Medical Laboratory Technology

Perform lab testing and investigations related to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease.

Start Date:
3 Years
Full-time (In-class)
+Locations & Availability
September 2017 Waterfront Campus • Dartmouth • Waitlist 2019New applications may be waitlisted until Fall 2019.

Program Overview

As part of the healthcare team, Medical Laboratory Technologists (MLT) perform laboratory testing and investigations related to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease in a wide variety of specimens, including blood, body fluids and tissues. Medical Laboratory Technologists are scientific fact finders who operate a variety of complicated instrumentation, prepare tissues, study cells and micro-organisms under the microscope and analyze the composition of body fluids and secretions.

Medical Laboratory Technologists work in a dynamic and ever-evolving environment that requires close attention to detail and the ability to work both alone and as part of a team. Aside from their technical skills, the MLT must be able to manage time wisely and communicate clearly.

i Student Highlights are comments provided by students about their experiences. Students also share information that they think will help future students learn more about the program. Highlights reflect individual experiences (which can vary by student).

Student Highlights

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    Highlight"The great instructors!"
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    Favourite"The clinical experience."
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    Cool Activity"Taking blood from each other!"

Admission Requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent, including:
    • A minimum mark of 70% in Grade 12 Academic English, Mathematics and Biology.
    • A minimum mark of 80% in Grade 12 Academic Chemistry.
  • If you do not have the required academic credits, NSCC offers a variety of credit courses through the Academic & Career Connections program.

Program Requirements

  • A current, official Criminal Record check and Vulnerable Sector check are required to complete work placements in this program. A conviction or finding may impact your ability to complete program requirements. Information on this process will be provided at the beginning of your program.
  • Health & Human Services programs have additional requirements including immunizations and completion of First Aid/CPR. You must submit documentation that you have completed these requirements at the beginning of your program. – Health & Human Services Additional Program Requirements (PDF 68KB).

Employment Opportunities

  • Medical Laboratory Technologists are one of the largest groups of healthcare professionals in Canada. Due to a national shortage of qualified technologists, the outlook for employment opportunities is very positive.
  • Graduates who have successfully completed the national certification exam are qualified to apply for licensing with the Nova Scotia College of Medical Laboratory Technologists. Once they become licensed, they are eligible to work in any medical laboratory in the province.
  • Medical lab graduates also have several other employment options, such as research and pharmaceutical labs, sales, technical support and education.
  • Medical laboratory services are generally required on a 24-hour basis. As a result, most positions in medical labs require some shift work (evenings, nights, weekends and holidays).

Other Info

  • Many employers in this sector require one or all of the following as part of the hiring process: current, official Criminal Record check, Vulnerable Sector check and/or Child Abuse Register search. A conviction or finding may impact your ability to secure employment.
  • Students complete clinical placements in medical laboratories within the Nova Scotia Health Authority. Students are not guaranteed the placement of their choice and will be required to complete placements in communities throughout the province. During the clinical training, students may be scheduled for some evening and/or weekend shifts. Students are required to provide their own transportation to clinical sites and may be required to find accommodation during some portions of clinical placement.
  • After successful completion of the first year of study of the MLT program, you meet the competency requirements for the Medical Laboratory Assistant (MLA) role and are eligible to challenge the national certification exam for MLA.
  • The nature of medical laboratory work requires healthy skin and general good health.
  • Students with colour blindness should discuss this condition with their physician before pursuing a career in medical laboratory science. The ability to clearly differentiate colours is essential for working in clinical laboratories.
  • The MLT program has been recognized by the Canadian Medical Association.
  • During clinical placements the theory component of the program will be delivered through Online Learning.
  • The MLT program has been recognized by the Canadian Armed Forces and now qualifies for a Canadian Armed Forces Paid Education program. Students who graduate from the program may receive advanced standing as a Medical Laboratory Technologist in the Canadian Armed Forces (subject to successful enrolment in the Canadian Armed Forces).
  • Continue your studies at university. This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more.

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
ANAP 1004   Anatomy and Physiology for Med Lab Tech
ANAP 1022   Microanatomy
MLTD 1000   Safe Practice for Medical Laboratory Technology
MLTD 1003   Medical Terminology for Medical Laboratory Technology
MLTD 1004   General Medical Laboratory Procedures
MLTD 1005   Basic Laboratory Calculations for Medical Laboratory Technology
MLTD 1011   Human Relations for Medical Laboratory Technology
MLTD 1012   Specimen Procurement
MLTD 1014   Communications for Medical Laboratory Technology
MLTD 1020   Media Preparation
MLTD 1021   Professional Responsibilities
MLTD 1023   Introduction to Microbiology
MLTD 1027   Introduction to Clinical Chemistry
MLTD 1028   Introduction to Hematology
MLTD 1029   Introduction to Histotechnology/Cytology
MLTD 1050   Clinical Practicum I
MLTD 2013   Clinical Microbiology I
MLTD 2014   Quality Management
MLTD 2016   Introduction to Immunology
MLTD 2017   Clinical Chemistry I
MLTD 2018   Hematology I
MLTD 2019   Histotechnology I
MLTD 2020   Molecular Diagnostics
MLTD 2023   Clinical Microbiology II
MLTD 2025   Introduction to Transfusion Medicine
MLTD 2027   Clinical Chemistry II
MLTD 2028   Hematology II
MLTD 2050   Clinical Practicum II
MLTD 3013   Clinical Microbiology III
MLTD 3015   Transfusion Medicine I
MLTD 3017   Clinical Chemistry III
MLTD 3018   Hematology III
MLTD 3019   Histotechnology II
MLTD 3023   Clinical Microbiology IV
MLTD 3025   Transfusion Medicine II
MLTD 3027   Clinical Chemistry IV
MLTD 3028   Hematology IV
MLTD 3029   Histotechnology III
MLTD 3033   Clinical Microbiology Practicum
MLTD 3035   Transfusion Medicine Practicum
MLTD 3037   Clinical Chemistry Practicum
MLTD 3038   Hematology Practicum
MLTD 3039   Histotechnology Practicum
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act

Additional Graduation Requirements

CSMLS Student Membership
Immunization form Completion
Portfolio Development
Standard First Aid, CPR Level C

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