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Medical Laboratory Technology

Open for Fall 2022

Length: 2 years Credential: Diploma Delivery: Full Time Blended

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This program will be delivered in a blended format (OA, OS, OR and OF/CLAS) for the Fall 2021 semester.
Some courses will be delivered online while others occur on-campus.
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Train to perform and evaluate diagnostic laboratory tests – a vital role in the treatment and prevention of disease – working in hospitals, medical or research labs and scientific supply companies.

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), the two-year, full-time fast paced Medical Laboratory Technology 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 and laboratory training. The second year consists of theory instruction and an extensive clinical practicum at affiliated sites in Calgary, other sites 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 practical or simulation settings. In the last term, students will write practice competency-based exams in preparation for challenging the national CSMLS certification exam

Is this the right fit for me?

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 the following characteristics:

  • integrity and a professional attitude
  • an aptitude for mathematics and science and a keen interest in scientific work
  • the ability to follow verbal and written instructions, pay close attention to detail and take precise readings
  • the ability to work quickly and accurately
  • good finger and manual dexterity to handle specimens and small laboratory equipment
  • the ability to do detailed work and maintain a high level of accuracy
  • good visual colour and form perception
  • good interpersonal skills and effective communication skills in English
  • the ability to adapt easily and quickly to change

Health care practitioners are detail-oriented in the care they provide and enjoy working in a team environment.

Students with higher secondary or post-secondary marks usually experience greater success in SAIT programs.


This program is designed so that graduates achieve clinical competence as defined by the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) and meet compliance requirements of Accreditation Canada.

Graduates are eligible to challenge the CSMLS exams to obtain national certification as a medical laboratory technologist, which will allow national portability.


After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT Medical Laboratory Technology diploma.

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Career opportunities

Graduates can pursue job opportunities in hospitals, high-volume laboratories, research labs and scientific supply companies. Potential positions include: 

  • medical laboratory technologist 
  • biological sciences technologist 

Related careers include: 

  • combined lab and x-ray technologist 
  • cytotechnologist
  • biological technician 

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $8,312
Year 2: $6,119

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

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Tuition and financial aid


You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and achieve at least 50% on the scoring rubric for the School of Health and Public Safety’s Entrance Testing Process. Admission is offered on a first-qualified, first offered basis, until the program is full.

Admission Requirements

When can you apply?

  • Applications for fall 2022 are accepted Oct. 6, 2021, to Jan. 31, 2022.
Term Year start date Year end date
Fall 2021 Sept. 7, 2021* June 30, 2022
Fall 2022 Sept. 6, 2022*  June 30, 2023

*Students completing their second year of study will begin classes on July 2, 2021.

How to apply

SAIT's Medical Laboratory Technology program

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.

Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection

  • Fall 2022 start: application are accepted Oct 6, 2021 to Jan. 31, 2022

*This program does not accept international students

Admission Requirements

Completion of the following courses or equivalents AND a combined average of 75%: 

        Entrance testing process

Admission is offered on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider  Academic Upgrading.

SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our  international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. 

Direct entry: five-step process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Review the information related to the necessary components of the School of Health and Public Safety Entrance Testing Process

Step 3:  Complete the School of Health and Public Safety Entrance Testing Process non-academic admission requirement. Ensure that you meet all of the academic admission requirements listed above.

Step 4: Apply to the Medical Laboratory Technology program and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades

Step 5: Log in to mySAIT.ca to check your admission status. Find out how to monitor your application status.

Failure to meet anticipated final grades will result in offers being rescinded.

Communication during admission

Email is the primary source of communication during the admission process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. We recommend you add clinical.supportservices@sait.ca and the sait.ca domain to your safe senders' list or you risk missing critical email messages.

Practicum requirements

The School of Health and Public Safety has many practica partners located within Alberta and across Canada. Practicum placements in Calgary are limited and students may be required to relocate outside of Calgary for practicum.

Successful candidates will be informed of the allocation of their practicum placement by the program. There is no guarantee that students will be placed at their desired practicum location. Special considerations of personal circumstances will not be given in regards to assigning practicum placements. Students will be responsible for fees associated with practicum such as entrance requirements, relocation and travel costs. 

In compliance with the practica agreements with our clinical partners, successful candidates will be requested to provide proof of the following requirements:

  • Updated immunization records
  • Security clearance - Police Information Check including Vulnerable Sector Check
  • N95 respiratory mask fitting
  • Health and wellness status

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Program Outline

Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue

First Year

Semester 1 

Course Code Course Name Credit
ANPH-209* Anatomy & Physiology 3.0
COMP-241 Digital Applications and Laboratory Information Systems 1.5
HEMA-256 Hematology I 3.0
HSCI-300 Immunology 1.5
INFC-215* Infection Prevention & Control 1.5
MBIO-345 Clinical Microbiology I 1.5
MEDL-210 Analytical Techniques 3.0
MEDL-330 Specimen Collection and Handling 3.0
PROF-201* Professional Practice I 3.0
Semester 1 Total 21.0

Semester 2 

Course Code Course Name Credit
CHEM-252 MLT Clinical Chemistry I 6.0
HEMA-337 Hematology II 3.0
MBIO-360 Clinical Microbiology II 3.0
MEDL-204 Transfusion Medicine 6.0
MEDL-310 Histotechnology I 1.5
MEDL-354* MLT Quality Management 1.5
Semester 2 Total 21.0

Semester 3

Course Code Course Name Credit
CHEM-336 Medical Laboratory Technology Clinical Chemistry II 1.5
MBIO-383 Clinical Microbiology III 1.5
MEDL-205 Professional Practice II 1.5
MEDL-251 Molecular Medicine Fundamentals 3.0
MEDL-385 Histotechnology II 3.0
Semester 3 Total 10.5
First Year Total 51.0

Second Year

Semester 4-6 (spans four semesters)

Note: The following courses continue through to the end of your program.

