What will I learn?

Confederation College’s Medical Laboratory Assistant program provides you with the education and hands-on experience you need to succeed in a lab career. You will collect blood samples for laboratory analysis and assist professionals in the lab. You’ll also learn how to work with patients to conduct laboratory tests and procedures including positioning Holter Monitors and performing ECGs. The emphasis is on building practical skills backed up with in-class learning in topics such as professional practice, microbiology and sociology to give you a good overview of the field.


You’ll learn a wide range of skills including collecting and sorting samples for analysis, preparing lab tests and performing different technical procedures

Program features a work placement during the second semester so you get hands-on experience in the field

Upon graduation from this program, you will be qualified to write the Ontario Society of Medical Technologists (OSMT) and the Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) certification exams

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the Medical Laboratory program go on to a wide variety of lab positions including Lab Technician, Phlebotomist (taking blood samples), and Clinical Assistant. Opportunities are available in different clinical settings including hospitals, clinics, research labs, private and public testing labs and commercial diagnostic supply companies. The Confederation College program gives you a broad base of skills to improve your employability on the job market.

Which department am I in?

School of Health, Negahneewin and Community Services

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
CAD$15,519.00 (US$ 11,723) per year
Start date

Expected September 2020


Confederation College

Thunder Bay Campus,

1450 Nakina Drive,


Ontario (ON),

P7C 4W1, Canada

Entry requirements

For international students

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (or equivalent) with courses from the College (C), University (U), University/College (U/C), or Open (O) preparation levels with Grade 12 English (C/U) Level.
  • or successful completion of the Mature Student Assessment.
  • or successful completion of the General Education Development Test (GED).
  • or appropriate credits from the Academic and Career Entrance program (ACE).

English Language Requirement:

  • TOEFL iBT: 79
  • Academic IELTS: 6.0 (no band lower than 5.5)
  • PTE-A: 54 (no communicative skill lower than 50)