Medical Laboratory Science

Admission to Program

Admission to the program is explained in the HCT Admission Policy described in the Academic Policies section of this Catalog.

Program Mission

The Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science at the Higher Colleges of Technology aims to produce skilled Emirati professionals in medical laboratory sciences who are work ready as medical laboratory science professionals delivering diagnostic care to a wide variety of patients/clients.

Program Description

The Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science is a four-year professional program. Graduates are trained biomedical scientists who possess a broad range of knowledge in medical laboratory diagnostics with the ability to work proficiently and are culturally competent to deliver care to a wide range of clients/patients. The four years of undergraduate study integrates biomedical science theory, laboratory skills and supervised professional practice in a variety of clinical settings. Medical laboratory scientists are specialized in the area of clinical diagnostics, producing accurate results required by physicians and health care team members for treatment and management of patients and clients. Graduates possess professional knowledge in the areas of haematology, immunology, transfusion science, clinical chemistry, microbiology, molecular and cellular pathology, with the potential to specialize and advance their skills in specialist areas. These skills can be easily transferred to work competently in public health labs, municipality and forensic labs and in the biotechnology industry. Graduates who are successful in their program can take the credentialing exam for the American Society of Clinical Pathologists International (M.T ASCPi), which provides access to society activities and program recognition for those students who wish to advance their education into graduate studies.

Students are eligible for a one year Work Experiential Learning experience during their study.

Program Goals

  1. Equip medical laboratory students with technical skills and analytical expertise who meet national and international standards.
  2. Develop graduates with strong leadership qualities who actively contribute to the implementation and enforcement of health policies in the UAE.
  3. Produce trained medical laboratory professionals who effectively comply with all legal, regulatory and ethical requirements.
  4. Prepare graduates to demonstrate exceptional innovative thinking, problem-solving skills and excellent communication.
  5. Graduate outstanding and competent medical laboratory professionals with a strong commitment to lifelong learning and growth.

Program Learning Outcomes

Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science (Medical Laboratory Scientist) (NQF Level 7)

On successful completion of this program the graduate will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge, management and decision making aspects to provide quality medical laboratory diagnostic services in variety of healthcare settings.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of healthcare regulations and integrate deep knowledge of relevant technological advances and evidence-based practice to address challenges in the field of laboratory medicine.
  3. Demonstrate effective cognitive and technical skills to analyze clinical specimens, formulate solutions and identify risks in order to deliver laboratory decisions to support and enhance clinical care.
  4. Demonstrate skills in using equipment and advanced technologies, information systems, and communication devices that support safe medical laboratory practice in a variety of healthcare settings
  5. Apply clinical research skills to investigate problems in the medical laboratory discipline and to assess and evaluate quality procedures as relevant.
  6. Demonstrate professional and technical leadership attribute and be able to lead and work collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team in a diverse range of clinical laboratories to ensure safe medical laboratory practice.

  7. Demonstrate the ability to apply entrepreneurship and innovation skills to incorporate new solutions into medical laboratory practice.

  8. Demonstrate professional attributes including but not limited to ethics, life-long and independent learning, relevant to their role as medical laboratory technologists in the clinical laboratories.

Completion Requirements

 Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science

Students must successfully complete a minimum of 126 credits as follows:

Health Science Core Courses24
Medical Laboratory Science Core Courses54
Medical Laboratory Science Preceptorship Courses15
General Studies33
Total Credit Hours126
Health Science Core Courses
Required Credits: 24
HSC 1023Chemistry for Health Sciences3
HSC 1033Anatomy and Physiology3
HSC 1113Introduction to Healthcare Systems and Professional Practice3
HSC 1123Work Health and Safety3
HSC 1803Medical Terminology for Health Sciences3
HSC 4003Research Methods for Health Sciences3
HSC 4006Capstone Research Project for Health Sciences6
Medical Laboratory Science Core Courses
Required Credits: 54
HML 2013Clinical Hematology I3
HML 2033Medical Microbiology3
HML 2043Clinical Chemistry I3
HML 2053Immunology3
HML 2113Systematic Bacteriology3
HML 2143Clinical Hematology II3
HML 2153Histotechnology3
HML 2203Clinical Chemistry II3
HML 3003Hemostasis3
HML 3013Parasitology, Virology, Mycology3
HML 3023Cytotechnology3
HML 3033Clinical Biochemistry3
HML 3043Transfusion Medicine3
HML 3053Laboratory Management3
HML 3103Applications in Molecular Diagnostics3
HML 4016Clinical Correlations6
HML 4123Pathology of Diseases3
Medical Laboratory Science Preceptorship Courses
Required Credits: 15
HML 2213Clinical Preceptorship I3
HML 4006Clinical Preceptorship II6
HML 4116Clinical Preceptorship III6
General Studies
Required Credits: 33
English, Arabic or other Languages
Required Credits: 12
Humanities or Art
Required Credits: 3
Information Technology or Mathematics
Required Credits: 6
The Natural Sciences
Required Credits: 3
The Social or Behavioral Sciences
Required Credits: 9
Description Data
Total Required Credits 126
Maximum Duration of Study 6 years
Minimum Duration of Study 4 years
Cost Recovery Program No
Program Code BHMLU
Major Code HML

