www.nscc.ca Dalhousie University www.schoolofhealthsciences.dal.ca Professional Organizations Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) www.csmls.org Nova Scotia College of Medical Laboratory Technologists www.nscmlt.org Career and Job Prospects Nova Scotia Career and Labour Market Information For up-to-date information visit www.novascotiacareeroptions.ca Job Futures Canada’s National Career and Education Planning Tool www.jobfutures.ca Human Resources and Skill Development Canada National Occupational Classification (NOC) www23.hrdc-drhc.gc.ca NOC Code Search tio nf or Hi gh Sch oo lS tu de nt s Medical Laboratory Assistant: 3212 Medical Lab Technologist: 3211 or ma There are also specialized areas of medical laboratory technology such as clinical, cytology, electron microscopy, flow cytometry, genetics, immunology, parasitology, and virology. The availability of training facilities and national exams differs for each specialty discipline. NSCC Nova Scotia Community College In f Medical laboratory technologists prepare samples, perform laboratory testing on various types of specimens, including blood, body fluids, and tissue using many types of sophisticated laboratory instruments. They also interpret test results to help doctors diagnose and treat illnesses. Programs Ca m re e a d er ss ic Pa is al th wa ta l ys n a ts b Se rie o r a s n d at te or ch y n o lo g is ts Medical laboratory assistants perform pre-analytical work including collecting and processing specimens, preparing substances used for various laboratory tests, and maintaining laboratory equipment. more information what they do There are many promising occupations in the health field. Prepare yourself for growing career opportunities as a medical laboratory assistant or technologist. People who succeed have skills and abilities that include the following: technological skills accuracy and thoroughness manual dexterity physical endurance people and teamwork skills adaptability to work flexible hours Medical laboratory technologists require strong troubleshooting skills sound judgement/ decision-making skills organizational skills scientific analysis skills human resource management skills excellent speaking and writing skills work Medical laboratory assistants and technologists may work in hospitals private sector medical laboratories pharmaceutical firms research institutes police forensic laboratories earn Medical Laboratory Assistant Average hourly income: $19.00 Minimum: $15.75 Maximum: $24.00 Medical Lab Technologists Average hourly income: $27.75 Minimum: $18.75 Maximum: $32.00 Assistants and technologists perform related work, but their duties differ in depth and scope. Assistants’ duties usually include blood collection; set-up of routine blood and urine tests and other types of specimens; entering patient and test information into a computerized information system; setting up, cleaning, and maintaining lab equipment; sorting samples; and answering phones. Technologists may perform the assistants’ duties, but are also responsible for setting up, performing, analysing and interpreting tests, and conveying information to the doctor. This requires an in-depth understanding of the biological and chemical sciences. In addition, technologists are responsible for the activities in the lab, solving problems that may arise, and supervising assistants. required where they Medical laboratory assistants (also known as medical laboratory technicians) and technologists must enjoy working with medical specimens and instruments in a laboratory environment. what they personal skills needed courses High School To prepare for a medical laboratory assistant or technologist program, complete a high school diploma including English, biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, and math. Post Secondary Medical laboratory assistant or technician programs last approximately one year and may include a clinical placement. Postsecondary requirements for medical laboratory technologists are changing with increasing specialization. You will need to check admission requirements carefully. Currently, for the general medical laboratory technologist program, which includes clinical chemistry, microbiology, hematology, transfusion science, and histology, you may complete a two- or three-year diploma program or a bachelor’s degree in science. Both programs include a clinical placement. After graduation, assistants and technologists must complete the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) national exams. To practise in Nova Scotia, technologists must be licensed with the Nova Scotia College of Medical Laboratory Technologists (NSCMLT). Currently, assistants do not require a licence to practise in Nova Scotia. For program admission and licensing requirements, visit the links on the back of this brochure. People of diverse identities, backgrounds and experiences find medical laboratory assisting and technology to be challenging and rewarding careers. Both men and women are employed in a broad range of settings, roles, and responsibilities, often enjoying job security at good rates of pay.