MLT Medical Laboratory Technician study opportunities in Sri Lanka

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Updated 2015 Jan:
There are few ways to become a Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) in Sri Lanka. In this post, we direct you to find correct path to follow Medical Laboratory Technician education.

Medical laboratory technicians perform routine laboratory procedures on blood, tissue, and other body fluids using instruments such as microscopes, chemicals, computers, and complex laboratory equipment. Medical laboratory technicians can specialize in one of five different areas: blood banking, chemistry, hematology, immunology, or microbiology.

Univesity degress in MLT

University of Peradeniya, University of Sri jayewardenapura, University of Ruhuna and University of Jaffna also conduct B.Sc Medical Laboratory Science degree programmes offers a B.Sc in Medical laboratory sciences where the students will be specialized not just as technicians rather as scientists as you will get a BSc degree in MLT. Students who have good Z-scores  from the G.C.E. A/L exam in biological science stream are eligible for this degree and should follow three years of study at the university. Each student will have the privilege for an internship in order to fulfill their practical aspects.

B.Sc. Medical Laboratory Sciences at Open University

The Bachelor in MLS Programme is of four years duration. The program’s expectation is to graduate individuals who are professionally competent; are able to develop and establish procedures for collecting, processing and analyzing biological specimens for laboratory investigations, possess a commitment to life-long learning; exhibit a sense of commitment to the ethical and humane aspects of patient care; appreciate the need for research to develop knowledge of health, disease, healthcare management and education and able to recognize the role of the clinical laboratory scientist in the assurance of quality health care.

This curriculum includes basic sciences (Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry (basic and clinical), Physics and Chemistry), Statistics (general and medical statistics), Laboratory Instrumentation skills and general Parasitology, microbiology, pathology and haematology as a foundation. It also contains specialized laboratory based teaching subjects such as Histopathology, Chemical Pathology, Advanced Clinical Haematology, Transfusion & Transplantation Science, Clinical Microbiology, Diagnostic Parasitology. Advanced Clinical Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Cytogenetics, and Immuno-histochemistry. Research methodology and research project will be aslo ve offered.


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Dept. of Health Sciences, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Open University of Sri Lanka
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School of Medical Laboratory Technology Colombo

School of Medical Laboratory Technology Colombo, Sri Lanka attached to Medical Research Institute (MRI), Sri Lanka is the other governmental body that provides MLT training in professional aspects. Selecting through following procedure, MRI will train technologists to cater both national and international Medical researcher needs.

  • The recruitment of students to the school is in accordance with the approved scheme laid down by the Department of Health services, Sri Lanka
  • Should have passed the G.C.E. (A.L.) examination with a credit pass in Chemistry.
  • Should have passed English language at G.C.E. (O.L.) examination

Students who follow MLT training should study

  1.   Laboratory Management & Histopathology
  2.   Haematology & Blood Bank serology
  3.   Medical Microbiology
  4.   Parasitology & Medical Entomology
  5.   Chemical Pathology

Medi Lab Technicians produced by MRI will then released to the local and international health labour to fulfill country’s medical research assistance and contribution.
School of Medical Laboratory Technology
National Institute of Health Sciences also conducts MLT courses

Private Institutes

Apart from the governmental way there are some good private institutional ways to be a MLT. PATHE academy provides HND opportunities for students who wish to be a MLT even recognized highly in the field. Lab technicians, assistant MLT’s in service with no theoretical knowledge, A/L students seeking a career in the health care service, or any person in the healthcare service looking for career development are eligible for this course. Pass of 03 A/L subjects in one sitting with a pass in chemistry or an aggregate of not less than 30% in  A/L . However the prospective students will have to maintain a 80 % attendance rate and undergo 960 hrs of internship to be qualified to receive the Higher National Diploma in M.L.T (HND in MLT)

Describing their aims and objectives PATHE says,

The prime focus of the programme is to prepare professionals in keeping pace with the demand of the healthcare sector labour market. We, in consultation with the Private Medical Hospitals Association, NAITA, PHSRC and other private & government healthcare organizations keep in touch with the developments in order to offer better programme standards & employment opportunities.

For the PATHE, you have to pay 84,400 LKR for the total course of 26 months which consists both academic and internship programs.

Many other private institutes also provide good opportunities to the local students to gain academic and professional experience as Medical Laboratory Technicians.

Other related study options:
Physiotherapy courses
Pharmacology Courses
Careers in Medical Sector
Foreign Medical degree
Select Universities and Courses in Sri Lankan Universities
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  1. geesara March 25, 2016 at 11:58 pm -  Reply

    How can i apply the school of medical labrotary technicians

  2. saduni March 5, 2016 at 1:36 pm -  Reply

    I want to know hnd in mlt course of pathe academy details .specially ,total course fees.please …pathe academy eke mlt krapu kenek ennawanm kiyanna mlt diploma eka hodada hoya puluwnda hospital wala?please reply soon.

  3. razeena March 4, 2016 at 12:23 pm -  Reply

    how can i apply for the mlt course in mri.

  4. alyna March 3, 2016 at 11:23 am -  Reply

    No SLMC registration is provided

  5. alyna March 3, 2016 at 11:22 am -  Reply

    Think twice and more before joining pathe

  6. alyna March 3, 2016 at 11:19 am -  Reply

    Kind information for all of you people who are willing to study mlt at pathe academy a fake academy. The students who paid and studying are now suffering with lack of proper laboratory, notes and also the worthless certificate of Pathe. Just go through the Facebook page of Pathe Academy and check for the reviews of students. Thank you

  7. rashmika March 1, 2016 at 9:59 am -  Reply

    How can i apply to mlt course mri.I have c pass to chemistry and my z score is 0.7026 (anuradhapura)

    • alyna March 3, 2016 at 11:21 am -  Reply

      Think twice and more before joining pathe

  8. sara February 20, 2016 at 7:19 pm -  Reply

    please tell me when does MLT or anyother course for bio students

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