Nova Scotia College of Medical Laboratory Technologists

What is a Medical Lab Technologist (MLT)?

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Medical Laboratory Technologists (MLT) are vital healthcare professionals, providing laboratory information from laboratory analyses that assist physicians and other healthcare professionals in patient diagnosis and treatment, as well as in disease monitoring or prevention.

Medical laboratory technologists practice includes the ability to produce accurate laboratory data on a variety of tissue specimens, blood samples and other body fluids using sophisticated biomedical instruments and techniques with the application of theoretical knowledge that aid in detecting cancer, heart attacks, diabetes, infectious mononucleosis, and identification of bacteria or viruses that cause infections, as well as in detecting drugs of abuse. It also includes the quality management of equipment and samples which is an important aspect of the profession to ensure accurate reliable results for patient safety. Laboratory testing encompasses such disciplines as clinical chemistry, clinical genetics, cytology, haematology, immunology, immuno-haematology, microbiology, molecular biology and transfusion medicine.

NATIONAL COMPETENCY REQUIREMENTS:  Each certified discipline competency profile outlines the theoretical and practical education, knowledge, skills, and judgement required of a MLT in Nova Scotia to provide safe, competent, and ethical medical laboratory testing.  

General MLT

Diagnostic Cytology

Clinical Genetics Technology


The College may register a MLT as a Active practisng MLT who produces evidence approved by the Board that the person:

Successfully completed an accredited Canadian MLT program and the national approved MLT exam or 

Deemed equivalent through a prior learning assessment evaluation by the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Sciences (CSMLS) and successful on the national exam or

Is registered as the equivalent of a registered MLT in good standing in another jurisdiction in Canada  and

Is of good character and

Complies with the NSCMLT legislation with respect to registration.

Only registered MLT's in Nova Scotia may use the title medical laboratory technologist, MLT or any word, title or designation abbreviated or otherwise imply the person is a member. 




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Land AcknowledgementThe Nova Scotia College of Medical Laboratory Technologists is located in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq. NSCMLT acknowledges the Peace & Friendship Treaties signed in this Territory and recognizing that we are all treaty people.

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