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Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Sciences

College of Health Sciences
Medical Laboratory Sciences
Study System
Total Credit Hours
134 Cr.Hrs
Sharjah Main Campus
Study Mode
Full Time

Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Sciences

Program Learning Outcomes (PLO)
  1. Acquire broad base of knowledge and technical skills in medical laboratory sciences and how laboratory data relates to clinical medicine and patient care.
  2. Integrate and interpret test results, recognize errors, and establish a course of action to solve problems.
  3. Develop a range of skills including technical and practical knowledge of information technology, independent learning, critical thinking, verbal and written communication, time management, presentation skills and team work.
  4. Demonstrate a high degree of professionalism in understanding and practicing ethical and social issues related to human health and care.
  5. Utilize administrative skills and knowledge consistent with the principles and standards of quality assurance, continuous quality improvement, and laboratory continuing education.
  6. Advocate for safe laboratory practice including maintenance of working environment, adherence to safety rules and regulations, and appropriate handling and processing of test samples.
  7. Evaluate published scientific research results and appreciate technological development and advancement in the field of medical laboratory sciences. 

National Qualifications Framework (NQF)
The following matrix depicts the Program Learning Outcomes (PLO) with the National Qualifications Framework strands.
NQF outcome​
Strand 1: Knowledge ​​
specialized factual and theoretical knowledge and an understanding of the boundaries in a field of work or discipline, encompassing a broad and coherent body of knowledge and concepts, with substantive depth in the underlying principles and theoretical concepts
1, 2, 3
an understanding of allied knowledge and theories in related fields of work or disciplines and in the case of professional disciplines including related regulations, standards, codes, conventions
1, 2, 5, 7
understanding of critical approach to the creation and compilation of a systematic and coherent body of knowledge and concepts gained from a range of sources​

2, 3, 4
a comprehensive understanding of critical analysis, research systems and methods and evaluative problem-solving techniques2, 3, 4, 6
familiarity with sources of current and new research and knowledge with integration of concepts from outside fields4, 6
Strand 2: Skills ​
technical, creative and analytical skills appropriate to solving specialized problems using evidentiary and procedural based processes in predictable and new contexts that include devising and sustaining arguments associated with a field of work or discipline1, 3, 6
evaluating, selecting and applying appropriate methods, procedures or techniques in processes of investigation towards identified solutions1, 2, 3, 6
evaluating and implementing appropriate research tools and strategies associated with the field of work or discipline2, 4
highly developed advanced communication and information technology skills to present, explain and/or critique complex and unpredictable matters1, 3, 6
Strand 3: Autonomy and Responsibility ​
can take responsibility for developing innovative and advanced approaches to evaluating and managing complex and unpredictable work procedures and processes, resources or learning2, 3
can manage technical, supervisory or design processes in unpredictable, unfamiliar and varying contexts2, 3
can work creatively and/or effectively as an individual, in team leadership, managing contexts, across technical or professional activities4, 5, 6
can express an internalized, personal view, and accept responsibility to society at large and to socio-cultural norms and relationships5, 6, 7
Strand 4: Role in Context  
can function with full autonomy in technical and supervisory contexts and adopt para-professional roles with little guidance2, 3, 6, 7
can take responsibility for the setting and achievement of group or individual outcomes and for the management and supervision of the work of others or self in the case of a specialization in field of work or discipline2, 3, 6, 7
can participate in peer relationships with qualified practitioners and lead multiple, complex groups2, 3, 4, 5
can take responsibility for managing the professional development and direct mentoring of individuals and groups2, 5, 7
Strand 5: Self-development  
can self-evaluate and take responsibility for contributing to professional practice, and undertake regular professional development and/or further learning
2, 4, 5, 7
can manage learning tasks independently and professionally, in complex and sometimes unfamiliar learning contexts2, 5, 6, 7
can contribute to and observe ethical standards5, 7

Career Opportunities

Graduates from the Medical Lab Sciences program will be prepared to pursue a wide range of careers opportunities in many fields including:
  • Clinical laboratory generalists in hospitals, clinics or private laboratories.
  • Clinical laboratory specialists working in areas such as microbiology, hematology, blood bank, chemistry, molecular biology/DNA, histocompatibility, immunology, and stem cell/bone marrow labs.
  • Clinical laboratory supervisors or managers.
  • Quality assurance and quality specialists in hospitals or industry (e.g. pharmaceutical quality operations).
  • Technical representatives, sales representatives or research and development specialists in laboratory industries.

Program Overview
The program is designed to meet the objectives of the Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences. A student undertaking this program should complete a total of 134 credit hours distributed as follows: 

BSc. in Medical Laboratory Sciences ​ ​ ​ ​
Mandatory Credits18
Elective Credits6

I.University Requirements

Every student is required to take 24 credit hours of general education courses distributed over seven domains. Eighteen (18) mandatory credit hours are selected from domains A-F and (6) elective credit hours selected from domains G & H as indicated in the University section (General Education).

