Medical Laboratory Technician

Program Title – Medical Laboratory Technician

Program Codes
Program codes are for September intakes except those that are indicated differently.
NORT – H150 (PC) Timmins Campus

Program Specific Information and Forms
Below are requirements or forms that have to be completed before the start of the semester or the date specified.
Requirements for Medical Laboratory Technician

Program Description
The Medical Laboratory Technician program provides students with the knowledge and skills to enable them to work in a medical laboratory. Students will receive education and training in specimen collection and processing, the administration of ECG’s, set up of Holter monitors, and the use of laboratory equipment while developing the professional attitude and demeanor needed for close patient contact. Students will have the opportunity to perform a variety of lab functions both within the simulated on site medical laboratory and during clinical practicums within both community and hospital laboratories. Upon successful completion of all courses outlined in the program of study, students are eligible to write the Examination for Medical Laboratory Assistant/Technician with the OSMT.

Career Opportunities
Employment opportunities exist with hospitals, private/public health laboratories, clinics, veterinary laboratories, research labs and commercial diagnostic supply companies.

Contact Information
Violet Jewitt
Tel: 705-235-3211 ext. 2187
jewittv@northern.on.ca

Admission Requirements
Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
Grade 12 English (C,U)
Grade 11 Math (C, M or U)
Grade 11 or 12 Biology (C or U)
Grade 11 or 12 Chemistry (C or U)

Or equivalent

Or mature student status (an applicant who does not have a high school diploma or equivalent, and will have reached the age of 19 years on or before the start of the program). Mature students must undergo academic testing prior to admission into a program. Call the Admissions Office at 705-235-7222 for more details. Academic prerequisites for this program may be obtained free of charge through Academic Upgrading.

Upon successful completion of all courses outlined in the program of study, students are eligible to write the Examination for Medical Laboratory Assistant/Technician with the OSMT.

Additional Admission Requirements
Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office (word processing, spreadsheets), web search engines and e-mail systems. Students may assess whether or not they meet the computer proficiency expectations for this program by taking the free online assessment at http://www.northernc.on.ca/assessmenttool

Successful completion of Northern’s two-semester Pre-health program will also serve to meet the admission requirements for the Medical Laboratory Technician program. Northern College does not offer testing for the science equivalencies.

Other Admission Requirements

  • Current Basic Cardiac Life Support (CPR – HP content). Standard First Aid Certificate (or equivalent)
  • Physician’s medical report as per guide supplied by the College Immunization record including Hepatitis B; two step Mantoux (with follow up chest x-ray if the test is positive)
  • Employers who provide clinical placement settings require a criminal record check for criminal offenses before accepting a student into the clinical setting
  • A recent criminal/vulnerable sector record check (within 3 months of start of semester) is required prior to the start of the third semester
  • CPR re-certification, criminal reference checks and immunization updates are required annually. Any costs for these tests/certifications will be the responsibility of the student.
  • To be eligible for participation in clinical training, students must not have been convicted of any criminal offence for which that person has not been pardoned. An unpardoned criminal record will result in an inability to participate in clinical placements and field internship courses and will prevent the student from graduating.

Applicant Selection Criteria
Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:

  • Preference for permanent residents of Ontario
  • Receipt of Application by February 1st
  • Achievement in the Required Academic Preparation

Students are responsible for the cost of appropriate uniforms and books as well as transportation to clinical placement sites. Mask Fit testing will be provided by the College prior to clinical practice. Upon successful completion of all courses outlined in the program of study, students are eligible to write the Examination for Laboratory Technicians as set out by the Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS). At time of printing the CSMLS application and fee was $250.00.

It is important to note that this program requires a clinical practice component in semester 3. While the intent is for placements to be arranged in the local community, when this is not possible, alternate communities will need to be considered. Students are responsible for the costs of travel to and from the placement site, parking costs and accommodations (if required). A dress code is in effect during all lab practice sessions and during the practical clinical component of the program. All theory and lab course work must be successfully completed prior to field work placements.

Semester 1
CM1903 Communications I – Model A
LT1002/LT1012 Specimen Collection/ Handling Theory and Practice
LT1003 Clinical Laboratory Techniques
LT1008 Specimen Collection and Handling
LT1013 Applied Anatomy and Physiology
LT1024 Applied Chemistry
LT1034 Clinical Data Management
EL1003 Elective

Semester 2
LT2002/LT2012 Specimen Collection/ Handling Theory and Practice II
LT2008 Specimen Collection and Handling
LT2004 Clinical Chemistry and Urinalysis
LT2014 Practical Hematology and Immunohematology
LT2024 Microbiology, Cytology, and Histology
LT2034 Laboratory Administration and Quality Management
SW2023 Conflict Resolution / Mediation

Semester 3
LT3002 Medical Lab Review
LT3010 Clinical Practice

Semester 1

CM1903 Communications I – Model A
Communications I is a practical course designed to help strengthen both oral and written skills. Students will be exposed to a variety of learning methods and communication formats. Emphasis will be placed on the use of appropriate structure, writing conventions and style. Students will also develop discipline-specific documents as well as learn the basics of portfolio assembly and presentation.

LT1002 / LT1012 Specimen Collection/ Handling Theory and Practice
This course will assist students in the application of proper techniques for the collection of blood, urine and fecal specimens. Students will develop skills in processing specimens for the various tests and the importance of storage to ensure valid test results. Students will learn to use standard precautions in handling biological specimens. This course will provide students with opportunities to perform ECGs and set up Holter monitors. An exciting aspect of this course is the focus on the theoretical knowledge and skills needed to interact with patients in the collection of specimens. Legal and ethical issues pertaining to specimen collection and processing will be explored and discussed.

