About MLTs

Medical laboratory technologists (MLTs) perform laboratory analyses and provide accurate and reliable test results upon which 85% of decisions regarding patients’ diagnoses and treatments are based. MLTs are employed in a variety of laboratory settings including hospitals, public and private clinical institutions, research facilities, and as educators teaching the profession of medical laboratory science to future practitioners. MLTs are formally trained in one or more of the following areas:

  • biochemistry (clinical chemistry)
  • cytogenetics
  • molecular genetics
  • diagnostic cytology
  • hematology
  • histology
  • microbiology
  • transfusion science

For a description of the above areas of practice, click here.

The authority for MLTs to practice in Alberta stems from the Health Professions Act (HPA) which states that in their practice, MLTs may perform one or more of the following:

  1. Collect and analyze biological samples, perform quality control procedures and communicate results that have been critically evaluated to ensure accuracy and reliability
  2. Teach, manage and conduct research in the science and techniques of medical laboratory technology
  3. Provide restricted activities authorized by the regulations

Self-regulation for MLTs is a privilege granted by Albertans through the Government of Alberta and the HPA. There are several advantages in being a regulated healthcare professional. Click here to view the CMLTA Regulated Member Value Proposition Statement.

National Medical Laboratory Week

The Alberta Government has formally recognized MLTs and their important role in healthcare by declaring the week of April 11 as National Medical Laboratory Week in Alberta. Click here to view the announcement.

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The College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Alberta (CMLTA) is the regulatory body for Medical Laboratory Technologists (MLTs) employed in Alberta.

Treaty 6

We wish to acknowledge that the land on which the CMLTA office is located is Treaty 6 territory and a traditional meeting ground for many Indigenous people. This is home to the Cree, Blackfoot, and Metis, as it is for the Nakoda, Tsuu T’ina, Chipewayn, and other Indigenous people. Their spiritual and practical relationships to the land create a rich heritage for our life as community.

Contact Information

301-9426 51 Avenue NW,
Edmonton, Alberta
T6E 5A6

Phone: 780-435-5452
Toll Free: 1-800-265-9351
Fax: 780-437-1442

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