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 Ontario Society of Medical Technologists.

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
  • Clinical Microbiology
  • Clinical Chemistry
  • First Aid and CPR
  • Ethics and Professionalism
  • Communication Skills

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.


According to, an average salary for a Medical Laboratory Assistant is $25 per hour (NOC 3212).

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 diploma or equivalent, or passing score on the Wonderlic SLE entrance exam
  • Current immunization record
  • A clear CIPC

Additional Information

Career Options

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

Employer Options

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

Program Availability