About the Program
As part of the health-care team, Medical Laboratory Technologists perform a variety of laboratory tests and procedures to assist in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease.
Medical Laboratory Technology focuses on the analysis of human blood and body fluids. In the program, students learn how to provide quality patient care by being introduced to
- How to work safely in a level II containment laboratory
- The process of collection of specimens for analysis
- How to procure, analyze, interpret & report quality laboratory results
- How to think critically and how to communicate, and collaborate inter-professionally
- The professional responsibility of an MLT, including scope of practice, ethics, accountability, and professional development.
Phase I of the Medical Laboratory Technology program begins every September and consists of 49 weeks of classroom instruction with related practical laboratory sessions on NAIT Main Campus. This includes (two) 15 week semesters, (one) 4 week intersession, and (one) additional 15 week semester.
Phase II consists of 38 weeks of Work Integrated Learning (WIL) at an affiliated training site in Edmonton, Grande Prairie or Red Deer. WIL provides practical experience in a variety of clinical settings. It also includes exposure to research and assessments in preparation for the CSMLS exam. Emphasis is placed on practical application of concepts studied at NAIT and on development of organizational and professionalism skills.
Tuition & Fees (Cost per semester)
Cost Per Credit: $223
Tuition Cap: $2,085
Health & Dental: $132
Rec. & Athletics: $70
Books, Supplies & Program Fees (est.)
Semester 1: $750
Semester 2: $1150
Semester 3: $950
Semester 4: $350
Semester 5: $Spring:TBA
Please note: This information is provided to help you estimate your costs for student financing. Some courses may also have additional expenses. Students who take all of their courses online are exempt from U-Pass, Health & Dental, and Recreation & Athletics fees. All fees are subject to change.
65% in each of
- English 30-1
- Pure Math 30 or Math 30-1
- Chemistry 30
- Biology 30
Competitive Entrance - 75% overall average
Additional Academic Requirements that may be completed after applying to the program:
- 5 or more credits of post-secondary Human Anatomy and Physiology or Human Physiology completed within 5 years of the application deadline with a final grade of 60% or greater. The NAIT Continuing Education Course that meets this prerequisite requirement is ANPH100 Anatomy and Physiology.
- 1 credit of post-secondary Medical Terminology completed within the last 5 years of the application deadline with a minimum final grade of 60% completion of NAIT's Medical Terminology challenge examination with a minimum 60% pass. You can take ITMS100 - Medical Terminology to meet this prerequisite requirement.
NOTE: The 2 post-secondary course pre-requisites of Human Anatomy & Physiology and Medical Terminology do not need to be completed by the application deadline. Proof of course completion with a passing grade of at least 60% Must be submitted to the student application file by July 31st .
View the English Language Proficiency Requirements for the Program: NAIT | English Language Proficiency
- Online Interview: Your knowledge of the profession will be assessed during the interview process. The following activities are encouraged to ensure an adequate understanding of the expectations and duties of the program and profession:
- Review of program website
- Open House information sessions
- Program Preview
- Tours of Medical Laboratory Facilities*
*Selected dates for visits at one of the medical laboratories listed below are available:
- DynaLIFE, Edmonton - Clinical Support Team Administrative Assistant: 780-451-3702 Ext 3235
- Grande Prairie - Judy Braun: 780-830-2856
- Red Deer Regional Hospital - Bev Krysko: 403-309-2894
- Northern Lights Health Regional Centre, Fort McMurray - Deb Geldart: 780-791-6160
- Medicine Hat Regional Hospital Laboratory - 403-529-8830
- Victoria General Hospital - Ann Megan Berg: 250-727-4334.
- Immunization Requirements - Students are required to be immunized against vaccine preventable diseases, as determined by Alberta Health. After acceptance into the program, students will be given further information on immunization requirements. If you do not meet the immunization requirements, your work integrated learning experience (clinical training) may be refused by a clinical site, and there may be restrictions to campus lab and clinic experience, which may ultimately impede your progress in the program.
- Police Information Check - Students are required to provide a current Police Information Check (also referred to as a Security Clearance or Criminal Record Check) which must include a Vulnerable Sector Search. Please do not proceed with the Police Information Check until an offer of acceptance and follow-up instructions have been issued by the program. The Police Information Check is only considered valid when reviewed by a NAIT official within 90 days of completion. If you do not meet the police information check requirements, your work integrated learning experience (clinical training) may be refused by a clinical site, which may ultimately impede your progress in the program.
- Biosafety Course Requirement - Biosafety is mandatory for all students in the MLT program to ensure compliance with the Human Pathogens and Toxins Act. A biosafety course will be delivered online using Moodle. Students will be directed on deadlines and completion requirements during program specific orientation. If course requirements are not met, access to designated labs may be denied.
- Computer Literacy - Students must have basic computer literacy, which includes basic word processing, spreadsheets, Internet and email.
Student Selection Process and Criteria
Student selection is competitive and based on criteria that may include academic achievement beyond the stated minimum prerequisites. The selection process is based on:
Phase 1 - Academic entrance requirements are reviewed by the Office of the Registrar and applicants are shortlisted for interview and career assessment based on academic achievement. Last year, applicants successful in receiving an interview had a minimum average of 86%. Applicants with prior NAIT Health Sciences credentials or who have successfully completed at least one approved Open Studies course in the School of Health and Life Sciences with a minimum of 75% may be given special consideration for the interview shortlist.
Phase 2 - Shortlisted applicants are interviewed and ranked. Final selection is based strictly on the interview scores; academics presented in Phase 1 must be maintained. The format for Phase 2 is prerecorded online video interviews. Candidates who are successful in moving to Phase 2 will be given adequate notice of the interview requirements and instructions. The interview process consists of two components: part a) The School of Health and Life Sciences interview, and part b) the Program specific interview. The interview scores are combined for a ranking score. Applicants must complete both interview components to be considered for an admission. The first round of interviews will occur in December for applicants that submit a complete application prior to November 1st.
