Medical Lab Assistant/Technician Diploma Program

Trillium College’s Medical Lab Assistant/Technician diploma program gives you the knowledge and practical skills needed to play an important role in promoting community health while working under the direct supervision of a physician, registered medical lab technologist, or other healthcare professionals.

Emphasis is placed on understanding an array of laboratory technician skills, as well as ethical and administrative responsibilities as a medical lab technician. Subjects areas covered include specimen procurement, laboratory safety, medical terminology and documentation, infection prevention and control, and many others.

Graduates of this program will gain the prerequisites needed to apply to write the Medical Laboratory Professionals’ Association of Ontario (MLPAO) certification exam. Trillium College’s Medical Lab Assistant/Technician diploma program is recognized by the Medical Laboratory Professionals’ Association of Ontario.

Areas of Focus

This laboratory technician diploma program covers information in the following subject areas:

  • Medical Laboratory Operations
  • Specimen Procurement
  • Laboratory Testing
  • Laboratory Safety
  • Medical Terminology and Documentation
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Hematology and Phlebotomy
  • Venipuncture & Blood Drawing skills
  • Clinical Microbiology
  • Clinical Chemistry
  • First Aid and CPR
  • Ethics and Professionalism
  • Communication Skills

Learn via live instructor-led virtual lectures completed online as well as in-person labs at a training location.

The Trillium College Medical Lab Assistant/Technician program has successfully applied for accreditation, and accreditation processes are currently underway.

Employment Opportunities

As a graduate of Trillium College’s Medical Lab Assistant/Technician diploma program, you may find employment as a lab technician in a range of settings, including hospital labs, physicians’ offices, private diagnostic testing laboratories, walk-in clinics, pharmaceutical laboratories and insurance agencies.


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Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or Mature Student Status
  • Trillium College Immunization Report; completed and signed by a medical professional.
  • Submission of a clear Police Check (CPIC) report with Vulnerable Sector Screening
  • Completed Vulnerable Sector Screening waiver (VSS)

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Career Options

  • Lab technician
  • Medical laboratory assistant
  • Medical laboratory technician
  • Phlebotomist

Employer Options

  • Healthcare clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Medical laboratories
  • Physicians’ Offices