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Overview

This version of the Medical Laboratory Sciences program will no longer be accepting new students effective Fall 2021.

Please visit the new Medical Laboratory Sciences program webpage for the revised program.

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; Modified (M), English as an Additional Language (E), or GED high school courses; or home schooling.

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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). Snapshot should be completed within 10 days of completing the CASPer Test. 

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 65% or '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 65% or '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 65% or '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.
    • Applicant Declaration for Check Documents Form
    • 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
      • 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’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 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 2020-21 are (subject to change):

      Aug 13, 2020 - 5:00 PM EDT
      Aug 30, 2020 - 1:00 PM EDT
      Sep 24, 2020 - 8:00 PM EDT
      Oct 7, 2020 - 8:00 PM EDT
      Oct 22, 2020 - 5:00 PM EDT
      Oct 22, 2020 - 8:00 PM EDT
      Nov 19, 2020 - 5:00 PM EST
      Dec 8, 2020 - 5:00 PM EST
      Jan 5, 2021 - 8:00 PM EST
      Jan 26, 2021 - 5:00 PM EST
      Feb 21, 2021 - 1:00 PM EST
      Mar 2, 2021 - 5:00 PM EST

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

      Please note:

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

      Red River College’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)
      RRC Institutional or Official CanTEST accepted EXCEPT for the Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) program. The 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.
      20242222

      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 22 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

      Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

      Program/Student Fees
      Year 1
      $6,217.001
      Year 2
      $5,982.002
      Books and Supplies
      Year 1
      $2,300.003
      Other Fees
      Year 2
      $1,027.004
      1Applicants to both the Winnipeg and Brandon locations will attend Year 1 in Winnipeg.
      2Applicants to the Winnipeg location will attend Year 2 practicum in Winnipeg. Applicants to the Brandon location will attend most of the Year 2 practicum in Brandon. Open to residents of the Prairie Mountain Health Authority.
      3Books purchased in Year 1 will be used in both Years 1 and 2. Approximate cost of uniforms - $300. Includes annual College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Manitoba (CMLTM) membership ($20).
      4Fees are for an annual College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Manitoba (CMLTM) membership required by students ($20), CSMLS student membership ($82) and CSMLS National Examination fee ($925).

      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 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 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.

      Courses and Descriptions

      (Click the course name to view the description of the course)
      Year 1
      Term 1Credit Hours
      MEDL-1004Immunology
      3
      Term 2Credit Hours
      Term 3Credit Hours
      Year 2
      Term 4Credit Hours
      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.
      MEDL-1004Immunology
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      This course is an introduction to the principles of immunology. Focus will be placed on the theory and applications of non-self recognition systems. The course covers the broad areas of defence mechanisms, the nature of the mammalian immune system and the immune response, and discusses immunological disease states of auto-immunity, tumor immunology, transplant immunology, immunodeficiency, and the theory behind immunoassays used in the laboratory environment. 

      MEDL-1012Interdisciplinary Studies
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      This course is a holistic look at disease conditions from the perspective of laboratory testing through the application of multi-disciplines.  The intent of this course is to support students in understanding the impact of diseases on the human condition.

      MEDL-1013Hematology 1 Theory
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      In this course, the learner will be introduced to normal blood cells. Quality control practices will be emphasized to ensure that reliable test results are obtained. The learner will also be introduced to the peripheral blood film preparation and examination techniques. This will include the principle, methods, and limitations associated with this test. Familiarization with interfering substances and corrective actions necessary to limit the effect of these on patient samples will also be explored. Results will be evaluated according to established reference ranges and critical alert values. The learner will be instructed in the procedures required for follow-up when abnormal and/or implausible test results are obtained. The learner will be introduced to the important foundational concepts of hematopoiesis, erythrocyte and leukocyte metabolism.  

      Prerequisites:
      MEDL-1014Hematology 1 Laboratory
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      In this course, the learner will be introduced to the techniques used in identification of normal blood cells. Quality control practices will be emphasized to ensure that reliable test results are obtained. The learner will practice peripheral blood film preparation and examination techniques. This will include applying the theoretical principles, methods, and limitations associated with this test. Familiarization with interfering substances and corrective actions necessary to limit the effect of these on patient samples will also be explored. Results will be evaluated according to established reference ranges and critical alert values. The learner will apply the procedures required for follow-up when abnormal and/or implausible test results are obtained. The learner will apply the important foundational concepts of hematopoiesis, erythrocyte and leukocyte metabolism.  

