FULL-TIME | WINNIPEG LOCATIONS MELAF-AD Medical Laboratory Sciences

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Overview

  • Twenty-eight (28) month – Advanced Diploma 
  • August entry date 
  • Final CASPer test sitting: For Fall 2022 start date - April 5, 2022
  • Final CASPer Snapshot sitting: For Fall 2022 start date – April 15, 2022
  • Annual application deadline: April 15
  • RRC’s Notre Dame Campus, Winnipeg, Manitoba and several Clinical Training hospitals throughout Manitoba.
  • Graduates may be eligible to challenge the national exams of the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS)
  • Due to high demand, this funded program is open to Manitoba residents only. Applications received from non-Manitoba residents for this program will be cancelled and the application fee will not be refunded.
  • If you have a criminal record you may not be able to complete this program. If you are listed on a Child Abuse Registry or Adult Abuse Registry you will not be able to complete this program. See Admission Requirements for more info.
  • For more information about admission requirements and how to apply, please review FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS.
Description

The Medical Laboratory Sciences program is your path to becoming a certified Medical Laboratory Technologist. As a Medical Laboratory Technologist you will be responsible for collecting, preparing, and analyzing blood, body fluids, and tissue samples, and interpreting results. This is a comprehensive program that requires dedication and commitment to develop proficient knowledge and skill in the five disciplines of laboratory work; Clinical Chemistry, Hematology, Histology, Clinical Microbiology, and Transfusion Science. You will also be expected to gain proficiency at drawing blood samples from patients.

The program starts out with three full academic terms over 1.5 years at the Notre Dame Campus in Winnipeg. It begins with theory and practical foundations in which you will learn how to obtain accurate and precise patient results with the use of sophisticated laboratory equipment. 

Following completion of all of the didactic courses within the program, students will participate in a clinical practicum-taking place over a full year. The practical training component takes place in diagnostic labs where you will be interacting with patients and health care workers to obtain the laboratory skills necessary for success. 

This is an intensive and demanding program. Academic courses will be delivered in a blended fashion, with both face-to-face and online components.  Students will be required to attend on campus labs at the Notre Dame campus in Winnipeg.  Several hours will be required each day to attend classes, study, read textbooks, view videos, complete assignments and lab reports, perform quizzes, and prepare presentations. Your progress will be evaluated by theory and practical examinations and competency-based objectives. 

This program also helps prepare students to write the Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Sciences Certification (CSMLS) exam. Passing this exam is a requirement for all Canadian Medical Laboratory Technologists.

Click on the following link to check out the interactive panoramic view of the Westman Laboratory. http://etvlabs.com/WestmanLab

Click on the following link to check out the interactive, panoramic view of the Red River College Microbiology Lab. http://etvlabs.com/microbio

Click on the following link to check out the Stonewall Laboratory Panorama. http://etvlabs.com/StonewallLab

This program has been recognized by the Canadian Armed Forces. Visit http://www.caface-rfacace.forces.gc.ca/en/index and click on Browse Directory for recognition information.

View the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science's (CSMLS) commercial - We're Here For You at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0640nFfIrw&t=5s

Admission Requirements

Your Academic History
If your academic history includes any of the following, please visit My Education for important information: post-secondary studies at an institution other than Red River College Polytechnic; Modified (M), English as an Additional Language (E), or GED high school courses; or home schooling.

DOCUMENT SUBMISSION METHODS

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  • Go to www.rrc.ca/apply and log in.
  • Click on your application, then Supplemental Items & Documents.

If you do not have a Future Student Account or require assistance, please contact our Student Service Centre at 204-632-2327.

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E-mail: register@rrc.ca

Fax: 204-697-0584

Internationally Educated Applicants - visit www.rrc.ca/credentials for credential assessment information.

Submission of required documentation indicating proof of completion of admission requirements is due within 30 days of applying unless otherwise noted in the program's admission requirements.

