After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
- Define the responsibilities of the medical laboratory assistant and her/his role in the
health care team.
- Outline how professionalism applies to the role of medical laboratory assistants.
- Define the legal and ethical considerations associated with being a medical laboratory
- Describe effective interpersonal and communication skills.
- Describe biohazards and routes of transmission.
- Identify the necessary precautions to take when handling infectious hazards.
- Describe disinfection and sterilization techniques and recognize the importance of
- Define the key features of Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) and
identify safety issues associated with laboratory chemicals.
- Describe the use of safety equipment and outline the components of appropriate accident
- Describe the features of quality-assurance improvement programs and the role played by
medical laboratory assistants in such programs.
- Describe the use, operating and cleaning procedures for identified laboratory equipment.
- Describe basic firefighting and first aid procedures.
Module A: An Introduction to the Health Care Team and Important Issues Related to the Medical
Module B: Effective Interpersonal and Communication Skills Applicable to Medical Laboratory
Module C: The Role of the Medical Laboratory Assistant within the Hospital and Clinical
Module D: Quality Assurance/Improvement Programs
Module E: Legal and Ethical Issues Involving the Medical Laboratory Assistant
Module F: Infection, Infection Control, and Isolation Systems
Module G: Effective Handling of Biohazardous Material
Module H: Microbial Control, Cleaning and Operation of Laboratory Equipment, and Waste
Module I: Fire Fighting, First Aid and Other Safety Procedures
Module J: Chemical Safety and the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System
Required text and materials
Students will receive the following:
- McCall, R. E. (2019). Phlebotomy essentials (7th ed.). Wolters Kluwer.
Textbook: ISBN: 978-1-4963-8707-3
- Shematek, G., & Wood, W. (2017). Laboratory safety CSMLS guidelines (8th ed.).
Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science.
Type: Textbook: ISBN:
Note: Throughout the course, Phlebotomy Essentials will be referred to as “the
Phlebotomy text” and Laboratory Safety CSMLS Guidelines will be referred to as
“the Lab Safety text.”
Please be aware that due to COVID-19 safety guidelines all in-person exams have been suspended. As such, all final exams are currently being delivered through ProctorU, which has an approximate fee of $35 involved. There will be more information in your course shell, on how to apply, if your course has a final exam.
To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher
on the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory exam.
Note: 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
|Quiz 1: Modules A, B, and C
|Quiz 2: Modules D and E
|Quiz 3: Modules F, G, H, I, and J
|Final Examination (mandatory)
Open Learning Faculty Member
An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is
through the Learning Environment’s “Mail” tool or by phone. Students will receive the
necessary contact information at the start of the course.