Medical Laboratory Technology
As integral members of the health care team, medical laboratory technologists are trained to perform a broad spectrum of laboratory testing and procedures, playing a vital role in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease. Based in large part on the national competency profile issued by the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS), this program trains students to become skilled in applying the scientific, technical, and medical principles needed to perform and evaluate laboratory testing in a health care setting. As part of Canada's fourth largest group of health care professionals, medical laboratory technologists play an integral role in our health care system.
The first year of the Medical Laboratory Technology program consists of classroom instruction, laboratory training, and clinical site tours. The second year consists of theory instruction and an extensive clinical practicum at affiliated sites in Calgary, other cities in Alberta or potentially sites outside of Alberta. The practicum provides a range of clinical experiences where students are given opportunities to develop and integrate the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes in a practical setting. During the last month of the term, students will write practice competency-based exams in preparation for challenging the national CSMLS certification exam.
Students in this program require access to a personal computer and the Internet to facilitate completion of online courses.
Graduates find work as medical laboratory technologists in hospital or high-volume laboratories, as well as in research labs and scientific supply companies.
- Students with higher secondary or post-secondary marks usually experience greater success in SAIT programs.
- The program delivery is very intensive. To be successful students must be prepared to attend 30 hours per week of classroom activities and spend approximately 30 hours per week outside of class studying.
- Students who experience success in this program have effective communication skills in English.
- Health care practitioners are detail oriented in the care they provide and enjoy working in a team environment.