What is a Lab Technician?

Visiting Campus Wellness can be overwhelming. It almost seems as if turning every corner leads down another hall filled with rooms and offices. At the same time, there are so many smiling faces ready to help you, whatever your need may be! We’d like to introduce you to Matt Sytsma!

We had a moment to chat with Matt and learn more about his role at Health Services.

What is your role at Campus Wellness?

I’m a phlebotomist, but more specifically, I’m a medical lab tech. I deal with anything to do with body fluids or body parts. I collect samples of blood or urine and prepare them for testing. We don’t test the samples on site, but testing is usually done within 24 hours of sample collection. 

What might we see you for?

So, you’ll see me when a physician requests some tests, depending on what you see them for. 

For those of us who have never heard of a medical lab technician, what did you have to do to be a lab tech?

In most cases, it’s around a 6-month career college course, though some of them may take up to 2 years. If you’d want to become a technologist, that would require a 3-4 year program with a science background.

Where can we find you on campus?

I am located in the main Health Services Building

Is there anything else you want students to know?

There are two of us in the lab, myself and Mel Erak.

Lab hours are posted on the Campus Wellness website. They change from term to term, for the usual school terms (Fall and Winter), the lab is open 5 days a week. For the Spring term, we’re here 3 days a week, so make sure to just double check before you come visit us.

Phlebotomists can also do lab testing for you, even if you have not seen one of the physicians here at Health Services. As long as the requisition is done within Ontario, we can collect and send out samples for testing. The only thing we can’t do is testing that is not covered through OHIP or UHIP.


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