MDLB 1991

Laboratory Practicum - Evaluation of National Competencies

4.0 Credits


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 Methods

Online, self-paced.


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


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, 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

Course Duration

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.


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.