Medical Laboratory Technology

Oulton College Medical Laboratory Technology  program offers a rewarding opportunity for those who want a career in science and the health care field. The MLT Program will prepare you for careers in hospital or private laboratories.

Medical Laboratory Technologist’s primary role is to perform laboratory analyses and clinical testing by conducting diagnostic tests on blood, body fluids and tissues providing  important information used in detecting illness and monitoring  patient health and well being.  

Medical Laboratory Technologists may work in areas such as Chemistry-analysis of blood and bodily fluids for diagnostic purposes. Hematology-the study of blood and blood disorders. Transfusion Medicine-transfusion of blood and blood components.  Microbiology-study of microorganisms and fungi. Histology-study of tissue at the cellular level.

Oulton College works hand-in-hand with leading hospitals and regional laboratories to ensure our graduates are highly skilled and prepared to enter the work force directly from their Practicum. The program is structured to meet the National competency profile for Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science. Students of this program are eligible to write the national certification exam.

The Medical Laboratory Technology program provides in depth theory and hands-on practical experience and training in:

  • Clinical Chemistry
  • Hematology
  • Transfusion Medicine
  • Microbiology
  • Histology
  • Blood and Specimen Collection
  • Specimen Processing Techniques
  • Analytical Principles
  • Quality Management
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Communication Skills
  • Laboratory Mathematics
  • Technical Writing and Research

Students receive theoretical training in the classroom in addition to direct hands-on experience in our modern Health Sciences Laboratory. While there are plenty of hands-on activities during this intensive 25 months program, you will also complete a 10-week Practicum in one of our partnered health care facilities.

Oulton College is currently seeking accreditation of the Medical Laboratory TechnologyProgram from the Health Standards Organization (HSO) and its affiliate accreditation (AC) through their new EQUAL Canada program.

If the health care industry interests you and you enjoy research and laboratory work, our Medical Laboratory Technology Program may be the program for you.

 

Term: February to February (Note: This is a two year program)

Practicum: 10 weeks at the end of the second year in addition to clinical rotations throughout the program.

Career Choices

Most Medical Laboratory Technologists work in hospitals and private clinics/labs.  

Other types of employment: 

  • Community Health Centres
  • Canadian Blood Services
  • Industrial laboratory/quality assurance
  • Pharmaceutical and biological sector
  • Research Laboratories
  • Laboratory equipment sales representative/technical support
  • Educational institutions 

You Will Learn

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Hematology
  • Clinical Chemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Histotechnology
  • Quality Management
  • Analytical Principles
  • Safety & Infection Control
  • Specimen & Information Management

Course Descriptions*

Anatomy & Physiology/Medical Terminology

The student will learn the different body systems, structure and function of the major organs, pathophysiology of common diseases and conditions within each system. This course will provide the foundation for subsequent courses in microanatomy, histology, transfusion science, hematology and clinical chemistry. The student will become familiar with clinical procedures, laboratory tests and abbreviations related to each system and other specialized areas of medicine.

Safety & Infection Control

The student will review and develop a working knowledge of safety and infection control protocols in the laboratory environment:

  • Standard precautions
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Utilization of safety devices
  • WHMIS
  • Spill containment and clean up procedures
  • Incident reporting
  • Occupational health and safety guidelines
  • Infection Control
  • Appropriate methods for disinfection and sterilization

Specimen & Information Management

Students will learn proper blood collection procedures for routine and specialized collections. They will also learn proper procedures in handling, transporting, processing and storing laboratory specimens. Laboratory information management and information systems are also components of this course.   

Laboratory Mathematics

Students will learn the mathematics used in a medical laboratory environment including:

  • Mathematical essentials
  • Measurement systems and conversion procedures
  • Dilutions, solutions, and concentrations
  • Charts, tables, and graphs
  • Introductory statistics
  • Clinical chemistry analysis and correlation

Immunology

Students will learn the structure and role of the immune system in health and disease. Students will learn basic concepts in immunology such as immune response to pathogens, autoimmune diseases and immunodeficiency and how they are relevant to Medical Laboratory Science. 

Haematology

Students will study blood cell lines in bone marrow, peripheral blood and other body fluids.  Students will learn to differentiate normal and abnormal blood cells and study the concepts of coagulation and hemostasis.  Students will learn to identify abnormalities and link them to diseases such as: leukemia, anemia and thrombocytosis.  

Chemistry

Students will learn to apply theories of chemical analysis performed on body fluids (blood, urine and other specimens).  Analysis of chemicals, interpretation and quality control procedures related to clinical chemistry testing will be studied. Examples of analyses include: blood glucose, cholesterol, protein levels, drug testing, and hormones.

