MLS ( Laboratory program )

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Overview

Studying in the Medical Laboratory Science Department is a four-year program (1+3) followed by a 12 months internship. During the first academic year (pre-professional year) students acquire a strong foundation in biology and chemistry with additional coursework in (math), statistics, English, and computer skills. The second and third academic year (four semesters) is for the general requirements for both tracks. The last academic year (almost two semesters) are designed to meet the vision of each track.

Tracks

General Track:

Choosing this track allows students to learn how lab tests are best applied to diagnose and monitor human disease. They are generalists, skilled in all areas of the medical laboratory. They work with medical laboratory scientists in hospital laboratories to apply knowledge and skills in hematology, clinical chemistry, microbiology, immunohematology, immunology, molecular diagnostics, research, and laboratory management. Courses in each of the disciplines mentioned are presented in both lecture and laboratory format.

The Medical Genetics Track:

Specialization in medical genetics needs a wide range of clinical skills, as genetic disorders can affect people of all ages and involve all body systems. During this specialization track, a medical geneticist is trained in diagnostic and therapeutic procedures for patients with genetically-linked diseases. This specialist uses modern cryptogenic, radiologic, and biochemical testing to assist in specialized genetic counseling, implement needed therapeutic interventions, and provide prevention through prenatal diagnosis. The medical geneticist plans and coordinates large-scale screening programs for inborn errors of metabolism, hemoglobinopathies, chromosome abnormalities, and neural tube defects.

Why MLS Program

Health care and related biomedical fields are among the fastest growing industries because of large populations, expanded health care coverage, and technological advances. Recognizing this, the number of MLS programs here in the kingdom has rapidly increased in the last few years to meet this concept. Unfortunately, despite the much growing specialties and subspecialties within this field, most if not all MLS programs offered one track; professional Medical (Clinical) Laboratory Technologists. Most recently, the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties (SCFHS) offered many specialties and subspecialties for the Medical Laboratory Technologists; so, MLS programs should offer many tracks to meet this progress.

The most popular tracks offered by many international universities are DNA biotechnology, histopathotechnology, medical laboratory science, each leads to the bachelor of MLS degree.

Furthermore, the design of this program opens the door for further subspecialty if it is needed to meet the requirements of medical laboratories professionals such as Medical Genetic track.

Internship

Internship is a 12 months comprehensive clinical training program (Required for professional registration) for recent graduates to prepare them for high-quality service in the profession. The graduate must complete all academic requirements to be qualified for the internship program. The intern will rotate under supervision through clinical areas within the respective department in the hospital. The intern is awarded the Bachelor of Science degree after successful completion of all clinical rotations, competencies and objectives.

Students are eligible for 2-week vacation; however, these two weeks should not be in the same rotation (division). Moreover, the vacation should be approved by the assigned faculty member and arranged with the preceptor at the clinical site.

