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Medical Laboratory Science

Degree Bachelor of Health Science (Honours)
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences
Location UOIT, North Oshawa
Start dates September
Length Four years
Program load Full-time
OUAC code DHL
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Modern health care has become increasingly dependent on complex laboratory tests, the results of which aid in the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of disease. You will gain fundamental knowledge and skills in biological, physical and health sciences.


General information

Modern health care has become increasingly dependent on complex laboratory tests—the results of which aid in the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of disease. You will gain fundamental knowledge and skills in biological, physical and health sciences. The medical laboratory science-specific courses cover five laboratory disciplines: biochemistry, hematology, histotechnology, microbiology and transfusion science. 

This program is accredited by the Canadian Medical Association. Upon successful completion, you are eligible to write the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science national certification examination and subsequently work in all Canadian provinces and territories.


Additional information

Faculty of Health Sciences

Admission requirements

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),  Chemistry (SCH4U) and one of Advanced Functions (MHF4U) or Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U). In addition, a combined minimum 70 per cent average in prerequisite math and science courses is required. Due to the structure of the program, students who are eligible for transfer credit will likely still take four years to complete the program.                                                                                              

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.


Last year's cut-off 83 per cent
Expected cut-off Mid-80s

How to apply

The application process and important dates/deadlines are outlined on our admissions website:
Ontario secondary school applicants
Ontario secondary school graduates 
Canadian out-of-province high school applicants 
mature applicants (over 21 and never attended post-secondary) 
transfer applicants
General Arts and Science (GAS) applicants
home-schooled applicants

Program curriculum

Courses include:

  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Clinical Hematology
  • Clinical Microbiology
  • Effective Leadership and Quality Management in the Clinical Laboratory
  • Histopathology
  • Immunology and Hemostasis
  • Introduction to Medical Laboratory Practice
  • Microanatomy and Histotechnology
  • Molecular Techniques and Complementary Technologies
  • Pathophysiology
  • Transfusion Science

A full program map is available in the Undergraduate Academic CalendarCourses are subject to change without notice.

Experiential learning

Starting in first year, students will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge and get hands-on experience in the simulation laboratories. As theoretical knowledge expands, so does experiential knowledge. In fourth year, students will be placed in a diagnostic medical laboratory for the final two practicum semesters where they will work under the supervision of a medical laboratory technologist and perform increasingly complex procedures on human specimens. Clinical placements give students hands-on practice, experience in different work environments and the opportunity to network with potential employers.

Although some exceptional circumstances may be considered, practicum sites are assigned on a random basis; therefore, students may be placed in any affiliated site within the province of Ontario. Students are responsible for any costs associated with relocation.

Career opportunities

  • registered medical laboratory technologist 
  • animal health technologist
  • biological technologist 
  • food science technologist 
  • health information management technician
  • technical sales specialist
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