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Medical Laboratory Assistant

Courses

From classroom to practicum

Throughout the program, you'll combine classroom-taught theory with practical skills instruction. You'll finish off with a four-week, full-time practicum.

Introduction to Phlebotomy • MEDL 401V

This course is the theory component of the collection of blood specimens by venipuncture and skin puncture. It also includes the introduction to the program and roles and responsibilities of MLAs.

Course Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course the student will be able to:

  1. Describe roles and responsibilities of MLAs in public and private sector
  2. Describe the correct procedures and techniques for collection of blood including preparation and instruction of patients; care of patients before, during and after procedure, including conditions and complications which may arise

Lab Safety Theory • MEDL 403V

This course includes the terms associated with control of microbiological populations; properties of microbes in the workplace; mechanisms of disease transmission; and methods of protection against and prevention of diseases (infection control).

Course Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the theory behind the principles of lab safety and infection control including;
    • Safe use of equipment in the lab
    • WHMIS overview
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of requirements for transport of specimens (TDG)

Workplace Communication • MEDL 405V

This course covers how to use effective communication skills with patients and members of the health care team including written communication, and an overview of conflict resolution. It also discusses medico-legal and ethical terms; requirements for documentation; knowledge of patients' rights; requirements for finding of liability; and application of knowledge to situations which may occur in the health care setting.

Course Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate effective communications skills with patients and members of the health care team (verbal, non-verbal, and written)
  2. Define and demonstrate knowledge of medico-legal and ethical terms as they may apply to the MLA
  3. Outline requirements for documentation
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of patients' rights
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of requirements for the finding of liability
  6. Demonstrate the ability to apply the knowledge of medico-legal and ethical issues to situations which may occur in the health care setting

Specimen Handling • MEDL 411V

This course covers the preparation of specimens in the areas of haematology, chemistry, immunohematology, microbiology, cytology and histology and provides directions to patients, aliquoting, processing and handling of non-blood specimens are included.

Course Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate ability to prepare specimens for distribution to clinical laboratory departments for analysis
  2. Identify and demonstrate the collection of specimens in appropriate collection tubes relating to area
  3. Demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary for the collection of specimens other than blood
  4. Demonstrate the labelling and handling of the specimens
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of a test library for obtaining information required to collect and handle specimens

Anatomy & Physiology • MEDL 412V

This course provides an overview of the anatomy and physiology of the human body with a major focus on the major body systems and related disorders and diagnostic tests. These would include the cardiovascular, lymphatic/immune, endocrine, reproductive, urinary, respiratory and digestive systems. Test library, medical terms and conditions, and laboratory terms and measurements are covered.

Course Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the human body systems and some major functions and related blood tests relevant to the body systems
    • Identify the 11 body systems and describe their primary functions and structures
    • Identify the primary diseases and disorders relevant to each body system
    • Identify the Medical Lab tests associated with each system's diseases and disorders
  2. Demonstrate understanding of terminology and special situations to consider in specimen collection
  3. Define and use correct terminology and measurements used in the lab

Electrocardiology • MEDL 408V

This course introduces the anatomy and physiology of the heart and electrical conduction system of the heart. It teaches the theory, knowledge and skills necessary to conduct select tests and procedures.

Course Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the anatomy of the heart to increase understanding of the functioning of the heart
  2. Identify and describe the electrical conduction system of the heart
  3. Use cardiac testing procedure and technologies to assist in the assessment of heart function
  4. Identify normal and abnormal heart rhythms to determine arrhythmias

Practical Skills • MEDL 409V

This course, delivered on Saturdays in the Biology lab and on site (hospital and private labs), is the application of theory learned in classroom sessions.

Course Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to use correct procedures and techniques in obtaining specimens for analysis; protocols and procedures for processing, transporting and storing specimens; correctly using and maintaining lab equipment
  2. Demonstrate the skills required to obtain blood specimens

Practicum • MEDL 410V

The Practicum component provides an opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge acquired during the program. It gives students first-hand experience in both private and public sector labs. The four week, full-time, day-time practicum is held from late March to April. Practicum sites are arranged by Camosun College.

Course Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course the student will be able to:

  1. Apply the skills and knowledge acquired during the MLA Program, in a safe and professional manner
  2. Perform the role of the MLA in hospital and private clinical laboratories and within the context of the health care system
  3. Follow legal and ethical guidelines in performance of duties as a MLA
  4. Demonstrate effective communication skills with patients and members of the health care team
  5. Perform duties in a manner that assures and improves quality health care
  6. Use knowledge of human anatomy and physiology to perform tasks in a safe and appropriate manner
  7. Define and use correct terminology related to measurements used in the laboratory
  8. Practice principles of laboratory safety and infection control
  9. Practice the correct procedures and techniques in obtaining blood and other specimens for analysis in the clinical laboratory
  10. Demonstrate how to prepare specimens for distribution to clinical laboratory departments
  11. Demonstrate use and care of laboratory equipment
  12. Demonstrate correct procedure for performance of an electrocardiogram (ECG)
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