Before applying:

  • Carefully review the admission requirements 
  • Successfully complete admission requirements 1 through 5 to ensure you can submit proof of completion within 30 days of applying.
    • Your application will be cancelled without a refund of the non-refundable/non-transferable application fee if you cannot submit proof within 30 days of applying.
    • We require verification of your complete academic history including any public or private high school, college, university, or technical institutions you have attended.
    • Post-secondary transcripts must have been issued within 6 months prior to your application date, and submitted in a sealed envelope directly from the post-secondary institution.
    • If you are required to complete an English language assessment, do not submit your transcripts until requested to do so.  See Regular Admission Requirement 4 for more information.
Apply:
After applying:
  • Submit proof of meeting admission requirements 1 to 5
  • Submit an Applicant Declaration for Check Documents Form (admission requirement 6)
  • Complete the mandatory CASPer Test (admission requirement 7)
  • Complete the mandatory CASPer Snapshot (admission requirement 7).

Print out this handy Admission Requirements Checklist

This is a special selection program. Offers of admittance will be made based on CASPer results in descending order until all available seats are filled. Therefore, not all applicants who meet admission requirements will be offered a seat. Applicants who meet admission requirements but do not receive an offer of admittance may reapply for a future academic year by submitting a new application and application fee.

Annual application deadline: April 15

Admission Requirements

  1. Post-Secondary Education
    • Submit proof of having successfully completed 18 or more credits of degree-level (1000 level or higher) post-secondary education including:
      • 12 or more credits of Science
      • A maximum of 6 credits of Arts and Humanities may be applied towards the required 18 credits
    • A minimum grade of C+ is required in each course. However, grades of Pass, Complete or Satisfied will be accepted for courses completed in Winter 2020, Spring 2020 or Summer 2020 only.
    • Degree-level (1000 level or higher) courses approved by the degree granting institution as meeting Science or Arts and Humanities requirements will be accepted.  However, Human Anatomy and Physiology (6-credits) and Medical Terminology (3-credits) cannot be used to fulfill this requirement
      and
  2. Human Anatomy and Physiology (6-credits)
    • Submit proof of successful completion of 6-credits of acceptable Human Anatomy and Physiology courses.  For a list of recommended courses, click here
    • Courses must include a lab component
    • A minimum grade of C+ is required in each course. However, grades of Pass, Complete or Satisfied will be accepted for courses completed in Winter 2020, Spring 2020 or Summer 2020 only.
    • You must have completed the course(s) within five years of your application date. For example:
      • If you apply to RRC on January 15, 2022 your course must have been completed on or after January 15, 2017
        and
  3. Medical Terminology (3-credits)
    • Submit proof of successful completion of 3-credits of Medical Terminology
    • A minimum grade of C+ is required. However, grades of Pass, Complete or Satisfied will be accepted for courses completed in Winter 2020, Spring 2020 or Summer 2020 only.
    • You must have completed the course(s) within five years of your application date. For example:
      • If you apply to RRC on January 15, 2022 your course must have been completed on or after January 15, 2017
        and
    • English Language Assessment or Degrees of Reading Power Assessment
      • ALL applicants must complete either an English Language Assessment or the Degrees of Reading Power Assessment
      • We strongly advise you complete the assessment before submitting your application to ensure you meet required levels
      • Assessment results must be dated no more than two years prior to your application date
      • Before applying, determine which assessment is appropriate for your situation by answering this question: 
        Have I successfully completed three years of full-time high school (secondary) education in Canada, the United States, or an English language requirement (ELR) exempt country where English was the language of instruction?
        • If YES:
          • Before applying, register for and successfully complete the Degrees of Reading Power (DRP) assessment. The minimum DRP level required for this program is 71.
          • After applying, submit your transcripts* for review
            or
        • If NO:
          • Before applying, successfully complete an approved English language assessments (ELA) at the required levels. Please review the ELA information carefully as this program has special requirements. 
          • After applying, submit your ELA results. Once we confirm you meet this program's English language requirements, we will request submission of your transcripts* for review.
    • First Aid Course
      • Submit proof of current certification in the appropriate First Aid course.  To confirm which course you need to complete for this program click here
        and
    • Applicant Declaration for Check Documents Form
      • CASPer Assessment
        • Successfully complete each of the following:
          • CASPer Test - an online situational judgement test that assesses personal competencies including non-academic attributes and people skills
          • CASPer Snapshot - a short video response tool  
        • Visit RRC's CASPer webpage for additional information and a list of CASPer assessment dates
        • Results will be used to select applicants with the highest potential for success
        • You may complete the CASPer assessment once per admission cycle (April to March annually)
        • Your results will be valid for all applicable RRC programs applied to during the admissions cycle
        • You are responsible for the cost of both the Test and Snapshot
        • Your CASPer results will be submitted directly to RRC (you do no need to submit your results)
        • Recommended assessment preparation:
      Program Progression Requirements
      Program progression requirements are not due within 30 days of applying and should be submitted after you start classes.
      • Criminal Record and Adult and Child Abuse Checks
        • This program requires students to submit current original/official versions of one or more of the following checks:
          • Criminal Record Check (CRC)
          • Provincial Child Abuse Registry Check (CAR)
          • Adult Abuse Registry Check (AAR)
        • If you have a criminal record you may not be able to complete the program
        • If you are listed on an Abuse Registry you will not be able to complete the program
        • For details on this program's requirements, when to obtain and submit the documents, review the Applicant Declaration for Check Documents Form
        • These documents have expiration dates and should not be obtained prior to timeline indicated on the Applicant Declaration for Check Documents form
        • For general information on why RRC requires these checks and for links to check providers such as the Winnipeg Police, visit our Criminal Record Checks webpage
        • Submit your check documents to the RRC program contact listed on the Contact Information section of your program
          and
      • Immunizations and Testing

