University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Medical Laboratory Science

Program Information

School:University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Faculty:Faculty of Health Sciences
Degree:Bachelor; Honours
Field of Study:Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Description:UOIT offers a Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) in Medical Laboratory Science. This degree is the first of its kind in Ontario and connects students with the most recent advances in modern medical research. The faculty’s mission is to prepare professional Medical Laboratory Science technologists who are committed to excellence and innovation in a rapidly changing allied health environment; to value collaborative learning as a means to develop team-oriented workplace skills; to encourage the transition to self-directed learning; and to foster opportunities that build personal accountability, adaptability and transferable skills. In recent years, modern health care has become increasingly dependent on complex laboratory tests. Medical laboratory technologists perform tests in all laboratory areas. The results of these tests aid in the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of disease. Increasing consumer and physician demand for diagnostic laboratory services and the anticipated Ontario population growth of 18 per cent over the next 10 years are excellent indicators of continued and growing employment opportunities for Medical Laboratory Science graduates. Students learn fundamental knowledge and skills in biological, physical and health sciences. In the medical laboratory science-specific courses, students develop strong laboratory, interpersonal, analytical and problem-solving skills with consolidation of these skills occurring during the fourth-year practicum.

When in the laboratories, students will work with all types of human specimens. It is important that applicants are aware of this aspect of the program. Throughout Years 1 to 4, students will be expected to collect blood specimens. Gaining competence in blood collection is essential to complete prior to entering the first practicum semester in Year 4. Medical laboratory professionals are dedicated to serving the health care needs of the public; therefore, the welfare of the patient is paramount at all times. In order to meet this expectation on graduation, it is important that students considering Medical Laboratory Science realize there is an expectation throughout the program that they perform testing protocols within a pre-established time standard and meet the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science competencies so that they are prepared for the clinical environment. Applicants with colour blindness should be aware that the ability to clearly differentiate colours is essential for working in a diagnostic medical laboratory.
URL:Medical Laboratory Science at University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Length:4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*

Admission Requirements

Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*70 to 100
Prerequisites:*

These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade12 English 
  • 2 of  Grade12 Biology  or  Grade12 Chemistry  or  Grade12 Physics  or  Grade12 Calculus and Vectors 
  •  Grade12 Advanced Functions 

Current Ontario secondary students must complete the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with six 4U or 4M credits, including English (ENG4U) with a minimum grade of 60 per cent, Biology (SBI4U) and Chemistry (SCH4U) and one of Advanced Functions (MHF4U) or Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U). In addition, a combined minimum 70 per cent average in math and science courses is required. Applicants with credentials from outside Ontario should visit the admissions section of Future Students at www.uoit.ca. Note: Admission is competitive. The specific average or standing required for admission varies from year to year. Students are selected by taking into consideration a wide range of criteria, including school marks, distribution of subjects taken and performance in subjects relevant to the academic program. Possession of the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Preference will be given to applicants with the best qualifications.

* The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Modified on December 19, 2013

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