Medical Laboratory Assistant Technician

See yourself working in a hospital, laboratory or medical clinic to assist in clinical laboratory testing procedures? Then our Medical Laboratory Assistant Technician program is the right path for your career.

Program Duration
Full Time: 41 weeks
In-class schedule: Monday to Friday
Practicum Duration
6 weeks
Financial Aid
Various payment options. Financial assistance may be available to those who qualify.
Approved by the Medical Laboratory Professionals' Association of Ontario (MLPAO) (formerly OSMT) and the Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) and has EQual™ Accreditation


As a Medical Laboratory Assistant Technician, you are an integral part of the laboratory, and you pride yourself on providing exemplary client care in a compassionate, empathetic and professional manner. You have excellent communication, interpersonal and collaborative skills, and are proficient in the use of basic laboratory equipment and have a broad understanding of medical terminology, legislation and regulations governing the field.

Some of your roles include the collection of blood and bodily samples from patients, preparing those samples for testing and logging information, quality-control monitoring for medical laboratory equipment and working with the technologist for reporting results, etc.

*Please note – program content is as per registration with the Ministry and may vary slightly from campus to campus. Contact us for more information.

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The program is 41 weeks, including a 6-week practicum with on-the-job training, offsite with potential employers. It provides both strong theoretical and practical teaching instruction in an on-site state-of-the-art laboratory. Its objectives and curriculum are built upon the Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) national competency profile for entry to practice and the Medical Laboratory Professionals’ Association of Ontario (MLPAO) (formerly OSMT) competency guidelines. Some of the areas of study you will cover are medical terminology, anatomy and physiology; introduction to clinical laboratory; cardiovascular system and ECG; standards of practice and ethics; quality assurance and lab maths; laboratory microbiology; and, interpersonal workplace skills and more.


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 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 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.


We pride ourselves on providing exceptional programs to our students across the board, but we are particularly proud that our Medical Laboratory Assistant Technician program has not only been approved by the Medical Laboratory Professionals’ Association of Ontario (MLPAO) and the Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS), but also has EQual™ 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 graduates to earn both their MLPAO and CSMLS certifications.


    • Gain real-time knowledge and best-practices onsite from our industry-expert instructors
    • Work within our fully equipped, state-of-the-art laboratory
    • Real-world knowledge offsite through your practicum with medical laboratories and clinics


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Emigrating from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, I had a PhD in Immunology and had considerable research experience, but no Canadian experience. I did my research and selected the Medical Laboratory Technician program, so I could maintain a career in my area of expertise. I learned the rules and regulations governing work ethics in Canada and how to do things properly within the Medical Laboratory field. Anderson College taught me how to take my first steps in Canada and I thank the college and staff for their tireless efforts

Winston Costa P.


Rafik R.

Rafik R - Anderson College Faculty Member

“My teaching is focused on empowering our students with three sets of fundamentals: competency, integrity and respect. I am proud to go the extra mile to ensure my students receive the education they need to succeed as future Medical Laboratory Professionals.”

Dr. Ragheb has been practicing medical laboratory sciences for more than 25 years, and is conducting diagnostic research that links inflammation with diabetes and other metabolic disorders. He has received a number of national and international awards for his work. Dr. Ragheb has played a critical role in the development of Anderson College’s annual Scientific Day, an educational and networking industry event for Anderson students.

Dr. Rafik Ragheb served as a Council Member for the CMLTO’s Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee (ICRC). He also holds his status with the Ministry of Health as a Medical Laboratory Director (Ontario Regulation 682, section 6 (1) class of Biochemistry) and is a member of the Canadian Society of Clinical Chemists and the American Association for Clinical Chemistry.

Emmanuel M.

“I love helping people to achieve their goals in their chosen fields; the urge to share knowledge is one of my driving forces.”

Emmanuel has amassed 56 years of experience in clinical laboratory, with expertise in Hematology and Hemostasis. He has been teaching medical students, medical laboratory technologists and medical laboratory technicians for the past 30 years. His work has been published in medical journals 30 times and he has also written a book on pregnancy. Emmanuel was involved in the research and approval of much of the Hematology and Hemostasis equipment currently used in laboratories.

