Medical Laboratory Assistant Technician Diploma

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Medical Laboratory Assistant Technician Diploma

Program Objective

The 41-week Medical Laboratory Technician Assistant diploma program provides both strong theoretical and practical teaching instruction in an on-site state-of-the-art laboratory allowing graduates quick entry into the workforce.

Our program objectives and curriculum are built upon the Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) competency profile and the Ontario Society of Medical Laboratory Technologists (OSMT) competency guidelines of the Medical Laboratory Assistant Technician.

It is the vision of National Academy to become the leading educator of Medical Laboratory Assistant Technicians.

Program Benefits

We are committed to preparing graduates to become an integral member of the health care team in the laboratory as well as providing exemplary client specimen collection and care in a compassionate, empathetic and professional manner. Students develop excellent communication, interpersonal and collaborative skills, proficiency in the use of basic laboratory equipment, and knowledge of medical terminology, and legislation and regulations governing the Medical Laboratory Assistant Technician.

Students will acquire the skills to:

  • Collect blood or other bodily samples from patients
  • Receive blood and other bodily samples from patients
  • Log patient samples and prepare them for testing
  • Monitor quality control for medical laboratory equipment
  • Load specimens for analysis on laboratory equipment
  • Work with the technologist for reporting results
  • Prepare reagents and staining solutions
  • Participate in quality assurance programs
  • Clean and maintain medical laboratory and medical laboratory equipment.
  • NAHB’s Medical Laboratory Assistant Technician diploma program is recognized by the Ontario Society of Medical Laboratory Technologists

(OSMT) and the Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS). Canadian Medical Association (CMA) accreditation is in progress.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Medical Laboratory Assistant Technician diploma program are prepared for careers in areas Including public health laboratory environments, private diagnostic laboratories, hospital laboratory, areas of quality control (i.e. food industry, point of care testing etc.), doctor’s office or medical clinic, independent laboratory corporations, universities, and government laboratories. You may be called an Assistant, Technician, Phlebotomist, or Phlebotomist aide.

*Salary Information:

  • Low: $13.00/Hour
  • Medium: $22.00/Hour
  • High: $39.25/Hour
    *Job Bank


Students complete the following course set that addresses the learning outcomes aligned to the requirements by the CSMLS competency profile and the OSMT competency guidelines of the Medical Laboratory Assistant Technician.


  • Student Success Strategies: 20 Hours
  • Medical Terminology/Anatomy and Physiology: 80 Hours
  • Computers for the Medical Laboratory Assistant: 40 Hours
  • Laboratory Safety and Asepsis: 60 Hours
  • Introduction to Clinical Laboratory: 60 Hours
  • Hematology/Hemostasis/Immunohematology: 60 Hours
  • Standards of Practice and Ethics: 20 Hours
  • Cardiovascular System and ECG: 60 Hours
  • Mid-Term Review and Mid-Term Exams: 20 Hours


  • Career Success Tools: 20 Hours
  • Quality Assurance and Lab Maths: 60 Hours
  • Clinical Chemistry and Urinalysis: 60 Hours
  • Laboratory Microbiology: 40 Hours
  • Anatomical Pathology: Cytology/Histology: 40 Hours
  • Interpersonal Workplace Skills: 20 Hours
  • Final Review and Final Exams: 40 Hours

Laboratory & Practicum Objectives:

Laboratory and practicum placement addresses the CSMLS Competency Profile, OSMT Guidelines and the needs of employers in six key ways:

  1. To prepare graduates that conduct themselves in a professional manner by acting ethically, following codes of conduct and standards of practice with integrity. This includes achieving a grade of 70% or more in all program modules.
  2. To prepare graduates that effectively communicate and collaborate with clients, and other health care providers.
  3. To prepare graduates who demonstrate critical thinking by determining credible information and integrating knowledge using an evidence-based approach to deliver the Medical Laboratory Assistant Technician’s process of service and care.
  4. To prepare graduates who are competent professionals who model the mission, vision and priorities of the organization in the practice content by applying quality assurance standards and protocol to ensure a safe, productive and effective working environment and maintaining documentation and records consistent with professional practice standards.
  5. To prepare graduates who are competent in their field who apply professional judgment consistent with standards of practice when safely delivering client specific Medical Laboratory Assistant Technician’s process of care to individuals in partnership with other health care providers.
  6. To prepare graduates as Medical Laboratory Assistant Technicians who uses theoretical frameworks and educational principles to assess, plan, deliver services and care.


