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MLT - General

Students pursue post-secondary studies in medical laboratory science - usually a two or three year accredited training program at the community college or university level.

MLT-General are trained 5 general areas:

Clinical Chemistry

Conducts tests on blood and body fluid to detect components such as electrolytes,
enzymes, tumor markers and/or drugs.
Common Test : Blood Sugar (Glucose) to detect and monitor Diabetes  

Clinical Microbiology

Conducts tests on blood, body fluid and/or tissue samples to detect bacteria, fungi, viruses, and/or parasites.
Provides additional testing to identify antibiotic of choice.
Common Test : Urine Culture to detect Urinary Tract Infection  


Conducts tests to measure blood cells and to detect diseases/disorders of the blood.
Common Test : Complete Blood Count that can detect infections and anemia.  

Transfusion Science

Conducts blood grouping and blood compatibility tests.
Common Test : Cross-match testing to select the appropriate blood for a blood transfusion.  


Prepares samples of body tissue for tests to detect disease.
Common Test : Biopsy of a breast lump to detect if cancer is present.


Once you've graduated from your post-secondary training you'll need to:

  1. Write the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) national certification exam to be certified. This certification allows you to work as a MLT-General throughout Canada.
  2. CSMLS certification is required by most regulators for registration and is a requirement of employment by most employers.
  3. MLTs must also be licenced to practice by SSMLT to work in Saskatchewan.

MLT General Program

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Saskatchewan Polytechnic Medical Laboratory Technology Programs - Visit the Website

Other Canadian accredited programs

Canadian Accredited programs- Visit the Website

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