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Thinking of a Career as a Medical Laboratory Technologist or Medical Laboratory Assistant?

Medical Laboratory Technologists (MLT)

Working in the highly automated, high tech world of laboratories, MLT’s conduct tests on human specimens and interpret test results. Their analyses provide doctors and their patients with critical diagnostic information to help them in their decision making.

MLT’s are graduates of accredited training programs at colleges or university and are certified by the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS). Some also hold undergraduate science degrees. CSMLS certifies medical laboratory technologists in General Medical Laboratory Technology, Diagnostic Cytology and Clinical Genetics.

You can also contact the CSMLS directly at

MLT’s are governed by the Regulated Health Professions Act and by their professional body, the College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario (CMLTO).

For information about specific training programs for MLT’s, contact:

St. Clair College of Applied Arts & Technology
(in association with the University of Windsor)
2000 Talbot Road West
Windsor, Ontario N9A 6Z6
(519) 972-2727

The Michener Institute of Education at UHN
222 St.Patrick Street
Toronto, Ontario M5T 1V4
Telephone: 416-596-3101

St. Lawrence College of Applied Arts & Technology
100 Portsmouth Avenue
Kingston, Ontario K7L 5A6
(613) 544-5400 Ext 4168

Cambrian College
1400 Barrydowne Road
Sudbury, Ontario P3A 3V8
(705) 566-8101Ext 7223


The University of Ontario Institute of Technology offers a four-year program leading to a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) in Medical Laboratory Science degree.

University of Ontario Institute of Technology
2000 Simcoe St. North
Oshawa, Ontario
L1H 7K4
(905) 721-8668 Ext 2826

Medical Laboratory Assistants/Technicians (MLA)

Medical Laboratory Assistants provide pre-analytical services, often directly working with patients in patient service centres, collecting specimens. Medical Laboratory Assistants also work in laboratories, processing specimens and preparing reagents for use in testing. Students receive training at vocational or community colleges and may be certified by the Ontario Society of Medical Technologists (OSMT).

OSMT approved training programs are available from a variety of private, vocational and community colleges. By law, private career colleges must be registered under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005 and have their programs approved by the Superintendent of Private Career Colleges. The Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities provides information on career colleges for prospective students on its website.

Please click here for more information on the MTCU website.

Ontario’s community laboratories provide clinical placements for Medical Laboratory Assistant students.

For more information about training programs for MLA/T’s contact:

Anderson College
180 Bloor Street West, Suite 400
Toronto, ON M5S 2V6 Tel. 647.694.3410
NORTH YORK CAMPUS: 5734 Yonge Street, Suite 100, Toronto, ON M2M 4E7 Tel. 416.222.6107

CJ Health Care College
401-1371 Neilson Road,
Toronto, Ontario M1B 4Z8
(416) 283-8252

Westervelt College
1060 Wellington Road
London, Ontario N6E 3W5
(519) 668-2000

The National Academy of Health & Business
165 Dundas Street West,
Unit 300A
Mississauga, Ontario L5B 2N6
(905) 273-6656

Trillium College
419 King Street West
Suite 900 ,
Oshawa, Ontario L1J 2K5
(905) 723-1163
797 Princess Street,
Kingston, Ontario K7L 1G1
(289) 222-2520
Trillium College also has locations in Ottawa and Toronto.

Algonquin Careers Academy
1830 Bank Street,
Ottawa, Ontario K1V 7Y6
(613) 722-7811
600-3025 Hurontario Street,
Mississauga, ON L5A 2H1

BizTech Institute
205-5170 Dixie Road,
Mississauga, Ontario
L4W 1E3
(905) 212-9149

5000 Yonge St. Suite 1802
Toronto, ON M2N 7E9

P 416-250-8555
F 416-250-8464