May 22, 2024  
University of Alberta Calendar 2023-2024 
University of Alberta Calendar 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science

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Please Note [May 29, 2023] - ADDENDUM. Advanced Laboratory Course units have been increased. See Amendments to the Calendar  for more information.

General Information

The Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry offers an undergraduate degree program in Medical Laboratory Science. The program is designed to develop competent, critical thinking, reflective medical laboratory technologists who effectively contribute to the care of patients and who are committed to excellence in professional practice.

This degree also prepares graduates to pursue post-baccalaureate or graduate programs that may lead to advanced practice opportunities.

Students complete a preprofessional year before applying to the program. Years Two and Four of the program are normal university years. Intersession following Year Two may be required. In Year Two foundational concepts are taught. Year Three consists of clinical hospital laboratory training under the direct supervision of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry. In Year Four students explore advanced concepts in laboratory medicine. If successful in all competency based objectives, students may write the general certification examination with the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science.

Note: Because individuals working in hospital laboratories run some risk of infection from materials they handle, all students in the Medical Laboratory Science program must take a series of immunizations approved by the Office of the Dean of Medicine and Dentistry and the Health Sciences Council before beginning Year Two. See University Infectious Diseases Regulation .


It is mandatory that each student, after acceptance into the program, attend Orientation. This is scheduled immediately before the beginning of the first term.

Program of Courses


  1. During the Year Three clinical rotation, students are assigned to hospital laboratories approved for this purpose by the Council of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry.
  2. Transfer credit may be considered for a second MLS option in Year 4. Contact the division for more information.
  3. 3 units in a Science option are required if a 3-unit project is completed. 0 units in a science option are required if a 6-unit project is completed.

Advanced Laboratory Courses

The Division of Medical Laboratory Science offers advanced laboratory courses for students who want to further develop their laboratory skills. These 1.5-unit courses can be taken extra to degree. Contact the Division for more information.

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