      Prerequisites:
      MEDL-1015Chemistry 1 Theory Carbohydrates, Proteins and Lipids
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      Review the basic biochemistry and metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and lipids including diabetes and cholesterol.  Learn how to set up a clinical assay using calibration curves and quality control.  Find out how spectrophotometry, electrophoresis and point-of-care instrumentation are used in the laboratory to measure analytes.  Determine the clinical significance of lab results and reporting.

      Prerequisites:
      MEDL-1017Human Workplace Relations
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      This course is designed to develop the student's understanding of health care delivery systems, communication in the health care setting, death and dying, teamwork, conflict resolution, critical thinking, unions, professional associations and legal and ethical aspects of health care.

      MEDL-1018Chemistry 1 Laboratory Light Instrumentation, Electrophoresis and Point-of-Care
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      Learn basic lab techniques and the safety required to conduct clinical chemistry laboratory testing.  Set up clinical assays with calibrations and controls.  Use spectrophotometry and light instrumentation to analyze carbohydrates, proteins and lipids.  Perform protein electrophoresis.  Use point-of-care instrumentation to test for diabetes and myocardial infarction.  Learn when and how to report results.  Employ essential skills.

      Prerequisites:
      MEDL-1019Microbiology 1 Theory Fundamentals Microbiology
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      This course introduces participants to the basic knowledge of the physical and chemical properties of clinically significant micro-organisms. In addition to discussion of the principles of basic microbiological technique, the emphasis will be on describing phenotypic characteristics of clinically relevant organisms and the principles of antimicrobial action.

      Prerequisites:
      MEDL-1020Microbiology 1 Laboratory Fundamentals
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      Explore the human microcosm through the eyes of the microscope! Students will be introduced to the basic skills necessary to recognize and identify clinically significant micro-organisms. They will describe relevant characteristics, perform exacting microbiological techniques, and apply identification principles and procedures to be able to successfully name pathogens from organism challenges and perform appropriate susceptibility testing in accordance with the Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) competencies. Safety, quality assurance, and employability skills will be emphasized.

      Prerequisites:
      MEDL-1021Microanatomy Theory
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      This course will provide an introduction to the functional classification of cells and tissue arrangements, followed by the microanatomical structures of the major organs of the body. This course is a prerequisite for Histotechnology.

      Prerequisites:
      MEDL-1022Microanatomy Laboratory
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      This course is designed to introduce students to the application of theory to the functional classification of cells and tissue arrangements, followed by the microanatomical structures of the major organs of the body. this course is a prerequisite for Histotechnology.

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      MEDL-1023Foundations of MLS Laboratory
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      This course is designed to introduce students to the application of theory in the medical laboratory environment. Students will be given the opportunity to work with standard laboratory equipment, practise safety skills, apply proper technique for phlebotomy, and practise quality assurance.

      Prerequisites:
      MEDL-1023Foundations of MLS Laboratory
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      This course is designed to introduce students to the application of theory in the medical laboratory environment. Students will be given the opportunity to work with standard laboratory equipment, practise safety skills, apply proper technique for phlebotomy, and practise quality assurance.

      Prerequisites:
      MEDL-1024Foundations of MLS Theory
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      This course is designed to introduce students to the basic trans-discipline theory of the medical laboratory environment. Topics include laboratory safety and risk management, standard laboratory equipment (included pipette, various pieces of glassware, balances, centrifuges, and microscopy), laboratory math based on day-to-day calculations, knowledge for safe effective blood collection and preparation of biological samples for diagnostic, and use of essential word parts and terms used in health care.

      Prerequisites:
      MEDL-1026Histotechnology Theory
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      This course will provide an introduction to the theory of preparing clinical specimens for histological examination including fixation, decalcification, processing, embedding, and microtomy. This will be followed by an overview of the techniques used to demonstrate cellular and non-cellular components for microscopic examination. This course will prepare students to work in a histopathology department. It is divided into two sections. Section 1 introduces students to the steps necessary in preparing fresh human tissues for microscopic examination. This section includes the theory for the chemical treatment of tissues, processing, embedding, and microtomy. Section 2 covers the principles of a variety of tissue demonstration techniques. Emphasis during both parts of the course is on problem solving.

      MEDL-1027Histotechnology Laboratory
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      This course is designed to introduce students to the application of theory for preparing clinical specimens for histological examination including fixation, decalcification, processing, embedding, and microtomy. This will be followed by an overview of the techniques used to demonstrate cellular and non-cellular components for microscopic examination. This course prepares students to work in a histopathology department. The course is divided into two sections. Section 1 introduces the students to the steps necessary in preparing fresh human tissues for microscopic examination. This section includes the application of theory for chemical treatment of tissues, processing, embedding, and microtomy. Section 2 covers a variety of tissue demonstration techniques. Students learn the principles of the techniques and practise performing each method. Emphasis during both parts of the course is on problem solving.