LT1003 Clinical Laboratory Techniques
This course will introduce students to the concept of safety in the laboratory environment for patients, co-workers, and medical laboratory assistants. This course will explore general safety measures, employee safety and occupational health and safety issues. In addition, the course will introduce specimen handling, storage, shipping and disposal of biological hazards, blood borne pathogens and drug samples in accordance with current government legislation and regulations and institutional policies. Emergency response plans will be reviewed and discussed. An exciting component of this course will provide students with the theory and practical application of the use, care and maintenance of common laboratory equipment.

LT1008 Specimen Collection and Handling
This course will assist students in the application of proper techniques for the collection of blood, urine and fecal specimens. Students will develop skills in processing specimens for the various tests and the importance of storage to ensure valid test results. Students will learn to use standard precautions in handling biological specimens. This course will provide students with opportunities to perform ECGs and set up Holter monitors. An exciting aspect of this course is the focus on the theoretical knowledge and skills needed to interact with patients in the collection of specimens. Legal and ethical issues pertaining to specimen collection and processing will be explored and discussed.

LT1013 Applied Anatomy and Physiology
This course will help students to increase their foundational knowledge of the normal structure and functions of the major organ systems. This course will also assist students to identify the common pathologies of the various organ systems and familiarize them with the relevant tests utilized for proper diagnosis. In addition, students will gain an appreciation for the physical and biochemical changes from early childhood to the senior years.

LT1024 Applied Chemistry
This course will assist students in developing their knowledge of chemistry as a basis to understand chemical compounds and enzyme reactions. This course will begin with atoms and compounds and chemical nomenclature. This course will continue to explore more complex structures such as organic compounds and function of enzymes.

LT1034 Clinical Data Management
This course will teach students about a coherent system of measurement units to precise clinical laboratory analyses. Students will be introduced to statistical calculations and quality control methods. In addition, students will be able to perform mathematical calculations relating to clinical laboratory techniques. Students will be able to develop computer literacy skills and beginning competency in data entry and laboratory information systems.

EL1003 Elective
Students may choose a post secondary course from a program they are working towards or a regular General Arts and Science course as an elective. Notes: Students cannot take post-secondary courses which require prerequisites. Certain programs such as, BSc. Nursing, Law Clerk and others, have predetermined electives. A list of eligible elective courses for these programs will be provided by the program coordinator at the beginning of each semester in which an elective is required.

Semester 2

LT2008 Specimen Collection and Handling
This course will assist students in the application of proper techniques for the collection of blood, urine and fecal specimens. Students will develop skills in processing specimens for the various tests and the importance of storage to ensure valid test results. Students will learn to use standard precautions in handling biological specimens. This course will provide students with opportunities to perform ECGs and set up Holter monitors. An exciting aspect of this course is the focus on the theoretical knowledge and skills needed to interact with patients in the collection of specimens. Legal and ethical issues pertaining to specimen collection and processing will be explored and discussed.

LT2002 / LT2012 Specimen Collection/ Handling Theory and Practice II
This course will assist students in the application of proper techniques for the collection of blood, urine and fecal specimens. Students will develop skills in processing specimens for the various tests and the importance of storage to ensure valid test results. Students will learn to use standard precautions in handling biological specimens. This course will provide students with opportunities to perform ECGs and set up Holter monitors. An exciting aspect of this course is the focus on the theoretical knowledge and skills needed to interact with patients in the collection of specimens. Legal and ethical issues pertaining to specimen collection and processing will be explored and discussed.

LT2004 Clinical Chemistry and Urinalysis
This course will assist students to understand the specimen requirements for all routine clinical chemistry tests. It will provide students with the clinical laboratory practice to setup/load both automated and manual instrumentation including QC samples for initial analysis. Students will gain an understanding of the normal ranges for all routine chemistry tests, recognize variant results and report relevant information.

LT2014 Practical Hematology and Immunohematology
This course will introduce students to the formed elements of blood, and the routine tests in hematology and blood bank departments. Students will learn the underlying principles, use and care of equipment found in the hematology and blood bank departments. Students will learn how to prepare and stain a peripheral blood film and examine it for proper staining.

LT2024 Microbiology, Cytology and Histology
This course will assist students in understanding the major classes of micro-organisms. Students will learn about common media used in a microbiology laboratory including preparation, autoclaving and dispensing. Students will learn to how to handle specimens using aseptic technique. They will learn to inoculate specimens using the proper media and incubation conditions. Students will be able to perform common stain techniques and examine them for proper staining.

LT2034 Laboratory Administration and Quality Management
This course will introduce students to the organization and structure of the clinical laboratory and the movement of specimens from collection to analysis and storage. Students will gain an understanding of the complexity of laboratory systems that encompass the receipt, organization, prioritization and transmission of information. Students will learn strategies for effective time management and priority setting. Students will be introduced to the various components of a quality assurance program within a medical laboratory.

SW2023 Conflict Resolution/Mediation
This course is designed to help students look at conflict in a theoretical and critical manner and then to recognize and apply systemic methods of resolving disputes ranging from interpersonal conflict to analyzing more complex global issues. Students will learn to identify, avoid, and resolve their own personal conflicts as well as assisting others as a neutral third party and to do so in an efficient and effective manner.

Semester 3

LT3002 Medical Lab Review
This course provides a one-week intensive review of medical laboratory quality management, lab techniques, data management, and specific areas of concentration: microbiology, cytology, histology, hematology, immune-hematology, clinical chemistry, and urinalysis. Students will also review specimen collection and handling.

LT3010 Clinical Practice
This course will provide students with an opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge in a clinical practice setting under the direction of a medical laboratory technician. The focus of this course is to allow for easy transition into the workplace environment. Students will be given the opportunity to become proficient at specimen collection and handling and be able to function as an effective member of a medical laboratory team.

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