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School of Health and Life Sciences

Medical Laboratory Technology

Sep 08, 2020
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  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 2 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of C- in the course(s) or program

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As a registered medical laboratory technologist, you will assist in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease. In this program the focus will be on the analysis of human blood and body fluids for microorganisms and cellular and chemical components. Compatibility testing of blood and blood products, plus preparation of tissue samples for microscopic examination.

 


Did you know

An MLT career focuses on the analysis of human blood and body fluids!

Employment rates reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and do not guarantee future employment opportunities.

Salaries reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and are not a guarantee of future alumni income.

Hands-on, industry-relevant training 

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 a registered 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.

Students can expect to spend on average:

Phase I:  49 weeks with 27 hours per week in class experience at NAIT Main Campus.  Augmented with 20 to 23 hours per week studying and completing class assignments. 

Phase II:  38 weeks of Clinical Placement (7.5 hours per day, five days per week).  Plus completion of IPHE1201 Interprofessional Healthcare.


Open Studies Pathway

You now have an additional pathway to the School of Health and Life Sciences at NAIT. Complete one or more select Open Studies courses to be guaranteed a program entrance interview.

Enter the workforce with confidence 

Graduates typically find employment in hospitals, community health centres, private clinical laboratories, research laboratories, pharmaceutical companies and educational institutions.

You are also eligible to challenge the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) exam to obtain national certification and become a registered medical laboratory technologist.

Medical Laboratory Technology graduates are eligible for credit toward:

•Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management (BTech-TM), NAIT 

•Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science, University of Alberta

•Bachelor of Science - Human Sciences, Athabasca University

•Bachelor of Health Sciences, Thompson Rivers University

Internationally recognized credentials may be obtained from the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.

 Some U.S. states recognize NAIT as an approved training school and recognize CSMLS certification.

Have questions? We've got answers

If you’re looking for more information or have a question about the Medical Lab Technology program, we can help.

Our program advisors are here to answer your questions.

Email: medlabtech@nait.ca

  • Tel: 780.471.7662
  • Fax: 780.471.8902

 



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