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Medical Laboratory Science - Bridge

Degree Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours)
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences
Location North Oshawa campus location
Start dates September
Length Six semesters (full-time)
Program load Full-time
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Admission requirements: An Ontario college advanced diploma from Durham College or Fleming College in Biotechnology-Advanced with a minimum B+ average.

General information

Modern health care has become increasingly dependent on complex laboratory tests, the results of which aid in the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of disease. You will gain fundamental knowledge and skills in biological, physical and health sciences. The medical laboratory science-specific courses cover five laboratory disciplines: biochemistry, hematology, histotechnology, microbiology and transfusion science.

This program is accredited by the Canadian Medical Association. Upon successful completion, you are eligible to write the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science national certification examination and subsequently work in all Canadian provinces and territories.

Additional information

Faculty of Health Sciences website
College-to-university transfer website

Admission requirements

An Ontario college advanced diploma in Biotechnology - Advanced* with a minimum B+ average. Successful applicants with be required to present a comprehensive Human Anatomy and Physiology course at the college or university level.

*Only graduates from Durham College and Fleming College will be considered for admission.

The following Anatomy and Physiology courses have been pre-approved: 

Durham College 

  • ANAT 1500 Anatomy and Physiology
  • BIO 1581 Anatomy and Physiology I
    BIO 2582 Anatomy and Physiology II 
  • BIO 1502 Anatomy and Physiology I
    BIO 2502 Anatomy and Physiology II

Fleming College 

  • NRSG 163 Anatomy and Physiology I
  • NRSG 167 Anatomy and Physiology II


Mohawk College

  • HSCI 10027 Anatomy and Physiology

Michener Institute 

  • AP807 Gross Anatomy and Physiology

Trent University 

  • BIOL 1050H Human Anatomy 
    BIOL 1051H Human Physiology 

Ontario Tech 

  • HLSC 2202U Comprehensive Anatomy and Physiology


Transfer credit

Once you have successfully completed the bridge semester, you will receive 13 courses toward a 40-course BHSc degree.
Last year's cut-off 80 per cent
Expected cut-off Low-80s

How to apply

The application process and important dates/deadlines are outlined on our college-to-university transfer applicant page.

Program curriculum

Sample courses: 

  • Academic Writing: Perspectives in Health 
  • Anatomy and Physiology 
  • Biology 
  • Chemistry 
  • Foundations in Clinical and Exercise Biochemistry 
  • Mathematical Modelling for Health Science  

A full program map is available in the Undergraduate Academic Calendar. Courses are subject to change without notice.

Experiential learning

Students will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge and get hands-on experience in the simulation laboratories. As theoretical knowledge expands, so does experiential knowledge. In fourth year, students will be placed in a diagnostic medical laboratory for the final two practicum semesters where they will work under the supervision of a medical laboratory technologist and perform increasingly complex procedures on human specimens. Clinical placements give students hands-on practice, experience in different work environments and the opportunity to network with potential employers.

Although some exceptional circumstances may be considered, practicum sites are assigned on a random basis; therefore, students may be placed in any affiliated site within the province of Ontario. Students are responsible for any costs associated with relocation.

Career opportunities

  • Administrative and/or policy development
  • Biotechnology and pharmaceutical researcher
  • Commercial laboratories producing reagents, vaccines
  • Computer and information systems companies
  • Reagent, instrument and pharmaceutical sales representative
  • Registered medical laboratory technologist (MLT)
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