MLT Medical Laboratory Technician study opportunities in Sri Lanka

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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.

School of Medical Laboratory Technology Colombo, Sri Lanka

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
Courses you can do after Advanced Level



About the author / 

Achintha Bandara

Achinthya Bandara is a final year B.A. Sinhala Special degree undergraduate of University of Colombo. He also studied in La Trobe University in Victoria, Australia.


  1. pirasha October 21, 2014 at 7:59 am - 

    I faced the interview last Sunday….
    When will start this course…2015 or 2016.

  2. reka October 18, 2014 at 12:00 pm - 

    I faced for the mlt interview in last sunday in sabaragamuwa province

  3. SUGARNIYA October 14, 2014 at 4:23 pm - 

    when the course Mlt will be start?

  4. Supun October 10, 2014 at 7:00 am - 

    The mlt interview will be started on next saturday in western province

  5. K.Nuwan Liyanage October 8, 2014 at 4:01 pm - 

    ples send us more details .

  6. pirasha October 5, 2014 at 7:42 am - 

    Please tell us about diploma mlt interview 2014?

  7. Supun dulanja September 23, 2014 at 10:19 am - 

    When will start the interview of according the gazzet of march about mlt? Please note that.

  8. reka September 22, 2014 at 11:10 am - 

    mlt interviews kawadada?

  9. kosala liyanage August 28, 2014 at 4:22 pm - 

    ples send us more details

  10. THANUSHI NIRMANI August 20, 2014 at 5:41 pm - 

    when will register students for diploma in medical laboratory technician course according to 28th march 2014 gazzete?

  11. sajith May 20, 2014 at 7:38 am - 

    pos I want this

  12. sajith May 20, 2014 at 7:37 am - 

    sir I wish like this following facts to u r kind notice that I am examination student I like this course how can I get it up reply is my life


  13. Hiran April 27, 2014 at 12:03 am - 

    MLT application – check the gazette and follow instructions.

  14. nush April 26, 2014 at 2:14 pm - 

    To which adress do we have to send the MLT application

  15. n.k.liyanage April 17, 2014 at 2:35 pm - 

    realy and wonted

  16. Dinoja January 1, 2014 at 8:55 pm - 


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