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A one-year training program to prepare students to take the board certification exam as Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS). Certification exam offered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCPi)

 

Program Administrators:

 Program Director:                     Hassan M. E. Azzazy, PhD, SC(ASCP), DABCC, FACB

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 Program Coordinator:     Mohamed El-Saeed Abdel-Hay, PhD

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 Technical Staff:               Khalid Al Jendi, BSc, Diploma in microbiology

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I.Mission

The mission of the Buraydah Colleges Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) Training Program is to provide a learning environment in which students acquire the clinical knowledge, practical skills, professional behaviors and critical thinking experiences necessary to become a professional Medical Laboratory Scientist. This program will strive to become a recognized clinical laboratory science training program in Saudi Arabia, the region, and the world.  

II.Program Description:

This is a one-year training program to prepare students to take the board certification exam Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) certification exam offered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCPi, Chicago, IL, USA). Students will be required to complete a total of 25 credit hours divided over 2 semesters. The curriculum includes intensive hands-on training in multiple affiliated clinical sites, formal lectures, and case studies. Lectures provide essential information for understanding the etiology and pathophysiology of disease and the clinical significance of laboratory test results. During clinical rotations, students will observe, practice and perform clinical diagnostic testing under the supervision of clinical instructors. Students will be trained to perform manual procedures as well as operate fully automated instruments. Students will become familiar with utilizing laboratory computer systems, monitoring quality control measures and validate lab results. The program allows students to master technical skills, and demonstrate the highest regard for patient confidentiality. This program accepts trainees who hold B.Sc. in biological sciences from accredited universities. Both Saudi nationals and lawful residents of Saudi Arabia can join this program.

After successfully fulfilling all program requirements, students will receive a certificate of training completion from Buraydah Colleges and become eligible to take the external exam leading to certification as a Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCPi). Students who successfully complete the program may be offered a postgraduate diploma in Clinical Laboratory Sciences upon approval of the program by the Ministry of Education.

III.Program Goals: 

1. Teach the student the theories and principles of clinical laboratory medicine

2. Introduce trainees to the clinical significance of laboratory procedures for diagnosis of disease and therapeutic monitoring of patients.

3. Develop skills needed to prepare, analyze and present scientific data for application in the clinical laboratory.

4. Help students to develop skills needed to prepare, analyze and present scientific data.

5. Help develop the student's understanding of the principles and practices of quality assurance

6. Develop skills necessary to perform manual tests as well as operate complicated, fully automated analyzers and instrumentation 

7. Familiarize students with principles of research methods, laboratory operation, business management in a clinical laboratory setting.

8. Emphasize problem-solving and trouble shooting skills while interpreting laboratory data.

9. Help students to develop effective communication skills in Arabic and English to better serve the patients. 

10. To instruct students on patient rights, safety, privacy and compliance with regulatory authorities. 

 IV.Program Outcomes: 

     At the end of this training program, the medical laboratory scientists will: 

1. Possess the competencies necessary to perform the full range of clinical laboratory tests in areas such as clinical chemistry, hematology, immunology, transfusion medicine, microbiology, urine and body fluid analysis, and laboratory operations. 

2. Have diverse skills in areas of analysis and clinical decision-making, regulatory compliance, education, and quality assurance/performance improvement wherever laboratory testing is researched, developed or performed. 

3. Have the technical skills to operate manual laboratory methods as well as fully automated systems.

4. Have the basic knowledge and skills in principles and practices of clinical study design, implementation and dissemination of laboratory results.

5. Become familiar with educational methodologies and terminology sufficient to train and educate users and providers of laboratory service.

6. Become familiar with principles and practices of administration and supervision as applied to clinical laboratory science

7. Communicate efficiently in Arabic and English to serve the needs of patients, the public and members of the healthcare team.

8. Demonstrate professional conduct and appreciate the significance of continuing professional development

9. Apply safety and governmental regulations and standards to clinical laboratories.

 V.Target Trainees:  

Graduates who have completed a B.Sc. in Applied Medical Sciences from an accredited four year program.  

1. Graduates with a B.Sc. in biological sciences including students who have completed a B.Sc. program in Biochemistry and Microbiology from an accredited university. Some students may be required to take program pre-requisite courses. 

2. Clinical laboratory medicine professionals who have completed a B.Sc. degree in biological sciences and satisfy program course requirements.

