Be part of the healthcare team as a medical laboratory technologist!
This three-year program is designed to give you the theoretical knowledge and practical skills of a medical technologist. As healthcare professionals, medical technologists contribute to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease by providing laboratory services to physicians and other clients.
This broad training in many specialties – namely, hematology, biochemistry, histology, microbiology, and transfusion science – leads to very good employment opportunities locally, and all over Canada. Many jobs are available in hospitals, research centers, clinics, and private laboratories. Pharmaceutical companies and biotechnology research laboratories also have roles for medical technologists.
Learn more about career opportunities for medical technologies.
Graduates of the Biomedical Laboratory Technology Program emerge as thoughtful and responsible citizens and will have acquired the professional skills, attitudes, knowledge, and judgment necessary for entry into the workplace.
Upon successful completion of the Biomedical Laboratory Technology program, graduates will be able to:
- apply health and safety practices to protect self, patients, co-workers, and the environment;
- maintain principles of responsible practice and ethical behaviors;
- procure specimens from a variety of sources and perform delegated acts according to the regulations governing the profession;
- perform routine and specialized biochemical analyses required in the areas of hemostasis, hematology, biochemistry, microbiology, transfusion medicine and molecular biology, correlate laboratory results with clinical conditions, and initiate follow-up testing;
- use knowledge, problem-solving and critical thinking skills to ensure reliable results which are both accurate and precise according to established quality control protocols and standards, troubleshoot anomalies in laboratory results, and initiate corrective actions;
- adapt to evolving technologies and techniques in biomedical analysis;
- transfer acquired skills and knowledge across biomedical laboratories;
- recognize the contribution of laboratory services in promoting individual and public health;
- work effectively as part of a team including both laboratory staff and other health care professionals;
- analyze works in the humanities emanating from different historical periods and movements on the topics of knowledge, world views and ethics;
- understand literature as an exploration of human experience and effectively articulate ideas, concepts and techniques in English;
- effectively communicate in French orally and in writing in a professional context;
- take responsibility for sustaining personal health and well-being.
Language Skills: English and French
The ability to communicate both orally and in writing in both English and French are essential skills for students and future health professionals. There is a certain level of proficiency in English language skills (oral, writing and reading) which is needed to be able to succeed in the program and the profession.
Often a mixture of French and English is used in the clinical labs of our affiliated hospitals. For example, in the Procurement internship in second year, students must be able to communicate in French to francophone patients. Also, in the internships in third year, students may have a clinical instructor who is a francophone. Students who have placed below the College level in either French or English must take additional non-credit courses in order to upgrade their language skills before taking any credit courses.
French language skills are essential for all health care professionals. Students who did not complete their secondary studies in Quebec must pass a French language test with the Office de la langue française to become a member of the professional order and to be eligible to work in the province of Quebec as a medical technologist.
There are tutorials available to help students prepare for this French exam through the French Department resource center CLEO. The Academic Skills Centre offers a range of services and resources to help student improve their English language skills.
Health & Safety
As health care professionals, medical technologists have a professional responsibility to follow the protocol established by the Department of Public Health for health care workers regarding the prevention of infections. The protocol includes recommendations for immunization against transmissible infections. This protocol is extended to students interning in a health care establishment. Information is given to students at the time of their admission into the Program. These vaccinations are provided free of charge by the CLSC for students in health care fields.
As well, students will be handling potentially infectious materials during the course of the program and throughout their career. Although not compulsory, students should be immunized against Hepatitis B. This is also free of charge through the CLSC.
There may be some health related conditions that may have an impact on, or possibly prevent, future employment in this profession. It is important for students to discuss this with their doctor before beginning the program.
Any student who becomes pregnant during the course of the program should inform the program coordinator/chairperson. According to Program policy, there may be some lab activities or courses which pregnant students should avoid for their own safety.