Medical Laboratory Science

Medical Laboratory Science in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta offers a four-year professional degree program. Students acquire general certification from the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) and a BSc in Medical Laboratory Science (MLS). Graduates of the Medical Laboratory Science program at the University of Alberta have an excellent reputation locally, nationally and internationally.

This fully integrated program consists of a pre professional year followed by three years in the Division of Medical Laboratory Science.

After the pre professional year, the first and third years of the program are regular university years. The second year is a 38-week period of practical hospital training under the supervision of Alberta Health Services, Edmonton Zone. Rotations occur in the Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathology (University of Alberta Hospitals site) and through DynaLIFE Dx. Students rotate through laboratories in clinical biochemistry, hematology, histotechnology, clinical microbiology, and transfusion science—the five disciplines that are required for CSMLS general certification.

 The three MLS years are designated Phase 1, Phase 2 and Phase 3:

  • Phase 1
    • The first year of the program is a regular university year, which:
      • Provides the theoretical basis for the five disciplines of Medical Laboratory Science
      • Provides a beginning to clinical practice techniques
  • Phase 2 
    • The second year is the practical hospital training year under the supervision of Alberta Health Services (Edmonton Zone) and the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, which:
      • Consists of clinical rotations in accredited laboratories
      • Includes ethics and professional behaviour in all courses.
  • Phase 3 
    • The third year is a regular university year, in which

After the degree requirements are successfully completed, students are permitted to write the general certification examinations of the CSMLS. When the BSc in Medical Laboratory Science has been conferred, students are eligible to write the Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) certification examinations of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP), as well as the CLS examinations of the NCA.

Also see Admission Requirements and the MLS Technical Standards Policy