MDLB 1991
Laboratory Practicum - Evaluation of National Competencies

3.0 Credits

Description

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.

Delivery Method

Web-based.

Prerequisites

HLTH 1981, MDLB 1221, MDLB 1321, MDLB 1521 and MDLB 1611

Objectives

After completing 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, or demonstrate knowledge of routine urinalysis.
  • Make an acceptable blood smear and stain it.
  • Assist pathologists or technologists in preparation of tissue specimens for microscopic examination. Perform other necessary tasks related to tissue handling, processing, storage, and disposal.
  • Load specimens onto automated instruments.
  • Demonstrate a professional attitude.

Course Outline

  • 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

Maximum Completion

30 weeks.

Required Text and Materials

The only text resource that students need is the Competency Manual; however, students may want to refer to the MDLB 1221/1321 course textbook Phlebotomy Essentials by McCall and Tankersley, as well as, the Laboratory Safety CSMLS Guidelines, 7th Edition.

Assessment

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.