Microbiology

Students will learn how to identify clinically significant microorganisms in specimens taken from the human body. Emphasis will be placed on isolating and identifying disease-causing bacteria and fungi.  Students will also learn how to screen and confirm microorganism resistance and susceptibility to antibiotics.  

Transfusion Science

Students will learn the major blood group systems and explain the significance of these in transfusion science. Pre-transfusion testing such as ABO/Rh typing, antibody screening, blood products and compatibility testing will be studied.  

Histotechnology

Students will learn the principles and practices of preserving and preparing clinical specimens for histological and microscopic examination. Microanatomy of body tissues and identification of tissue components in various staining techniques will be studied.    

Interprofessional Healthcare

Students will have the opportunity to work with other health science students to cultivate collaborative practices in providing patient-centred health care.  Students will learn about other health science disciplines and be provided with opportunities to enhance teamwork and communication skills. 

Quality Management /Result correlations

Students will learn about all aspects of quality management in laboratory practices.  There will be an emphasis on quality control techniques, quality policies, planning and quality assurance.  Students will also learn the importance of quality management processes in ensuring patient safety and accuracy of test results. 

Analytical Principles

Students will learn about analytical principles used in the analysis of laboratory specimens in clinical laboratories. Students will learn about various analytical techniques including spectrophotometry, electrochemistry, chromatography, electrophoresis and immunoassays.

*Content is subject to change by administration as required to meet program and profession standards.
*The following are high level course descriptions.  More detailed information to come as curriculum is developed.  

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 Diploma, Adult Diploma or GED
  • Grade 11 or 12 English* with minimum 65%
  • Grade 11 or 12  Sciences* (2) with a minimum 65% :
    • Biology*
    • Chemistry*
    • Physics*
  • Grade 11 or 12 Academic Math Level* with a minimum 65% 
  • Faculty Interview
  • Aptitude Test
  • Acceptance by the Admissions Committee
  • Completion of the Pre-Enrollment Package
  • Other credits from university considered assets
  • Geographical quotas may be considered

*Level II or University Prepartory courses are required
Based on New Brunswick Anglophone High School Curriculum.
For other provincial or international requirements please contact us directly.

Unless they have completed a minimum of three years of study at a school where English is the language of instruction, international students whose first language is not English must submit proof of English language proficiency:

  • CAEL – 70
  • IELTS – 7.0
  • TOEFL – 550 paper based, 270 computer based
  • MELAB - 90

Medical Laboratory Technology

Oulton College Medical Laboratory Technology  program offers a rewarding opportunity for those who want a career in science and the health care field. The MLT Program will prepare you for careers in hospital or private laboratories.

Medical Laboratory Technologist’s primary role is to perform laboratory analyses and clinical testing by conducting diagnostic tests on blood, body fluids and tissues providing  important information used in detecting illness and monitoring  patient health and well being.  

Medical Laboratory Technologists may work in areas such as Chemistry-analysis of blood and bodily fluids for diagnostic purposes. Hematology-the study of blood and blood disorders. Transfusion Medicine-transfusion of blood and blood components.  Microbiology-study of microorganisms and fungi. Histology-study of tissue at the cellular level.

Oulton College works hand-in-hand with leading hospitals and regional laboratories to ensure our graduates are highly skilled and prepared to enter the work force directly from their Practicum. The program is structured to meet the National competency profile for Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science. Students of this program are eligible to write the national certification exam.

The Medical Laboratory Technology program provides in depth theory and hands-on practical experience and training in:

  • Clinical Chemistry
  • Hematology
  • Transfusion Medicine
  • Microbiology
  • Histology
  • Blood and Specimen Collection
  • Specimen Processing Techniques
  • Analytical Principles
  • Quality Management
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Communication Skills
  • Laboratory Mathematics
  • Technical Writing and Research

Students receive theoretical training in the classroom in addition to direct hands-on experience in our modern Health Sciences Laboratory. While there are plenty of hands-on activities during this intensive 25 months program, you will also complete a 10-week Practicum in one of our partnered health care facilities.

Oulton College is currently seeking accreditation of the Medical Laboratory TechnologyProgram from the Health Standards Organization (HSO) and its affiliate accreditation (AC) through their new EQUAL Canada program.

If the health care industry interests you and you enjoy research and laboratory work, our Medical Laboratory Technology Program may be the program for you.

 

Term: February to February (Note: This is a two year program)

Practicum: 10 weeks at the end of the second year in addition to clinical rotations throughout the program.

Career Choices

Career Choices

Most Medical Laboratory Technologists work in hospitals and private clinics/labs.  

