Medical Laboratory Technology Science


  1. Grade 12 or equivalant.
  2. The following courses, each with a grade of “C” or higher:
    • English 12 or English 12: First Peoples or equivalent
    • Biology 12 or equivalent
    • Chemistry 12 or equivalent
    • Foundations of Math 12 or PreCalculus 12 or  equivalent
  3. Completion of Self-Report on Suitability form.
  4. Completion of the Medical Laboratory Technology Career Investigation Report form.
Selection Process
Only selected qualified short-listed applicants will be invited to attend an interview. All students will be selected using the following criteria:
Max. points
The cumulative grade point average of the required English, biology, chemistry and mathematics courses contributes its actual points – e.g., a GPA of 3.2 contributes 3.2 points 4.00
30 credits or more at the post- secondary level, or 1-year equivalency, contributes 3 points 3.00
Residents of BC or the Yukon will be awarded 1 point. 1.00
Certified as a Medical Laboratory Assistant 1.00
A completed “Medical Laboratory Technology Career Investigation Report” contributes up to 6 points 6.00
Total possible points 15.00
In the event of a tie for the last seat, it will be awarded to the first qualified applicant


  1. Student selection for the program is competitive. “C” is the minimum, but higher grades will improve your chances of being accepted.
  2. When you are accepted into the program, you will have to supply us with documents certifying you have current immunizations, and health examinations. We will send you more information in your acceptance package.
  3. Self-identified Canadian Aboriginal applicants who meet the admission requirements by the priority deadline will be given priority for 20% of seats.
  4. There will be two seats available for students who have successfully completed the Pre Medical Laboratory Technology Access program and who meet the admission requirements by the priority deadline.
  5. You will have to undergo a criminal record search with the BC Ministry of Justice at the beginning of the program. A search which identifies relevant criminal convictions may prevent you from entering clinical or practicum setting components of the program and therefore may make you not able to graduate.
  6. The costs of immunizations and criminal record checks are the responsibility of the student.
  7. Semesters 1 – 3 consist of 51 weeks of classroom instruction and related laboratory sessions at CNC. Before continuing to the next semester or practicum, you must complete all courses in semesters 1 through 3 with grades of 60% (C) or more.
  8. For all courses with a laboratory component, students must pass the lab component with a 60% (C) or more to progress to the next semester or practicum.
  9. Students must achieve a satisfactory report on professionalism which is based on the CSMLS Code of Conduct and the CSMLS Code of Ethics to proceed to the next semester or practicum
  10. To graduate from the program you must achieve a successful result for the theory and practice components of each practicum course.
  11. There may be additional costs associated with Practicum Preparation as practicum partner sites change requirements.
  12. The practicum is spent applying theory to practice at clinical training sites throughout BC. To ensure a comprehensive practicum, there may be rotations between sites. During the practicum, you can expect to work an average of 40 hours per week (may include early or late shifts and some weekends). Your progress will be evaluated using competency-based objectives and theory exams.


In Canada, medical lab technologists must become certified by passing national examinations administered by the Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS). Once certified, they can work anywhere in Canada. All provinces also require certified medical lab technologists to register with a provincial regulatory body before starting work.

Financial planning and awareness

Be aware that even though the program is eligible for student loans, the loans will not cover the entire cost of the program. Students are required to make significant tuition payments during the program and plan for costs of practicum placements outside of Prince George. Students applying to this program need to begin financial planning early.

Re-admission policy

The Medical Laboratory Technology Science program must be completed within a five-year period. In the event of significant changes to courses or program matrix, students may be required to demonstrate that they have maintained their knowledge and skills for re-entry into the program.

A student who is unsuccessful in an MLTS course once, may be required to withdraw and must then reapply for admission into the program. Multiple course failures, subsequent failure in the same MLTS course or requirement to withdraw for unsuccessful professionalism evaluation will exclude the student from further study and re-admission into the program; that student may not apply again to the program.

Re-admission to the MLTS program is considered on a space available basis and will be administered according to the following principles:

  1. A student who has successfully completed the prerequisite courses and/or who, at the time of withdrawal, maintained an overall grade of “C” 60% or higher will be accorded first priority.
  2. A student who has failed an MLTS course or who has withdrawn from the MLTS course with less than a “C” 60% grade standing in the course will be accorded second priority.
  3. An evaluation of course work completed elsewhere will be necessary for the student requesting a transfer from another accredited MLTS program; the student will then be subject to the above and will be accorded third priority.

Medical Laboratory Technology Science Diploma

  • Credential:Diploma
  • Type: Full-time *three semesters on campus, one year at practicum site
  • Campus: Prince George
  • Fees: $3,100 per semester.
    Practicum year $8,400
These fees are an estimate.

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