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.

Philosophy of Medical Laboratory Science

The Medical Laboratory Science program is to provide an enjoyable, stimulating learning environment in which staff works in unity to instill the following in students:

  1. theoretical and practical competencies as technologists with knowledge of state-of-the-art scientific advances
  2. higher level problem-solving skills
  3. enthusiasm for continued learning required in their future lives and careers
  4. a well rounded, broad an education as possible within a professional program