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Program overview

BCIT Medical Laboratory Science program graduates are integral partners in critical decisions that directly affect patient care.  The program’s goal is to produce high performing top quality practitioners ready to serve the needs of patients across BC and Canada. Meeting this mandate sees students evaluated against national standards published in the Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) Competency Profile. Rigorous didactic study followed by 40 weeks of immersive clinical training in leading healthcare facilities ensure graduates are ready to meet the challenges of this essential profession.

For specific course information, please refer to the Program Matrix.


Clinical requirements

BCIT Medical Laboratory Science program students will complete 3 separate clinical courses; MLSC 1103 Clinical 1, MLSC 2213 Clinical 2 and MLSC 3213 Clinical 3.  MLSC 1103 (Clinical 1) is a two week clinical placement that will provide the learner with the opportunity to develop competency in the areas of phlebotomy, safe practices, professionalism and communication with other health care professionals. MLSC 2213 (Clinical 2) and MLSC 3213 (Clinical 3) will build upon skills developed in BCIT didactic courses and will provide the learner with the necessary clinical context to attain competency in the areas of microbiology, clinical chemistry, histology, hematology, transfusion science and (where available) molecular diagnostics. Upon successful completion of these courses students will be recommended to challenge the national Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) certification exam for practice.



CompTracker is an on-line evaluation tool used for MLSC 1103 (Clinical 1) MLSC 2213 (Clinical 2) and MLSC 3213 (Clinical). It provides a list of all competencies that a student is required to perform while in clinical as well as a mechanism for measuring soft skills (Professional Performance Evaluation) and a framework (Goal Forms) for student self-assessment and reflection.

Competencies are graded as “Standard Met” or “Standard Not Met”; the Professional Performance Evaluation is graded on a Likert Scale while Goal Forms are assessed only for completion.

Please refer to CompTracker for the most up-to-date forms available.

List of Competencies for a General Medical Laboratory Technologist.


Clinical Resource

Please refer to the Medical Laboratory Science Program Clinical Practice Guide [PDF] for an overview of competency based learning, policies and procedures and roles and responsibilities for preceptors.


Contact information

Donna O’Neill
Clinical Coordinator
Medical Laboratory Science Program
School of Health Sciences
Tel: 604-456-8145