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CCNB supports internationally educated medical laboratory technologists:
Program Launched
To Recognize Competencies

DIEPPE, December 2, 2013 - The CCNB officially launched its new Medical Laboratory Technology - Bridging (MLTB) program today in Dieppe. This program, developed in cooperation with the New Brunswick Society of Medical Laboratory Technologists (NBSMLT), will enable professionals in the field who have been educated internationally to obtain Canadian certification to work in New Brunswick. It is the only program of this kind offered in both official languages in Canada.
The bridging program is for a maximum of 32 weeks and is designed as a sustainable model that will be accessible across Canada. It includes online theory courses, and technical and general skills courses required for entering the Canadian health system. The MLTB also includes a mentoring program that will make it easier to integrate into the system. The practical component of the program is offered and evaluated in a simulated medical laboratory and during a practicum which takes place in a hospital setting.
The need for such a program was raised by the NBSMLT, which forecasts a serious shortage of workers in this field, as half of the medical laboratory technologists (MLTs) in New Brunswick will be eligible for retirement in the next 10 years. The bridging program was developed in response to this anticipated shortage, since 90% of internationally educated technologists must satisfy Canadian standards.
“As a professional association, we must make sure there are enough medical laboratory technologists in New Brunswick to satisfy the demand. The bridging program offers participants an equal opportunity to enter the profession right here in New Brunswick," explained Janelle Bourgeois, Executive Director of the NBSMLT.
For internationally educated MLTs who want to take the program, a file review is done by the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS), which determines the person's level of knowledge and skills in relation to Canadian standards. This makes it possible to establish needs and leads to a personalized learning plan. Once the learning plan has been completed and the candidate has been admitted into the CCNB, training can begin, either in the country of origin or here, in Canada. Successful completion of the program can lead to national certification, which is required to work as a medical laboratory technologist in New Brunswick.
“The Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science is excited to see the launch of a new bridging program in Atlantic Canada. Bridging programs are the most effective way to help internationally educated medical laboratory technologists (IEMLTs) meet Canadian standards and successfully integrate into the workforce”, says Christine Nielsen, CSMLS Chief Executive Officer. “Our experience has shown that the certification examination pass rate for IEMLTs who have completed a bridging program is at or above the pass rate for Canadian educated medical laboratory technologists.”
For the CCNB, such a program makes it possible to meet a pressing need in New Brunswick. “We are pleased to have worked with experts in the field to prepare a program that meets the needs of the labour market as well as those of technologists from here and elsewhere. Through our cooperation, we have been able to set up a national calibre program that people from across Canada can benefit from," emphasized Liane Roy, President and Chief Executive Officer of the CCNB.
Pictured below are Claude Allard, director at CCNB - Campus de Dieppe, Janelle Bourgeois, executive director of the New Brunswick Society for Medical Laboratory Technologists, Liane Roy, president and chief executive officer at CCNB, Christine Nielsen, chief executive officer of the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science, Hélène Cadinot, internationally educated medical laboratory technologist and Daniel Comeau, director of Distance Education at CCNB.

Source: Mandy Poitras, Communication Officer, CCNB, 506-735-2511, mandy.poitras@gnb.ca

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New Brunswick Society for Medical Laboratory Technologists receives national distinction

DIEPPE - March 22, 2013 - The New Brunswick Society for Medical Laboratory Technologists (NBSMLT) was among 14 Canadian organizations that were recently recognized as innovators for their work in foreign credential recognition.

Earlier this month, Citizenship and Immigration Canada presented the first International Qualifications Network (IQN) Awards. The IQN is an online forum where employers, regulatory bodies, governments, and immigrant-serving organizations can share best practices in foreign credential assessment and recognition.

For the past two years, the NBSMLT, along with key partners have been working on a Bridging Program for Internationally Educated Medical Laboratory Technologists (IEMLTs). New Brunswick is facing a shortage of Medical Laboratory Technologists (MLTs). In fact, over 50% of MLTs in New Brunswick will be eligible to retire in the next ten years. IEMLTs could contribute to the solution of this problem; however, 90% of IEMLTs have educational gaps and require additional education to meet Canadian Standards.

“Without Bridging Programs, IEMLTs are very often not successful on the Canadian certification exam and have difficulty entering the workforce and adapting in the clinical setting”, said Janelle Bourgeois, Executive Director, New Brunswick Society for Medical Laboratory Technologists. “This program will not only address educational gaps, but will offer equal access for IEMLTs so they can enter the profession”, added Ms Bourgeois.

The Bridging Program’s main goal is to provide a sustainable program in both official languages that can then be used as a model in the rest of Canada. The program includes courses to cover technical gaps and provide soft skill training, clinical rotations, mentorship and intercultural diversity training. It involves many partners such as employers, educational institutions, settlement agencies and the profession’s national body.

A recent national study conducted by the Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Science confirmed that completing a Bridging Program is the best option for these immigrants. There are currently no Bridging Programs for these professionals in the Atlantic Provinces, this program will be the first of its kind and proposes a sustainable model.

The project is sponsored by the Internationally Educated Health Professional (IEHP) Atlantic Connection with funds from Health Canada’s Health Care Policy Contribution Program and is one of many projects under the IEHP Atlantic Connection umbrella, www.atlanticcanadahealthcare.com. The IEHP Atlantic Connection is a consortium of stakeholders with a common goal of attracting, integrating and retaining IEHPs to the healthcare systems of Atlantic Canada. The project is also supported by the Government of New Brunswick, who has contributed to not only the project itself but also to the recruitment of IEMLTs. Although the Bridging Program will only be available this Fall, IEMLTs have already begun to show interest in New Brunswick.

Ms. Hélène Cadinot is an IEMLT who has gone through the prior learning assessment process offered by the national body. She has been recruited by laboratory services of Vitalité Health Network, where she currently works as a Medical Laboratory Assistant.

“I have been in New Brunswick since July 2012; so far the experience has been very positive. I have received tremendous support from my employer and help from immigration officers and settlement agencies. I am adapting well in the clinical setting. It is a lot of work, but I am determined to meet the NBSMLT standards to become licensed to practice in my field”, explains Ms. Cadinot.

The NBSMLT is the regulatory body for approximately 700 MLTs in the province. MLTs provide diagnostic data on blood and body tissue analysis that form the basis of physician’s decisions about a patient’s diagnosis and treatment. More information on the NBSMLT or the Bridging Program is available on our Website www.nbsmlt.nb.ca.

MEDIA-CONTACT - Janelle Bourgeois, Executive Director, New Brunswick Society for Medical Laboratory Technologists,

Our organization was born in 1948 when the New Brunswick Provincial Branch of the Canadian Society of Laboratory Technologists (CSLT) was formed.
The NBSMLT was incorporated in 1984 and on May 9, 1991, under the New Brunswick Statute, "An Act Respecting the New Brunswick Society of Medical Laboratory Technologists", NB became the second province in Canada to regulate the practice of Medical Laboratory Technology.

The NBSMLT is both the regulatory body and professional society for approximately 650 Medical Laboratory Technologists (MLT's) in the province of New Brunswick. A medical laboratory technologist must maintain a high standard of practice in a fast paced and rapidly changing workplace environment through continuing education. The NBSMLT is the regulatory body that protects the public throughout these changes.

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