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Medical Laboratory Technology

Medical Laboratory Technology

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

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
3 Years
$3,515 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Ivany Campus • Dartmouth Full time • In-class Waitlist This program location has a multi-year waitlist. Contact Admissions for more information.


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
  • analyze the composition of body fluids and secretions

In addition to their technical skills, Medical Laboratory Technologists require the ability to:

  • work both alone and as part of a team
  • manage time wisely and communicate clearly
  • exercise close attention to detail

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent, including:
    • A minimum mark of 70% in Grade 12 Academic Biology, English and Math.
    • A minimum mark of 80% in Grade 12 Academic Chemistry.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details
  • 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 may impact your ability to complete program requirements. Inability to obtain a work placement will impact the student's ability to complete program requirements and proceed through to graduation. Information on this process is provided at the beginning of your program.
  • Health and Human Services programs have additional requirements including immunizations and completion of Standard First Aid, CPR Level C. You must submit documentation that you have completed these requirements at the beginning of your program. View additional Health and Human Services program requirements.
    • Receiving immunizations may take up to 10 months to complete. Failure to complete immunizations can result in a delayed work placement.

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Clinical placement

  • You participate in work placements within the Nova Scotia Health Authority and the IWK Health Centre.
  • Clinical placements are mandatory credit courses offered throughout the duration of your program. They provide you with the opportunity to integrate theory with practice and understand the everyday challenges of a work environment.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid.
  • Students are required to complete clinical placements throughout the province.
  • Some evening, weekend and/or holiday shifts may be required.
    • Transportation, living accommodations and other costs related to work placements are the responsibility of the student.
  • During clinical placements, the theory component of the program will be delivered through Online Learning.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities.

Career options

  • 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 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 shift work (evenings, nights, weekends and holidays).

Choose NSCC

  • The MLT program has been accredited by Accreditation Canada.
  • Graduates who have successfully completed the MLT program are eligible to challenge the national certification exam for Medical Laboratory Technologist (MLT)
  • 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).
  • Develop skills to meet a growing need in the medical industry.
  • Small class sizes provide the support and attention you need to succeed.
  • Hands-on learning and work terms in real medical environments provide the experience employers look for on a résumé.
  • Continue your studies at university – This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more

Other info

  • 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.

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
ANAP 1004   Anatomy and Physiology for Med Lab Tech
MLTD 1010   Introduction to Laboratory Quality
MLTD 1013   Introduction to Microbiology
MLTD 1015   Medical Laboratory Techniques
MLTD 1016   Professional Practice I
MLTD 1017   Specimen Procurement
MLTD 1024   Introduction to Core
MLTD 1025   Introduction to Transfusion Medicine
MLTD 1026   Professional Practice II
MLTD 1050   Clinical Practicum I
MLTD 1069   Introduction to Histotechnology
MLTD 2013   Clinical Microbiology I
MLTD 2019   Histotechnology I
MLTD 2023   Clinical Microbiology II
MLTD 2024   Quality Systems
MLTD 2026   Transfusion Medicine I
MLTD 2027   Clinical Chemistry II
MLTD 2028   Hematology II
MLTD 2050   Clinical Practicum II
MLTD 2067   Clinical Chemistry I
MLTD 2068   Hematology I
MLTD 3013   Clinical Microbiology III
MLTD 3016   Transfusion Medicine II
MLTD 3017   Clinical Chemistry III
MLTD 3019   Histotechnology II
MLTD 3024   Specialized Diagnostics
MLTD 3033   Clinical Microbiology Practicum
MLTD 3035   Transfusion Medicine Practicum
MLTD 3037   Clinical Chemistry Practicum
MLTD 3038   Hematology Practicum
MLTD 3039   Histotechnology Practicum
MLTD 3050   Interdisciplinary Simulation
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act

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