Medical Laboratory Science

Phase 1

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:

  1. 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
  2. Be introduced to core manual techniques, and demonstrate accuracy and precision in performing these techniques.
  3. Demonstrate comprehension and knowledge of core technical methods and instrumentation.
  4. Have a basic understanding of quality control.
  5. Develop the ability to perform laboratory tests in a confident, organized and efficient manner.
  6. Use laboratory manuals appropriately, and independently carry out a procedure with minimal supervision.
  7. Develop an understanding of the principles and practice of ethical behaviour for medical laboratory technologists.
  8. Develop the ability to relate theory to practice through interpretation of results.
  9. Gain experience with self-directed learning.
  10. Develop the ability to analyze data, and to recognize and solve basic problems.
  11. Develop the ability to deal with ambiguity.
  12. Be introduced to basic components of the scientific method and recognize its role in the advancement of medical knowledge and practice.
  13. Gain some experience with both convergent and divergent thinking in solving problems.
  14. Develop and gain some practice in using the problem solving approaches typical of each discipline.
  15. Develop the ability to transfer knowledge laterally between disciplines and understand the role that each discipline plays in patient diagnosis and treatment.

Courses

Phase 1 courses are listed below. Detailed MLSCI course information is available at Phase 1 Courses.

  • MLSCI 200 (3) - Transition to Clinical Practice
  • MLSCI 230 (3) - Hematology
  • MLSCI 235 (1) - Hemostasis 
  • MLSCI 242 (3) and MLSCI 243 (3) - Pathogenic Microbiology
  • MLSCI 250 (3) - Human Histology and Histotechnology 
  • MLSCI 262 (3) and MLSCI 263 (3) - Clinical Biochemistry
  • MLSCI 270 (2) - Transfusion Science
  • PHYSL (6) - Physiology
  • Arts Option (3)