II.College Requirements

The 24 credit hours of mandatory college requirement courses are listed in the College section of the Bulletin.

III. Program Requirements

The MLS requires the 86 credit hours of mandatory courses listed in the table below.

Course #TitleCr Hrs.Prerequisite
​Medical Microbiology
Molecular Genetics40500150
0501262Immunology and Serology40500160
0501264Histopathological Techniques30501254
0501265Diagnostic Microbiology40501253
0501372Clinical Parasitology30500150
0501359Clinical Chemistry (1)40501260
0501370Hematology (1)40500160
0501371Phlebotomy Lab1
Co: 0501370
0501362Hematology (2) and Coagulation40501370
0501364Clinical Chemistry (2)40501359
0501365Blood Banking30501262
0501366Urinalysis and Body Fluids20501359
0501454Practicum in Hematology30501370
0501451Practicum in Microbiology30501265
0501452Practicum in Serology20501262
0501453Lab Management and Quality Assurance30501364
0501460Practicum in Clinical Chemistry30501359
0501461Practicum in Histopathology20501264
0501462Practicum in Blood Banking30501365
0501463Medical Virology20501253
0501464Medical Mycology20501253
0501465Student Project30500450
1426217Organic Chemistry for HS41426155
1440163Calculus 1 for Health Sc.


Study Plan

The MLS program encompasses 134 credit hours that are spread over eight semesters and could be completed in four years. The following distribution of courses by semester facilitates students' normal progression through the study plan.


Year I, Level 1 (Freshman), Semester 1, Fall (16 Credits) ​ ​ ​
Course #​Title​Cr Hrs.Prerequisites
0201102Arabic Language
0202121English for Medical Sciences I
0500161Introduction to Health Sciences2 
1426155General Chemistry for Health Sciences4 
Year 1, Level 1 (Freshman), Semester 2, Spring (17 Credits) ​ ​ ​
Course #​Title​​Cr Hrs.Prerequisites​
Islamic Culture
​UAE Society
​Human Anatomy and Physiology
Physics for Health Sciences
Introduction to IT (English)
​​ ​ ​
Year 2, Level 2 (Sophomore), Semester 3, Fall (18 Credits) ​ ​ ​
Course #​TitleCr Hrs.Prerequisites
​Medical Microbiology​

​Molecular Genetics
​Organic Chemistry​ for HS
​Calculus 1 for Health Sc.

​​ ​ ​
Year 2, Level 2 (Sophomore), Semester 4, Spring (17 Credits) ​ ​ ​
Course #​​​Title​Cr Hrs.Prerequisites

​Fund. of Innovation & E​ntrep.​
31 Credit Hrs
​Immunology and Serology
​Histopathological Techniques​
Diagno​stic Microbiology

Year 3, Level 3 (Junior), Semester 5, Fall (18 Credits) ​ ​ ​
Course #TitleCr Hrs.Prerequisites
​Clinical Chemistry (1)​
​Hematology (1)
​ 0500160
​Phlebotomy Lab
​ Co.:0501370
​Clinical Parasitology
​ 0500150

University Elective (1)


Year 3, Level 3 (Junior), Semester 6, Spring (16 Credits) ​ ​ ​
Course #​TitleCr Hrs.Prerequisites
0501362Hematology (2) and Coagulation4 0501370
3 0501254
0501364Clinical Chemistry (2)
4 0501359
0501365Blood Banking3 0501262
Urinalysis and Body Fluids
2 0501359


Year 4, Level 4 (Senior), Semester 7, Fall (17 Credits) ​ ​ ​
Course #​TitleCr Hrs.Prerequisites
0500450Introduction to Research
3 0504252
​Practicum in Microbiology
​ 0501265
​Practicum in Serology
​Lab Management and Quality Assurance
0501454Practicum in Hematology3 0501370

University​​ Elective (2)


Year 4, Level 4 (Senior), Semester 8, Spring (15 Credits) ​ ​ ​
Course #​Title​Cr Hrs.Prerequisites
0501460Practicum in Clinical Chemistry3 0501359
0501461Practicum in Histopathology2 0501264
0501462Practicum in Blood Banking3 0501365
0501463Medical Virology2 0501253
0501464Medical Mycology2 0501253
0501465Student Project3 0500450


Course Description

The courses offered by the Medical Laboratory Sciences program are designated as (0501ABC), where ABC represents the year, term and sequence as described in the College Section.

Mandatory Core Courses

The required core courses offered by the Medical Laboratory Sciences program are described below. 

Medical Microbiology

Prerequisite: 0500150 - Biology.

