Nova Scotia College of Medical Laboratory Technologists

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Step-by-Step Guide to Working in Nova Scotia

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Nova Scotia Needs You.

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.

How can I learn more about Canada's Healthcare System?

Although not required, we recommend that you take the Orientation to Healthcare Systems; Culture and Context course offered by the Nova Scotia Registered Nurses Professional Development Centre or the New Brunswick Bridging program and submit your transcripts to the NSCMLT when applying for your license. This course provides you with a better understanding of the Canadian healthcare system, what Canadian patients expect from their healthcare providers, and the best ways to communicate with patients and their caregivers. The course is available online:


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 CSMLS national certification exam.
  3. You must register with the Nova Scotia College of Medical Laboratory Technologists (NSCMLT) to be licensed.

Next: Step 2 - Am I Eligible to Immigrate to Nova Scotia?

Get in Touch

380 Bedford Highway, Suite 202
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3M 2L4


Phone: 902-453-9605

Toll Free: 888-897-4095 (NS only)

Fax: 902-454-3535