Medical Laboratory Technology Science

 

What you'll learn...

Semesters 1 – 3 consist of 51 weeks of classroom instruction and related laboratory sessions at CNC. Before continuing to the practicum, you must complete all courses in semesters 1 through 3 with grades of 60% (C) or more.

Semester 1

MLTS 101 Medical Terminology

This course gives the student the basic fundamentals of medical terminology in both the written and spoken forms. A good command of the English language with particular emphasis on accuracy in spelling is highly desirable for success in this course. Mastery of word parts and building skills will aid the student in understanding medical terminology.
1 CR

MLTS 104 Infection Control and Safety

This course deals with transmission of microorganisms, immunization practices for health care workers, blood-borne pathogens (Hepatitis and HIV), Standard Precautions, isolation procedures, sterilization and disinfection, safety and WHMIS.

Prerequisites or Corequisites: MLTS 101,109, 113
1 CR

MLTS 105 Normal Hematology

This course is a study of the production and function of the normal blood cells: erythrocytes, leukocytes and platelets. The laboratory sessions include microscopic evaluation of blood films as well as some of the procedures routinely performed in the clinical laboratory to evaluate blood cells. .

Prerequisites or Corequisites: MLTS 101, 104, 106, 109, 113, 122
3 CR

MLTS 106 Specimen Collection and Handling

This course includes information for the collection, handling and transportation of various laboratory specimens to help ensure the quality of laboratory results are covered. Emphasis is on the collection of blood specimens, and practice in venous collection on adults and capillary collection will be provided.

Prerequisites or Corequisites: MLTS 101, 104, 109, 113
1 CR

MLTS 109 General Laboratory Practice

The theory and practice required to perform basic procedures in a laboratory will be presented. Laboratory glassware, pipettes, use of balance, centrifuges, thermal equipment, microscopes and solution preparation with related calculations, and laboratory safety will be covered.

Prerequisites or Corequisites: MLTS 101, 104
1.5 CR

MLTS 113 Anatomy and Physiology

This course develops the student’s understanding of the structure and function of organs and systems in the normal human body. A study of basic chemical principles is included. Medical terminology is expanded and concepts of pathology introduced. Prerequisite: Admission to MLTS program

Prerequisite: Admission to MLTS program
3 CR

MLTS 122 Analytical Principles

This course focuses on the principles commonly used for quantitative analysis in clinical laboratories. Principles and applications of light measuring systems, and electrochemistry will be discussed. It introduces the student to the principles and applications of light scatter, electrophoresis, chromatography and immunoassay.

Prerequisites or Corequisites: MLTS 101, 104, 106, 109
3 CR

MLTS 142 Microbiology I

This course provides a brief history of the development of microbiology and an overview of microbial forms as well as an overview of bacterial genetics. Emphasis is on morphological, physiological and disease-producing properties, and methods of isolation and identification. Laboratory exercises provide practical experience and complement the theory.

Prerequisites or Corequisites: MLTS 101, 104, 106, 109, 113
3 CR

Semester 2

MLTS 115 Quality Management

This course is designed to provide individuals with a complete overview of quality patient care. This includes an emphasis on the use of established quality assurance control techniques to validate test results.

Prerequisites or Corequisites: MLTS 101, 104, 106, 109
1 CR

MLTS 131 Histotechnology I

This course provides an introduction to the principles and practices of preparing quality clinical specimens for histological examination. Fixation, decalcification, processing, embedding, and microtomy are presented and practiced.

Prerequisites or Corequisites: MLTS 101, 104, 109, 113
2 CR

MLTS 143 Microbiology II

This course is a continuation of Microbiology I.

Prerequisite: MLTS 142
3 CR

MLTS 155 Immunology

This course is a study of the body’s defense mechanisms, both innate and acquired. The involvement of the immune system in various disease states and clinical conditions is also discussed. The student is introduced to the principles of antigen–antibody reactions and their application in many laboratory tests.

Prerequisites or Corequisites: MLTS 101,104, 106, 109, 113
1 CR

MLTS 161 Hematopathology

Hematopathology Part I is a study of the pathophysiology of various anemias as related to the laboratory involvement in diagnosis and treatment. Special tests used for differential diagnosis are included. This information is applied to the detection of analytical discrepancies and ensuring timely, valid results. The pathology of blood diseases involving leukocytes as related to the laboratory involvement in diagnosis and treatment are studied in Hematopathology Part II. Special tests used for differential diagnosis are included. This information is applied to the detection of analytical discrepancies and ensuring timely, valid results.

Prerequisites or Corequisites: MLTS 101, 104, 105, 106, 109, 113,122
3 CR

MLTS 162 Coagulation

This course includes the basic theory of hemostasis. Lab sessions include both manual and automated routine tests for coagulation.

Prerequisites or Corequisites: MLTS 101, 104, 106, 122
1 CR

MLTS 166 Clinical Chemistry I

This course provides the knowledge and skills required to perform selected tests for carbohydrates, electrolytes, enzymes and renal and liver functions.

Prerequisites or Corequisites: MLTS 101, 104, 106, 122
1 CR

MLTS 176 Molecular Diagnostics

This course provides the student with an introduction to the principles of molecular diagnostic techniques and the practical applications of this technology in a diagnostic laboratory. Topics include, but are not limited to, DNA/RNA isolation, hybridization, polymerase chain reaction, and restriction enzyme analysis.