 VI.Admission Requirements:

A.Academic requirements:

a. 9 credit hours of chemistry (organic chemistry, biochemistry, analytical chemistry)

b. 3 credits of physics (including principles of light & electricity)

c. 3 credits of mathematics, calculus, and/or statistics

d. 9 hours of biology (including microbiology, human physiology, immunology, hematology, or molecular biology).

e. All required courses must have been taken for a letter grade.

f. All courses must be completed by prior to the start of training

g. Minimum GPA in sciences of 2.5. Consideration of lower GPA will be at the discretion of the admissions committee

h. Candidates with foreign degrees must have a course-by-course credential evaluation.

B.Additional Requirements:

1. Candidate must complete a formal application and sign program declaration.

2. Two letters of reference from college/university instructors or employers.

3. Ability to perform essential functions—various physical and behavioral capabilities that are necessary for achievement of competency

4. A pre-training health assessment is required of those selected for admission

5. Attend and pass a personal interview.

6. Demonstrate English competency: A TOEFL score of 475 or equivalent.

7. Previous clinical laboratory experience is preferred but not necessary for admission.  

C.Submit application materials to the program co-ordinator: 

Dr. Mohamed El-Saeed Abdel-Hay

Medical Laboratory Scientist Training Program

Buraydah Colleges, Al-Qassim, KSA

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D.Selection of Candidates:

1. Selected applicants will be contacted by the program for an interview appointment.

2. Individuals selected for training will be notified in writing.  

E.Important Dates:

Program Start Date:      1/1/2016

Program Duration:           One year; Sunday to Wednesday 7-10 pm (4 days/week)

Application Deadline:      TBA 

VII. Brief Course Descriptions: 

A)CLM009   - Laboratory Statistics: 

This course introduces the basic concepts and methods of statistics with applications in the clinical laboratory medicine. It emphasizes methods of exploring, organizing, and presenting data, and introduces the fundamentals of probability.Topics include statistical terminology, statistical testing, essentials required to initiate a research investigation, concepts of accuracy and precision in measurement analysis, and discussion of statistical techniques to compare experimental approaches with respect to specificity, sensitivity and linearity. Lectures will cover association studies, analysis of robustness and ruggedness, method comparison, outliers, limit of detection and limit of quantitation, and statistical quality control. It employs selected freely-available statistical software to explore and analyze data. 

B)CLM008-01 -     Blood Bank/Donor Center    

This course covers transfusion medicine and immunohematology concepts. During the rotation, students practice blood banking tests, work with blood donors and process blood components. Special emphasis will be placed on developing problem-solving skills. Practical sessions will include apheresis—observing plasma exchanges and cytapheresis—and hemotherapy services—observing therapeutic phlebotomy and directed donations.

C)CLM003 -   Cell Biology: 

This course covers structure and molecular functions of the different cell organelles. Lectures will include topics such as molecular organization and the microenvironment of the cell, endocytosis, intramembrane transport, protein targeting, exocytosis, cell shape, motility, and cell-to-cell interaction. Lectures also deal with signal transduction processes, cell cycle, cancer, and programmed cell death. 

D)CLM001-01 -   Clinical Chemistry:   

Lectures will cover amino acids, proteins, enzymes, tumor markers, carbohydrates, lipids, electrolytes and blood gases, hormones, therapeutic drugs, and clinical toxicology. Pathophysiology of the heart, kidney, liver, glands, pregnancy, and inborn errors of metabolism will be discussed. The clinical chemistry module includes rotations through automated sophisticated chemistry analyzers, immunochemistry, toxicology, therapeutic drug monitoring, and urinalysis. Students perform a wide range of analytical procedures and learn to correlate laboratory data with clinical findings.  

E)CLM007-01 -     Clinical Hematology

Covers the diagnosis and management of blood cell disorders, anatomy and physiology of hematopoiesis, routine specialized hematology tests, analysis, classification, and monitoring of blood cell abnormalities. During the rotation, students learn to differentiate normal and abnormal blood cells, bone marrow and body fluids and learn manual/automated cell counting methods. Students will also be introduced to flow cytometry and hemoglobin electrophoresis and disorders of hemostasis. 

F)CLM002-01 -     Clinical Microbiology

Lectures cover bacteriology, mycology, parasitology, serology, mycobacteriology, virology and molecular microbiology. Students learn to identify a wide variety of human pathogens using identification techniques such as culture and isolation, direct exam, and immunofluorescence. Automated methods are also introduced in bacteriology, molecular microbiology and serology. 

G)CLM004 -     Clinical Immunology: 

In this course, students will gain a fundamental understanding of the principles and mechanisms of the immune system and immune responses in the context of infection, malignancy and immunological disorders. Lectures will cover basic and advanced immune deficiency, hypersensitivity, haematological malignancy, and autoimmunity. Students will also learn about immunological assays and techniques employed in the clinical laboratory that will enhance their understanding and clinical interpretation of results. 

