Education: Bursaries/MediaLab/Certification & More

Bursaries/MediaLab/Certification & More

OSMT Bursary Programs

An OSMT Bursary of $1,000 will be awarded to a full-time student pursing post-secondary education in an Ontario medical laboratory technology/science program.  Two OSMT Bursaries of $500 each are awarded to students pursuing post-secondary education in a medical laboratory assistant/technician program.  Award criteria and applications are available by clicking on the appropriate links.

MLT Bursary Program Criteria                                               MLA/T Bursary Program Criteria

MLT Bursary Program Application Form                              MLA/T Bursary Program Application Form


 New: Free education for OSMT members!

The OSMT is pleased to send you this announcement about a brand new member benefit.  Beginning April 1, 2014, all OSMT members will have absolutely free access to on-line education courses.

We have purchased a MediaLab subscription so that our members can access over 70 courses that were developed especially for laboratory technologists and technicians.  All completed courses are validated with personalized certificates and training records.  What an effective way to complete your QA hours!

As an OSMT member, all you need to do is call or email us to activate your MediaLab account. 
1-800-461-6768 or


 Collaborative Education Fund (CEF)

The OSMT Collaborative Education Fund (CEF) provides support and sponsorship for professional development initiatives that positively impact and enhance the skills and knowledge of medical laboratory professionals.  Support from the CEF is available to organizations and groups by application to the OSMT Professional Development Committee.  Click here for more details, including the guidelines and information on how to apply.


The Spring MLA/T Certification Examination will be held on Saturday, June 17, 2017.
Deadline for applications is March 17, 2017.

Applications for the Spring 2017 MLA/T Certification exam are available at the  OSMT office and on the OSMT website MLA/T Certification pages.  All interested candidates should contact the OSMT office @ 1-800-461-6768.
The OSMT Invites its Members to Participate in Renewal of the MLA/T Certification Exam
The OSMT is committed to ensuring that MLA/T training and testing is up-to-date and relevant to the current scope of practice in Ontario.  As part of this commitment, the OSMT continually renews the MLA/T Certification Exam.
We are assembling panels of experienced MLTs and MLA/Ts to review selected questions from the exam and draft new questions.  The time commitment consists of a few hours training at home on writing exam questions followed by a one-day session at the OSMT office.
Scope of Commitment:
Read the manual on writing exam questions
Identify reference materials for your selected section of the exam
Participate in a one day exam writing session
MLT or MLA/T with minimum of 5 years experience
Expertise in one or more laboratory technology specialties
Member of the OSMT
Take advantage of this opportunity to contribute to the practice of medical technology. Develop skills to prepare for teaching or training!
Add to your professional portfolio! 
Download and fill out the application form  and return by fax (416-485-7660) or e-mail attachment to  If you wish to participate but will not be available this October, indicate on the application form that you wish to be involved in subsequent years.
Training sessions planned for the Electronic Health Library
The Allied Health Professional Development Fund (AHPDF) has invested in continuing education by establishing an Electronic Health Library (EHL).  The EHL includes thousands of peer reviewed journals and is available to nine health professions, including practicing MLTs.  Training sessions will occur throughout the year.  Check back here for the dates or visit      
EBSCO Training for the EHL 2016-2017 will be posted once it is made available.

Searching the EBSCO databases of the Electronic Health Library
This session will demonstrate how to use DynaMed, an evidence-based clinical reference tool  updated daily, and how to find full-text journal articles from MEDLINE with Full Text, CINAHL with Full Text  databases to which you have access through the Allied Health Professional Development Fund. An experienced medical librarian will show you the difference between DynaMed and the full-text databases and explain how each source can be used to answer patient care, teaching and research questions. The capability to print, email and save results for immediate or future use will be reviewed as will the ability to set up alerts.

After you register, you will receive an immediate confirmation from If you register for a class and do not receive an email, please check your spam filters. If you still cannot locate your confirmation email, please contact us at

Visit for more details and to register for the training sessions.


Bridging Program and Continuing Education for laboratory technologists

The NBSMLT, in partnership with the Community College of New Brunswick, has recently launched a bridging program for internationally-educated laboratory technologists available in both French and English.  The program is mostly online, but also offers a 90 hour face-to-face training and a clinical placement.  It is a CE program with continuous enrollment.
Interested technologists can register for the individual courses if they choose and courses are also open to Canadian-educated technologists for professional development or re-entry to practice.
To view the program details, click on one of these links:
MediaLab provides online safety training and compliance courses for clinical laboratories in the US and Canada.   A subscription includes all 70 MediaLab courses and the MediaLab learning management system for monitoring, documenting and customizing OSHA safety, compliance, and continuing education courses.  Try MediaLab risk-free for 30 days (  To purchase an individual suscription  (for just one user), subscribe at .  They provide online ASCLS P.A.C.E. credits to individual med techs, as well as a free web-based Quiz Game, to help techs study for board exams and review clinical laboratory science topics.

  CSMLS Distance Education

The Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) offers a variety of distance education programs to help you reach your professional goals. With over 100 courses and MODE MODULES from which to choose, you can tailor an educational program to meet the unique needs of your professional practice. For more information, contact:
 The Michener Institute

Focused on the needs of medical laboratory professionals working in all areas, The Michener Institute has a wide range of continuing education courses to enhance and build new skills, learn new technologies and achieve career growth opportunities.  Please visit for more information.
McMaster University - Master of Health Management
McMaster University offers an on-line Master program, directed to healthcare professionals who are seeking to assume or have assumed a leadership role in a variety of healthcare sectors.  Graduates of the program will demonstrate new knowledge and skills in communication, political and healthcare environments, organizational behavior and human resources management, research awareness and leadership.  This on-line, part-time course-based degree fits easily into an individual's lifestyle.  For more information, click here or visit  Applications for the September 2015 cohort are due on January 26, 2015.
BC Society of Laboratory Science webcasts available at discounted rates for OSMT members

OSMT members can subscribe at the member discount rate of $25 per webcast.
Online Introductory Infection Control Course
Queen's University
Kingston, ON

Covering broad topics in:
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Clinical Epidemiology
  • Disinfection, sterilization, environmental management
  • Surveillance, CQI & outbreaks
  • IC program management, Community infections, LTC & Home care issues
  • Resistant & emerging pathogens, antibiotic utilization & control
  • Occupational infections
  • Adult learning & teaching principles
  • Evidence-based infection control practice

~ Using the latest multimedia technology ~ Highly interactive ~ Case studies ~
 For details, visit our web site at: