Health Career Profiles

Medical Laboratory Technologist

Career Description

With the use of microscopes, chemical analyzers and other high-tech instruments, Medical Laboratory Technologists detect and diagnose illness by carefully analyzing samples of patients’ tissues and bodily fluids and conveying what they find to a patient’s doctor. This field of study requires an in-depth understanding of the biological and chemical sciences.

Academic and Licensing Requirements

  • Completion of High School or equivalent with the requisite academic courses
  • Completion of a 3 year general Medical Laboratory Technologist program

Upon completion of study, an individual is required to write the national certification exam which is administered through the Canadian Society for Laboratory Science.

Once an individual has passed the national certification examination they must register with the Nova Scotia College of Medical Laboratory Technologists.

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