences with others. Each day, I look forward to teaching my students and making it another wonderful day for them and me.”

Anuradha came to Canada from India in 1999 and started her career as a research associate at Victoria Hospital for three years. After this, she moved to Robarts Research Institute and worked on different aspects of prostate cancer research.

She has several years of experience in the field of molecular biology performing cloning, synthesis, and extraction of different proteins related to the studies of Alzheimer’s research.

Anuradha has been teaching for 8 years in the medical laboratory technician assistant program.

Anuradha has Ph.D. in physiology and is a Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science certified medical laboratory technician assistant.

Christy B.

“When teaching adult learners, it is always my goal to teach them how to think; not what to think. I believe in providing them with the purpose of what I am teaching and showing them the value in the information that they are about to learn. It is very important to me to encourage their individual growth and not just support their passion but also renew it.”
Christy’s passion for teaching was evident at an early age. Her favourite game as a child was playing teacher; she would corral her three siblings and present them with a lecture, which included homework. Her interests have always focused on science, biology, and space.

She began putting her passion to practical use in 2005 by attending Medix in London, Ontario where she graduated with honours from the Medical Laboratory Technician and Assistant diploma program. Directly after graduation, Christy began her professional career at the Lawson Health Research Institute. During her time there she worked in research with the primary focus on working with schizophrenia patients and patients suffering from pulmonary hypertension.

In early 2019, she returned to her alma mater where she finally found her niche by becoming a medical laboratory technician/assistant instructor. After leaving the education field for a year, Christy returned to form as an instructor and began duties as placement coordinator for the Medical Laboratory Technician/Assistant and Orthopaedic Technician programs at Anderson College.

David S., HBSc

"The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra."

David has more than 35 years of experience in microbiology, virology, and infection prevention/control with London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) in London, Ontario.

He has an honours bachelor's degree in Microbiology from the University of Guelph and a diploma in medical laboratory technology from Fanshawe College in London. Upon graduating from the University of Guelph, David decided to refine his microbiology education with the world of medical lab sciences, and, as a result, obtained his license to practice medical laboratory technology allowing him to work in hospital laboratories. After graduation from Fanshawe, David worked in microbiology at the Regional Public Health Laboratory.

Two years after this work experience, he transferred to LHSC in the microbiology department, where he worked for the rest of his career. Functioning in that role, David worked as a bench tech moving between microbiology and infection prevention/control. Through the years, LHSC became a regional centre and microbiology was consolidated from smaller hospitals to this regional center. During this time, David worked with the regional hospitals to facilitate this initiative.

As David approached retirement, an opportunity arose within the department to become the coordinator, David was the successful candidate and managed the microbiology lab and the virology lab for 5 years until his retirement. During that time, David was introduced to the director of Anderson College, who upon David’s retirement asked him to become an instructor for the Medical Laboratory Technician/Assistant program.

Diane G.

“Life is a tapestry of events that culminate in an exquisite sublime plan. I am here to remind you that everything you have done up until now has brought you exactly where you need to be. I look forward to helping you discover the best version of yourself!”

Diane is a facilitator, a coach and an international best-selling author who transitioned from her background in social work to work in the medical field.

With over a decade of working in the hospital setting, Diane has been fortunate enough to be able to combine her coaching skills with her first-hand experience working in a lab. She is dedicated to helping students not only learn the curriculum but truly dive into their self-worth and find the best versions of themselves.

Felix R.

“What I love the most when I am teaching is sharing all the information, from my experience, that can help them to solve problems in the practical field. I pay close attention to their skills because I do believe that every single student has one skill minimum, better than me and, I take that skill to start building confidence on them that can be spread toward other techniques. The result, is a very skilled, confident, knowledgeable, and professional laboratory technician.”

Felix has more than 30 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from the Medical School of Centro-Occidental University in Venezuela and also from the Medical Laboratory Program at Everest College in London, Ontario and is certified by the MLPAO.

He has worked in different institutions such as hospitals, private clinics, research institutes, universities, and colleges. Some of the fields Felix has taught and worked in are emergency rooms, as a university professor in Biochemistry and Cell Biology, researcher in malnutrition and brain development, neuroscience, immunochemistry, and electron microscopy.

Joan G.

“It is a privilege to be a part of my student's lives. My priority is to enrich their lives by ensuring they develop the skills required to have a successful Medical Lab career. By sharing my experiences, I believe I can make that connection between the curriculum and the student. Nothing is more rewarding than to see a student succeed in their first venipuncture. I celebrate their accomplishments and I am there to encourage and mentor them if they fail.”

Joan began her career as a medical laboratory technologist over 30 years ago. She has worked in both the private and public healthcare sectors and Canadian Blood Services. It was in 2006 that she found her passion for teaching.

Joan is a member of the Medical Laboratory Professional Association of Ontario having sat on the Board of Directors and volunteered on the exam committee.

Melanie K.

“I am very passionate about my students and love to see them succeed. I am grateful to have the opportunity to share my skills and experiences and enjoy learning from them and being a part of their journey along a new life path.”

Melanie has a decade of experience as a medical laboratory technician assistant and phlebotomist, contributing her expertise within the fields of immigration, insurance and fertility.

She also spent many years working at Grand River Hospital in Kitchener with the Core Lab and on the phlebotomy team. Melanie utilized her skills in many departments of the Grand River Hospital, including but not limited to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICI), Cancer Centre, In/Out Patient Pediatrics, Emergency, Day Surgery and Psychiatrics. Her passion then led her to a position as an instructor with Anderson College, where she shares her experience and guides the next generation of MLT/A students as they develop their skills and launch their careers.

Janet D.

“It is personally gratifying to me to know that many collection centres and labs in Southwestern Ontario are populated by former students!”

Janet has 20+ years of workplace experience as a medical laboratory technologist in chemistry, hematology, microbiology, and specimen collection. This experience was gained in a variety of settings including large and small hospital labs, community labs, and public health labs. She also brings 20+ years of teaching experience in the MLT/A program.

Janet has a love of learning and is committed to continuous education for her personal development; she also has a love of teaching and is committed to sharing information learned with her peers and with the next generation of laboratory professionals. She does this exceedingly well as Anderson’s MLT/A program coordinator.

Adenike O.

"I believe in ensuring my adult learners have the required knowledge, skills, and mentoring support needed to be a “master of the art”.

Adenike started her career in 2010 after successfully completing a bachelor’s degree in laboratory medicine and then, due to a love for education and disease prevention, obtained a master’s degree in public health.

Adenike is currently an infection prevention practitioner certified by the Certification Board of Infection Control (CBIC), a public health professional and laboratory professional. She has worked as a lab professional locally and internationally in acute care, long-term care, and reference laboratory (Public Health Ontario); she feels privileged to lead and educate those embarking on a career in this rewarding medical laboratory field.

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