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.

Medical Laboratory Science Program Outcomes

Medical Laboratory Science graduates are highly skilled academic health professionals who advance the profession through: 

Knowledge Based Practice: Academic health professionals who use the best available knowledge to inform practice. 

Scholarship: Academic health professionals who can analyze, adapt, and build upon of knowledge to guide and advance practice. 

Communication and Collaboration: Academic health professionals who communicate effectively and collaborate in practice.

Self Management: Academic health professionals who demonstrate confidence in practice. 

Ethical Responsibility; Academic health professionals who exhibit value-driven practice.