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Advanced Diploma (Medical Laboratory Science)

 3 years
 full time
 on campus

$ 14,200 

1st Year

International Student Tution

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Program Description

  • St. Lawrence College offers an Advanced Diploma in Medical Laboratory Science for a duration of 3 years.
  • It is an on-campus program offered on a full-time basis.
  • This is a competency-based program which means the curriculum is based on the national standards (CSMLS) for entry-level general medical laboratory technologists (MLTs).
  • The Medical Laboratory program consists of diagnostic tests on blood, body fluids, and tissues.
  • The start date and location for third-year placement are determined by program and clinical site requirements. 
  • Graduates are eligible to write the general certificate exams of the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science. 
  • The final year of the program occurs inside the laboratories of partner hospitals and private institutions and is arranged by the College.
  • St. Lawrence College offers more than 100 full-time programs and modern, expansive facilities that combine all the benefits of a world-class education.
  • Laboratory attendance for every student is mandatory.
  • Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode that combines classroom sessions with online learning activities.
  • The program can be delivered and can be run weekdays, weekends, or evenings.
  • St. Lawrence College offers an extensive Student Scholarship and Bursary Program.  Scholarships and bursaries for this purpose are sponsored by external organizations and private individuals.
  • Medical Laboratory Science offers exciting opportunities for those who want a career in science and health care. Graduates find job opportunities in hospital laboratories, private laboratories, and public health institutions.
  • The average salary of the program goes up to 36,000 USD.

Program Highlights

Degree Type Offered Diploma
Duration3 years
Delivery TypeFull Time
Language Proficiency IELTS,TOEFL,PTE
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Eligibility & Entry Requirement

Academic Eligibility:

  • Students have to complete Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with the majority of Grade 11 and 12 courses at the C, U, or M level including the following prerequisites:
    • Grade 12 English at the C or U level
    • Grade 12 Math at the C or U level
    • Grade 12 Chemistry at the C or U level (or SCH3U)
    • Grade 11 or 12 Biology at the C or U level
  • Students have to complete the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WHMIS) training prior to attending laboratory classes.
  • Students have a strong aptitude for biological sciences, strong organizational, and time management skills.

Indian Student Eligibility:

  • The students must have completed 10th and intermediate i.e 12th grade which has the minimum with 60% marks.
  • The minimum qualification required to attend this program is a higher secondary school certificate.
  • Copies of original documents should be attested by the educational institution.
  • School Record of Diploma/Degree certificate Mark sheets for each year of study is required.

Along with the minimum eligibility requirements, international students hailing from non-English speaking countries need to prove English proficiency through IELTS/TOEFL/any equivalent test.

Required Document List

Following are the required documents:

  • CV/Resume: Outline of academic achievements and/or awards, publications, relevant work, and/or volunteer experience.
  • Official Transcript: Submit copies of an official transcript from post-secondary institutions attended in PDF format.
  • Official Degree Certificate: It provides proof of degree completion and must be an original copy issued by the institution with an official stamp or seal.
  • Personal Statement: This is a short statement (approximately one page) that details the reason for pursuing graduate studies with this department and their research interests.
  • Statement of Intent: Reasons or intentions for pursuing studies in this program, including a description of prior experience.
  • ELP Scores: Students have to submit their English language proficiency scores like IELTS, TOEFL, or other test scores.

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted throughout the year but this program is not open to International students.

Scores Required

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Fees & Funding

Tution & Application Fees

Students are responsible for the costs of immunizations and CPR/First Aid Training. Students are responsible for all expenses associated with clinical placement. Graduates of the program wishing to work in Canada as a certified medical laboratory technologist must successfully complete the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) national certification exam. Students are responsible for the arrangement and cost of this exam. As well, students wishing to work in Ontario as a registered medical laboratory technologist (MLT) must also apply for registration as a member of the College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario (CMLTO). Graduates are responsible for the cost of registration.

Living Costs

HeadAvg Cost Per Year
Room and board$ 5,617
Meal$ 1,275

Scholarship Grants & Financial Aids

NameAmountInternational Students EligibleApplication Deadline
Collegedunia $150 Scholarship Program $150 Yes N/A
BrokerFish International student scholarship $1,000 Yes 21 Dec, 2020
Paul Foundation scholarships $20,174 Yes N/A
Forktip Women’s- Innovation Scholarship Variable Yes 30 Aug, 2020

VISA & Work Study


  • A Student VISA authorizes students to study in Canada legally.
  • International students will receive their Study Permits in the form of a paper document which will usually be attached to the passport at the Canadian port of entry.
  • Temporary Resident Visas (TRVs), commonly called Entry Visas, are to be obtained by foreign nationals who require visas to enter Canada, while Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) allows foreign nationals from visa-exempted countries to enter Canada without a visa.
  • At the time of VISA application, students need to provide various documents:
    • Application form and Study Plan
    • Biometrics (fingerprints and photographs)
    • Valid Passport
    • Official SFU Acceptance Letter
    • Financial Evidence

Work Study

The Work-Study Program allows students to take part in research-based projects. Students may work on-campus and off-campus. Students can only start working in Canada when they start their study program. There are no restrictions on the number of hours students can work on campus in addition to working off-campus.

  • During regular school semesters, students can work up to 20 hours.
  • During scheduled breaks in their school year, like during winter and summer holidays, they can work full-time.
  • Students can’t work during a break that comes before the student start their very first school semester.
  • If their program doesn’t have scheduled academic breaks, students can’t work more than 20 hours per week.

Career and Placement after Course

Possible career opportunities are:

  • Medical/Clinical Laboratory Technician
  • Cytogenetic Technician
  • Histotechnician
  • Pathologist Assistant
  • Nuclear Medicine Technologist
  • Anesthesia Technician
  • Radiation Protection Technician

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