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Medical Laboratory Technology Hybrid

As integral members of the healthcare team, medical laboratory technologists are trained to perform a broad spectrum of laboratory testing and procedures, playing a vital role in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease.

North York

Program Duration
Full Time: 2 years
In-class schedule: Monday to Friday
Practicum Duration
1120 Hours
Financial Aid
Various payment options. Financial assistance may be available to those who qualify.
Accreditation
Accreditation Canada EQualTM (Accredited with condition)

We pride ourselves on providing exceptional programs to our students across the board, but we’re particularly thrilled to say that our Medical Laboratory Technology-Hybrid program was granted two-year ‘accreditation with condition’ status in 2023, through EQual – Accreditation Canada. As a new program, ‘accreditation with condition’ is the highest status that a program can receive. Students must graduate from an accredited educational program to qualify to complete the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) certifying examinations in Canada and register with the College of Medical Laboratory Technologist of Ontario (CMLTO) to be eligible to work in Ontario.

MEDICAL LABORATORY TECHNOLOGY HYBRID

Based on the national competency profile issued by the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS), this two-year, full-time, fast-paced Medical Laboratory Technology Hybrid program trains students to become skilled in applying the scientific, technical, and medical principles needed to perform and evaluate laboratory testing in a healthcare setting. As part of Canada’s fourth largest group of healthcare professionals, medical laboratory technologists play an integral role in our healthcare system.

The first year of the Medical Laboratory Technology Hybrid program consists of classroom instruction and laboratory training. The second year consists of online theory instruction and an extensive clinical practicum at affiliated laboratory sites in and around Ontario. The practicum portion provides a range of clinical experiences where students integrate and apply their learned theory, skills, and professionalism in simulated and/or practical settings. In the last term, students will write practice competency-based exams in preparation for writing the national CSMLS certification exam.

Note: Students in this program require access to a personal computer with a built-in or external camera and the Internet to facilitate completion of the program.

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ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent with senior level College (C) University (U) level courses:
    • English
    • Mathematics
    • Minimum one senior science; Chemistry or Biology or Physics (Biology is strongly recommended).
  • Post-secondary level courses may be used to satisfy subject prerequisites. Applicants with post-secondary education must provide official transcripts for all secondary and post-secondary institutions attended.
  • Students completing the English requirement at a high school in a country other than Canada and who have English as a second language, must complete an acceptable English Assessment TOEFL (Graduate Certificate: 580 for the paper-based test or 237 for the computer-based test, or 88+ minimums for the Internet-based test) or equivalent testing.
  • Foreign trained individuals must have their credentials assessed by WES or ICES for equivalency.

Profession Specific Aptitude

Applicants will be assessed on their capacity to understand and follow directions. The assessment may include questions related to reading comprehension, math, science, career awareness, and reasoning-type questions, or scenarios related to interpersonal interactions.

CASPer Test

All applicants must complete the CASPer Test. Please continue to check the CASPer website for upcoming test dates. CASPer test results are valid for the entire school year which the test was completed (October to August). You only need to take CASPer once during this time.

Note: Last minute bookings are not recommended; register at least three days prior to your preferred test date. There is a fee associated with testing.

NON-ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

It is important for medical laboratory technologists to be able to:

  • Follow written and verbal instruction in English
  • Lift and maneuver reagent boxes
  • Good visual colour and form perception
  • Multitask, be a detail-oriented individual
  • Not be afraid of the sight of blood or other body fluids or tissues
  • Have good manual dexterity
  • Be accountable and have integrity
  • Work shiftwork including days, evening, nights and weekends
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills and communication skills

LIMITED ENROLMENTS

Please note that possession of the prerequisite course requirements does not guarantee admission. If the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of places available in the program, the College reserves the right to select from among those applicants. All qualified students will be given equal consideration.

Anderson College offers reserved seats for Indigenous, rural and northern Ontario students. Only applicants who self-identify as First Nation, Métis, or Inuit or those with a home address (living) in rural and northern Ontario regions will be eligible for these seats. The same selection process will apply to the above noted applicants. If the seats are not filled by a specified date, they will be
offered to waitlisted applicants.

PRACTICUM REQUIREMENTS

Successful candidates will be informed of the allocation of their practicum placement by the program. There is no guarantee that students will be placed at their desired practicum location. Special considerations of personal circumstances will not be given in regard to assigning practicum placements. Students will be responsible for fees associated with practicum such as entrance requirements, relocation and travel costs.

The program is partnered with clinical labs in the GTA, around Ontario and across Canada. Please note, placements in the GTA are extremely limited and the majority of MLTH students will need to seriously consider relocation to other areas of Ontario or out of province to complete their practicum.