Other types of employment: 

  • Community Health Centres
  • Canadian Blood Services
  • Industrial laboratory/quality assurance
  • Pharmaceutical and biological sector
  • Research Laboratories
  • Laboratory equipment sales representative/technical support
  • Educational institutions 

You Will Learn

You Will Learn

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Hematology
  • Clinical Chemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Histotechnology
  • Quality Management
  • Analytical Principles
  • Safety & Infection Control
  • Specimen & Information Management

Course Description

Course Descriptions*

Anatomy & Physiology/Medical Terminology

The student will learn the different body systems, structure and function of the major organs, pathophysiology of common diseases and conditions within each system. This course will provide the foundation for subsequent courses in microanatomy, histology, transfusion science, hematology and clinical chemistry. The student will become familiar with clinical procedures, laboratory tests and abbreviations related to each system and other specialized areas of medicine.

Safety & Infection Control

The student will review and develop a working knowledge of safety and infection control protocols in the laboratory environment:

  • Standard precautions
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Utilization of safety devices
  • WHMIS
  • Spill containment and clean up procedures
  • Incident reporting
  • Occupational health and safety guidelines
  • Infection Control
  • Appropriate methods for disinfection and sterilization

Specimen & Information Management

Students will learn proper blood collection procedures for routine and specialized collections. They will also learn proper procedures in handling, transporting, processing and storing laboratory specimens. Laboratory information management and information systems are also components of this course.   

Laboratory Mathematics

Students will learn the mathematics used in a medical laboratory environment including:

  • Mathematical essentials
  • Measurement systems and conversion procedures
  • Dilutions, solutions, and concentrations
  • Charts, tables, and graphs
  • Introductory statistics
  • Clinical chemistry analysis and correlation

Immunology

Students will learn the structure and role of the immune system in health and disease. Students will learn basic concepts in immunology such as immune response to pathogens, autoimmune diseases and immunodeficiency and how they are relevant to Medical Laboratory Science. 

Haematology

Students will study blood cell lines in bone marrow, peripheral blood and other body fluids.  Students will learn to differentiate normal and abnormal blood cells and study the concepts of coagulation and hemostasis.  Students will learn to identify abnormalities and link them to diseases such as: leukemia, anemia and thrombocytosis.  

Chemistry

Students will learn to apply theories of chemical analysis performed on body fluids (blood, urine and other specimens).  Analysis of chemicals, interpretation and quality control procedures related to clinical chemistry testing will be studied. Examples of analyses include: blood glucose, cholesterol, protein levels, drug testing, and hormones.

Microbiology

Students will learn how to identify clinically significant microorganisms in specimens taken from the human body. Emphasis will be placed on isolating and identifying disease-causing bacteria and fungi.  Students will also learn how to screen and confirm microorganism resistance and susceptibility to antibiotics.  

Transfusion Science

Students will learn the major blood group systems and explain the significance of these in transfusion science. Pre-transfusion testing such as ABO/Rh typing, antibody screening, blood products and compatibility testing will be studied.  

Histotechnology

Students will learn the principles and practices of preserving and preparing clinical specimens for histological and microscopic examination. Microanatomy of body tissues and identification of tissue components in various staining techniques will be studied.    

Interprofessional Healthcare

Students will have the opportunity to work with other health science students to cultivate collaborative practices in providing patient-centred health care.  Students will learn about other health science disciplines and be provided with opportunities to enhance teamwork and communication skills. 

Quality Management /Result correlations

Students will learn about all aspects of quality management in laboratory practices.  There will be an emphasis on quality control techniques, quality policies, planning and quality assurance.  Students will also learn the importance of quality management processes in ensuring patient safety and accuracy of test results. 

Analytical Principles

Students will learn about analytical principles used in the analysis of laboratory specimens in clinical laboratories. Students will learn about various analytical techniques including spectrophotometry, electrochemistry, chromatography, electrophoresis and immunoassays.

*Content is subject to change by administration as required to meet program and profession standards.
*The following are high level course descriptions.  More detailed information to come as curriculum is developed.  

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 Diploma, Adult Diploma or GED
  • Grade 11 or 12 English* with minimum 65%
  • Grade 11 or 12  Sciences* (2) with a minimum 65% :
    • Biology*
    • Chemistry*
    • Physics*
  • Grade 11 or 12 Academic Math Level* with a minimum 65% 
  • Faculty Interview
  • Aptitude Test
  • Acceptance by the Admissions Committee
  • Completion of the Pre-Enrollment Package
  • Other credits from university considered assets
  • Geographical quotas may be considered

*Level II or University Prepartory courses are required
Based on New Brunswick Anglophone High School Curriculum.
For other provincial or international requirements please contact us directly.

Unless they have completed a minimum of three years of study at a school where English is the language of instruction, international students whose first language is not English must submit proof of English language proficiency:

  • CAEL – 70
  • IELTS – 7.0
  • TOEFL – 550 paper based, 270 computer based
  • MELAB - 90

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