Full-time Certificate of Technology 6565certt

Overview

Note: The Medical Laboratory Science Professional Qualifying Program (PQP) remains on hold while we investigate the availability of sustainable clinical placements. Please contact Heather McMullen at 604-451-6983 for further information.

The Medical Laboratory Certificate Program is designed as a refresher for internationally-trained medical laboratory technologists, or Canadian-trained medical laboratory technologists who have been out of the workforce for a lengthy period. This certificate includes clinical chemistry, hematology, clinical microbiology, histotechnology and transfusion science (also called blood transfusion).

The medical laboratory technologist, as a member of the health care team, performs laboratory investigations related to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease, including analysis of a variety of specimens such as blood, urine, feces, sputum and tissues. Technologists also have significant patient contact primarily through blood collection.

Medical laboratory technologists work in a dynamic and evolving environment, and use technological equipment to provide information that must be processed rapidly and accurately. They handle potentially infectious material from patients, and are protected by wearing gloves, gowns, and other protective garments.

Eligibility
Internationally trained technologist - applicants must have a completed Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) assessment of their education and work history and must either be eligible to write the CSMLS examination, or require only refresher courses in order to write the exam. If the CSMLS assessment determines that the applicant has too many gaps in their education or experience, they will be advised to apply for the Medical Laboratory Science Diploma program.

Canadian-trained technologists - must be registered with CSMLS. If CSMLS membership is not current, you may apply for reinstatement.

Contact CSMLS at:

Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science
PO Box 2830 LCD I
Hamilton, ON, L8N 3N8
Tel: 905-528-8642
Fax: 905-528-4968
Web site: www.csmls.org

If you are not qualified for the Certificate Program, you may be interested in our Medical Laboratory Science Diploma Program.

The program

The Medical Laboratory program is a competency-based program. It is designed and based on competencies established by the national certifying body, the Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS), and by the BCIT Medical Laboratory industry-based design process.

The program provides theoretical, practical and clinical learning experiences. In a competency-based model, students have the opportunity to first practice, and then become capable of a variety of competencies. Students prove competence during real-life experiences (clinical placements). Successful completion of this program requires proof of competence.

BCIT arranges clinical training for the student. Note that students may be required to train in a location that is not their first choice. Training sites are available in all provincial Health authorities, BC Biomedical Laboratories, and MDS Clinical Laboratories. Students may require a car for transportation to clinical training sites. Student learning is supported by BCIT via WebCT. Students will require internet access.

Employers are increasingly seeking graduates with a strong base of critical and analytical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills. In addition to technical skills, employers value technologists with a commitment to learning new skills and techniques that allow them to adjust to new situations. To help students develop the skills required in the health care system of the future, the program emphasizes the development of professionalism, reasoning and reflection, communication, group process skills, and learning and technical skills.

To help students develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and clinical judgment required for success as an entry-level medical laboratory technologist, the program employs a variety of learning strategies that encourage self-directed learning. Students need to be self-aware, self-motivated and able to take initiative to seek and make use of learning opportunities. Instructional methodologies include learner-centered active learning strategies.

Program Entry

Entrance requirements

Note: Effective immediately, all health care workers who come into contact with patients at publicly-funded health care facilities or in the community, including at long-term-care facilities, will have to get the influenza vaccine or wear a mask during flu season. This policy affects all students who will be entering a clinical setting.

As such, you will be required to provide proof of your immunization or agree to wear a mask at all times through the flu season prior to being placed in your clinical studies.

  • Canadian Trained Technologists - A Registered Technologist (CSMLS) in Medical Laboratory Science.

  • Internationally Trained Technologists - applicants must have had an assessment completed by the Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) and either be eligible to challenge the national certification examination, or require only refresher courses in order to write the exam.

  • A resume showing evidence of employment as a Medical Laboratory Technologist, as well as any related or unrelated employment since coming to Canada.

  • All applicants must submit a signed Program Requirements Form [PDF] acknowledging the physical demanding nature of this work.

Note: English language proficiency at an English 12 (C+) level is required for Category B applicants.

Applicants who completed post-secondary studies outside of Canada, United States or England will require a comprehensive evaluation of their credentials by the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES).

Additional Requirements

In addition to the above requirements, the following attributes are recommended to ensure the best possible chance of success in this program:

  • Competence in written and oral English

  • A caring and professional attitude, meticulous work habits, fine motor skills, good manual dexterity, the ability to work quickly and accurately under pressure and to make decisions which directly affect the diagnosis and treatment of disease.

  • Strong problem-solving skills, good interpersonal skills and the ability to function as part of a team.

  • The ability to use word processing, spreadsheet and communication software. Several course assignments must be word processed, and medical laboratory technologists work with laboratory and hospital information systems.

  • We strongly recommend hepatitis B vaccination for students accepted into the program. This is available through BCIT Medical Services at no cost to the student.

Apply to program

Note: The Medical Laboratory Science Professional Qualifying Program (PQP) remains on hold while we investigate the availability of sustainable clinical placements. Please contact Heather McMullen at 604-451-6983 for further information.

Scheduled intakes

September each year.

Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) of education and work experience is assessed by the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for more information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Level 1: $1,150; Level 2: $400; Level 3 $400
(general estimated cost, and subject to change)

Supplies, in addition to regular school supplies, include appropriate footwear, uniforms, trainee membership fees ($80) and certification examination/professional fees ($400).

Courses

Class hours

Courses are currently scheduled:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 0830-1630
Wednesday 0830-1430

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Program length

This program is 14 months in length, full-time, beginning in September. After the first year, there is a 2 month summer break prior to the second clinical placement.

Grading

Each course has a pass mark of 60 per cent. All clinical experiences have a satisfactory/unsatisfactory grading. Students must successfully complete each course in each level before they will be allowed to proceed to the next level and to graduate from the program.

Accreditation

All participating clinical training laboratories are accredited by provincial laboratory accreditation services through a peer review process involving representatives from laboratory professional associations and physicians.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Graduating & Jobs

Job opportunities

Certification as a Medical Laboratory Technologist is nationally recognized. Most Canadian medical laboratories require certification for employment.

In BC., the starting salary of an entry- level technologist in a medical laboratory is approximately $43,500 per year.

Most laboratory services are required on a 24-hour basis. As a result, the majority of medical laboratory technology positions in laboratories include some shift work (weekends, afternoons, and/or nights).

Hospital or private clinical laboratories primarily provide work for certified graduates. The following organizations, however, also employ medical laboratory technologists: Canadian Blood Services, B.C. Laboratory Centre for Disease Control and other public health laboratories, veterinary and industrial laboratories, clinical research laboratories, pharmaceutical and biological supply houses, and commercial companies in sales, research and product development.

Professional associations

Graduates of the BCIT program are eligible to write the Registered Technologist national certification examinations ($450) set by the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS). Upon completion of the program, graduates write the certification exams at BCIT in a one-day session. CSMLS offers three sittings of the exams each year in February, June and October.

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