Analytical, compassionate and curious.

Medical laboratory professionals use these skills to find answers about your health. If you are interested in a career in the medical laboratory sciences, your career path starts in the classroom.

  High school diploma

Entry into an accredited training program in medical laboratory sciences is dependent on a high school diploma, with an emphasis on biology, computer science, chemistry and math.

 Post-secondary education in medical laboratory science

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.

Medical laboratory technology programs include courses in:

  • clinical chemistry,
  • clinical microbiology,
  • hematology,
  • histotechnology and transfusion science.

Most provinces have separate, specialized programs in cytotechnology and there are programs in clinical genetics in British Columbia and Ontario.

  Professional certification by the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS)

Once you've graduated from your post-secondary training, you'll need to write the national certification exam to be certified by the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS). This certification allows you to work as a medical laboratory professional throughout Canada. It is the accepted certification by regulators in most provinces and seen as a requirement of employment by most employers.


Visit the Certification section of this website for more information on the Certification process. 
For internationally educated students, the path to your career may include a prior learning assessment.

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