This course focuses on the basic microbiology concepts to MLT, with emphasis on the general characteristics of prokaryotic cell, general properties of microorganisms, bacteria, fungi, viruses, and protozoa. Methods of antiseptic and microbial growth and antibiotic sensitivity. Students in practical sessions will experience preparation of bacterial culture media, sterilization and antiseptic techniques and an antibiotic sensitivity test. 


Prerequisite: 0500150- Biology.

This course focuses on the study of microscopic structure of the human body. The course will introduce the structure of human cells, basic tissues types and organization including epithelial, connective, muscular and nervous tissues. This is followed by the study of the microscopic structure of major organs and systems of the human body. The relationship between structure and function is addressed. The practical part of this course focuses on the microscopic examination of tissues within different organs of the human body. 

Molecular Genetics  
Prerequisite: 0500150 – Biology

This course will examine the molecular basis of cellular processes, with emphasis on gene structure and function, DNA replication, transcription and translation, gene expression and regulation, genetic engineering and genetic diseases which will be studied in theory and in the practical laboratory sessions. Laboratory experiments are designed for the students to become familiar with micro pipettes and reagent preparation for use in the preparation of agarose gels to identify human DNA and RNA, plasmids after bacterial cell transformation, PCR products and DNA that has been manipulated by restriction enzymes and ligase for use in Southern blots. 

Immunology and Serology  

Prerequisite: 0500160 - Human Anatomy and Physiology.

Introduction to the basic concepts of immunology, types of immunity, the immune response, the immune system, structure and function of antigens and antibodies, immunopathology and clinical applications of the immunological techniques in the modern diagnostic serology laboratory. Serologic laboratory sessions will focus on principles of antigen-antibody reaction, and the principles of serological procedures. Clinical serological analyses include examples of basic techniques and correlation with disease and immunity. 

Histopathological Techniques

Prerequisite: 0501254 – Histology.

Introducing the concepts and basics of different techniques used in tissue preparation and staining procedures essential for microscopic detection, recording and quantification of human cells and tissues in the histology/pathology work. The practical part includes a thorough grounding in all aspects of histological techniques used in tissue preparation for microscopic examination. These include fixation, processing, embedding, using microtome to cut tissue slices and then staining and examination of samples. Alternative methods in tissue preparation such as frozen sections are also introduced. 

Diagnostic Microbiology

Prerequisite: 0501253 - Medical Microbiology.

This course focuses on the principle of different methods of Lab diagnosis of microorganisms as smear and wet methods, culture, biochemical, and serological molecular diagnostic methods. Practical sessions will cover laboratory methods of isolation and identification of pathogenic microorganisms. Major emphasis is on the collection and preparation of specimens and using rich, selective and differential media. Other biochemical and serological methods for lab diagnosis will also be used. General investigations will be carried out for urine, stool and body fluids. 

Clinical Parasitology

Prerequisite: 0500150 – Biology.

The course aims at familiarizing students with the basic concepts of parasitology, types of animal associations, adaptations to parasitic mode of life and evolution of parasitism. Parasites' life-cycles, infection, transmission, pathology, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and control of medically and economically important parasites are the main emphasis of this course. The laboratory sessions are designed to expose the students to the morphology of the different developmental stages of medically and economically important parasites as well as introducing the skills of proper laboratory procedures for collecting, handling, diagnosing and identifying parasitic organisms. 

Clinical Chemistry (1)  

Prerequisite: 0501260 – Biochemistry.

This course is designed to introduce the students to the various analytical techniques and methods used in the measurement of various parameters in the blood and other body fluids, and to gain technical skills and knowledge of interpretation of test results in health and disease states. The course mostly covers routine laboratory investigations related to disorders of plasma proteins and amino acids, kidney function, liver function, carbohydrate disorders, lipids and lipoprotein abnormalities, pancreatic function, and gastrointestinal disorders. 

Hematology (1) 

Prerequisite: 0500160 - Human Anatomy and Physiology.
Blood composition, hematopoiesis and its requirement, erythrocytes and their disorders, hemoglobin and leukocytes structure and function are closely examined. Students are expected to gain sufficient skills and knowledge in per- forming procedures and laboratory techniques (manual and automated) used in the investigation and diagnosis of various blood disorders. 

 Phlebotomy Lab 

Co-requisite: 0501370 - Hematology (1).

The aim of this course is for students to gain sufficient technical skills in blood collection. Students will be exposed to the different techniques and different tools used in blood collection, and to the various types of containers used in the clinical laboratory. Specimen handling, safety measures, and blood collection complication are closely introduced. 

Hematology (2) and Coagulation

Prerequisite: 0501370 - Hematology (1).