H)CLM006 -     Instrumental Analysis: 

This course cover the theory and practice of instrumental methods for the separation, identification and quantitative analysis of biochemical substances. Students will gain working knowledge of analytical instrumentation employed in clinical laboratories such as optical techniques, electrophoresis, chromatography, mass spectrometry, automation in the clinical laboratory, and point-of-care testing. Students will be introduced to the underlining physics principles related to specific instrumentation used for atomic, molecular, and mass spectrometry, magnetic resonance spectrometry and chromatography. Recognition of interferences, method calibration, evaluation of analytical standards, and distinguish between qualitative and quantitative measurements and the ability to critically select methods for elemental and molecular analyses will be emphasized.  

I)CLM010 -     Laboratory Management: 

Topics such as managerial leadership, personnel, business planning, information management, regulatory management, reimbursement, generation of revenue will be discussed. Lectures will also cover professionalism, ethics, employment selection, diversity, stress management, team building, communication and interpersonal relationships, public relations, scheduling, quality control, information systems, and legal considerations. Students will receive checklists, worksheets, forms, and online resources.  

VII.Evaluation of Trainees and the Program  

Students must successfully fulfill the minimum requirements in each section of the lecture and laboratory training areas. Performance will be evaluated throughout the training year based on didactic lecture exams, lab exams, practical exams, lab skills, work habits, professional attitudes and ability to work with others. On the other hand, students will also have the opportunity to evaluate several aspects of the program including lecture presentations, bench instructors and clinical rotations. Student comments and feedback will be thoroughly assessed towards program improvement.  

IX. Curriculum: (32 credits)

 

Semester  

(6   months)

Course Code Course Name Credit Hours Date

First

Semester

 

CLM001-01 *Clinical   Chemistry 3 [3h/lec X 16 lec = 48 h] Sunday   17/1/2016 to Wednesday 17/2/2016
CLM004 Clinical   Immunology 2 [2h/lec X 16 lec = 32 h] Sunday   21/2/2016 to Monday 29/2/2016
CLM003 Cell   Biology 2 [2h/lec X 16 lec = 32 h] Tuesday   1/3/2016 to Wednesday 9/3/2016
CLM002-01 *Clinical   Microbiology 3 [3h/lec X 16 lec = 48 h] Sunday   20/3/2016 to Wednesday 20/4/2016
CLM005-01 Selected   Topics in Medical Sciences-I 2 [2h/lec X 16 lec = 32 h] Sunday   24/4/2016 to Sunday 15/5/2016
Practical   Training CLM001-02 Chemistry   Clinical Rotation 2 [6 h X 16 d = 96 h] Monday   16/5/2016 to Wednesday 15/6/2016
CLM002-02 Microbiology   Clinical Rotation 2 [6 h X 16 d = 96 h] Thursday   16/6/2016 to Saturday 16/7/2016

Second

Semester

CLM006 Instrumental   Analysis 2 [2h/lec X 16 lec = 32 h] Sunday   17/7/2016 to Sunday 24/7/2016
CLM007-01 *Hematology 3 [3h/lec X 16 lec = 48 h] Monday   25/7/2016 to Wednesday 31/8/2016
CLM008-01 *Blood   Bank/Transfusion Medicine 3 [3h/lec X 16 lec = 48 h]

Thursday   1/9/2016 to Wednesday 5/10/2016

Eid 11-14/9/2016

CLM009 Laboratory   Statistics 1 [1h/lec X 16 lec = 16 h] Sunday   9/10/2016 to Wednesday 12/10/2016
CLM010 Laboratory   Management 2 [2h/lec X 16 lec = 32 h] Sunday 16/10/2016 to Monday 31/10/2016
CLM005-02 Selected   Topics in Medical Sciences-II 1 [1h/lec X 16 lec = 16 h] Tuesday   1/11/2016 to Wednesday 9/11/2016
Practical   Training CLM007-02 Hematology   Clinical Rotation 2 [6 h X 16 d = 96 h] Thursday   10/11/2016 to Saturday 10/12/2016
CLM008-02 Blood   Bank Clinical Rotation 2 [6 h X 16 d = 96 h] Sunday   11/12/2016 to Saturday 31/12/2016

  * Each of the selected courses will have a one month internship/clinical rotation at the end of each semester during which students will finish their assigned laboratory tests in the affiliated medical centers.

 X. Names of Affiliated Hospitals and Clinical Laboratories (Sites of Clinical Rotations): 

  1. King Fahd Hospital.
  2. Buraydah Central Hospital