      MEDL-1028Molecular Techniques - Theory
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      This theoretical course covers the principles of nucleic acid sequences. Topics that will be covered include basic molecular biology structure and function, abnormalities related to nucleic acid sequences, pre-analytical techniques such as nucleic acid extraction/isolation and purity analysis, and common detection techniques such as DNA sequencing, hybridization, PCR, electrophoresis, and blotting. Each section will involve discussion on quality control measures and necessary troubleshooting.

      MEDL-1029Molecular Techniques Laboratory
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      Students will apply molecular diagnostic principles learned from the theory portion of Molecular Techniques to identify and manipulate nucleic acid sequences. This will include the operation of common equipment, identifying sources of error, and problem solving by employing DNA isolation techniques including analysis of purity, restriction digest, PCR, and electrophoresis.

      MEDL-1032Interprofessional Education
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      A clear understanding of interprofessional relationships is necessary for effective patient care in the clinical setting. Interprofessional education will develop the learners’ understanding of their role and the role of other professions in the health care team. The course covers topics such as health sciences professions, collaboration, consultation, team-building, and developing partnerships through active presentations, discussion, and interaction between all students registered in programs of the department of Allied Health Sciences.

      MEDL-1032Interprofessional Education
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      A clear understanding of interprofessional relationships is necessary for effective patient care in the clinical setting. Interprofessional education will develop the learners’ understanding of their role and the role of other professions in the health care team. The course covers topics such as health sciences professions, collaboration, consultation, team-building, and developing partnerships through active presentations, discussion, and interaction between all students registered in programs of the department of Allied Health Sciences.

      MEDL-2001Clinical Education in Chemistry
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      This course is designed to prepare students, through hands-on practical experience in the clinical chemistry laboratory, to become competent in the technical aspects of clinical chemistry.

      MEDL-2009Clinical Education in Hematology
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      This course is designed to prepare student technologists, through hands-on experience in a clinical laboratory, to be competent in the technical aspects of clinical hematology.

      MEDL-2010Clinical Education in Histology
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      This course is designed to prepare students, through hands-on practical experience in a clinical laboratory, to become competent in the technical aspects of histology.

      MEDL-2011Clinical Education in Microbiology
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      This course is designed to prepare students, through hands-on practical experience in a clinical laboratory, to become competent in the technical aspects of clinical microbiology.

      MEDL-2012Chemistry 2 Laboratory Automation, Electrodes and Osmometry
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      Set up automated instrumentation with maintenance, calibration and quality control.  Run clinically important electrolyte tests and respiratory, renal and liver markers.  Operate the osmometer.  Perform urinalysis manually, with automation and microscopically.  Report results.  Basic lab techniques, safety and essential skills will be emphasized.

      MEDL-2013Chemistry 2 Theory Electrolytes, Respiratory, Renal, Urinalysis and Liver
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      Stat tests are run right now.  Results of stat tests can be crucial to life.  Learn about electrolyte testing on body fluids using automated instrumentation and electrodes.  Laboratory tests used to indicate respiratory, renal and liver disease will be covered.  Urinalysis using “liquid gold” will be studied as an indicator of overall health.

      MEDL-2014Microbiology 2 Theory Microbiology By Body Site
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      This course is a continuation of Microbiology 1. The emphasis is on the study of clinically significant micro-organisms recovered from body sites. Discussion includes pathogenicity, pre-analytical considerations such as proper specimen collection, analytical processing, and post-analytical reporting.

      MEDL-2015Microbiology 2 Laboratory Microbiology By Body Site
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      This course is the continuation of Clinical Microbiology 1, which provides students with the opportunity to recognize, identify, and perform susceptibility tests on clinically significant micro-organisms from human body sites. This includes assessing the appropriateness and processing of clinical samples from the genitourinary tract, gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts, cardiovascular and central nervous systems, and ear and wound specimens. The application of these skills will be used to successfully recover clinically significant micro-organisms for 'unknown' specimen challenges and prepare acceptable reports. Emphasis will be placed on safety, quality assurance, clinical processing format, Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science competencies, and Canadian employability skills.

      MEDL-2016Transfusion Science Theory
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      This theoretical course covers the principles of blood grouping, characteristics of blood group systems, red cell antibody identification techniques, adverse transfusion reactions, blood group-related disorders, compatibility testing, testing methodologies, and the requirements for blood component production, handling, use, and storage.

