Medical Laboratory Technician

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: 50 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.
EQual™ Accreditation*


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. You will be responsible for drawing blood, as well as logging patient samples and preparing them for testing. All while using automated equipment and computerized instruments capable of performing several tests simultaneously, as well as microscopes, cell counters, and other sophisticated laboratory equipment.

*Please note – program content and practicum duration is as per registration with the Ministry and may vary slightly from campus to campus. Currently, the Downtown Bloor Campus is accredited by Health Standards Organization (HSO) and its affiliate Accreditation Canada EQual™ accreditation. *North York is currently seeking accreditation of the Medical Laboratory Technician Program from the Health Standards Organization (HSO) and its affiliate accreditation (AC) through their new EQUAL Canada program. Contact us for more information.

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The program is 50 weeks, including a 6-week practicum with on-the-job training, 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 program has a *6-year 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 students to earn both the national and provincial certifications with Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) & Medical Laboratory Professionals’ Association of Ontario (MLPAO) as these are 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 & MLPAO 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 the equivalent, or if 18 years of age or over, you may apply as a mature student and write an entrance exam (Wonderlic)
  • Assessment Interview and questionnaire to determine suitability for the Medical Laboratory Technician program
  • Provide an updated resume

Students must submit a Vulnerable Police Check of Criminal Record and Immunization Report within 30 days of starting the program.


All students REQUIRE a minimum of 225 hours (6 weeks) of practicum to successfully complete the program. Hours of practicum may vary depending on the particular location of the practicum.


Please find the course outline /details here.


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

Tuition:  $13,170

Books (est): 1270

Other Fees: $1040

Total: $ 15, 480 

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.

Program Details

Duration 50 Weeks
Clinical Placement 6 Weeks
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.


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).

Bardhyl V.

Bardhyl V - Anderson College Faculty Member

“Teaching is an art, because you have to put your heart and honesty into it; you have to work hard. My passion is teaching. Since receiving my diploma, my priority has been changing students’ lives, preparing them to serve people in need and to lead successful futures.”

Bardhyl has been a college instructor for over a decade, with his teaching practice informed by his practical skills gained working as an Independent Medical Examiner.

Since earning his MLA/T Diploma, Bardhyl has been a member of the Medical Laboratory Professionals' Association of Ontario and the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science. He is also a certified First Aid and CPR Instructor with St. John Ambulance in Mississauga, Ontario.

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.

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.

Orlando B.

Orlando B - Anderson College Faculty Member

“Teaching is my passion because it means I get to spend my career cultivating a love of learning in my students. As an instructor you are leaving a lasting legacy on the world by providing love and support to your students, giving them the tools they need to live happy and productive lives.”

Orlando has been working as an instructor for the MLAT program for more than 5 years, prior to which he worked in the field as a Research Laboratory Technician. He is also a Phlebotomy and ECG Workshop Facilitator.

Orlando graduated as valedictorian from his Medical Laboratory Technician Diploma program and is registered with the Medical Laboratory Professionals’ Association of Ontario (MLPAO).

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.

Rita S.

Rita S - Anderson College Faculty Member

“As a former immigrant, I know how hard starting a new career can be. My main career goal is to help my students be successful and independent. I am passionate about teaching because I’m rich with experience in my field and I want to share my knowledge with other people.”

Rita has two decades’ experience working as a Medical Laboratory Technologist, starting her career in the United Arab Emirates, where she also began her teaching career. After moving to Canada, Rita spent more than 10 years working as a Medical Laboratory Technologist in a hospital setting.

Rita gained her Medical Laboratory Technology Diploma from the Michener Institute of Technology, and is also a member of multiple professional associations, including the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science, the Medical Laboratory Professionals’ Association of Ontario (formerly OSMT), and the College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario.

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.

Simona K.

Simona K - Anderson College Faculty Member

“My passion to teach and share my knowledge is what makes me a better teacher every day. To understand students’ varying needs, a teacher needs to be patient, a good listener, and easy adaptable – traits which I aim to embody in my teaching practice.”

Simona has worked in the medical laboratory field for more than 25 years, giving her vast experience in the industry. Simona began her career as a medical technologist, specializing in hematology, biochemistry, and urinalysis, and has been teaching since 2003.

Simona has a Medical Laboratory Technician Diploma, and is certified by the Medical Laboratory Professionals’ Association of Ontario. Simona ensures she stays abreast of the constant changes in the medical industry by attending seminars and completing continuing education courses, obtaining certificates in Instructing Adults, as a Clinical Educator, and completing an ECG interpretation course, among others.

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