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: $128
Rec. & Athletics: $70
Books, Supplies & Program Fees (est.)
Semester 1: $1,200
Semester 2: $500
Semester 3: $900
Semester 4: $900
Semester 5: $900
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: The interview for the MLT program is online. Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.
- Career/Program Assessment - Career Investigation Report is not required for admissions. 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
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. Failure to meet the Police Information Check, immunization and tuberculosis testing requirements may result in denial of access to clinical training.
- 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.
- 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 82%. 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 ranked based on:
- Academics - 40% (based on academic average of the required 30 level courses)
- Interview - 40%
- Career/Program Assessment - 20%
- 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
For general application and special selections, ranging from $500 to $5,000, see Scholarships & Bursaries.