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Medical Laboratory Science

Program details

Faculty
Health Sciences

Degree
Bachelor of Health Science (Honours)

Experiential learning
Clinical
Internship
Practicum
Research study
Undergraduate thesis

Delivery method
Hybrid online/in-class
In-class

Location
Ontario Tech University, North Oshawa

Start dates
September

Length
Four years

Program load
Full-time

OUAC code
DHL

Overview

Students in a medical lab. Prepare yourself to be eligible to write the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) national certification examination.

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 Accreditation Canada. 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.


In my final year of the Medical Laboratory program, I participated in the practicum program. I did my placement at Peterborough Regional Health Centre from September to March—six months. In my opinion, this crucial hands-on component pulled together all my learning. The best ending to my placement and degree program is that I’ve now been hired by the hospital I was placed at, and begin working once I pass my Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science registration exam! Michaela Janes Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) in Medical Laboratory Science, Class of 2021 Registered Medical Laboratory Scientist, Peterborough Regional Health Centre


Admissions

Admissions


Current Ontario secondary students must complete the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with six 4U or 4M credits, including English (ENG4U) with a minimum grade of 60 per cent, Biology (SBI4U),  Chemistry (SCH4U) and one of Advanced Functions (MHF4U) or Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U). In addition, a combined minimum 70 per cent average in prerequisite math and science courses is required. Due to the structure of the program, students who are eligible for transfer credit will still take four years to complete the program.                                                                                              

Note: Admission is competitive. The specific average or standing required for admission varies from year to year. Students are selected by taking into consideration a wide range of criteria including school marks, distribution of subjects taken, and performance in subjects relevant to the academic program. Possession of the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Preference will be given to applicants with the best qualifications.


Last year's cut-off83 per cent
Expected cut-offLow-80s

Program details

Faculty
Health Sciences

Degree
Bachelor of Health Science (Honours)

Experiential learning
Clinical
Internship
Practicum
Research study
Undergraduate thesis

Delivery method
Hybrid online/in-class
In-class

Location
Ontario Tech University, North Oshawa

Start dates
September

Length
Four years

Program load
Full-time

OUAC code
DHL

Contact information

Career opportunities

  • Registered medical laboratory technologist 
  • Animal health technologist
  • Biological technologist 
  • Food science technologist 
  • Health information management technician
  • Technical sales specialist

Experiential learning

Starting in first year, 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.


Did you know?

1 of 2
degree-granting Medical Laboratory Science programs in Canada
of students are employed within six months of graduation
  • Sample courses
    • Clinical Biochemistry
    • Clinical Hematology
    • Clinical Microbiology
    • Histopathology
    • Immunology and Hemostasis
    • Microanatomy and Histotechnology
    • Molecular Techniques and Complementary Technologies
    • Pathophysiology
    • Transfusion Science

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

  • Med Lab tour