A member of the OSMT and CSMLT since 1970 and the CMLTO since 1993, he has also received an Associate Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology (AIMLS-UK), a master’s degree in Molecular Biology (MIBiol-1988 UK), a Fellowship in Hematology (F.I.M.L.S-1988), and is a Clinical Specialist in Hemostasis CLSp(H) -1992 and an A.R.T (Advanced Registered Technologist-CAN. 1973).

Sam O.

“I love to see my students receive their diplomas, and I am so proud when I hear that they have received their licenses and embarked on their new careers. My students’ hard work combined with my input enables them to get new and rewarding careers that they can grow with. I look forward to their success; when my students succeed, I succeed.”

Sam has 20 years’ experience in the medical laboratory industry, and has been teaching as a college instructor for a decade. He has extensive experience in anatomy and physiology, and has taught college courses in many medical subjects.

Sam holds a degree in medical sciences as a medical laboratory specialist, and is certified under the Medical Laboratory Professionals Association of Ontario and the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science.

Lynn A.

“As an instructor at Anderson College I feel honored to have the opportunity to watch shy, new students evolve into competent health care professionals who are equipped with the knowledge and skills required to succeed in the field.”

Lynn’s career as a Medical Laboratory Technologist has seen her work in both hospital-based settings and blood banks. She spent over 25 years working with the Red Cross (then Canadian Blood Services), where she gained a wealth of experience in the sector, including implementing changes to blood collection and processing through staff training and supervision, and later overseeing the manufacture of blood components.

Lynn graduated from the Medical Laboratory Technologist program at Mohawk College. She is a CMLTO registered MLT in good standing, and her other current memberships include CSMLS, MLPAO (formerly OSMT) and CAMLE. She holds certificates in Business Computers Application and Standard First Aid with Level C CPR & AED.

Debbie M.

“I absolutely love instructing my students, including the challenges of getting to know my individual students and learning what I can do to help them succeed. I come to work every day knowing that I will be part of the accomplishments of my students and I couldn’t be more excited for that.” – Debbie

Debbie Mayers spent 7 years working as an MLA/T, developing a solid foundation of accuracy and practical experience in the field. She also honed her teaching and learning strategy skills for several years prior to joining the Anderson team, having worked as an Educational Assistant, private tutor, and as an Acquired Brain Injuries Rehabilitation Therapist.

Qualifications: MLPAO MLA/T Certificate, Educational Assistant Diploma – Mohawk College

Lorraine V.

“Taking a student, who may have no prior medical knowledge, through the Medical Laboratory Assistants/Technician program and watching them develop the skills required to collect blood and perform other laboratory tests is extremely rewarding. As an instructor I have the privilege of assisting students in attaining their career goals.”

Lorraine has spent over three decades working as a Registered Medical Laboratory Technologist, including over 10 years managing an active medical laboratory. Most recently, she has spent 13 years instructing and training Medical Laboratory Assistants/Technicians at the college level.

Lorraine’s qualifications include those as a Registered Technologist, an Advanced Medical Technologist, Microbiology. She successfully completed Mohawk College’s Management Certificate Program and is an active member of the College of Medical Technologists of Ontario, the Medical Laboratory Professional Association of Ontario, and the Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Science.

Julio L.

Julio L - Anderson College Faculty Member

“I enjoy engaging and motivating Anderson students to learn and understand difficult concepts, obtain new skills, techniques and grow professionally. It is my goal to continue to combine my range of scientific experience with my ability to be passionate, enthusiastic and most importantly a Great Teacher!”

Julio C. Lara has many years of clinical practice as a registered medical laboratory technologist in both the public and private healthcare sectors. Previously, he was actively involved in the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) accreditation process.

Julio is a medical laboratory technologist registered with the College of Medical Laboratory Technologist of Ontario (CMLTO), the Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS), and the Medical Laboratory Professionals’ Association of Ontario (MLPAO). He completed the medical laboratory sciences program at the Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences in Toronto, Ontario.

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