Introduces the student to malignant and non-malignant disorders of leukocytes with emphasis on etiology, classification, and lab investigation of leukemias. Major emphasis will also be on the mechanisms of hemostasis, coagulation, and fibrinolysis in health and disease states. Routine and special procedures in hematology and coagulation will be described and applied during the practical part of the course. 


Prerequisite: 0501254 – Histology.

The goal of this course is to develop an understanding of the causes and mechanisms of human diseases and associated alterations of structure and function of tissues. This involves first, the general pathology during which cell injury, adaptation, cell death, repair, inflammation, and neoplasia are introduced. Then, diseases and tumors of general interest affecting different body systems such as digestive, respiratory and female genital system and breast are studied. 

Clinical Chemistry (2)

Prerequisite: 0501359 - Clinical Chemistry (1).

This course, which is a continuation of Clinical Chemistry (1), is designed to introduce the students to more advanced topics in clinical chemistry, including blood gases and acid-base balance, electrolytes, clinical endocrinology, tumor markers, porphyrins, therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) and other subjects. Students are expected to gain sufficient skills and knowledge in performing and interpreting test results related to subjects covered in this course. 

Blood Banking

Pre-requisite: 0501262 - Immunology and Serology.

The ABO, Rh, and other blood group systems and their clinical significance in relation to blood donor selection and in preparation of blood components are closely described. Technical procedures and investigations conducted in blood banks such as blood donor selection, blood group typing, antibody screening, cross matching and other procedures will be described fully in the practical session of the course. 

Urinalysis and Body Fluids    

Prerequisite: 0501359 - Clinical Chemistry (1).

This course deals with various types of body fluids and their composition in health and disease states. Emphasis will be focused on sample collection, processing and preservation as well as on routine and special tests performed on these fluids for the diagnosis of many diseases. Body fluids studied in this course include urine, CSF, synovial, serous, amniotic and others. 

 Practicum in Hematology

Prerequisite: 0501370 - Hematology (1).

Students will work in affiliated hospital laboratories in order to acquire technical and practical experience in the various disciplines of Hematology and Coagulation. Students' activities and training performance will be evaluated by academic and training supervisors. 

Practicum in Clinical Chemistry  

Prerequisite: 0501359 - Clinical Chemistry (1).

Allocated time of clinical hours will be spent by students in affiliated hospital laboratories in order to acquire technical and practical experience in the various disciplines of Clinical Chemistry. Students' activities and training performance will be evaluated by academic and training supervisors. 


Prerequisite: 0501264 - Histopathological Techniques.

Allocated time of clinical hours will be spent by students in affiliated hospital laboratories in order to acquire technical and practical experience in the field of Histopathology. Students' activities and training performance will be evaluated by academic and training supervisors. 

Practicum in Microbiology   

Prerequisite: 0501265 - Diagnostic Microbiology.

Students will work in affiliated hospital laboratories in order to acquire technical and practical experience in the various disciplines of Microbiology. Students' activities and training performance will be evaluated by academic and training supervisors. 

Practicum in Serology

Prerequisite: 0501262 - Immunology and Serology.

Allocated time of clinical hours will be spent by students in affiliated hospital laboratories in order to acquire technical and practical experience in the field of diagnostic Serology. Students' activities and training performance will be evaluated by academic and training supervisors. 

Lab Management and Quality Assurance

Prerequisite: 0501364 - Clinical Chemistry (2).

This is an integrated course of both laboratory management and quality assurance in the clinical lab. The course describes the fundamental principles and practices of management and supervision of clinical laboratory including management of organizations, human resources, financial resources, and laboratory operations. Concerning quality assurance, the course covers subjects related to quality concepts and terminology, tools of quality monitoring and assessment, data interpretation, and appropriate actions in response to QC results. 

Practicum in Blood Banking

Prerequisite: 0501365 - Blood Banking.

Allocated time of clinical hours will be spent by students in affiliated hospital laboratories in order to acquire technical and practical experience in the various field of Blood Banking. Students' activities and training performance will be evaluated by academic and training supervisors. 

Medical Virology

Prerequisite: 0501253 - Medical Microbiology.

The course introduces the basic principles of virology including definitions, structure, nomenclature, classifications, modes of viral infection, viral diseases and viral vaccines. 

 Medical Mycology 

Prerequisite: 0501253 - Medical Microbiology.

Survey of infectious diseases caused by fungi including their etiology, epidemiology, histopathology, diagnosis, and treatment. Host-parasite interactions and the environmental and molecular factors that contribute to establishment of fungal disease in humans and animals will also be discussed. 

 Student Project 

Prerequisite: 0500450 - Introduction to Research.

Introducing students to the instructions and guidelines used when a research project is conducted, and exposing them to the proper methods used in writing and presenting a scientific paper. Research projects in the field of clinical laboratory will be carried out independently by students under the guidance and supervision of faculty members.