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MDLB 1721: Laboratory Practicum Evaluation of 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 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.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course the student 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 capillary puncture).
  • Consistently and efficiently perform electrocardiography to produce a good quality tracing.
  • Respond appropriately to various special test requests and specimen collection circumstances.
  • Perform, or demonstrate knowledge of procedure, the physical and chemical portion of routine urinalysis.
  • 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.

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: Electrocardiograms
  • Module H: Non-Technical Evaluation
  • Module I: Final Summary and Evaluation

Required text and materials

A textbook is not required for this course. Students will use a competency manual that is purchased in MDLB 1525.

If students did not take MDLB 1525 and don't already own this competency manual, please be aware that the student will need to purchase it. To do so, contact or phone 1.800.663.9711 (toll free in Canada) or 250.852.7000 (local & international).

Additional requirements

A computer with Internet access is required.


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 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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