      All Allied Health programs have CASPer® as part of their admissions process.

      WHAT IS CASPer?

      CASPer® is a selection tool used by academic programs to help assess applicants for non-academic attributes or people skills. The CASPer test is completed online.

      CASPer is a form of situational judgement test. Situational judgement tests are a type of psychological test which presents the test-taker with realistic, hypothetical scenarios and may ask the individual what they would do in the dilemma and why they would do it. Situational judgement tests tend to determine behavioral tendencies, assessing how an individual will behave in a certain situation, and knowledge instruction, which evaluates the effectiveness of possible responses.

      Red River College Polytechnic’s CASPer is made up of two parts:

      CASPer Test: The CASPer online test is approximately 90 minutes in length and is comprised of 12 sections. Test takers have 5 minutes to type their responses to questions.

      CASPer Snapshot: The CASPer Snapshot is 3 video questions. During the video questions, you have 2 minutes to answer the question verbally and record yourself on video. The CASPer Snapshot can be done at any time before or after your CASPer test. Instructions on how to complete this will be on your account on the CASPer website after you register for the CASPer.

      Once completed, the applicant is rated in predetermined areas using a rubric and rating scale. In the end, the scores from all questions are totaled for an overall score for each applicant. Your scores are sent to Red River College Polytechnic by CASPer. Applicants are then ranked accordingly and offered a seat in the program. Applicants who have applied to more than one AHS program will only participate in one CASPer test. Applicants are responsible for the cost of the CASPer test.

      The dates for the CASPer test in 2021-22 are (subject to change):

      Sep 23, 2021 - 5:00 PM EDT
      Oct 7, 2021 - 5:00 PM EDT
      Oct 14, 2021 - 8:00 PM EDT
      Oct 19, 2021 - 5:00 PM EDT
      Nov 23, 2021 - 5:00 PM EST
      Dec 9, 2021 - 5:00 PM EST
      Jan 5, 2022 - 8:00 PM EST
      Jan 27, 2022 - 5:00 PM EST
      Feb 17, 2022 - 8:00 PM EST
      Mar 6, 2022 - 1:00 PM EST
      Apr 5, 2022 - 5:00 PM EST

      For more information and to register for the CASPer test, please visit takealtus.com.