Prerequisites or Corequisites: MLTS 101, 104, 106, 122
2 CR

MLTS 181 Transfusion Medicine I

This course involves the theory of inheritance of blood groups and the study of red cell blood group systems as they apply to the testing of blood for transfusion purposes. The detection, treatment and prevention of hemolytic disease of the newborn are also covered. Laboratory exercises provide practical experience and complement the theory.

Prerequisites or Corequisites: MLTS 101, 104, 105, 106, 109, 113,122,155
2 CR

Semester 3

MLTS 135 Histology

This course provides an introduction to the functional classification of cells, tissue, and organ arrangements. Students learn to recognize the microanatomical structure of cells, tissues, and organs at the microscopic level.

Prerequisites or Corequisites: MLTS 101, 104, 109, 113, 131
1.5 CR

MLTS 136 Histotechnology II

This course provides an overview of the techniques used to determine cellular and non-cellular components for microscopic examination. Students perform some of these techniques and evaluate their results.

Prerequisites or Corequisites: MLTS 101, 104, 109, 113, 131, 135
2 CR

MLTS 144 Microbiology III

This course is a continuation of Microbiology II.

Prerequisite: MLTS 143
3 CR

MLTS 150 Professional Practices

This introductory course develops the student’s understanding of the importance of effective interpersonal communication skills and teamwork in the health care setting. The diverse needs and human relations posed by health care clients are also explored. Students will also analyze their personal effectiveness related to wellness, conflict, change, and stress management.

1 CR

MLTS 153 Fundamentals of Research

This course introduces the student to basic concepts and methodologies of research design. Application of these principles to the medical laboratory technology profession is discussed. Current medical laboratory technology research needs are also explored.

1 CR

MLTS 167 Clinical Chemistry II

The knowledge and skills required to perform more advanced testing for electrolyte, enzyme, renal and liver function procedures are covered. Additional knowledge and skills are provided for proteins, therapeutic drugs, drugs of abuse, and endocrine testing.

Prerequisite: MLTS 166
3 CR

MLTS 170 Urinalysis

This course includes learning about macroscopic (chemical) and microscopic evaluation of urine constituents, the role of the kidney in maintaining homeostasis, as well as the components and procedures of a quality control program. Result correlation and clinical significance of results are discussed.

Prerequisites or Corequisites: MLTS 101, 104, 106, 122
1.5 CR

MLTS 182 Transfusion Medicine II

This course involves the study of immunology, the theory of genetics, blood donations, and red cell blood group systems as they apply to the testing of blood for transfusion purposes. The detection, treatment and prevention of hemolytic disease of the newborn are also covered. Laboratory exercises provide practical experience and complement the theory.

Prerequisite: MLTS 181
3 CR

Practicum

MLTS 230 Histotechnology Theory

This course reviews and expands the student’s theoretical knowledge of histotechnology through case studies, worksheets, and exams. This course runs concurrently with MLTS 235.

1.5 CR

MLTS 235 Histotechnology Practicum

This course covers the practical component of histotechnology through work experience in a clinical laboratory. This course runs concurrently with MLTS 230

3 CR

MLTS 240 Microbiology Theory

This course reviews and expands the student’s theoretical knowledge of microbiology through tutorials, worksheets, case studies and exams. This course runs concurrently with MLTS 245.

2 CR

MLTS 245 Microbiology Practicum

This course covers the practical component of microbiology through work experience in a clinical laboratory. This course runs concurrently with MLTS 240.

5 CR

MLTS 250 Management Practices

This course provides a study of health care organizational behaviour including skills required for supervisory/management positions within a laboratory.

1 CR

MLTS 260 Hematology Theory

This course reviews and expands the student’s theoretical knowledge of hematology through case studies, worksheets, and exams. This course runs concurrently with MLTS 262.

2 CR

MLTS 262 Hematology Practicum

This course covers the practical component of hematology through work experience in a clinical laboratory. This course runs concurrently with MLTS 260.

5 CR

MLTS 265 Clinical Chemistry Theory

This course reviews and expands the student’s theoretical knowledge of clinical chemistry through tutorials, worksheets, case studies and exams. This course runs concurrently with MLTS 266.

2 CR

MLTS 266 Clinical Chemistry Practicum

The course covers the practical component of clinical chemistry through work experience in a clinical laboratory. This course runs concurrently with MLTS 265.

5 CR

MLTS 270 Specimen Collection Practicum

Major topics covered are blood collection, safe work practices, and professionalism. Students practice the collection, handling, transportation, and processing of various laboratory specimens to help ensure the quality of laboratory results. Emphasis is on the collection of blood specimens, and practice in venous collection on adults and capillary collection will be provided.

2 CR

MLTS 280 Transfusion Medicine Theory

This course reviews and expands the student’s theoretical knowledge of transfusion science through case studies, worksheets and exams. This includes the principles of immunology, quality control procedures, red blood cell antigens and antibodies, and adverse transfusion reactions. This course runs concurrently with MLTS 285.

1.5 CR

MLTS 285 Transfusion Medicine Practicum

This course covers the practical component of transfusion science through work experience in a clinical laboratory. This includes performing quality control procedures, the detection of antigens and antibodies, identifying common red blood cell antigens and antibodies, preparing and issuing blood products, and recognizing and investigating adverse transfusion reactions. This course runs concurrently with MLTS 280.

3 CR

Medical Laboratory Technology Science Diploma

  • Credential:Diploma
  • Type: Full-time *three semesters on campus, one year at practicum site
  • Campus: Prince George
  • Fees: $3,100 per semester.
    Practicum year $8,400
These fees are an estimate.

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