Medical Laboratory Technologists provide medical laboratory data used in the treatment and diagnosis of surgical and medical conditions in detachments and clinics, as well as in combat and operational units.
They must perform their duties according to established protocols, safety guidelines and existing legislation at all times. Their duties include:
- collecting and preparing biological specimens for analysis
- performing routine and specialized analyses
- validating test results
- perform analytical techniques on specimens that originate from a variety of sources
- practice and promote the principles of quality and resource management
Medical Laboratory Technologists work in a variety of medical facilities and temporary labs while deployed in peacekeeping missions and humanitarian missions around the world. They may work in shifts. They are posted to bases in Canada, are deployed on missions around the world or on ships at sea.
The starting salary for a fully-trained Medical Laboratory Technologist is $49,400 per year; however, depending on previous experience and training the starting salary may be higher. Medical Laboratory Technologists who demonstrate the required ability, dedication and potential are selected for opportunities for career progression, promotion and advanced training.
The first stage of training is the Basic Military Qualification course, or Basic Training, held at the Canadian Forces Leadership and Recruit School in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec. This training provides the basic core skills and knowledge common to all trades. A goal of this course is to ensure that all recruits maintain the Canadian Forces physical fitness standard; as a result, the training is physically demanding.
Medical Laboratory Technologists are posted to a medical unit in Canada to complete a one-year preceptor program under the supervision of senior staff. This training provides the core knowledge required to practice as a Medical Laboratory Technologist in a military setting.
Medical Laboratory Technologists may be offered the opportunity to develop specialized skills through formal courses and on-the-job training, including:
- Technical Administration
- Leadership and Management
As they progress in their career, Medical Laboratory Technologists who demonstrate the required ability and potential will be offered advanced training.
The minimum required education to apply for this position is the completion of the provincial requirements for Grade 10 or Secondaire IV in Canada. Foreign education may be accepted.
If you already have a college diploma and certification as a Laboratory Technologist with the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science, the Canadian Forces may place you directly into the required on-the-job training program following basic training. Basic training and military occupation training is required before being assigned.
Non-commissioned Member Subsidized Education Program.
Because this position requires specialty training, the Canadian Forces will pay successful recruits to attend the diploma program at an approved Canadian college. NCM SEP students attend basic training and on-the-job training during the summer months. They receive full-time salary including medical and dental care, as well as vacation time with full-pay in exchange for working with the Canadian Forces for a period of time. If you choose to apply to this program, you must apply both to the Canadian Forces and the appropriate college. For more information, click on Paid College.