Medical Laboratory Sciences

Develop specialized skills for working in a medical laboratory environment.

The Medical Laboratory Sciences program is your path to becoming a certified Medical Laboratory Technologist. As a Medical Laboratory Technologist you will be responsible for collecting, preparing, and analyzing blood, body fluids and tissue samples, and interpreting results. This is a comprehensive program that requires dedication and commitment to develop proficient knowledge and skill in the five disciplines of laboratory work: Chemistry, Hematology, Histology and Microbiology, and Transfusion Science. You will also be expected to gain proficiency at drawing blood samples from patients, both neonates and geriatric.

This 22-month intensive program begins with theory and practical foundations at the College for 10 months. You will learn how to obtain accurate and precise patient results with the use of sophisticated laboratory equipment.

Year 2 involves clinical training in diagnostic labs where you will interact with patients and health-care workers in order to obtain the lab experiences necessary for success during a 44-week clinical practicum. You will be assigned to clinical sites in Winnipeg or Brandon. There is no guarantee that you will be placed at your desired practicum location. You will be responsible for costs associated with practicum such as relocation and travel costs.

This is a demanding course. You will be expected to attend school/training for full-time hours, while putting time aside evenings and weekends for studying, assignments and preparing presentations. Your progress will be evaluated by theory examinations and competency-based objectives. This program also helps prepare you to write the Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Sciences Certification (CSMLS) exam. Passing this five-hour exam is a requirement for all Canadian Medical Laboratory Technologists.

This program has been recognized by the Canadian Forces.

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