Phase 1 enhances the background information of the preprofessional coursework. It is a normal university year in which didactic material for the five disciplines is presented.
Phase 1 Objectives
In Phase 1 students will develop a basic foundation in the five major disciplines of medical laboratory technology. Upon completion of this year, a medical laboratory science student will be able to do the following:
- Understand and have basic knowledge of core theoretical principles that form the foundation of the disciplines of medical laboratory science, including:
- Pathophysiology and pathogenesis
- Clinical presentation of disease
- Laboratory investigation
- Interpretation of laboratory results
- Diagnosis and treatment
- Application of relevant basic sciences
- Be introduced to core manual techniques, and demonstrate accuracy and precision in performing these techniques.
- Demonstrate comprehension and knowledge of core technical methods and instrumentation.
- Have a basic understanding of quality control.
- Develop the ability to perform laboratory tests in a confident, organized and efficient manner.
- Use laboratory manuals appropriately, and independently carry out a procedure with minimal supervision.
- Develop an understanding of the principles and practice of ethical behaviour for medical laboratory technologists.
- Develop the ability to relate theory to practice through interpretation of results.
- Gain experience with self-directed learning.
- Develop the ability to analyze data, and to recognize and solve basic problems.
- Develop the ability to deal with ambiguity.
- Be introduced to basic components of the scientific method and recognize its role in the advancement of medical knowledge and practice.
- Gain some experience with both convergent and divergent thinking in solving problems.
- Develop and gain some practice in using the problem solving approaches typical of each discipline.
- Develop the ability to transfer knowledge laterally between disciplines and understand the role that each discipline plays in patient diagnosis and treatment.