The Medical Laboratory Science Technology Program prepares students to work as medical laboratory technologists.
Medical laboratory technologists are part of a team of clinical heath care professionals. They perform a variety of specialized tests using high-tech equipment that assists physicians in diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease in patients.
- Drawing blood samples from patients
- Preparing a wide variety of sample types for analysis such as blood, body fluids, tissue samples and culture swabs
- Performing the requested testing procedures using a range of testing techniques. Examples: using an automated analyzer to perform chemical measurements; identifying cells and bacteria visually using a microscope
- Interpreting and validating the testing results based on a quality assurance system
Medical Laboratory Technology Science Diploma Courses
As a medical laboratory technologist, you'll perform a variety of specialized tests using high-tech instrumentation to help medical practitioners diagnose, treat, and prevent disease. Professional responsibilities include collecting and preparing specimens for analysis; testing blood, body fluids, tissue samples; and interpreting results. You'll work independently, but as an important part of the health-care team. Educational opportunities include a PostDiploma Bachelor of Science in Medical Lab Technology a Bachelor of Health Sciences. Post-diploma professional development is also offered locally, provincially, and nationally. CNC's Medical Laboratory Technology Science Diploma program is fully accredited. After graduating, you'll be eligible to write the CSMLS national examination to become professionally certified, which qualifies you to work as a medical laboratory technologist anywhere in Canada.
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||2.5 years (to be completed within 5 years) - 1.5 in the classroom, and 1 in practicum
- Grade 12 or equivalent.
- The following courses, each with a grade of “C” or higher:
- English 12 or English 12: First Peoples or equivalent
- Biology 12 or equivalent
- Chemistry 12 or equivalent
- Foundations of Math 12 or PreCalculus 12 or equivalent
- Completion of Self-Report on Suitability form.
- Completion of the Medical Laboratory Technology Career Investigation Report form.
Need help meeting these requirements? Check out our Academic Upgrading options.
All students will be selected using the following criteria:
1. The cumulative grade point average of the required English, biology, chemistry and mathematics courses contributes its actual points – e.g., a GPA of 3.2 contributes 3.2 points. Max 4.00 points
2. 30 credits or more at the post secondary level, or 1-year equivalency, contributes 2 points. Max 3.00 points
3. A completed “Medical Laboratory Technology Career Investigation Report” contributes up to 6 points. Max 6.00 points
4. Residents of BC or the Yukon will be awarded 1 point. Max 1.00 point
5. Certified as a Medical Laboratory Assistant. Max 1.00 point
Total possible points 14.00
- When you are accepted into the program, you will have to supply us with documents certifying you have current immunizations, and health examinations. We will send you more information in your acceptance package.
- You will have to undergo a criminal record search with the BC Ministry of Justice at the beginning of the program. A search which identifies relevant criminal convictions may prevent you from entering clinical or practicum setting components of the program and therefore may make you not able to graduate.
- The costs of immunizations and criminal record checks are the responsibility of the student.
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The estimated cost per semester is $3,100. Off campus placement is $10,597
These costs are an estimate. Student fees vary by campus.
Books for this program can be purchased from the bookstore.
Paying for college
Not all segments of this program are eligible for student loans. Students need to begin financial planning early
We're here to help. You can apply for scholarships and bursaries through CNC. We can also help you find loans and other funding. Visit Financial aid to find out how.
Salaries and employment
Looking for a job? Check the student employment opportunities board.