In compliance with the practical agreements with our clinical partners, successful candidates will be requested to provide proof of the following:

  • Security clearance – Police Information Check including Vulnerable Sector Check
  • N95 respiratory mask fitting
  • An up-to-date immunization record including tetanus and diphtheria, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B (incl. Hep B titer within the last 24 months), TB skin test, influenza and Covid-19
  • Current Standard First Aid and CPR Level BLS.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENT

Students must attain a grade of 70% or better in each course to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses with a minimum grade of 70% or better and complete all course requirements including practicum within the prescribed timelines.

GRADUATES

Graduates are eligible to write the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) general MLT certification exam. To practice in Ontario, graduates of the program must register and meet strict requirements established by the provincial regulatory college, the College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario (CMLTO). Registration is mandatory.

For more information, please visit CSMLS – SCSLM / Home and CMLTO.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Hematology 1 introduces hematopoiesis, blood cell metabolism and function, and the components and mechanisms of hemostasis. Theoretical concepts will be supported through laboratory activities.
75 hours - 3 Credits

The chain of infection and methods of prevention and control of microorganisms, including blood borne viruses such as hepatitis and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) will be reviewed. Immunization, routine practice, additional isolation precautions, sterilization and disinfection, safety and Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) are also
covered.
22 hours - 1.5 Credits

Clinical Microbiology 1 introduces the basic concepts of bacterial anatomy and physiology, and detailed methods of staining and culturing identification. Emphasis will be on isolation and identification of clinically relevant microorganisms. The learner will be introduced to antimicrobial susceptibility testing including the spectrum of the major drug groups and their pathophysiologies.
48 hours - 1.5 Credits

Analytical Techniques introduces learners to various laboratory procedures and equipment, analytical principles, and methods related to the clinical laboratory. Methods covered include spectrophotometry, microscopy, osmometry, electrochemistry, electrophoresis and chromatography. Quality control, safety, laboratory math, flow cytometry and mass spectrometry will also be introduced.
90 hours - 3 Credits

This course introduces the learner to the equipment and techniques commonly used to obtain blood specimens for analysis. Techniques for infection control, quality assurance and quality control will be outlined to ensure the safety of both the phlebotomist and patient. This course will also develop the skills and knowledge required to work in the central receiving (specimen reception area) of a clinical laboratory.
75 hours - 3 Credits

In MLT Clinical Chemistry 1, learners are introduced to the metabolism and analysis of biomolecules in body fluids including carbohydrates, hormones, proteins, enzymes, non-protein nitrogen, and electrolytes. Analytical principles of methods that assess organ system functions and correlation of test results with disease are emphasized.
105 hours - 6 Credits

Prerequisites:

ANPH 209 - Human Anatomy and Physiology

INFC 215 - Infection Prevention and Control

MEDL 210 - Analytical Techniques

Hematology 2 involves classifying and describing the etiology and pathophysiology of major disorders of the blood. Laboratory case studies will be completed to support learning of these disorders.
60 hours - 3 Credits

Prerequisites:

HEMA 256 – Hematology 1

INFC 215 – Infection Prevention and Control

MEDL 210 – Analytical Techniques

Clinical Microbiology 2 will emphasize the isolation and identification of clinically relevant microorganisms, Enterobacteriaceae media and lab procedures.
64 hours - 3 Credits

Prerequisites:

MBIO 345 – Clinical Microbiology 1

INFC 215 – Infection Prevention and Control

MEDL 210 – Analytical Techniques

Transfusion Medicine uses classroom discussion, laboratory practice, and independent study to train students to identify and analyze antigen antibody reactions. Topics covered include clinically significant blood group systems (ABO, Rh, Lewis, other), pre-transfusion testing (including a study of blood bank reagents), blood donation, component preparation, quality assurance, transfusion reactions, autoimmune hemolytic anemias, hemolytic disease of the newborn, ABO discrepancies, and antibody detection.
105 hours - 6 Credits

Prerequisites:

HSCI 300 - Immunology

INFC 215 – Infection Prevention and Control

MEDL 210 – Analytical Technique

Immunology will focus on the body’s acquired defense mechanisms, various immune system disorders and tumor and transplantation immunology. Learners will also be presented with a basic overview of immunological testing techniques and immunoassays.
30 hours - 1.5 Credits

This course will introduce the principles and practices of preparing tissue sections from clinical specimens including gross dissection, fixation, decalcification, processing, embedding, microtomy, and cryotomy. In addition, the learner will be introduced to the functional classification of cells and tissue arrangements, followed by a description of the microanatomical structure of the major organs of the body.
48 hours - 1.5 Credits

Prerequisites:

ANPH 209 – Anatomy and Physiology

MEDL 210 – Analytical Techniques

This course is designed to provide the learner with an overview of quality laboratory practices. This includes an emphasis on the use of established quality control techniques to validate results.
23 hours - 1.5 Credits