      Please note:

      An applicant requiring accommodation for a documented disability for the CASPer may apply through CASPer for accommodations.

      Red River College Polytechnic’s Assessment Services will offer optional Workshops / Information Sessions for CASPer. Please check their website for dates: https://www.rrc.ca/assessment/casper/

      NON-COGNITIVE QUALITIES OF A HEALTHCARE PRACTITIONER

      Being a healthcare practitioner is a moral undertaking, and our admission process aims to admit students:

      Who will in their behaviors reflect the following attributes

      • Responsibility
      • Empathy
      • Integrity

      Who will in their professional relationships

      • Take responsibility for their actions
      • Act ethically
      • Act in a collegial and collaborative manner
      • Be reflective
      • Be reliable
      • Be trustworthy and honest
      • Demonstrate respect for others
      • Maintain confidences

      We aim to admit students who will

      • Be self-directed learners
      • Be an integral part of an interprofessional healthcare team
      • Be willing to self-assess
      • Be willing to work hard
      • Communicate effectively
      • Demonstrate ability to manage time
      • Demonstrate ability to tolerate stress
      • Demonstrate good judgement
      • Recognize and respect the roles of other healthcare disciplines

      English Language Assessments

      English Language AssessmentMinimum Required Levels
      L - Listening, S - Speaking, R - Reading, W - WritingLSRW
      CanTEST (Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees)
      As of October 20, 2021 the RRC CanTEST is no longer offered at RRC Polytechnic. RRC Institutional CanTEST results dated within 2 years of your application date will still be accepted to meet English language proficiency requirements. Please note the Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS)program requires the Official CanTEST (The RRC Institutional CanTEST will not be accepted)
      4.5*4.5*4.5*4.5*
      IELTS - Academic (International English Language Testing System)
      7.07.07.07.0
      TOEFL-iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language - internet Based Test)
      To meet the needs of students who are unable to take the TOEFL iBT® test at a test center due to public health concerns, ETS is temporarily offering the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test in selected areas.
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      Who Should Enrol?

      Interested applicants with the following attributes would find the career of a Medical Laboratory Technologist very rewarding:
      • Have a strong academic background, especially in science.
      • Desire to work as a health care professional to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.
      • Possess strong organizational skills, the ability to pay attention to detail, and the ability to follow standard operating procedures. Have an ability to critically think, be resourceful, communicate and interact as a team member with a diverse population of health care professionals and patients, and behave professionally even under stressful situations.
      • Have the ability to act responsibly and with integrity.
      • Are able to approach new challenges and cope with constant changes in technology and in your work environment.
      • Have an aptitude for effective communication.
      When working in the health care profession, there are many physical and emotional demands.  As a Medical Laboratory Technologist you must:
      • Be in good physical and mental health and be able to stand or walk for extended periods of time without resting
      • Have fine motor control of both hands
      • Be able to differentiate colours
      • Be able to distinguish sounds
      • Be able to lift 25 pounds routinely and up to 45 pounds occasionally
      You will be working with blood and bodily fluids.  You will be exposed to infectious diseases and toxic materials. 

      Additionally, you may:
      • Be exposed to noise, allergens, physical and emotional stress
      • Experience repetitive strain injuries
      • Be required to work extended hours
      • Encounter aggressive and agitated patients, visitors, and staff
      • Experience physical and compassion fatigue
      The Medical Laboratory Science Program is an intensive 28 month full time program that demands dedication and commitment.  After graduating the program you may be eligible to write the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science national examination to become professionally certified.  The Medical Laboratory Sciences Program is an exciting and rewarding opportunity for those who are dedicated to a career in science and healthcare.

      For more information please visit Right Fit for MLS Program. 

