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
British Columbia Society of Medical Laboratory Science (BCSMLS), which includes a minimum of
120 hours of practicum training and 200 successful venipunctures. 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.
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).
- Consistently and efficiently collect appropriate blood samples (including venipuncture and
- Consistently and efficiently perform electrocardiography to produce a good quality
- Respond appropriately to various special test requests and specimen collection
- Perform, or demonstrate knowledge of procedure, the physical and chemical portion of
- 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 attitude.
- 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: Electrocardiograms
- 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 1221/1321 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 1721 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
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.