In Myanmar, Laboratory Technician Grade II and Grade I courses were started to introduce in 1954 and 1955 respectively at National Health Laboratory.
In November 1964, with the aid of Colombo Plan , Institute of Para-Medical Sciences was established in Yangon General Hospital. At that time, two-year training programme for Medical Technology had been conducted. The persons who got B.Sc ( Science) and the students of the 2nd M.B.,B.,S Senior and the 2nd year Science Inter B can join the two year Diploma course for 1st and 2nd Batch. From the Third to Fifth Batch, there was four-year Diploma Course and the persons who passed the Basic Education High School Examination were selected for the Course . Those candidates who passed the examination were conferred Diplomas in Para-Medical Science in their respective fields.
For the Sixth to Sixteenth batch of two-year Diploma course, candidates who passed the B. Sc second year ( Science) were selected. From the Seventeenth to eighteenth batch, the degree holders of B. Sc ( Zoology) and B. Sc (Botany) were selected. The candidates who fulfilled the above courses were conferred Diploma in Paramedical Science (DPMS).
On 30 th December 1991, the Institute was upgraded to the level of Degree conferring Institute and Two-year Bridge Course was conducted from 1992 for the continuing education of the senior service personnel who had already obtained B.Sc (Science) and Diploma in Paramedical Sciences (Medical Technology). The candidates who fulfilled the Bridge Course were conferred B.P.Sc ( Medical Technology) and 1st Batch of Bridge Course (12 candidates) was completed in 31st December 1993. 2nd Batch (22 candidates) and 3rd Batch (18 candidates )were completed in 1996 and 1999 respectively.
From 1994 onwards, four-year Generic Bachelor degree course, B.P.Sc ( Medical Technology) was started. The candidates were chosen in accordance with the matriculation marks.From 1998 to 2001, 1st to 4th Batch Diploma in Paramedical Science (Dip.P.Sc) (Medical Technology) one year Course was conducted for the candidates who got the B.Sc ( Science) Degree. Altogether 57 candidates got the Diploma.
To produce highly qualified and skilful medical laboratory technologists, two- year master degree course had been started since December 2003. The candidates who fulfilled the two- year master degree course are conferred M.Med.Tech ( Medical Laboratory Technology).
In 2005, to cover advancement of technology, name of the department was converted from Department of Medical Technology to Department of Medical Laboratory Technology. The candidates who fulfilled the four-year Bachelor degree course and the two-year bridge course are conferred B.Med.Tech ( Medical Laboratory Technology).