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MDLB 1991: Laboratory Practicum - Evaluation of National Competencies

This practicum course is designed to evaluate specific technical and non-technical aspects of the Medical Laboratory Assistant's work, according to criteria and curriculum developed by the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS). This practicum is a competency-based training program held at a laboratory or clinical facility. The specific length and timing of the practicum will vary by facility.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to

  • Safely and efficiently handle, process, and dispose of routine clinical specimens (including microbiology specimens, surgical specimens, and autopsy specimens).
  • Consistently and efficiently collect appropriate blood samples (including venipuncture and capillary puncture).
  • Respond appropriately to various special test requests and specimen collection circumstances.
  • Perform pre-analytical procedures on specimens from a variety of sources.
  • Make, or demonstrate knowledge of procedure, an acceptable blood smear and stain it.
  • Load specimens, or demonstrate knowledge of procedure, onto automated instruments.
  • Demonstrate a professional and competent attitude with patients and staff.
  • Follow safety guidelines and protocols at all times.

Course topics

  • Module A: General Competencies
  • Module B: Blood Collection
  • Module C: Special Collection Procedures
  • Module D: Routine Urinalysis
  • Module E: Hematology Specimens
  • Module F: Microbiology Specimens
  • Module G: Histopathology Procedures
  • Module H: Non-Technical Evaluation
  • Module I: Final Summary and Evaluation

Required text and materials

There is no required textbook for this course, however, students may want to refer to the MDLB 1521 course textbook Phlebotomy Essentials by McCall and Tankersley as well as the Laboratory Safety CSMLS Guidelines.


This course is assessed based on the competency manual―grades will not be issued. The transcript for MDLB 1991 will read “COM” (Complete) or “NCG” (No Credit Granted). A successful completion of all aspects of the evaluation will result in a successful completion of this course.

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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