      MEDL-2017Hematology 2 Theory
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      In this course, the learner will be introduced to the theoretical principles and practical application of automated Hematology analyzers when performing complete blood counts. Quality control practices will be emphasized to ensure that reliable test results are obtained. In addition, the learner will be introduced to basic manual techniques. Each laboratory procedure will be studied in detail including: test principles, methods, and limitations of the tests. Familiarization with interfering substances and corrective actions necessary to limit the effects of these on patient samples will also be explored. Test results will be assessed according to established reference ranges and critical alert values. The learner will be instructed in the procedures required for follow-up when abnormal and/or implausible test results are obtained. The learner will be introduced to the important foundational concepts of hematopoiesis, erythrocyte and leukocyte metabolism. This study will transition into the investigation of pathologies of red and white blood cell lines. Theoretical instruction is enhanced by the Hematology 2 Laboratory course. Students will be encouraged to correlate theory with laboratory applications to prepare them appropriately for the competency based objectives they will be required to meet during their second year of the MLS program.

      MEDL-2018Clinical Education in Transfusion Science
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      This course is designed to prepare students, through hands-on practical experience in a clinical laboratory, to become competent in the technical aspects of Transfusion Science.

      MEDL-2019Hematology 2 Laboratory
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      In this course, the learner will be introduced to the theoretical principles and practical application of automated Hematology analyzers when performing complete blood counts. Quality control practices will be emphasized to ensure that reliable test results are obtained. In addition, the learner will be introduced to basic manual techniques. Each laboratory procedure will be studied in detail including: test principles, methods, and limitations of the tests. Familiarization with interfering substances and corrective actions necessary to limit the effects of these on patient samples will also be explored. Test results will be assessed according to established reference ranges and critical alert values. The learner will be instructed in the procedures required for follow-up when abnormal and/or implausible test results are obtained. The learner will explore in greater depth, the foundational concepts of hematopoiesis, erythrocyte and leukocyte metabolism introduced in first term. This study will transition into the investigation of pathologies of red and white blood cells. Laboratory sessions will allow students the opportunity to observe stained peripheral blood films to identify important morphologic changes in erythrocytes, leukocytes and platelets and correlate their presence with a variety of hematologic disorders. Learners will complete detailed case studies on selected major hematologic disorders, each including a peripheral blood film evaluation and identification and interpretation of characteristic laboratory findings. Theoretical instruction is enhanced by the laboratory sessions. Students will be encouraged to correlate theory with laboratory applications to prepare them appropriately for the competency based objectives they will be required to meet during their second year of the MLS program.

      MEDL-2020Transfusion Science Laboratory
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      This practical course is a reflection of the theory covered in Transfusion Science, allowing students to practice techniques including ABO blood type and screen, weak D testing, Rh phenotyping, immediate spin cross-matching, and antibody investigation.

      MEDL-3002Hematology 3 Theory
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      In this course, students will be introduced to the theoretical principles associated with the evaluation of Hemostatic mechanisms. This will include important foundational concepts, components and mechanisms of Hemostasi. In addition it will encompass the study of automated Hematology analyzers implemented to assess and evaluate Hemostasis. Quality Control practices will be emphasized to ensure that reliable test results are obtained. Each laboratory procedure will be studied in detail including: test principles, methods, and limitations of the tests. Familiarization with interfering substances and corrective actions necessary to limit the effects of these on patient samples with also be explored. Test results will be assessed according to established reference ranges and critical alert values. The learner will be instructed in the procedures required for follow-up when abnormal and/or implausible test results are obtained.

      MEDL-3004Hematology 3 Laboratory
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      In this course, students will be introduced to practical application of theoretical concepts associated with the evaluation of Hemostatic mechanisms. This will include applying basic foundational concepts, components and mechanisms of Hemostasis in the laboratory. In addition it will involve the operation and maintenance of automated Hematology analyzers implemented to assess and evaluate Hemostasis. Quality Control practices will be emphasized to ensure that reliable test results are obtained and reported. Each laboratory procedure will be practiced in detail including: test principles, methods, and limitations of the tests. Familiarization with interfering substances and corrective actions necessary to limit the effects of these on patient samples with also be explored. Test results will be assessed according to established reference ranges and critical alert values. Students will be instructed in the procedures required for follow-up when abnormal and/or implausible test results are obtained.

      MEDL-3005Chemistry 3 Laboratory Immunoassay and Chromatography
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      Set up immunoassays such as chemiluminescence and run tests on various hormones, drugs and tumour markers.  Use different types of chromatography to separate specimen components and analyze drugs.  Basic lab techniques, safety and essential skills will be emphasized.