- Length: 38 weeks - five days per week - actual hours per day will vary depending on site - hours of work may include early or late shifts and weekends.
- Salary: There is no salary or stipend received during the clinical placement.
- Dates: from January to October with orientation in December.
- Relocation: Clinical sites are located in Edmonton, Grande Prairie, and Red Deer.
Accreditation & Industry Certification
- This program is fully accredited.
- Graduates are eligible to challenge examinations set by the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) to obtain national certification as a registered medical laboratory technologist in Canada.
- For credential recognition in the United States see ASCP website: American Society of Clinical Pathologists.
Scholarships & Bursaries
|Alberta Blue Cross 50th Anniversary - Health Sciences||1250.00||1|
Available to full-time students entering a Health Sciences program at NAIT of two or more years' duration. Awarded on the basis of superior academic achievement and demonstrated financial need.
|Beckman Coulter Award - MLT - Fall||250.00||1|
Available to second year students enrolled in the Medical Laboratory Technology Program who have successfully completed the clinical training phase of the program. The award is based on academic achievement and a high level of technical excellence in the medical laboratory discipline during the clinical phase, as well as, the ability to deal harmoniously with patients, a team of co-workers and other healthcare personnel. Students must also demonstrate a genuine interest and a commitment to the field of Medical Laboratory Technology.
|bioMerieux Canada Inc. Microbiology Award - Fall||1000.00||1|
Available to second year students enrolled in the Medical Laboratory Technology program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of a high academic standing in theoretical Microbiology, above average bench skills with an emphasis on efficiency and team work, and keen problem solving and investigative skills coupled with excellent logic.
|Coca-Cola Bottling Ltd. Scholarship I||1000.00||3|
Available to second year students in the schools of Business Administration and Health Sciences. This award is based on outstanding academic achievement in the first year marks.
|Coca-Cola Bottling Ltd. Scholarship II||1000.00||4|
Available to first year students in the schools of Business Administration and Health Sciences. This award is based on outstanding academic achievement in the first semester marks.
|Dr. T.A Kasper Award of Excellence - Winter||4000.00||1|
Available to a student enrolled in the Medical Laboratory Technology/Cytotechnology program at NAIT who has completed the didactic component of the program. Awarded on the basis of highest academic achievement and general proficiency in the program.
|DynaLIFE Medical Labs Award - Winter||500.00||1|
Available to a student entering second year in the Medical Laboratory Technology program. Awarded on the basis of general proficiency and academic achievement.
|Eileen Turgeon Bursary||2000.00||1|
Available to students enrolled in the second year of the Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technology, Cytotechnology, Emergency Medical Technology – Paramedic, Magnetic Resonance, Medical Laboratory Technology, Medical Radiologic Technology or Respiratory Therapy program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of satisfactory academic achievement and demonstrated financial need.
|Histotechnology Proficiency Scholarship I - Spring||500.00||1|
Available to first year students enrolled in the Cytotechnology or Medical Laboratory Technology programs. Awarded on the basis of proficiency in Histotechnology (HSTO1106) as defined by lab and theory marks, with a minimum 75% average in each. In addition, the recipient must exhibit professional qualities as outlined in the MLT and CYTO Professionalism Guidelines which includes punctuality, accountability, communication, attitude and respect, time management, initiative, and teamwork.
|Katie & John Lashuk Bursary||2000.00||2|
Available to students entering the second year of a program in the School of Health Sciences at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of satisfactory academic achievement in the first year and demonstrated financial need.
|Krista Patriquin Hematology Scholarship - Winter||1000.00||1|
Available to first year students enrolled in the Medical Laboratory Technology program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of proficiency in Hematology as defined by lab and theory marks, with a minimum 75% average in each. In addition, the recipient must demonstrate an aptitude/desire to learn hematology and must exhibit a professional attitude in the lab and classroom setting.
|Ortho-Clinical Diagnostic Systems Award - Fall||250.00||1|
Awarded on the basis of academic achievement and general proficiency to a graduate of the Medical Laboratory Technology program.
|Professional Practices Excellence Award - Winter||500.00||1|
Available to second year students enrolled in the Medical Laboratory Technology program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of academic achievement in Professional Practices (MELT1103) and the demonstration of professionalism through punctuality and attendance, attitude and behavior, accountability and responsibility, and inter-personal skills in all courses during their didactic year.
|TH Bursary I||1000.00||1|
Available to a second year student in the School of Health and Life Sciences. Awarded on the basis of financial need and satisfactory academic achievement (a minimum GPA of 2.0). Preference may be given to a single parent or to a student who has overcome adversity in their life such as mental illness or a learning disability. Applicants with a documented disability must be enrolled in a minimum of six credits.
|TH Bursary II||1000.00||1|
Available to a first year student in the School of Health and Life Sciences. Awarded on the basis of financial need and satisfactory academic achievement (a minimum GPA of 2.0). Preference may be given to a single parent or to a student who has overcome adversity in their life such as mental illness or a learning disability. Applicants with a documented disability must be enrolled in a minimum of six credits.
|The Alberta College of Medical Laboratory Technologists - MLT/CYT Award - Spring||500.00||1|
Available to a second year student enrolled in the Medical Laboratory Technology or Cytotechnology program at NAIT. Awarded on the basis of qualities of leadership, cooperation, and empathy while making a conscious effort to succeed in the career of Medical Laboratory Technology or Cytotechnology.
For general application and special selections, ranging from $500 to $5,000, see Scholarships & Bursaries.