Medical Laboratory Science

Year 3

Year 3 is a 38-week clinical practicum comprised of laboratory rotations under the supervision of Alberta Precision Laboratories in the Edmonton Zone. Additional university courses run concurrently with this rotation.


Year 3 Objectives

In Year 3, students will become technically proficient in the five major disciplines and further develop problem solving skills. Upon completion of this year, a medical laboratory science student will be able to do the following:

  1. Perform efficiently basic techniques with precision and accuracy at an acceptable level of clinical competence to qualify to write the CSMLS certification examinations.
  2. Develop theoretical competence sufficient to be eligible to write the CSMLS examinations.
  3. Develop confidence in their abilities and recognize their limitations.
  4. Develop the ability to organize work and set priorities.
  5. Communicate effectively, defend judgments and conclusions, and cite supportive evidence.
  6. Follow safety regulations in the laboratory, and perform accepted protocol in case of accident.
  7. Use, care for and perform routine maintenance of equipment in the laboratory.
  8. Interpret test results and solve routine laboratory problems.
  9. Develop a positive attitude towards learning the laboratory disciplines.
  10. Develop positive attitude needed to be a competent medical technologist with a sense of responsibility in relation to patient care.
  11. Develop an understanding of the principles of ethical and professional behaviour for medical laboratory technologists.
  12. Become familiar with standard texts and journals for each discipline.
  13. Develop the ability to undertake independent, self-directed learning.
  14. Demonstrate the ability to organize and present a large volume of information in a logical and concise manner.
  15. Demonstrate an ability to critically analyze current literature on a given topic by comparing the writings of various authors and by drawing pertinent personal conclusions.
  16. Communicate basic knowledge in an oral presentation in an organized and concise fashion.
  17. Develop the ability to analyze laboratory data.