Medical Laboratory Technology Hybrid

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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.

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Ontario, British Columbia


Anderson College of Health, Business and Technology

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Program Duration

87 Weeks

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OSAP, Bank Solutions

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.
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.
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, M?tis, 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.
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.
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.
ANPH 209 – Anatomy and Physiology Anatomy and Physiology provides learners with an overview of the anatomy and basic physiology of the human body. Areas that will be covered include the organization of the body; covering, support, and movement of the body; regulation and integration of body functions; maintenance of the body; and continuity of the human race. Diseases and aging processes will also be briefly discussed.
45 hours – 3 Credits
COMP 241 – Digital Applications and Laboratory Information System Digital Applications and Laboratory Information System introduces the use of industry standard computer applications and laboratory information system (LIS) software which is used to quickly and accurately manage, analyze and retrieve patient information.
File management techniques, industry-specific documentation and communication practices, security considerations to safeguard patient information, compliance with regulations and standards and responsible digital citizenship will also be covered.
22 hours – 1.5 Credits
HEMA 256 – Hematology 1 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
HSCI 300 – Immunology 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
INFC 215 – Infection Prevention and Control 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
22 hours – 1.5 Credits
MBIO 345 – Clinical Microbiology 1 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
MEDL 210 – Analytical Techniques 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
MEDL 330 – Specimen Collection and Handling This course will prepare students to enter the clinical environment of sonography. Theory and practice will include such areas as professionalism, communication, patient assessment, patient care, medical terminology, body mechanics, ergonomics, workplace health and safety, professional ethics and cultural competence. Students will apply theoretical concepts from this course in the lab setting and in other courses.
75 hours – 3 Credits
PROF 201 – Professional Practice 1 Professional Practice 1 introduces basic medical terminology and fundamental communication skills for working in a healthcare environment. Focus will also be placed on patient-centered care and governing bodies that direct professional practice.
42 hours – 3 Credits
CHEM 252 – Medical Laboratory Technology Clinical Chemistry 1 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
HEMA 337 – Hematology 2 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
MBIO 360 – Clinical Microbiology 2 Clinical Microbiology 2 will emphasize the isolation and identification of clinically relevant microorganisms, Enterobacteriaceae media and lab procedures.
64 hours – 3 Credits
MEDL 204 – Transfusion Medicine 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
MEDL 310 – Histotechnology 1 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
MEDL 354 – Medical Laboratory Technology Quality Management 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
CHEM 336 – Medical Laboratory Technology Clinical Chemistry 2 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
MBIO 383- Clinical Microbiology 3 This course will emphasize the isolation and identification of clinically relevant microorganisms and mycology.
30 hours – 1.5 Credits
MEDL 205 – Professional Practice 2 Professional Practice 2 will review the Standards of Practice for medical laboratory technologists (MLTs) and the concepts of certification, registration and regulation of MLTs. Learners will apply various codes and acts to address ethical dilemmas and conflicts that they may encounter in the workplace and will reflect on adaptive skills and risk management principles. An orientation to practicum rules, regulations and expectations will be included, as well as competency-based objectives and evaluation methods as outlined in the MLT program practicum handbook and practicum modules.
24 hours – 1.5 Credits
MEDL 251 – Molecular Medicine Fundamentals 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
MEDL 385 – Histotechnology 2 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
CHEM 376 – MLT Clinical Chemistry 3 Learners are introduced to the concepts of therapeutic drug monitoring and toxicology analysis, as well as a review of urinalysis. Analytical principles of methods and correlation of test results with clinical condition are emphasized.
45 hours – 1.5 Credits
HEMA 377 – Hematology 3 Hematology 3 is a review of disorders of erythrocytes and leukocytes. Focus will be placed upon preparing case studies on specimens encountered during the hematology practicum.
23 hours – 1.5 Credits
MBIO 390 – Clinical Microbiology 4 Clinical Microbiology 4 focuses on increasing the learners? capability in identifying and isolating clinically significant microorganisms from various body sites. As well, learners will be introduced to parasitology, quality control procedures and collection and handling of specimens.
45 hours – 1.5 Credits
PRAC 329 – Specimen Collection and Handling Practicum The learner?s knowledge and skills in specimen collection and handling will be applied during a rotation at various clinical sites. This course will increase the learner?s capability and confidence to collect various types of blood samples from a variety of patients and process several types of specimens.
64 hours – 1.5 Credits
PRAC 367- Clinical Practicum Microbiology Clinical Practicum Microbiology provides learners with the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills while rotating through several benches in microbiology at various clinical sites. Emphasis will be placed on working safely and producing reliable patient results.
256 hours – 6 Credits
PRAC 369- Clinical Practicum Chemistry Clinical Practicum Chemistry provides learners with the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills while rotating through several benches in chemistry at various clinical sites. Emphasis will be placed on working safely and producing reliable patient results.
224 hours – 6 Credits
PRAC 377 – Clinical Practicum Hematology Clinical Practicum Hematology will provide an opportunity for the learner to apply their knowledge and skills as they rotate through several benches in hematology at various clinical sites. Emphasis will be placed on working safely and producing reliable patient results.
256 hours – 6 Credits
PRAC 380 – Clinical Practicum Transfusion Medicine Clinical Practicum Transfusion Medicine provides learners with the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills while rotating through several benches in transfusion medicine at various clinical sites. Emphasis will be placed on working safely and producing reliable patient results.
160 hours – 3 Credits
PRAC 386 – Clinical Practicum Histotechnology Clinical Practicum Histotechnology provides learners with the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills while rotating through several benches in histology at various clinical sites. Emphasis will be placed on working safely and preparing tissues for analysis by pathologists.
160 hours – 3 Credits
MEDL 300 – Professional Skills Professional Skills provides learners with opportunities to apply quality management system essentials to maximize the efficient use of resources and allow them to work effectively as a member of the healthcare team. Reflective practice is used extensively in the course, requiring learners to think about and analyze their practice in order to continuously improve. This course will assist learners in preparing for their national certification exam and will have them complete a professional learning plan.
45 hours – 3 Credits
MEDL 352 – Applied Investigation Learners will be introduced to research methodologies and skills required for critiquing research reports.
Preparing critiques of qualitative and quantitative research papers on topics related to common disorders of body systems and characteristic lab findings will be covered. Learners will also correlate laboratory findings to pathophysiology of disease processes and disorders.
45 hours – 3 Credits
Student Success Strategies This course focuses on strategies for increasing student success in college and life. The course explores methods for choosing and developing effective academic, self-awareness and self-management strategies. Students will learn how to become an
integral part of the college community and maximize their learning capacities. They will know how to use college resources and build relationships with fellow students and instructors. The course also emphasizes understanding of human interdependence, diverse cultures, values and perspectives of the college community.
20 hours
Introduction to Computers This course will provide students with the ability to understand the basic components of the computer, how the operating system works, tips and techniques to search and locate information on the Internet. In addition, students will learn proper keyboarding techniques to improve their speed and accuracy. In addition, this course teaches students how MS Outlook is structured, and how to use the various modules to coordinate communications and collaborations with others.
40 hours
Employment Success Strategies To enter the competitive business world, students must be ready to present themselves to employers in a professional manner. This involves submission of resumes and cover letters and attending interviews. This course prepares students to write winning resumes and cover letters. It also helps students to develop interview skills they need for successful performance during the
interview to secure the job.
20 hours

Beyond our industry-expert instructors, easy-to-use training materials and a hands-on learning environment for you to experience what it feels like to work in a healthcare facility ? what sets us apart, is a community of support, sharing your interests and goals for creating a life-changing career path, one that will become like a family as you navigate your way to success.
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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