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
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  1. Rifna April 24, 2017 at 10:11 am -  Reply

    Maduwanthi what’s ur z score?I got BCS result in A/l 2016.B-biology
    Which field can I select in paramedical science sector.pls help me

  2. Nafra April 14, 2017 at 3:26 pm -  Reply

    When will they send the letters those who are selected in para medical intrvw????still i didnt recieve the letter

  3. thilini April 9, 2017 at 10:39 pm -  Reply

    I did a/l in 2016. I want to join to mlt school colombo. I have a c pass for chemistry. How can i join to it?? When will it get new batches??? When is it gonna start??

  4. Pabasarie March 21, 2017 at 8:34 am -  Reply

    MRI eke mlt course eka gana wistra danne kawada

  5. Dilakshi February 20, 2017 at 9:32 pm -  Reply

    february last week selection list දානවා කිව්වා නේ..ඒත් තාම නෑ.. 🙁 🙁 🙁

    • Meersa March 20, 2017 at 9:15 pm -  Reply

      Hi friends,
      Anyone knows about sri
      jayawardenapura general hospital trainee students like mlt,pharmacist,cardiogrammer,physiotherapist ,Plz inform me.

      • ashi April 21, 2017 at 7:15 pm - 

        Please tell me your z core?

  6. Rifna February 17, 2017 at 7:58 pm -  Reply

    When will the applications called for paramedical science for 2016A/L batch

  7. Maduwanthi January 11, 2017 at 10:53 am -  Reply

    Mama A/l biological science kale 2016. Mage result BCS. Chemistry C. Kohomada man MLT walata apply karanne ?

  8. as January 9, 2017 at 10:23 am -  Reply

    mata a/l bio stream eke 3s thamai feild ekema monawage course ekak folow kaloth hondada kiyala podi guidance ekak denna puluwanda??

  9. Dilinili January 4, 2017 at 11:21 am -  Reply

    13 November 2016 interview karapu MLT batch eka ganne mona kaletada?

    • Dilakshi February 20, 2017 at 9:39 pm -  Reply

      ඔයා call කලේ නැද්ද? මට නම් කිව්වා february පටන් ගන්නවා කියලා.. but මාගේ යාලුවෙක්ට කියල තිබුනා April වල ගන්නවා කියලා..

  10. wathsalaB November 16, 2016 at 5:26 pm -  Reply

    2016 November interview karapu mlt batch eka ganne mona kaaletada kiyala dannawada..??

  11. 💐💐 November 1, 2016 at 8:35 am -  Reply

    Mlt interview lettrs awa…kandy wla…november 5/6 thiyenne.

  12. suplexcity August 29, 2016 at 2:38 pm -  Reply

    Mlt interview letters kawada witharada enne?

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