British Columbia Institute of


MLSC 1700 - Medical Communications for Healthcare Professionals

Medical Laboratory Science Part-time Studies Course

School of Health Sciences

Course Details

This mixed-delivery course (i.e., classroom and web-based) will enable the IEMLT learner to appropriately develop their oral, auditory, writing and reading skills so that they may accurately understand and communicate medical and scientific information to other medical professionals. Using pertinent scientific contexts, classroom activities will provide learners with the tools to ensure utilization of appropriate grammar and pronunciation in the course of conversation. Small group conversations will be used to facilitate auditory comprehension. Web-based activities will be designed to enable students to work with language resources and reading/writing exercises delivered via Desire2Learn. Acceptable competency in this course will be demonstrated through achievement of Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level 8 in spoken, auditory, reading and writing domains using a standardized English competency assessment.



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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge of English grammar to speak clearly and concisely about medical or scientific topics, using appropriate pronunciation and intonation.
  • Demonstrate auditory comprehension in conversations on medical or scientific topics.
  • Communicate medical and scientific language accurately and precisely in person or over the phone.
  • Demonstrate medical or scientific reading and writing comprehension through examination of standard operating procedures, textbooks, and scientific articles.
  • Communicate effectively and confidently in the Canadian workplace.
  • Familiarize with Canadian Health Care standards, requirements, and safety protocols.
  • Demonstrate multicultural awareness in their relationships with patients and co-workers.
  • Communicate adequately and efficiently in English when operating medical equipment.
  • Distinguish among the array of positions, duties, and responsibilities encountered in a medical laboratory and other healthcare institutions.
  • Reduce accent when speaking in English in order to secure clear understanding and fluent communication.
  • Process medical documentation accurately and completely.
  • Use medical terminology and abbreviations in English with a full understanding of their semantics and importance.

Effective as of Winter 2012


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