medical lab students working in the full scale facility


The objective of the Medical Laboratory Technician / Assistant is to provide graduates with the skills and knowledge that enable them to qualify for entry-level positions as a medical laboratory technician assistant. The program trains students to collect, process, and prepare patient specimens, enter data, perform clerical and reception services, perform electrocardiograms and urinalyses and carry out basic laboratory procedures.

Upon successful completion of the MLTA diploma program, graduates are qualified to write a third party examination and achieve their “Certified Lab Assistant” designation through the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) as well as the Ontario Society of Medical Technologists (OSMT). All examinations are at the option and expense of the graduate and Medix encourages students to become certified.

The MLTA program is accredited by EQUAL Accreditation Canada at the Toronto Campus.


What career opportunities are available to graduates of the Medical Lab Technician / Assistant program?

Medical laboratory assistant

Laboratory assistant

Medical laboratory technician

Phlebotomy technicians

Patient services assistants


"I wanted to have a career in the medical field, and the campus was quite close to home, so it just was a right fit.

What I like best about the campus is the class size. I'm in the afternoon program, it's small, it's more intimate, so you get to know your classmates a bit better.

My instructor is extremely knowledgeable. I like that she can take that knowledge and relay it back to us. She has a lot of experience in the workforce, and she's able to bring it back to the classroom setting, which is really valuable for us.

I have school aged children, so it's a bit of a health competition when Momma brings home a 98% or something on her exam, then we kind of compare that with each other, it's a great supportive atmosphere.

To me, when I think of Medix College I think of success.

I know I'm going to do well, I'm going to graduate, and I'm going to get that perfect job.”


Where do graduates of the Medical Lab Technician / Assistant Program work?

Medical laboratories


Research laboratories

Doctor’s offices

Blood Donor Testing Centres

Medical laboratories

Veterinary laboratories


What are common job tasks for individuals working in the Medical Lab Assistant / Technician field?

Participate as an important member of the laboratory team.

Provide patient reception and documentation.

Use correct techniques to safely collect blood specimens.

Appropriately handle and distribute specimens to be analyzed by other members of the laboratory team

Maintain a safe working environment

Perform electrocardiograms (ECG’s), applying an understanding of heart activity and heart electrical conductivity


Why choose the Medical Lab Assistant / Technician Program at Medix College?

Practical skill-building and a practicum component are used to give students a well-rounded understanding of the role of the Medical Lab Assistant / Technician. During the course of this program, students will learn all of the skills and be trained in all the procedures that will be required of them in their new careers.

As a mandatory component of our programs, all Medix students are required to complete an off- site externship placement. Placements occur at various locations throughout the College's area. This essential module allows students to exercise the skills learned in class, learn specific applications and to further enhance their learning experience in the selected facilities.

Medix College also provides an employment advantage as we have established relationships with many employers in the field. As a result, employers in the field contact us before posting jobs to the general public giving current students and graduates of the program an advantage in the hiring process.


Students looking to start training in this program have a number of options to finance their education. By exploring these options, students will be able to gain financial assistance and support as they are training for a career. Some financing options available to students include:

Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) (if Applicable)

Ontario Second Career

Out of Province Options

Student Lines of Credit

Lifelone Learning Plan


Employment Ontario

Monthly Payment Plan

 Financial assistance may be available for those who qualify. Please contact us for more details regarding Financial Assistance.


"Medix prepared me for my field by giving me the hands-on training. I got lots of lab experience. Working on other students, it wasn't all just theory, there was a lot of hands on.

I had a very knowledgeable instructor who worked with everybody and was always there to help. Mornings, evenings, weekends, and then with a great placement that gave me all my hands on training, exactly what I was studying for.

It was easy to find work after graduation, I was placed at a really good placement where I got lots of hands on skills and knowledge which helped me on my resume to get a job right away.”

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Successful completion of entrance evaluation

Admissions interview


The admissions process for this program is a four part process:

Initial Contact

Contact an admissions representative to schedule an appointment. The admissions representative will be able to answer any questions that you might have regarding the program or general questions about Medix College.

Confidential Interview

An interview will be completed in order to determine if students have the right attitude to be successful in the program.

Business Affairs Assessment

The business affairs assessment is an appointment to determine if students are eligible for one of the many financial aid options.


After the financial plan is in place, enrollment is official and students will be able to start classes in order to train for an exciting new career.