Medical Laboratory Technology

CampusStart Date
Saint JohnSeptember 2018

Program Overview

Medical Laboratory Technologists are excited by life under a microscope. They work with laboratory equipment to conduct and analyze microscopic, immunologic, biologic, bacteriologic, hematologic, and chemical tests. You'll learn how to evaluate the technical validity of bodily specimens, and how to perform laboratory investigations related to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease. The demand for qualified Medical Laboratory Technologists is high and your work will feel meaningful as an important member of a healthcare team.


The requirements for this diploma program may be achieved within two and one-half years of full-time study.

Admission Requirements

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  • High School Diploma or Adult High School Diploma or GED Diploma of High School Equivalency
    • Foundations of Mathematics 110
      Geometry and Applications in Mathematics 112 and Functions and Relations 112
      • Total of three (3) sciences, including at least two (2) from the following:
        • Biology 112 or 122
        • Chemistry 112 or 122
        • Physics 112 or 122

      (NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies)

      Career Possibilities

      Graduates can work in hospital medical laboratories or public health departments. They may also be found in medical clinics, blood transfusion services, biological supply houses, veterinarian hospitals, research centres and related commercial fields. Medical Laboratory Technologists often work shifts including days, evenings and midnights. Graduates working in a New Brunswick hospital laboratory will need to be registered with the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Sciences (CSMLS) and licensed by the New Brunswick Society of Medical Laboratory Technologists (NBSMLT).

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      NOC Codes

      3211 - Medical laboratory technologists
      3212 - Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists' assistants

      Additional Statements
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      Work in an environment where...
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      What you will learn

      • Ethics and Professionalism
      • Health and Safety
      • Communications
      • Anatomy and Physiology
      • Clinical Chemistry
      • Hematology
      • Histotechnology
      • Transfusion Science
      • Clinical Microbiology
      • Phlebotomy
      • Urinalysis
      • Clinical Practicums

      Specific Considerations

      Good health and a good level of physical fitness and stamina are essential. Individuals with colour blindness will find difficulty with certain aspects of required microscopic work and should contact the program directly. MLTs must have a strong attention to detail, critical and analytical skills are essential. The ability to multi-task, prioritize and communication skills are also essential. Good motor skills, manual dexterity, hand eye coordination, and the ability to work in a rapidly changing environment are needed. In addition to analytical work, students are required to interact with patients while performing tasks such as drawing blood. Prior to the beginning of the applied workplace experience, host facilities throughout the province may require the completion of an Immunization and Medical form, proof of valid CPR Level C Lifesaver certification, and specific immunizations. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that he or she has met these requirements.

      Host agencies require students to provide a current criminal record check and vulnerable sector check from a recognized police service in order to be considered for an applied workplace experience. Individuals who have been convicted criminally and not pardoned may be prohibited from proceeding to a work placement. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that he or she is eligible to participate.

      There is a strong possibility due to the number of clinical placements available, in order to complete your practicum, you will be required to travel to clinical sites outside the Saint John area for a six month period. The practicum is required to graduate from the Medical Laboratory Technology Program. Costs incurred for travel and accommodation are at your own expense.

      The Bridging Program was developed in cooperation with the New Brunswick Society of Medical Laboratory Technologists (NBSMLT) and Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick (CCNB). It enables professionals in the field who have been educated internationally to obtain Canadian certification to work in New Brunswick. It is the only program of this kind offered in both official languages in Canada. For more information see:


      Organization: Canadian Medical Association (CMA )
      Accreditation Period: 2010
      Information: The Medical Laboratory Technology program is accredited by the Canadian Medical Association conjoint accreditation services.

      External Certifications

      Medical Laboratory Technology graduates may have an opportunity to acquire the following external certifications upon meeting the external agencies certification requirements and paying any required fees to the external agency:

      Institution: Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Sciences (CSMLS)
      External Certification: Medical Laboratory Technologist (MLT) - CSMLS
      Information: The student may challenge the Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Sciences National Certification Examination. If successful, the student becomes certified by the CSMLS and is given the designation MLT. This certification provides the technologist with mobility options throughout the country and in other parts of the world.


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