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Study Length

Prepared to Study for Years



Medical Laboratory Technician

Medical laboratory technicians are highly skilled and perform routine medical laboratory tests by operating diagnostic laboratory equipment. In this profession, you’ll perform clinical laboratory tests on patient samples (for example blood, urine, mucous etc) which are absolutely vital tools for diagnosing patients and preventing disease. 

How to become qualified in this field (learning path)

  • NSC or NC(v)
  • ND in Biomedical Technology 
  • Tech in Biotechnology 
  • Bachelor of Health Science in Medical Laboratory Science 
  • Bachelor of Science 
  • 12-month internship 
  • Final Assessment administered by Society for Medical Laboratory Technologists of South Africa

Level of Schooling & School Subjects

NSC or NC(v) is required. Entry requirements differ for each institution, but recommended school subjects include:

  • Maths
  • Physical and/or life sciences

Duration of study

2 + Years


Upon completion of your studies, you will need to be assessed by the Society for Medical Laboratory Technologists of South Africa as well as register with the Health Professionals Council of South Africa (HPCSA) in order to work in this field. 

Potential places of employment include:

  • Private pathology practices
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Laboratories in blood transfusion services
  • National Health Laboratory Services
  • CSIR, South African Medical Research Council (and similar bodies) 
  • Forensic Science laboratories
  • Veterinary practices
  • Pharmaceutical companies

Further Information

Society for Medical Laboratory Technology

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