Program Objectives

The Biomedical Laboratory Technology program prepares students to practise the professions of medical technologist and medical laboratory technician.

In accordance with the Professional Code, the scope of practice of medical technologists consists of performing medical biology analyses and examinations of the human body or specimens and ensuring the technical validity of results to be used for diagnosis or therapeutic follow-up.

Medical technologists and medical laboratory technicians work mainly in public health institutions. In clinical settings, these technologists and technicians are found in sample collection centres, outpatient and screening clinics, diagnostic laboratories, health care units and emergency departments.

Medical technologists and medical laboratory technicians work in interdisciplinary situations with health professionals, including nursing and medical staff, and specialists such as hematologists, biochemists, microbiologists, etc.

Direct contact with clients occurs at the time when samples are taken and when analyses are conducted at the point of care, both in public and private healthcare establishments and at home.

Length of training

Specific (hours)Total (hours)
2 190 2 850

Total length of training includes general training that is common to all programs for 420 hours, general training for this program for 150 hours as well as complementary general training courses for 90 hours.

Duration of training consists of theory and lab work for courses; personal time that the student invests is excluded.

Program Content

Number or Code Statement of the Competency
06CY Analyze the profession and training
06CZ Carry out quality control activities in a clinical setting
06D0 Describe the anatomical and physiological characteristics of biological samples
06D1 Perform pre-analytical procedures to prepare samples of body fluids for biomedical analyses
06D2 Establish professional relationships in biomedical analysis
06D3 Procure biological samples from a client
06D4 Perform basic quantitative analyses of biomolecules in a clinical setting
06D5 Perform specialized quantitative analyses of biomolecules in a clinical setting
06D6 Carry out professional activities associated with pharmacology
06D7 Identify microorganisms
06D8 Produce histological sections for pathological examinations
06D9 Conduct a biological validation of the results of biomedical analyses
06DA Perform biomedical analyses in hemostasis
06DB Perform biomedical analyses in hematology
06DC Perform biomedical analyses in biochemistry
06DD Perform biomedical analyses in microbiology
06DE Perform biomedical analyses in molecular biology
06DF Perform analyses in transfusion medicine
06DG Prepare blood products for transfusion
06DH Resolve transfusion problems
Number of contact hours allotted to specific training: 2 190

Admission Conditions and Prerequisites

To be admitted to the program, a person must meet the general requirements for admission set out in the College Education Regulations, as well as the following special conditions, where applicable:

Must have passed the following secondary-level course(s):

• Sec. IV TS or S or Sec. 5 CST Mathematics: Technical and Scientific option (564426) or Secondary 4 Science option (565426) or Secondary 5 Cultural, Social and Technical Option (563504).
• Sec. V Chemistry – Secondary V Chemistry (551504)
• Sec. V Physics – Secondary V Physics (553504)

Educational Organizations Offering the Program

College D/E
Collège Dawson D More info 

Medical Laboratory Technician

Medical laboratory technicians, also referred to as biomedical technologists, perform biochemistry, hematology or microbiology analyses. They prepare laboratory equipment and samples, compile and analyze laboratory data and draw up reports. In blood banks, they prepare blood products. This is a stimulating job that takes place in a calm environment. It requires an aptitude for math, science and an interest in laboratory work. A career as a medical laboratory technician is suitable for meticulous people who have good manual dexterity and an analytical mind.

Average Salary

Medical Laboratory Technician — $28.45

Job Titles

Medical laboratory technician
Medical technologist