      MEDL-3006Chemistry 3 Theory Hormones, Drugs, And Tumour Markers
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      Discover the results of altered hormone levels, drug overdoses and the markers used to determine the presence of cancer.  Hormones, drugs and tumour markers will be studied along with their clinical significance.  Find out how various types of immunoassay and chromatography can be used to determine clinical levels.

      MEDL-3007Microbiology 3 Laboratory
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      This course involves the preliminary phenotypic identification of aerobic actinomycetes, uncommon clinically significant bacteria and fungi. Clinically significant parasites are microscopically observed through preserved slide preparations. Emphasis is on safety, quality assurance, clinical processing, and CSMLS competencies.

      MEDL-3008Microbiology 3 Theory
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      This course includes the study of aerobic actinomycetes (including Mycobacterium tuberculosis), uncommon micro-organisms, fungi, and parasites from body sites. Discussion will include pathogenicity, phenotypic characteristics, specimen processing, and identification methods.

      MEDL-9000Medical Laboratory Sciences Program Site
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      MEDL-9000Medical Laboratory Sciences Program Site
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      MEDL-9000Medical Laboratory Sciences Program Site
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      MEDL-9000Medical Laboratory Sciences Program Site
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      CO-OP/Practicum Information

      MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENCES CLINICAL TRAINING INFORMATION 
      The Medical Laboratory Sciences program has three main clinical practicum facilities located within Manitoba.  Practicum placements in Winnipeg (St. Boniface General Hospital and Health Sciences Centre) are limited and students may/will be required to relocate outside of Winnipeg to Westman Lab, Brandon Regional Health Centre, for practicum.

      Students will be informed of the allocation of their practicum placement at a later date by the program. There is no guarantee students will be placed at their desired practicum location. 

      Special considerations of personal circumstances will not be given in regard to assigning practicum placements. 

      Students will be responsible for costs associated with practicum such as admission requirements, relocation, and travel. 

      HOW IS IT DECIDED WHERE STUDENTS GO FOR CLINICAL TRAINING?
      Students will be surveyed for their preferred training location at the beginning of Term 2 to determine tentative placements. Students will be advised of tentative placements approximately 6 months in advance. Placements will be finalized closer to the end of Term 3. 

      We attempt to give everyone their first choice in training.  However, if students need to be placed at a facility that is not their first choice, the program looks at application date and determine placements based on when students applied to the program. 

      WHAT IF I CAN’T GO OUTSIDE OF WINNIPEG? 
      Special considerations of personal circumstances will not be given in regard to assigning practicum placements.

      Students who do not accept practicum placement when it is offered may defer their training for one year.  At that time, the placement procedure will still be in effect so there is no guarantee that a Winnipeg placement will be available. 

      ROTATIONS THROUGH COMMUNITY HOSPITALS  

      Students will be required to spend approximately 4 to 7 weeks for clinical rotations at community hospitals or rural hospitals that are within a 2-hour drive from Winnipeg.  These rotations may occur at different sites and can be 1 to 4 weeks in length each (4 to 7 weeks total). 

      • Victoria General Hospital
      • Grace General Hospital
      • Concordia Hospital
      • Seven Oaks General Hospital 
      • Portage General Hospital, Portage la Prairie
      • Selkirk and District General Hospital, Selkirk
      • Bethesda Hospital, Steinbach
      • Boundary Trails Health Centre, Morden/Winkler 
      Other locations further from Winnipeg can be arranged at the request of the student. For example, if a student lives in Thompson they may be eligible to do a rotation/part of a rotation in Thompson. 

      • Thompson General Hospital, Thompson
      • St. Anthony’s General Hospital, The Pas
      • Dauphin Regional Health Centre, Dauphin

      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.

      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.

      Other Information

      Memberships available to students (optional):

      • Manitoba Association for Medical Laboratory Sciences (MAMLS) membership -  free for students
      • Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Technologists (CSMLS) membership - $82 for 2 years

      Graduate Employment Report

      Red River College 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.

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

      Graduation Requirements

      You must successfully complete the didactic year at Red River College and the required competencies in the clinical setting prior to graduation.

      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
      E-mail: hmauthe@rrc.ca  

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

      How to Apply

      For information on how to apply to this program, follow the link below.

      www.rrc.ca/howtoapply

      Student Evaluation of Program

      Every year Red River College surveys students, in all full-time programs, to learn more about their college experience. The questionnaire includes questions about students’ experiences with College programs, facilities, and services offered.

      Visit www.rrc.ca/numbers/reports/student-evaluation-of-program for student evaluation of program reports.

      College Support Services

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

      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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