      Locations, Dates and Fees

      Next Estimated Term 1 Start Date (subject to change)

      Location Start Date Apply Link
      Notre Dame Campus Aug 29, 2022 Apply Now

      Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

      Program/Student Fees
      Year 1
      $6,101.00
      Books and Supplies
      Year 1
      $2,300.00
      Other Fees
      Year 1
      $300.001
      1Uniforms (Approximately $300)

      Students may apply for financial assistance through the Manitoba Student Aid program. For general information on applying please call 204-945-6321 or 1-800-204-1685, or visit their website at www.manitobastudentaid.ca, which also includes an online application. For detailed information, please visit one of the RRC Polytech Student Service Centres or call 204-632-2327. Applicants requiring financial assistance should complete their student loan applications well in advance of the class start date.

      Red River College Polytechnic is a participating institution in the HigherEdPoints program. Through this program, students are able to convert Aeroplan® Miles and TD Points into funds to help cover their tuition. Family members and friends can also contribute to a student’s education by converting their loyalty points - anyone can donate their points to an individual student.

      Visit the HigherEdPoints website for more information about the program and/or to set up an account to convert your points.

      Program Outline

      • Program consists of sixteen (16) courses taken over three (3) academic terms.
      • Term 4 consists of one (1) online theory course and five (5) Work-integrated learning - clinical practicum courses.
      • Full-time students will receive an advanced diploma in twenty-eight (28) months if all program requirements are met in consecutive terms.
      • The program may also be completed on a part-time basis due to its flexible, course- based design.
      • Program includes three (3) and six (6) credit hour course offerings delivered to full- time students over a 27-hour academic week in Term 1 and Term 2 and a 24-hour academic week in Term 3.
      • Program includes the “Communication Strategies” course to meet RRC’s communication learning goals. 
      • This program meets the standards of the Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Sciences (CSMLS) and upon successful completion of the program students may be eligible to write the Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Sciences Certification (CSMLS) exam that is required by most employers within Canada. 
      • This program is approved by the provincial regulatory body, the College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Manitoba (CMLTM) 
      • This program complies with the requirements as set out by Accreditation Canada EQual™.

      Courses and Descriptions

      (Click the course name to view the description of the course)
      Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
      In addition to Transfer of Credit from a recognized post secondary institution, other RPL processes are available for RPL courses. Click here for more information. For courses with no RPL, please check www.rrc.ca/rpl for additional contact information.
      COMM-1173Communication Strategies
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      Everyone communicates, but are they doing it well? Communicative competence takes practice and self-awareness. By developing their communication skills, the student will improve their interpersonal ability, intercultural competence, and digital fluency to prepare the student for success in the workplace. In Communication Strategies, the student will learn through discovery and project-based activities to practice approaching situations critically and collaboratively. The strategies the student will gain in this course will be useful throughout their program and in their chosen industry.

      MEDL-1048Foundations in Healthcare 1
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      Allied Health Professionals are an integral part of the healthcare system, providing a range of diagnostic, technical, therapeutic, and support services. In this course, students will be introduced to critical topics, and skills in which all allied-health professionals must demonstrate competency. Students will explore legal, technical and theoretical topics related to the provision of healthcare. In addition, application type activities will enable students to develop skills such as Infection control techniques, proper use of body mechanics and assessing vital signs.

      MEDL-1049Immunology
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      Immunology is the study of the immune system. In this course, students will examine the role the immune system plays in health, disease and medical laboratory sciences. Students will begin to develop the skills required to apply their knowledge of immunology in a clinical setting.

      MEDL-1050Fundamentals of Medical Laboratory Sciences
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      In this course, students will be introduced to the interdisciplinary theory and applications found in the medical laboratory environment. Students will examine concepts of laboratory safety, basic laboratory practice, specimen collection and handling, and quality assurance principles that are required within a medical laboratory.

      Prerequisites:
      MEDL-1048 and MEDL-1050 are corequisites
      MEDL-1051Clinical Chemistry 1
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      Clinical Chemistry is an area of chemistry that is generally concerned with analysis of bodily fluids for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. Students will be introduced to the basic biochemistry (the study of chemical processes in living organisms) and metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, nucleic acids and lipids. Using manual, automated and microscopic techniques, students will perform analysis on blood and urine and practice reporting on clinically significant lab results.