Course Code Course Name Credit
CHEM-376 Medical Laboratory Technology Clinical Chemistry III 1.5
HEMA-377 Hematology III 1.5
MBIO-390 Clinical Microbiology IV 1.5
PRAC-329 Specimen Collection & Handling Practicum 1.5
PRAC-367 Clinical Practicum Microbiology 6.0
PRAC-369 Clinical Practicum Chemistry 6.0
PRAC-377 Clinical Practicum Hematology 6.0
PRAC-380 Clinical Practicum Transfusion Medicine 3.0
PRAC-386 Clinical Practicum Histotechnology 3.0
Semester 4 Total 30.0
Second Year Total 31.5

Semester 5

Course Code Course Name Credit
MEDL-300 Professional Skills

Semester 6

Course Code Course Name Credit
MEDL-352 Applied Investigation 3.0
Program Total 88.5
* Available by correspondence and/or online learning. The courses must be completed within the time frame shown in the program outline. Please contact the Academic Chair prior to enrolling in any online or correspondence courses.


Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Transfer Options

Once completed, this SAIT credential may be eligible for transfer credit at another post-secondary institution. Visit Transfer Options to learn more about the transfer agreements currently available to SAIT graduates and incoming students.

Have questions? Write to us at transfer.options@sait.ca.


2021/22 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $6,979 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $8,312
2 $4,786 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $6,119

*Fees and tuition are based on a two-semester full course load structure. There may be additional fees for practicums and terms held outside this time frame. 


Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $183.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $150
Student technology fee: $150

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $122
  • Dental Plan: $130
  • For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the Saitsa website for information on opting out.

Books and supplies*

  • Books, supplies and uniforms are approximately $1,600 for the entire program.
  • For an estimate of the costs associated with purchasing a device that meets the standard hardware and software requirements, see our  computers and laptops page.
  • CompTracker fee $165
  • Students are responsible for any additional expenses related to their practica (i.e. relocation costs if placed outside of Calgary, food, housing, transportation, etc.).
  • Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) national exam fee is approximately $1500 for members, or $2000 for non-members who are Canadian residents.
    • CSMLS national association dues for students are approximately $85.
    • CSMLS national association dues for recent grads are approximately $150.
  • College of Medical Laboratory Technologist of Alberta (CMLTA) provincial dues are approximately $285 for recent grads plus $150 for an initial application fee.<
  • There is a fee associated with obtaining a criminal record check (including vulnerable sector check) and is payable to the Police or the RCMP.
  • Students must have their immunizations reviewed by the SAIT Health Clinic. There is a $75 charge to review vaccine history. Any vaccines to be administered will result in additional charges.
  • There is a fee, approximately $50-$100, associated with an Electronic Student Permit Checking submission which is required for clinical practicum placements, payable to Synergy Gateway through the Verified software platform.

Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.

Next steps for incoming students

Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.

✅ Plan ahead ❗️

You are required to complete several health, confidentiality and consent forms before starting your program. All completed and signed paperwork is needed on orientation day. 

Ensure you complete all three steps below ahead of orientation.

Get started on pre-orientation requirements

Fall 2021


Your program orientation will take place Sept. 2 on campus. Check your schedule in mySAIT for the time and location details.

Learn more about your orientation.

We are expecting to meet you at new student orientation. Important program information is discussed to ensure you are prepared to begin classes which start on day one. Orientation is a mandatory part of your learning experience to ensure student success.

How to register for classes

You'll follow a fixed block registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.

Computers and laptops

This is a bring your own device program with a standard hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page

Required equipment/tools

You are required to purchase CompTracker for this program.

Required personal protective equipment (PPE)

The industry-approved PPE you'll need will be discussed during your first few days of classes. 

Your required uniform can be purchased prior to orientation from any place that sells medical uniforms. Your uniform should consist of,

  • a scrub top and bottom
  • safety glasses 
  • comfortable closed-toe and heel shoes. They should also be water impervious and slip resistant. 

Other requirements

  • N95 respiratory mask-fit testing
  • Police Information Clearance with Vulnerable Sector Check
  • Immunization record
  • Health and Wellness Status

Preparation courses

To support your success, you’ll be automatically registered in two short courses to prepare you for the academic year: 

PERS 050: Student Rights and Responsibilities

This course is designed to introduce you to student rights and responsibilities at SAIT. You will learn about SAIT's rich and diverse community, become familiar with guidelines and procedures that create a safe, respectful learning experience for you, and gain practical tips for how you can engage in the SAIT community in a positive and responsible way. PRES-050 must be completed within 30 days from the start of the semester.

PREP 100: The SAIT Experience

Get tips and insider information on time management, exam preparation, effective notetaking and more through this free, online short course for new students. Plus, learn about discussion boards, online communication and submitting assignments online. Course completion is recommended by the end of your first semester.

Both courses can be accessed through  Brightspace (D2L) before the first day of classes.

Required textbooks

Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore's website. The booklist will be available closer to the program start date.

Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you're in luck, no textbook purchase required this term.


Phone: 403.284.8481 
Email: hps.info@sait.ca

Important dates and deadlines

Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.

Important Dates

Next steps for all students

Here's what else you'll need to do to get ready!

Next steps for accepted students

Have questions about this program?

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