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Medical Laboratory Technology

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) is a leading Canadian polytechnic, delivering education in science, technology and the environment; business; health and trades. With nearly 60,000 credit and non-credit students and a 95 per cent employer satisfaction rate, NAIT grads are essential to Alberta's prosperity. Known for hands-on, technology-based learning, NAIT engages with business and industry in applied research and innovation and provides corporate training around the world. Recognized as one of Alberta's top employers, NAIT provides outstanding returns on investment for its graduates, partners, the provincial government and the people of Alberta.

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Office of the Registrar
11762 - 106 Street
Edmonton, Alberta, T5G2R1, Canada

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  • Program Type Occupational
  • Credential Type Diploma
  • Length 2 Years
  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Learning
Admission Requirements
Academic Requirements

60% in each of

  • English 30-1
  • Pure Math 30 or Math 30-1
  • Chemistry 30
  • Biology 30

Additional Academic Requirements:
These may be completed after applying to the program and do not need to be completed by the application deadline. Proof of course completion with a passing grade of at least 60% must be submitted to the student application file by July 31st:

  • 5 or more credits of post-secondary Human Anatomy and Physiology or Human Physiology completed within 5 years of the application deadline with a final grade of 60% or greater. The NAIT Continuing Education Course that meets this prerequisite requirement is ANPH100 Anatomy and Physiology.
  • 1 credit of post-secondary Medical Terminology completed within the last 5 years of the application deadline with a final grade of 60% or greater OR completion of NAIT's Medical Terminology challenge examination with a minimum 60% pass. You can take ITMS100 - Medical Terminology to meet this prerequisite requirement.

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View the English Language Proficiency Requirements for the Program: NAIT | English Language Proficiency Please note: This program only accepts TOEFL iBT or IELTS scores.

Non-Academic Requirements

  • Interview: The interview for the MLT program is online. Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.
  • Career/Program Assessment - This is completed online prior to the interview and is an assessment on the applicant's knowledge of the program and profession. To maximize the Career Assessment score, it is highly recommended that all applicants tour one or two medical laboratories and/or speak to a Medical Laboratory Technologist.
  • Immunization Requirements - Students are required to be immunized against vaccine preventable diseases as determined by Alberta Health. After acceptance into the program, students will be given further information on immunization requirements. Failure to meet the Police Information Check, immunization and tuberculosis testing requirements may result in denial of access to clinical training.
  • Police Information Check - Students are required to provide a current Police Information Check (also referred to as a Security Clearance or Criminal Record Check) which must include a Vulnerable Sector Search. Please do not proceed with the Police Information Check until an offer of acceptance and follow-up instructions have been issued by the program. The Police Information Check is only considered valid when reviewed by a NAIT official within 90 days of completion.
  • Biosafety Course Requirement - Biosafety is mandatory for all students in the MLT program to ensure compliance with the Human Pathogens and Toxins Act. A biosafety course will be delivered online using Moodle. Students will be directed on deadlines and completion requirements during program specific orientation. If course requirements are not met, access to designated labs may be denied.
  • Computer Literacy - Students must have basic computer literacy, which includes basic word processing, spreadsheets, Internet and email.

Student Selection Process and Criteria
Student selection is competitive and is based on criteria that may include academic achievement beyond the stated minimum prerequisites. Applicants with prior NAIT Health Sciences credentials may be given special consideration for the interview shortlist. The selection process is based on:

Phase 1 - Academic entrance requirements are reviewed by the Office of the Registrar and applicants are shortlisted for interviews. Last year, applicants successful in receiving an interview had a minimum average of 85%.

Phase 2 - Shortlisted applicants complete the Career Assessment, are interviewed and ranked. Final student ranking is based on:

  • Academics - 40% (based on academic average of the required 30 level courses)
  • Interview - 40%
  • Career/Program Assessment - 20%
Advanced Credit

You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced Credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses), Credential Recognition (for completed certificates, diplomas or degrees) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

Transfer Credit & Credential Recognition: In addition to the common guidelines outlined on the Recognition of Prior Learning website and on the Request for Transfer Credit or Credential Recognition form (pdf), your program has other advanced credit requirements that are applied to each request including:
  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 2 years ago
  • You must have a minimum mark of C- in the course or program
Contact the program for additional information about Advanced Credit.
If you do not qualify for transfer credit or credential recognition, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) may be an option.

Student Aid

This program is eligible for full-time post-secondary assistance by Student Aid Alberta for the funding year 2017/08/01 to 2018/07/31*.

  • Tuition $4,170.00 Year One
  • Books/Supplies/Instruments $1,700.00 Year One
  • Mandatory Fees $982.00 Year One

* Tuition, books, supplies, instruments, and other/mandatory fees are provided to Student Aid Alberta and may be used when processing full-time post-secondary funding applications. The educational costs provided are based on a 100% full-course load and may not reflect current or all educational costs charged by the school. Contact the school to obtain accurate educational cost information.

Transfer(s) Elegibility

Search Transfer Alberta for course and program transfer information including transfer agreements between post-secondary schools in Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.

Transfer(s) available outside of Transfer Alberta: Not available

Updated July 27, 2017. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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