Government Recognition of MLTs

The Alberta Government has formally recognized MLTs and their important role in healthcare by declaring the week of April 26 National Medical Laboratory Technologists Week. Click here for more information.

About the CMLTA

The College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Alberta (CMLTA) is the regulatory body for Medical Laboratory Technologists (MLTs) employed in Alberta. The CMLTA protects and serves the public, patients, and our Regulated Members by setting entrance to practice requirements, creating and enforcing a Continuing Competence Program, and instituting a formal process for the adjudication of complaints of unprofessional conduct. Professional regulation is one measure to assure the public MLTs provide safe, competent, and ethical healthcare services.

Areas of Practice

MLTs perform laboratory analyses and provide clinicians with accurate and reliable test results upon which 85% of decisions regarding diagnosis and/or treatment are based. MLTs are employed in a variety of laboratory settings, such as hospital laboratories, 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

Click here for a description of the above areas of practice.

To ensure timeliness, fairness, and to meet fiduciary responsibilities, the CMLTA uses electronic means (email) as the primary source for all communication. All Regulated Members are responsible for receiving, reviewing, and where necessary; responding to all communications from the CMLTA.

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