Are you a detail and accuracy-oriented individual looking for a career in the health care sector? Become a Medical Laboratory Technologist by enrolling in this two-year program.
As a medical laboratory technologist, you will be part of a team of clinical heath care professionals. In this program, you will learn to perform a variety of specialized tests using high-tech equipment that assists physicians in diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease in patients.
What you will learn
Upon completion of this program, you will have the knowledge, skills and abilities to confidently perform the following duties:
- 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.
Locations & Dates
CNC programs have varying lengths and start dates to meet your needs, and are offered across multiple campuses where possible. Don’t see the campus you’re looking for? Check back with us soon as this page is updated throughout the school year.
- Grade 12 or equivalent.
- The following courses, each with a grade of “C” or higher:
- 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.
A program for which seats are filled based on approved selection criteria. Such criteria may include, but are not limited to, assessment, portfolio submissions, interviews and grade point average. Meeting the minimum requirements for admission does not guarantee acceptance to the program.
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
Complete an Application Package
You must submit an application package as part of your application process. Please save this file to your computer, complete it, and submit with your application to the program.
MLTS Application Package 2023S
- 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.
Invest in your future
The estimated cost per semester is $3,100. Off campus placement is $10,597
These costs are an estimate. Student fees vary by campus. Check the fee schedule for more details.
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.