The Medical Laboratory Science program at the University of Alberta has a preprofessional year that is required before admission to the program.

Preprofessional Year

Preprofessional Year Objectives

In the preprofessional year, students will obtain a good basic science background reflecting the disciplines of medical laboratory science. Upon completion of this year, students will:

  1. Develop a background in basic sciences. This will include:
    • General Chemistry
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Genetics
    • Microbiology
    • Statistics
  2. Use correct technical and scientific vocabulary
  3. Be introduced to and have some exposure to the arts or humanities
  4. Know accepted general safety regulations pertinent to the laboratory
  5. Demonstrate ability to follow written and oral instruction
  6. Effectively communicate ideas in written and spoken English
  7. Have the ability to take responsibility for their own learning by demonstrating self-directed study skills

Course Offerings

The current course requirements are listed below. Please see the University of Alberta calendar for full course descriptions.

  • CHEM 101 (3) - Introductory University Chemistry I
  • CHEM 102 (3) - Introductory University Chemistry II
  • CHEM 164 OR 261 (3) - Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 263 (3) - Organic Chemistry II
  • BIOL 107 (3) - Introduction to Cell Biology 
  • BIOL, GENET, ZOOL or MICRB (3)
  • ENGL (6)
  • STAT 141, 151 or 337
  • Option (3)

These preprofessional courses are available in many post-secondary campuses. See the MLS conversion chart for alternative Alberta institutions or visit the Alberta Council on Admission and Transfer website.