      Prerequisites:
      MEDL-1048, MEDL-1049, MEDL-1050 and MEDL-1051 are corequisites
      MEDL-1052Histotechnology 1
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      Histology is the study of the microscopic anatomy of cells and tissue. Histotechnology is the technical preparation of tissue for examination under a microscope. In this course, students will explore the cellular structures of human organs and prepare tissues for staining. Students will be introduced to the theoretical and practical applications of tissue recognition and preparing clinical specimens for histological examination including; fixation, decalcification processing, embedding and microtomy.

      Prerequisites:
      MEDL-1048, MEDL-1050 and MEDL-1052 are corequisites
      MEDL-1053Clinical Microbiology 1
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      Clinical microbiology is a complex discipline that utilizes many different methods to test and identify various microorganisms. In this course, students will be introduced to the theoretical principles of the physical and biochemical properties of clinically significant microorganisms. Students will have an opportunity to apply the basic skills required to recognize, identify and perform antimicrobial susceptibility testing on microorganisms in a laboratory setting in adherence to safety and quality assurance best practices.

      Prerequisites:
      MEDL-2048Foundations in Healthcare 2
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      In this course, students will continue to explore important topics relevant to Allied Health professionals. In addition, students will develop interdisciplinary partnerships and team-building skills through collaboration, consultation and discussions.

      Prerequisites:
      MEDL-2051Clinical Chemistry 2
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      In this course, students will further examine concepts of chemical processes in living organisms through testing of body fluids. Focus will be on testing and reporting of respiratory, renal and liver disease as well as those used to detect hormones, drugs, tumors and nutritional markers. Applied laboratory activities will give students the opportunity to further develop skills and apply theoretical concepts to clinical chemistry practice.

      Prerequisites:
      MEDL-2052Histotechnology 2
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      Histotechnology involves the detection of tissue abnormalities by treating tissues with chemicals and dyes, which react and produce colors, making it possible to distinguish tissue structures. In this course, students will continue to explore the theoretical and practical application of various staining techniques in addition to learning how to identify stained tissue components, and how to distinguish normal tissue from tissue pathologies. Applied laboratory activities will enable students to perform the techniques and evaluate the results.

      Prerequisites:
      MEDL-2053Clinical Microbiology 2
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      In this course, students will use different testing methods to identify microorganisms that cause disease. Students will learn them according to the different body sites and types of infections, and determine their susceptibility to antimicrobials. In addition, students will further develop their skills to culture, process, identify, and report clinically significant findings from various specimen types.

      Prerequisites:
      MEDL-2054Clinical Hematology 1
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      Clinical Hematology is a discipline focusing on the science or study of the numbers and various forms of cellular elements in the blood (red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets) and their associated diseases. In this course, students will begin with the study of normal blood cells and progress to a deeper knowledge related to a wide variety of abnormal conditions. Through applied laboratory activities such as microscopic examination, students will begin to develop the ability to recognize and report on various normal and abnormal cellular conditions. In addition, students will learn the theory and application of manual and automated techniques along with quality control practices that ensure reliability of laboratory test results.

      Prerequisites:
      MEDL-2055Transfusion Science
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      In this course, students will explore the principles and applications of blood banking. Focus will be on characteristics of blood group systems, testing methods, and production and use of blood components and products for use in human transfusion therapy. Applied laboratory activities will give students the opportunity to further develop skills and apply theoretical concepts to transfusion science practice.

      Prerequisites:
      MEDL-3048Seminars in Healthcare
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      In this course, students will explore healthcare content and concepts through participating in various interactive workshops and attending seminars with guest speakers on topics of interest. Students will be offered a wide variety of interdisciplinary healthcare topics in addition to program specific topics related to their chosen field of either Medical Radiologic Technology, Medical Laboratory Sciences, Diagnostic Medical Sonography or Primary Care Paramedicine. Throughout this course, students will reflect upon and document their learning journey and present evidence of achieving the learning outcomes.