Suggested Internship Program Outline

General Track

No. of Weeks

Division

2 weeks

Main specimen collection/preparation

3 weeks

Phlebotomy

7 weeks

Microbiology

6 weeks

Biochemistry

6 weeks

Hematology

6 weeks

Blood bank

6 weeks

Serology and immunology

6 weeks

Histo and cyto pathology

6 weeks

Molecular diagnostics

4 weeks

Elective

52

Total No. of Weeks

Medical Genetics track

No. of Weeks

Division

2 weeks

Main specimen collection/preparation

8 weeks

Cytogenetics

8 weeks

Molecular Diagnosis

8 weeks

Biochemical genetics

8 weeks

Prenatal diagnosis & fetal dysmorphology

6 weeks

Molecular hematological disorders

6 weeks

Molecular pathology

6 weeks

Molecular microbiology and immunology

52

Total No. of Weeks

Study Plan for Medical Laboratory sciences Program

General Track and Medical Genetics Track

2nd Year – Level 3

Course Code in English

Course Code in Arabic

Course Title

Credits Distribution

Prerequisite

English

Arabic

Lecture

Lab

Tutorial

Credit

MLS 232

232 مخت

  Principles of Physiology

  أساسيات علم وظائف الأعضاء

1

2

2

BIOL-106

MLS 231

231 مخت

  Principles of Anatomy

  أساسيات التشريح

1

2

2

BIOL-106

MLS 233

233 مخت

  Basics Biochemistry

  كيمياء حيوية اساسية

2

2

3

CHEM-106

MLS 234

234 مخت

  Basics Microbiology

  علم الأحياء الدقيقة العامة

3

2

4

BIOL-106

MLS 237

237مخت

  Emergency Care

  عناية الطوارئ

1

2

2

SLM 101

سلم 101

  Islam 101

  Islam 101

2

2

Total Credit Hours

15

2nd Year – Level 4

Course Code in English

Course Code in Arabic

Course Title

Credits Distribution

Prerequisite

English

Arabic

Lecture

Lab

Tutorial

Credit

SLM 102

سلم 102

  Islam 101

  Islam 101

2

2

MLS 241

241 مخت

  Hematology-1

  علم الدم-1

2

2

3

MLS 232

MLS 242

242 مخت

  Histology

  علم الأنسجة

2

2

3

MLS 231

MLS 243

243 مخت

  Clinical Bacteriology I

  علم البكتيريا الإكلينيكية 1

2

2

3

MLS 234

MLS 244

244 مخت

  Basics Immunology

  أساسيات المناعة

1

2

2

MLS 234

MLS 245

245 مخت

  Analytical Chemistry

  كيمياء تحليلية

2

2

3

CHEM-105

ARAB 102

عرب 102

  Arabic 102

  Arabic 102

2

2

Total Credit Hours

33

3rd Year – Level 5

Course Code in English

Course Code in Arabic

Course Title

Credits Distribution

Prerequisite

English

Arabic

Lecture

Lab

Tutorial

Credit

SLM 103

سلم 103

  Islamic culture 103

  Islamic culture 103

2

2

MLS 351

351 مخت

  Clinical Biochemistry 1

  كيمياء حيوية إكلينيكية 1

2

2

3

MLS 233

MLS 352

352 مخت

  General Pathology

  علم الأمراض العام

2

2

3

MLS 242

MLS 353

353 مخت

  Histotechnology

  تقنية الأنسجة

2

2

3

MLS 242

MLS 354

354 مخت

  Clinical Parasitology

  علم الطفيليات السريرية

2

2

3

MLS 243

MLS 355

355 مخت

  Hematology-2

  علم الدم-2

2

2

3

MLS 241

Total Credit Hours

50

3rd year – Level 6

Course Code in English

Course Code in Arabic

Course Title

Credits Distribution

Prerequisite

English

Arabic

Lecture

Lab

Tutorial

Credit

MLS 363

363 مخت

  Clinical Bacteriology II

  علم البكتيريا الإكلينيكية 2

2

2

3

MLS 243

MLS 364

364 مخت

  Pathophysiology

  علم وظائف الأعضاء المرضي

2

2

3

MLS 352 MLS 353

MLS 362

362 مخت

  Clinical mycology & virology

  علم الفطريات والفيروسات الإكلينييكة

2

2

3

MLS 243

MLS 365

365 مخت

  Clinical Immunology and Serology

  مناعة سريرية وأمصال

1

2

1

MLS 244

MLS 366

366 مخت

  Clinical Biochemistry 2

  كيمياء حيوية إكلينيكية 2

2

2

3

MLS 351

Total Credit Hours

63

4th Year – Level 7

Course Code in English

Course Code in Arabic

Course Title

Credits Distribution

Prerequisite

English

Arabic

Lecture

Lab

Tutorial

Credit

ETH 455

455 ايث

  Ethics

  Ethics

2

2

MLS 471

471 مخت

  Cellular and Molecular Pathology

  علم الأمراض الخلوي والجزيئي

2

2

3

MLS 364

MLS 472

472 مخت

  Epidemiology

  علم الوبائيات

2

0

2

MLS 363

MLS 473

473 مخت

  Immuno-haematology

  مناعة دموية

2

2

3

MLS 365

MLS 474

474 مخت

  Urinanalysis and body fluids

  تحاليل البول وسوائل الجسم

1

2

2

MLS 351

MLS 475

475 مخت

  Principles of Scientific research

  أساسيات البحث العلمي

2

0

2

MLS 476

476 مخت

  Gene technology

  البيولوجيا الجزيئية وتقنية الجينات

2

2

3

Total Credit Hours

80

4th year – Level 8

Course Code in English

Course Code in Arabic

Course Title

Credits Distribution

Prerequisite

English

Arabic

Lecture

Lab

Tutorial

Credit

MLS 481

481 مخت

  Applied Clinical Microbiology & Immunology

  الأحياء الدقيقة السريرية التطبيقية

2

4

4

MLS 354 MLS 355 MLS 362 MLS 363

MLS 482

482 مخت

  Applied Clinical Biochemistry

  كيمياء حيوية سريرية تطبيقية

1

4

3

MLS 474

MLS 483

483 مخت

  Analytical Laboratory Automation

  التحليل الآلي المخبري

1

2

2

MLS 474

MLS 484

484 مخت

  Applied Hematology & blood bank

  علم االدم التطبيقي وبنوك الدم

1

4

3

MLS 473

MLS 485

485 مخت

  Graduation Project

  مشروع التخرج

1

4

3

-

-

  Elective course

  مقرر اختياري

2

-

2

Total Credit Hours

97

The Medical Genetics Track: 4th Year – Level 7

Course Code in English

Course Code in Arabic

Course Title

Credits Distribution

Prerequisite

English

Arabic

Lecture

Lab

Tutorial

Credit

ETH 455

455 ايث

  Ethics

  Ethics

2

2

MLS 471

471 مخت

  Cellular and Molecular Pathology

  علم الأمراض الخلوي والجزيئي

2

2

3

MLS 364

MLS 472

472 مخت

  Epidemiology

  علم الوبائيات

2

0

2

MLS 475

475 مخت

  Principles of Scientific research

  أساسيات البحث العلمي

2

0

2

MLS 476

476 مخت

  Gene technology

  البيولوجيا الجزيئية وتقنية الجينات

2

2

3

MLS 477

477 مخت

  Cytogenetic

  وراثة خلوية

2

2

3

MLS 478

478 مخت

  Biochemical genetics

  وراثة بيوكيميائية

2

2

3

Total Credit Hours

115

The Medical Genetics Track: 4th Year – Level 8

Course Code in English

Course Code in Arabic

Course Title

Credits Distribution

Prerequisite

English

Arabic

Lecture

Lab

Tutorial

Credit

MLS 486

481 مخت

  Clinical Practice of cytogenetic diagnosis

  الوراثة الخلوية السريرية

1

4

3

MLS 477

MLS 487

482 مخت

  Clinical Practice of molecular diagnosis

  البيولوجيا الجزيئية السريرية

2

4

4

MLS 476

MLS 488

483 مخت

  Clinical Practice of biochemical genetic diagnosis

  الوراثة البيوكيميائية السريرية

1

4

3

MLS 478

MLS 489

484 مخت

  Clinical Practice of prenatal diagnosis & fetal dysmorphology

  الممارسة السريرية ماقبل الولادة وتشوهات الجنين

1

2

2

MLS 471

MLS 485

485 مخت

  Graduation Project

  مشروع التخرج

1

4

3

Total Credit Hours

130

Admission Requirements