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 preprofessional year followed by three years in the Division of Medical Laboratory Science. 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.