Students are required to attain all competencies listed in the Competency Profile of the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) and the Ontario Society of Medical Laboratory Technologists (OSMT) Competency Guidelines.

The program consists of theory, practical skills, and practicum components which have been mapped to the CSMLS & OSMT Competency Profiles for the Medical Laboratory Assistants. Upon successful completion you will receive a National College Diploma which will allow you to write the CSMLS/OSMT Exams. The costs associated to these exams will be the responsibility of the applicant. Please visit the CSMLS and OSMT website 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 will be granted upon successful completion of this examination. The provincial OSMT certification examination is offered in March, June and November. The designation of MLA/T will be granted upon successful completion of this examination.

OSMT exam certification exam costs and information can be found HERE.

CSMLS exam certification exam costs and information can be found HERE.


As a medical laboratory assistant technician, you need to:

  • Speak, write and read English
  • Greet patients and talk to them about the steps of collecting blood, urine and other bodily samples
  • Maintain patient confidentiality
  • Keep up-to-date with industry changes and trends
  • Be detailed oriented and record information accurately
  • Use e-mail, word processing and database software, and print reports
  • Have good problem solving skills
  • Work well with others and on your own
  • Function in a stressful environment
  • Work shifts and/or overtime
  • Remain on your feet most of the day
  • Be prepared to package, lift and carry lab samples from one location to another


Each student has the opportunity to apply competencies and skills in the professional setting. In this program, there is one 6-week requirement in the field. For continued success, placement coordinators monitor progress with the host and with the student. Students are evaluated through host evaluation, weekly journals and a placement report. National Academy of Health and Business will work with the student to secure suitable placements within Ontario. Students may be required to travel to their practicum sites. The student is responsible for all costs associated with traveling to and from the site along with any other costs that may arise (i.e. parking, lunch, subway, bus).


  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent (transcript required)*
  • Mature status student applicable- Successful completion of entrance exam
  • English language proficiency or Ontario Grade 12 English or equivalent
  • Current Canada-wide criminal record clearance
  • Confidential current immunization report to be completed by a physician.
  • Students must be comfortable around needles and bodily fluids, and willing to perform and practice venipuncture on others (having any invasive procedure upon your person is not mandatory)

*For information on upgrading one or more required courses, see Independent Learning Centre (ILC) (, funded by the Ministry of Education.

Admission is competitive and meeting the minimum requirements does not ensure admission into the program.


  • Successful completion of all program courses
  • Successful completion of the placement (225 hours)
  • Demonstrate an ability to work independently and professionally

Successful completion of the Medical Laboratory Technician Assistant diploma program requires students to prove competency in all areas of the CSMLS national competency profile for Medical Laboratory Technician Assistant with a minimum 70% grade in all courses and meet all OSMT competencies for medical laboratory assistants.


During the program students are expected to actively participate in their training program, this will include being a patient and working on other students both male and female. If at anytime a student wishes not to continue being a patient, they can speak with the Program Coordinator or instructor and discuss their concerns and the instructor will accommodate the student.


Developing work place skills is an investment in your future. Students enrolled in some of our Diploma programs, may be eligible for assistance under one or more of the following:

  • This program meets the requirements of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) and of the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)
  • H.R.D.C. – Human Resources Development Canada
  • Interest-Free monthly payment plans may also be arranged
  • Student Lines of Credit and/or Student Loans are available at several chartered banks