Friday, 4 May 2012

Medical Laboratory Science Programs in Canada

Here is a comprehensive list of the accredited Medical Laboratory Science Programs in Canada. I know it's tough to figure out what is the right program and where to find information but I have linked to each program page and info in the name of the school.

View entire CSMLS list here

British Columbia:

British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)

City: Burnaby

Program Length: 2.5 years


  • High school graduation

  • English 12

  • Biology 12 (C+)

  • Chemistry 12 (C+)

  • Physics 11 (C+)

  • Mathematics

  • Letter of Intent (approximately 500 words) detailing the applicant's career goals, knowledge of the profession, related experience and reasons for seeking admission to the Medical Laboratory Science program.

  • Resume documenting work experience and/or volunteer experience together with satisfactory letter(s) of reference. The volunteer experience must be a minimum 30 hours and should be in a patient related health care environment.

College of New Caledonia

City: Prince George

Program Length: 2.5 Years

Admissions: Grade 12 Diploma. Medical Laboratory Career report which is used to rank for an interview. Based on an 18 point ranking system.


Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT)

City: Edmonton

Program Length:  2 Years

Admissions: MMI Interview

60% or better in each of: English 30-1, Pure Math 30, Chemistry 30 and Biology 30

(Supposedly) Competitive Entrance: 75% to 85% overall average

Five or more credits of post-secondary Human Anatomy and Physiology / one credit of post-secondary Medical Terminology or completion of a challenge exam with a 60% pass. (Completed within last 5 years)

  • Academics- 40% (Score based on academic average of the 30 level courses)

  • Interview - 40%

  • Career/Program Assessment - 20%

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)

City: Calgary

Program Length: 2 years

Admissions:  MMI Interview

Alberta High School Diploma or equivalent, with the following admission requirements or equivalents:

  • At least 60% in Pure Math 30 or Math 31 or Math 30-1, or at least 70% in Math 30-2, AND,

  • At least 60% in English Language Arts 30-1, AND,

  • At least 60% in Chemistry 30, and at least 60% in Biology 30.

Applicants will be ranked monthly according to the following criteria:

  • Overall average in the admission requirements

  • Interview

Those with higher academic averages will be offered an interview first. Following the interview, applicants with a composite score of 40/50 or more will be offered a seat in the program based on the selection decision date until the program is full

Medical Laboratory Selection Reference Package


Saskatchewan Institute for Applied Science and Technology

City: Saskatoon

Program Length: 2 years (40 weeks a year)

Admissions: Grade 12 with a minimum grade of 70% in English Language Arts A30, English Language Arts B30, Math B30*, Physics 20, Chemistry 30 and Biology 30

Phase I - Average will be calculated on high school subjects required for admission (see Admission Requirements above) .

Phase II - Additional selection criteria will be applied to
those with the highest averages in Phase I :

Admission Average = 30%

Career Investigation = 30%

Interview = 40%


Red River College

City: Winnipeg

Program Length: 22 consecutive months

Admissions: Wait-list. Admission based on when you apply, not GPA.

Have 24 credits of post secondary education* from a recognized college or university including:

- General Chemistry (3 credits)
- Intro to Physical Chemistry (3 credits) or Intro to Organic Chemistry (3 credits)
- Anatomy and Physiology (6 credits)
- Biology (6 credits)
- Basic Statistical Analysis (3 credits)
- Communications (3 credits)


Cambrian College

City: Sudbury

Program Length:  7 Semesters (I think 2.5 years)

Admissions:  50 seats available. Preference to Ontario residents.

- any grade 12 English (C), (U) or (M)
- any grade 11 or 12 chemistry (C), (U) or (M)
- any grade 11 or 12 biology (C), (U) or (M)
- any grade 12 mathematics (C), (U) or (M)
Recommended: computer competency in relevant software
A minimum of 70% is required in all prerequisite courses.

St.Clair College

City: Windsor

Program Length: 3 Years

Admissions: Preference to Ontario residents.

  • Grade 12 English - ENG4U, ENG4C, EAE4C or EAE4U

  • Grade 12 Math (C) or (U)

  • Senior Level Chemistry (C) or (U)

  • Senior Level Physics (C) or (U)

  • Senior Level Biology (C) or (U)

St.Lawrence College

City: Kingston

Program Length: 3 Years


Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent with the following prerequisites:

  • Grade 12 Math at the C or U level

  • Grade 12 English at the C or U level

  • Grade 12 Chemistry at the C or U level

  • Grade 11 or 12 Biology at the C or U level

The Michener Institute

City: Toronto

Program Length: 2.5 Years


  1. Ontario Secondary School Diploma

  2. Four grade 12 University (U) level courses:

    • Grade 12 English (U)

    • Grade 12 Mathematics (U)

    • Grade 12 Chemistry (U)

    • Grade 12 Biology (U) OR Physics (U)
      (Biology is strongly recommended)

  3. Two University (U) or University/Mixed (U/M) level courses.

  4. Overall average of 75% in all the six courses used to meet the admission requirements.

  5. No grade lower than 70% in the six courses.

MMI interview. Ranked 50% GPA/50% Interview

University of Ontario Institute (UOIT)

City: Oshawa

Program Length: 4 Year B.Sc


Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with a minimum of six 4U, 4M, credits or equivalent or mature applicant status.

4U/4M credits must include English (ENG4U with a minimum 60 per cent), Advanced Functions (MHF4U), and two of Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U), Biology (SBI4U), Chemistry (SCH4U), or Physics (SPH4U).

Cut-off was 78% last year.

*note* I am only covering the English college in Quebec as I don't speak French so I cannot translate it. Please click link at top of post for more listing of French speaking colleges.

Dawson College

City: Montreal

Program Length: 3 Years


Diploma of Secondary Studies (DES), including:

  • Secondary V Language of Instruction

  • Secondary V Second Language

  • Secondary IV Science

  • Secondary IV Mathematics

  • Secondary IV History


  • Mathematics 564-406 or 565-406*

  • Chemistry 551-504*

  • An interview is required to assess the candidate’s readiness to pursue Biomedical Laboratory Technology studies.**

  • Candidates who place below the preparatory level in both English and French will not be admitted into the Program.


College of the North Atlantic

City: St.John's

Program Length: 3 years + 1 year

Admissions: Must complete "Medical Sciences 1" program first before applying to enter Medical Laboratory Sciences. Ranked based on GPA of this program.

New Brunswick

New Brunswick Community College

City: Saint John

Program Length: 2.5 Years


  • High School Diploma or Adult High School Diploma or GED Diploma of High School Equivalency

  • Geometry and Applications in Mathematics 112 and Functions and Relations 112

  • Two (2) additional sciences from the following:

    • Biology 112 or 122 (Recommended)

    • Chemistry 112 or 122 (Recommended)

    • Physics 112 or 122

Nova Scotia:

Nova Scotia Community College

City: Darthmouth

Program Length: 2 Years

Admissions:  Waterfront Campus • Dartmouth • Full – Accepting 2014/2015 applications

High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent, including:

  • A minimum mark of 70% in Grade 12 Academic English, Mathematics and Biology

  • A minimum mark of 80% in Grade 12 Academic Chemistry


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