Medical Lab Technician Courses Train Students for Great Responsibility

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When you hand over a specimen sample, take a blood test or head into the hospital for an ECG, MIR or
other type of testing, you want to rest assured that the Medical Lab Technician handling any of these
aspects of your health is well trained and responsible. Those interested in becoming lab professionals can
participate in Centennial College’s respected Medical Laboratory Technician program in Canada,
which results in an Ontario College Certificate and the eligibility for certification as a Medical Laboratory
Assistant/Technician with the Ontario Society of Medical Laboratory Technologists and the Canadian
Society for Medical Laboratory Science. In addition to this certificate, the one-year program prepares
Medical Lab Technicians for responsibilities such as: the collection of blood samples, performing ECGs, the
use of laboratory equipment, fluency in medical terminology, close patient contact with a professional
attitude and demeanor, and more.


The Medical Laboratory Technician offering is a collaboration between the School of Community and Health
Studies and School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science. In addition, representatives from
                  hospitals, private laboratories and the Ministry of Health provide curriculum input on a
                  continuous basis, ensuring information taught is relevant. As such, Medical Laboratory
                  Technician courses cover numerous topics essential to being field-ready upon
                  graduation, including applied anatomy and physiology, transcultural health, clinical
                  laboratory techniques, clinical data management, practical microbiology, cytology and
                  histology; specimen collection and processing and more. As students are based at
                  Centennial College’s most high-tech campus and have full access to state-of-the-art
                  labs, this ensures they get much hands-on practice in their spare time and during their
                  courses.


                   To round out on-campus Medical Laboratory Technician courses, students participate in
                   a clinical internship, under the direction of a medical laboratory assistant. Aside from
                   allowing them to apply what they have learned prior to graduation, this experience
                   ensures that Medical Lab Technician students have an easy transition into the
                   workplace environment.


                   As a result of the Medical Laboratory Technician program, students are prepared to
function as effective members of a medical laboratory team, specializing in one of five different areas
(blood banking, chemistry, hematology, immunology, or microbiology). With the role of the medical
technician expanding, there are numerous opportunities in hospital laboratories, public health laboratories,
reference laboratories, biomedical companies, universities, industrial medical laboratories, pharmaceutical
companies, forensic medicine and the armed forces, government research and veterinary laboratories.


Applicants to the Medical Laboratory Technician offering are required to have completed at minimum
an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older; compulsory
English 12C or U or skills assessment, or equivalent; math 12C or U or skills assessment, or equivalent;
and Biology 11C or U or equivalent. Please note that having minimum requirements doesn’t guarantee
entry and English proficiency is considered in the admissions process.

				
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