      Prerequisites:
      MEDL-3054Clinical Hematology 2
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      In this course, students will continue to learn about abnormal cellular elements, hematology principles and concepts related to the diagnosis of pathologies involving red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Instruction will also focus on Coagulation, the study of abnormal bleeding and clotting conditions. Students will further explore topics such as hematological testing methods, reference ranges, reporting and quality control practices. In addition, hands-on laboratory activities will give students the opportunity to apply theoretical concepts to clinical hematology practice and develop essential skills such as trouble shooting, critical thinking, and decision making.

      Prerequisites:
      MEDL-3057Advanced Lab Practice for Medical Laboratory Sciences
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      In this course, students will learn about new, emerging and advanced methodologies relevant to the field of Medical Laboratory Sciences. 

      Prerequisites:
      MEDL-4056Interdisciplinary Studies
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      A Medical Laboratory Technologist must have a thorough understanding of the underlying principles and the relationship between disciplines of the Medical Laboratory Sciences in order to deliver safe and comprehensive medical laboratory services to patients and clients. In this online course, students will examine the relationship of the five disciplines and how the skills they have developed in each will be used to promote and implement interdisciplinary and inter-professional professional practice, increase competence and ensure the safe and effective delivery of service.

      Prerequisites:
      PRAC-3051Clinical Chemistry Practicum
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      In this course students will apply concepts of Clinical Chemistry to clinical practice at an RRC affiliated Medical laboratory. Under appropriate supervision, students will build on the theoretical knowledge and practical skills learned in the didactic phase of the program and apply them in a clinical setting. Upon successfully completing this experience, students will be able to perform routine analytical testing in a clinical chemistry laboratory.

      Prerequisites:
      PRAC-3052Clinical Histotechnology Practicum
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      In this course students will apply concepts of Histotechnology to clinical practice at an RRC affiliated Clinical laboratory. Under appropriate supervision, students will build on the theoretical knowledge and practical skills learned in the didactic phase of the program and apply them in a clinical setting. Upon successfully completing this experience students will be able to perform processing, cutting and staining procedures in a routine clinical pathology laboratory.

      Prerequisites:
      PRAC-3053Clinical Microbiology Practicum
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      In this course students will apply concepts of Clinical Microbiology to clinical practice at an RRC affiliated Clinical laboratory. Under appropriate supervision, students will build on the theoretical knowledge and practical skills learned in the didactic phase of the program and apply them in a clinical setting. Upon successfully completing this experience, students will be able to apply basic and specific skills for the identification and sensitivity testing of microorganisms for all body sites in a routine clinical microbiology laboratory.

      Prerequisites:
      PRAC-3055Transfusion Science Practicum
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      In this course students will apply concepts of Transfusion Science to clinical practice at an RRC affiliated Clinical laboratory. Under appropriate supervision, students will build on the theoretical knowledge and practical skills learned in the didactic phase of the program and apply them in a clinical setting. Upon successfully completing this experience students will be able to perform analytical testing in a routine clinical transfusion science laboratory.

      Prerequisites:
      PRAC-4054Clinical Hematology Practicum
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      In this course, students will apply concepts of Clinical Hematology to clinical practice at an RRC affiliated Clinical laboratory. Under appropriate supervision, students will build on the theoretical knowledge and practical skills learned in the didactic phase of the program and apply them in a clinical setting. Upon successfully completing this experience students will be able to perform routine analytical testing in a clinical hematology laboratory.

      Prerequisites:

      CO-OP/Practicum Information

      The Medical Laboratory Sciences Program arranges clinical practicum placements for each student. Clinical practicum placements are located in a variety of accredited facilities throughout Manitoba. Students are responsible for travel, accommodation arrangements and costs to, during and from their clinical experience. Students continue with their didactic studies thru on-line learning while on their clinical practicum placement and reliable internet access is required.  

      Note: For clinical site assignment, students input their preferences for clinical practicum placements however; there is no guarantee that a student will receive a clinical assignment from their list of preferred sites. Students must be prepared to attend their assigned placement at any of the clinical sites in the province.