In Medical Laboratory Technology Clinical Chemistry 2, learners are introduced to the metabolism and measurement of analytes in body fluids including lipids and lipoproteins, cardiac markers, blood gases, acids and bases. Analytical principles of methods that assess organ system functions and correlation of test results with disease are emphasized, including immunoassays.
23 hours - 1.5 Credits

Prerequisites:

CHEM 252 – Clinical Chemistry 1

MEDL 354 – MLT Quality Management

This course will emphasize the isolation and identification of clinically relevant microorganisms and mycology.
30 hours - 1.5 Credits

Prerequisites:

MBIO 360 – Clinical Microbiology 2

MEDL 354 – Medical Laboratory Technology Quality Management

Molecular Medicine Fundamentals begins with a review of nucleic acid basics followed by the collection and preparation of samples used for nucleic acid analysis. Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) amplification, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), sequencing, and methods to label and read probes will be covered. New techniques and applications in laboratory disciplines will also be discussed. Applications of molecular diagnostics in the clinical lab will be discussed and learners will isolate DNA, perform the PCR technique, sequence and detect nucleic acid products, and apply knowledge to case studies in a lab setting.
30 hours - 3 Credits

Prerequisite: MEDL 210 – Analytical Techniques

Histotechnology 2 will cover general staining techniques used to demonstrate cellular and non-cellular components in tissue sections. It will introduce the learner to a variety of special stain techniques and will include principles, methodology, pathological applications and troubleshooting.
45 hours - 3 Credits

Prerequisites:

HSCI 300 - Immunology

MEDL 310 – Histotechnology 1

MEDL 354 – MLT Quality Management

This is a hands-on practical lab session held on campus over a two-week period. Students will write three   National Certification Practice Exams. Attendance is mandatory. During this time, students will also gain access to some professionalism and case study material that is for CSMLS exam preparation and is not a gradable component.

Students are responsible for arranging the accommodations and paying for the travel expenses.

80 hours

TUITION & FEES

Medical Laboratory Technology Hybrid Program tuition fees (in CAD) for Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents.

Tuition: $38,000

Books (est): $1,500

Compulsory Fees: $7,330

Total: $46,830

FROM CLASSROOM TO LIFE

  • Gain real-time knowledge and best-practices onsite from our industry-expert instructors and offsite through practicum with healthcare employers
  • Learn the fundamentals for various clinical laboratory testing procedures in our state-of-the-art laboratory
  • Learn with your fellow classmates, through materials and practice, how to provide exceptional patient support and be part of a professional team

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I am very thankful that I enrolled in this School. I have learned a lot of things. Trained and assisted by the best people. All the staff are knowledgeable with what they do. And the people are the best in the field. I would definitely recommend this school to all the people I know! And to all staff, keep up the good work!

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Faculty

Gemma Joy G.

Gemma is a hardworking, highly organized, has a strong work ethic and exhibits professionalism in her ability. Gemma is highly motivated dependable in her career. She Always want to learn and expand her knowledge and skills. She believes that education is a continuous process.

Gemma finished her Medical Laboratory Assistant program at Anderson College of Health, Business and technology – North York Campus. She completed her internship program at Humber River Hospital. Started her Medical Lab career before and after completing her course. She works at Alpha Laboratory as a Medical Laboratory Technician for a year. Right after she completed her internship, she got absorb at Sick Kids Hospital as Medical Laboratory Technician. She also a member certified Medical Laboratory Professionals in Ontario. Joined the CSMLS seminar in Transfusion Science Certification.

Taking great pride in her work and consistently working on her skills to ensure she is operating at the highest caliber. Has a positive outlook and energy as an asset to any organization.

Megan Spencer, MLT, B.Sc.F.S.

Megan Spencer, MLT, B.Sc.F.S.

Megan Spencer started working as a medical laboratory technologist (MLT) in 2012. A mere 2 years after her career beginnings she started working in the biochemistry department at the University Health Network (UHN) and became a senior worker in the immunology department. She brings 11 years of experience working in fast-paced core labs with her to Anderson College.

Megan discovered her love for teaching when she became a clinical educator at UHN, teaching MLT students rotating through the lab. Since 2014, she trains and teaches clinical chemistry post-doctoral fellows and medical students doing elective rotations. Previously, she designed a 1-week enrichment rotation in autoimmune diagnostics for the clinical chemistry fellows for which she was the supervising faculty.

She has presented at Med Lab Week seminars and scientific conferences, including the AutoAntibody Summit. She welcomes opportunities to conduct academic research and with that attitude, she is the co-author of four different peer-reviewed publications. You can see Megan’s work for poster presentations at conferences at both the national and international levels.