Recommended Sequence of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Semester 1Credit Hours
AES 1003 Emirati Studies 3
HSC 1013 Human Biology 3
HSC 1113 Introduction to Healthcare Systems and Professional Practice 3
HSC 1803 Medical Terminology for Health Sciences 3
LSS 1003 Life and Future Skills 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester 2
HSC 1023 Chemistry for Health Sciences 3
HSC 1033 Anatomy and Physiology 3
HSC 1123 Work Health and Safety 3
LSC 1103 Professional Communication and Reporting 3
LSS 1123 Basic Research Methods 3
 Credit Hours15
Year 2
Semester 3
HML 2013 Clinical Hematology I 3
HML 2033 Medical Microbiology 3
HML 2043 Clinical Chemistry I 3
HML 2053 Immunology 3
AES 1013 Arabic Communications 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester 4
AES 1033 Islamic Culture 3
HML 2113 Systematic Bacteriology 3
HML 2143 Clinical Hematology II 3
HML 2153 Histotechnology 3
HML 2203 Clinical Chemistry II 3
LSM 1113 Statistical Mathematics 3
 Credit Hours18
HML 2213 Clinical Preceptorship I 3
 Credit Hours3
Year 3
Semester 5
HML 3003 Hemostasis 3
HML 3013 Parasitology, Virology, Mycology 3
HML 3023 Cytotechnology 3
HML 3033 Clinical Biochemistry 3
ICT 2013 Computational Thinking and Coding 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester 6
BUS 2403 Innovation and Entrepreneurship 3
HML 3043 Transfusion Medicine 3
HML 3053 Laboratory Management 3
HML 3103 Applications in Molecular Diagnostics 3
LSC 2193 Applied Skills Capstone 3
 Credit Hours15
Year 4
Semester 7
HML 4006 Clinical Preceptorship II 6
HML 4016 Clinical Correlations 6
HSC 4003 Research Methods for Health Sciences 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester 8
HML 4116 Clinical Preceptorship III 6
HML 4123 Pathology of Diseases 3
HSC 4006 Capstone Research Project for Health Sciences 6
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours126

Abdillahi Yassin, MSc (Biomedical Studies), London Metropolitan University, United Kingdom

Ahmed Sharafeldin, PhD (Experimental Medicine), Karolinska Institute, Sweden

Aisha Meskiri, PhD (Biomedical Sciences), University of Bradford, United Kingdom

Alex Alessandro, MSc (Molecular Genetic Pathology), University of Siena, Italy

Ban Altoumah, Masters (Clinical Biochemistry), University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Beidan Mussa, MSc. (Biology), University of Ottawa, Canada

Cecilia Olowu, MSc (Biomedical Sciences), Greenwich University, United Kingdom

Fatima Alawadhi, Masters (Quality Management), University of Wollongong in Dubai, UAE 

Ibrahim Mustafa, PhD (Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Hematology and Immunohematology), University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Imene Daoud, MSc (Biomedical Science with Management Studies), University of Kingston, United Kingdom

John Vandergraaf, PhD (Food Biochemistry), University of Reading, United Kingdom

Kok Song Lai, PhD (Biological Sciences), Nara Institute of Science and Technology, Japan

Lama Abdul-Mahdi Musallam, Masters (Hematology and Blood Banking Medical Laboratory Sciences), Jordan University of Science and Technology JUST, Jordan

Lim Erin, PhD (Medical Biotechnology), Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia

Mike Topjian, MSc (Toxicology), Karolinska Institute, Sweden

Mohamed Ezzat El Zowalaty, PhD (Microbiology), Zagazig University, Egypt

Mohammed Tanveer Dhabali, MSc (Biomedicine), University of Lancaster, United Kingdom

Muhammad Riaz, PhD (Biological Sciences), Brunel University, United Kingdom

Munther Alomari, PhD (Biochemistry), Sydney University, Australia

Noora Alzarooni, PhD (Healthcare), UAE University, UAE

Ronnie Dumale, Master of Arts (Education major in Educational Management), University of Baguio, Philippines, Master of Arts (Biology), Saint Mary’s University, Philippines

Shamshul Ansari, PhD (Medical Science), Oita University, Japan

Tanveer Ahmad, PhD (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology), Monash University, Australia

Tina Parusheva-Borsitzky, MSc (Biomedical Studies), London Metropolitan University, United Kingdom