      Potential rural clinical placement locations include:
      • Brandon Regional Health Centre
        • Students attending practicum placement in Brandon will spend 5 weeks at Canadian Blood Services in Winnipeg
      Potential urban clinical placement locations include:
      • Various facilities in Winnipeg
      Rotations of up to 3 weeks for hematology and up to 6 weeks for chemistry / phlebotomy may be included at one or more of the following sites:
      • Boundary Trails Health Centre, Morden/Winkler
      • Portage General Hospital, Portage la Prairie
      • Selkirk and District General Hospital, Selkirk
      • Bethesda Hospital, Steinbach
      • St. Anthony’s General Hospital, The Pas
      • Dauphin Regional Health Centre, Dauphin
      • Thompson and District General Hospital

      Computer/Laptop Requirements

      Online learning is a critical component of course delivery in all Red River College programs. To ensure each student has the tools they need to achieve their academic goals, all Red River College students require, at minimum:

      1.  Off-campus access to a current computer with a webcam

      2.  A high speed internet connection

      • Recommended minimum speed: 10 mbps for download, 3 mbps for upload
      • Slower internet connection speeds may result in audio and video issues. Please keep in mind that if others in your home are using the same internet connection at the same time as you are, you may also experience audio and video issues.
      • Please refer to https://www.rrc.ca/future-students/computer-requirements/ for further information on Computer Requirements for Students.

      Please note that any anticipated costs are not included in Books and Supplies estimates.

      Recent Changes

      Red River College’s programs are routinely monitored for educational quality and improvements. Allied Health programs are also accredited by EQual™, Accreditation Canada and provincial regulatory bodies to ensure educational standard for health programs are achieved. The Medical Laboratory Sciences program has undergone recent changes to provide students with an enriched educational experience that exceeds required standards.  

      Details of these changes include:
      • Program redesign to support course-based registration
      • Revisions to courses  
      • Enhanced curriculum changes
      • Increased interprofessional education experiences
      • Increased emphasis on research
      • Standardized credit hours and units
      • An additional term 
      • Enhanced credential upon program completion

      Recognition of Prior Learning

      Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process which documents and compares an individual's prior learning gained from prior education, work and life experiences and personal study to the learning outcomes in College courses/programs. For more information, please visit www.rrc.ca/rpl.

      Graduate Employment Report

      Red River College Polytechnic surveys its graduates on an annual basis to collect data related to the graduates’ employment status, salary, occupation and skill use. In addition, graduates are asked to indicate their level of satisfaction regarding the education they received at Red River College Polytechnic.

      Visit www.rrc.ca/numbers/reports/graduate-satisfaction for graduate satisfaction and employment reports.

      Graduation Requirements

      Successful completion of all courses within Terms 1 – 4

      Employment Potential

      After successfully completing this program, graduates may find employment in the following:

      • Hospital laboratories (Shared Health Manitoba)
      • Canadian Blood Services
      • Private laboratories
      • Laboratory Centre for Disease Control
      • Pharmaceutical laboratories
      • Industrial or commercial laboratories
      Graduates are required both in urban and rural settings.

      Contact Information


      For general information about this program or how to apply, contact Enrolment Services at 204-632-2327.

      For detailed program information, contact:

      Heather Mauthe
      Program Coordinator
      Red River College
      A227C - 2055 Notre Dame Avenue
      Winnipeg, MB  R3H 0J9
      204-632-2171

      Admitted students may submit their criminal record and abuse registry check documents by mail to the above individual.

      College Support Services

      Red River College Polytechnic is committed to student success and provides valuable support services to assist in helping students make the most of their time at RRC Polytech.

      Visit www.rrc.ca/supports for more information.

      Academic Advising Service
      Our academic advising service can provide information about our full-time programs, explain program admission requirements, and help you select the right program to meet your career and academic goals. We can also connect you with helpful people, resources, and supports.
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