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MDLB 1611: Pre-Analytical Procedures for Histopathology

This course is designed for the working Medical Laboratory Assistant and the basic concepts of pre-analytical histopathology including: anatomic pathology / histology specimens, preparation for cutting, processing and accessioning. It also includes a cytology component covering specimen preparation, processing and accessioning.

Learning outcomes

  • Describe the role of the histopathology laboratory in patient care.
  • Describe the forms of investigation offered by the histopathology laboratory.
  • Describe the types and sources of specimens submitted to the histopathology laboratory.
  • Describe and perform fixations.
  • Describe and perform identification of specimens.
  • Describe and perform tissue processing.
  • Describe and prepare slides, storage systems and perform filing.
  • Describe and perform prepatory techniques in cytology.
  • Describe and perfom all routine practices necessary to ensure a safe working environment.

Course topics

  • Module A: Roles of the Histopathology Laboratory and its Staff in Patient Care
  • Module B: Service and Types of Routine Investigation Offered by the Histopathology Laboratory
  • Module C: Other Forms of Investigation Offered by the Histopathology Laboratory
  • Module D: Types and Sources of Specimens Submitted to the Histopathology Laboratory
  • Module E: Fixation and Fixatives
  • Module F: Identification of Specimens for Histopathological Examination
  • Module G: Tissue Processing and Tissue Processors
  • Module H: Slides, Storage Systems and Filing
  • Module I: Describe Preparatory Techniques in Cytology

Required text and materials

There is no required textbook for this course. 


Please be aware that should your course have a final exam, you are responsible for the fee to the online proctoring service, ProctorU, or to the in-person approved Testing Centre. Please contact with any questions about this.

In order to successfully complete this course, students must obtain at least 50% on the mandatory final exam and 50% overall.

Students applying this course towards any TRU Health Care program may be required to obtain a minimum 60% on the course overall to meet program requirements.

Successful completion of the practicum to the standards specified in the Evaluation of Competencies booklet is also required.

Midterm 1 25%
Midterm 2 25%
Mandatory Final Exam 50%
Total 100%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

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