Ashneet Saini, MLT, HBSc

Ashneet Saini, MLT, HBSc

Ashneet Saini is an enthusiastic and highly motivated individual who inspires students to learn and grow in their careers. She has a passion for learning and always finds opportunities to expand her knowledge and understanding. She believes that education is the key to success and is grateful to be a part of the medical laboratory technologist program (MLT) and faculty.

Ashneet graduated from the University of Toronto in 2015 with an Honours Bachelor of Science and began a position as a medical laboratory technician of haematology at LifeLabs in 2017.

Through her experiences, she discovered the medical laboratory sciences profession and completed her schooling at The Michener Institute of Education. She has been a certified MLT since 2020 and worked in the core lab at William Osler Health System and Mackenzie Health. She played a vital role in staff training and teaching MLT students during their clinical placements at her sites.

Ashneet loves to give back to her community, advocate for her profession and is always looking for ways to volunteer in her spare time. As a Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) member, she volunteered on the exam panel and was the charity committee Vice President at The Michener Institute of Education. Ashneet hopes to motivate her students to pursue their goals and ambitions and guide them towards success.

Heng S., HBSc, MEd

"I felt most proud when my students think like a medical laboratory technician in the lab. I am passionate about helping them to make learning possible in their unique ways and helping them develop good clinical reasoning skills."

Heng recently transitioned his career from clinical practice to education at Anderson College. He came to Canada in 2009 and completed an honours bachelor's degree from the University of Toronto. He then furthered his credentials by completing the Medical Laboratory Science program at The Michener Institute of Education in 2017. Since then, Heng has worked as a medical laboratory technician (MLT) at The UHN Research & Innovation Cores.

During his time as an MLT, Heng participated in instrument validation projects, retail research projects (one of which was published in early 2022), and clinical education for placement students. Having found his passion in professional education, Heng returned to the University of Toronto to pursue his Master of Education.

Heng enjoys his time teaching and interacting with students at Anderson College and is excited to see the new MLT Hybrid program continue to grow.

Frank Kwa, MLT, HBSc

Frank Kwa, MLT, HBSc

Since he was a child, Frank Kwa was interested in the sciences. Whether building a steam engine from a tin can or exploring nature in a conservation area, he had passion and curiosity. This love of the sciences enables him to keep growing as a medical laboratory technologist (MLT) and an MLT instructor.
After earning an HBSc in Human Biology from the University of Toronto, he completed his MLT training at The Michener Institute of Education in 1998. Since then, he has worked in various hospital laboratories in Toronto and is now the charge medical laboratory technologist of haematology for Scarborough Health Network at both the Lawrence Ave E and Birchmount Rd hospitals.

Frank has experience working in a core laboratory and an additional 5 years specializing in haematology, his passion and dedication to the medical laboratory profession have enriched the students that he teaches.

His teaching philosophy is captured in the words of Bertrand Russell:
“Education is not to be viewed as something like filling a vessel with water but, rather, assisting a flower to grow in its way.”
In Frank’s own words, “I began my career in the medical laboratory sciences field in 1998 and I can think of no better way of giving back to it than by educating and inspiring the future generation of our profession. Many can teach but few can inspire, and it is that which I want to accomplish.”

Maria D.O.

Maria is a foreign-trained medical laboratory technologist (MLT) who brings 26 years of MLT experience and 8 years of supervisory and managerial experience to her students. Her journey started in South Africa completing a bachelor’s in biomedical technology. After immigrating to Canada, Maria completed the bridging program at The Michener Institute of Education.

Maria started at William Osler Health System, working her way up to corporate transfusion medicine charge supervisor.

She later started at Mackenzie Health, taking on the position of laboratory coordinator and then laboratory manager with the quality manager portfolio. Maria strives for career development through the completion of courses such as obtaining various healthcare diplomas and degrees.

It is through these opportunities that Maria has been able to expand her skillset and knowledge to better her understanding of the ever-growing field. This journey has brought her to Anderson College where she hopes to share her experience and influence the next generation of medical laboratory technologists.

Melika L.

“Follow your dream and never settle for less.”

Dr. Melika has an impressive background in the field of medical laboratory science (MLS). In 2008, she completed a Bachelor of Science degree in MLS in Iran and launched her career as a medical laboratory technologist. Upon immigrating to Canada, she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in 2019 and became a PhD candidate in the Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology department at the University of Toronto (U of T).

Dr. Melika has received numerous awards during her academic journey, including the Canadian Blood Service’s (CBS) Graduate Fellowship Program award, AABB Outstanding Abstract Award for Trainees as a Fellow/Post-Doctoral Student, the SGS travel award from U of T, a travel bursary from CSTM/CBS, and Best Poster award from Hematology Academic Day and LMPRC.

She has been a plenary speaker at numerous international and regional industry conferences, served as a research and undergraduate student mentor, and has over 13 years of clinical experience working in hospitals and private labs, including Lifelabs and Brampton Civic Hospital.

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