Medical Laboratory Assistant/Technician Diploma

In just over a year, you could be conducting medical laboratory tests in hospitals, research laboratories, healthcare clinics and more, in a fulfilling career in healthcare as a Medical Laboratory Assistant/Technician.

Program Details

Medical Lab Technician Assistant Program Details

In the Med Lab Assistant/Technician Diploma program at Medix College, students undergo a comprehensive 55-week curriculum offered in both hybrid and in-class delivery formats. As part of the program requirements, students complete a 150-hour simulation structured clinical and 150-hour offsite externship, for hands-on experience in real-world settings. This combination of in-class and practical training ensures that graduates are well-prepared to navigate the complexities of medical laboratory work.

What does the Medical Laboratory Assistant/Technician Diploma Cover?

Throughout the program, students focus on a range of field-related skills and knowledge critical for success as a Medical Laboratory Assistant/Technician:

  • Uncover the intricacies of the human body, laying the groundwork for understanding its functions and structures.
  • Master the language of healthcare, ensuring effective communication in the medical laboratory setting.
  • Explore the principles that guide ethical conduct and professionalism in the dynamic healthcare landscape.
  • Prioritize safety protocols to create a secure and efficient working environment.
  • Delve into the study of blood and blood-related disorders, gaining insights into immunohematology.
  • Grasp the fundamentals of Electrocardiography, a vital skill for medical laboratory professionals.
  • Explore the chemical processes within the human body, understanding their implications for diagnosis.
  • Learn the analysis of urine and other bodily fluids, an integral aspect of diagnostic testing.
  • Examine the microscopic structure of tissues and cells, essential for pathology studies.
  • Develop the mathematical and analytical skills critical for precision in the laboratory.
  • Communication , CPR and more.


Medical Laboratory Assistant/Technician Externship: Hands-On Learning

Your journey includes a pivotal 300-hour hands-on practical semester, including a 150-hour externship, where you’ll put theory into practice and hone your skills under the guidance of seasoned professionals, as well as a 150-hour simulation structured clinical.

Simulation Structured Clinical Examination (SSCE):

Medix College has adopted the CSMLS recommendations for simulation in assessment of MLA competencies and has embedded simulations into the program as part of your externship. These simulations use scenarios developed by the consortium members that test students on the CSMLS and MLPAO competencies.

The simulations occur within 4 weeks: 3 weeks of online simulations and 1 week of in-person simulations. The remaining part of your externship occurs offsite where you’ll collaborate with Technologists, engaging in various clinical laboratory procedures. From welcoming patients and documenting their information to precise sample collection, equipment maintenance, and conducting routine laboratory tests – you’ll gain hands-on experience that goes beyond the classroom. This immersive experience not only enhances your understanding but also contributes to your professional development by instilling best practices in a medical laboratory setting. The externship serves as a bridge between theory and practice, preparing you for successful and impactful career.


Plus, Programs to Help Navigate Life

At Medix, we believe in providing our students with not only practical expertise but also the capabilities to foster personal and professional growth. That’s why our programs include a focus on mindset development and financial literacy skills.

Thought Patterns for High Performance®
Mindsetting for Success and Well-being in the Digital Age™ from The Pacific Institute

Through “mindsetting” techniques associated with high performance and creating a growth mindset, students gain valuable insights into the workings of their minds. You’ll learn structured process to overcome limiting habits, attitudes, beliefs, and expectations while fostering new ones that propel you toward your goals. With dedicated time for reflection, evaluation, and application of scientifically-proven principles, you can optimize your personal well-being, educational achievement, and drive toward professional success.

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Admissions Requirements

For admissions to Medix College, domestic students must:

International Student Admissions

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Medix College’s Medical Laboratory Assistant/Technician Accreditations & Certifications

Our Medical Laboratory Assistant/Technician Diploma has a 6-year EQual™ accreditation. This represents an important commitment to our students to develop and deliver education that aligns with national standards, through a six-stage certification process.

Medix College’s Medical Lab Assistant/Technician program is approved by the Medical Laboratory Professionals’ Association of Ontario (MLPAO).

The MLPAO is the certifying body for Medical Laboratory Assistants/Technicians in the province of Ontario. The association’s certification program validates that an individual has attained a recognized level of standards and training through MLPAO approved educational institutions. With the use of an examination process, the association has granted MLA/T certification to over 25,000 individuals. 

Certification by the MLPAO is regarded as the preferred examination by many Ontario employers.

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Begin your educational journey with Medix College by exploring our comprehensive Medical Lab Assistant / Technician program.

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Career Options

Medix College Medical Lab Assistant/Technician students gain exclusive access to our comprehensive job placement assistance services. Our dedicated team offers expert support, guiding you in crafting strategic resumes and cover letters, honing interview skills, and implementing effective job search strategies. You can attend specialized workshops, including those in partnership with community partners, covering topics such as Customer Service Excellence and LinkedIn profile development. Our goal is to empower you with the tools and knowledge to secure medical jobs in the Toronto area and beyond. Your success is our priority at Medix College.

What career opportunities are available to graduates of the Medical Laboratory Assistant/Technician program?

  • Medical laboratory technician
  • Medical laboratory assistant
  • Clinical laboratory assistant
  • Phlebotomist
  • ECG technician

Some additional training is required for certain positions.

Our Graduates Have Been Hired At

  • Hospitals
  • Blood Clinics
  • Doctor’s Offices
  • Public Health Offices

Program Costs

Financial assistance may be available to those who qualify. To find out what you’re eligible for, contact our amazing admissions team to review your options today! 

Total Program Fees

Admissions Registration Fee: $25 *
Tuition: $14,000.00
Lab Fees: $2,730.00
Books: $420.00
Uniform: $120.00
Supplies: $475.00

Total: $17,745.00

*Applied to tuition upon enrollment.






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*Wage data rounded down to the nearest dollar. Average wage represents the middle value between lowest to highest wages. Local income may vary.

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