Step-by-Step Guide to Working in Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia needs skilled medical laboratory technologists (MLT) to work in a variety of professional situations in our cities and smaller communities. MLTs are needed because of the large number of current MLTs who will retire within the next 5-10 years and because of the increased healthcare needs of our rapidly growing and aging population.

A province on the east coast of Canada, Nova Scotia is a peaceful, tolerant, and diverse province with a high standard of living. Our communities range from cities to small towns and rural communities. We are known around the world for our beautiful scenery and friendly, relaxed attitude. For more information about life in Nova Scotia, please visit:

This step-by-step guide will give you the information you need to practice as a medical laboratory technologist in Nova Scotia.

How does the system work in Canada?

The medical laboratory technologist profession in Canada is regulated in eight provinces including Nova Scotia. This means that you must hold a license to be able to practice medical laboratory technology in Nova Scotia. Once you are eligible to work in one regulated province of Canada, you can transfer to another province. If your education and experience do not qualify you to be an MLT in one province, you will not be licensed in another province.


If you are an internationally educated medical laboratory technologist who wants to practice in Nova Scotia, there are three important steps:

  1. You must be eligible for immigration to Canada.
  2. You need to complete a prior learning assessment (PLA) through the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Sciences (CSMLS) and successfully pass the national certification exam.
  3. You must register with the Nova Scotia College of Medical Laboratory Technologists (NSCMLT) to be licensed.

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