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  • Objectives
    Upon completion of the program, the graduate will have acquired the professional knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to fulfill the job requirements of an entry-level medical laboratory technologist in a clinical diagnostic laboratory. Specifically, graduates will be able to: * use technical skills to procure specimens from a variety of sources and to perform a broad spectrum of laboratory analyses in different laboratory environments (clinical, research, point-of-care) * use knowledge, problem-solving and critical-thinking skills * apply health and safety practices to protect themselves, patients, co-workers and the environment * interact and communicate effectively and professionally, both orally and in writing * demonstrate attitudes and ethical behaviour essential to professional practice that promote excellence in healthcare and maintain principles of quality assurance * transfer acquired skills and knowledge across disciplines
  • Academic Title
    Biomedical Laboratory Technology Diploma
  • Course description
    Term 1
    Course Number     Course Name     C - L - H     Hrs
    101-914-DW    Anatomy and Physiology    3 - 2 - 2    75

    Description:    This course concentrates on characterizing anatomical and physiological information in terms of evaluating the factors contributing to homeostasis (the maintenance of equilibrium in the body). Emphasis is placed on the correct interpretation of homeostatic principles and physiological phenomena related to homeostasis.
    140-103-DW    Introductory Hematology and Clinical Biochemistry    2 - 2 - 2 60

    Description:    Students are introduced to preparation and analysis of blood and other samples for hematological and biochemical assays. Normal blood cells are examined via cell counts and morphology. Clinically-significant biochemical constituents (such as carbohydrates) are measured and correlated with certain diseases (such as diabetes). Both manual and automated diagnostic techniques are introduced, and students learn the use and maintenance of appropriate instruments and equipment, including computers (i.e., laboratory information systems).
    140-104-DW    Laboratory Quality Assurance    2 - 2 - 1    60
    Description:    The objective of this course is for students to develop skills in performing activities related to quality assurance in the context of the pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical phases of laboratory services. Students learn basic statistical principles used in validating laboratory results through internal quality control programs. Emphasis is placed on the interpretation of quality control results and corrective action. Students train directly on computers in processing quality control data.
    140-105-DW    Laboratory and Professional Practice    3 - 3 - 2    90

    General Education

    • 345-103-04    Knowledge    3 - 1 - 3    60
    • 602-10_-03    French: Bloc A    2 - 1 - 3    45
    • 603-101-04    Introduction to College English    2 - 2 - 4    60

    Term 2
    Course Number     Course Name     C - L - H     Hrs
    140-212-DW    Histology    3 - 2 - 2    75

    Teacher(s) for Winter 2009:    Susan Burgess teaching section(s) 01 L1 L2

    140-221-DW    Introductory Microbiology    1 - 3 - 2    60
    Teacher(s) for Winter 2009:    Penny Smith teaching section(s) 01 L1 L2
    Description:    This course focuses on the correct identification of prokaryotic microorganisms (bacteria) and eukaryotic microorganisms (fungi and protozoa). Techniques include isolation, enumeration, and description of cellular components, using appropriate chemicals and equipment (such as the microscope). Attention is paid to understanding potential risks associated with frequently-encountered microorganisms, maintenance of sterile conditions, physical and chemical methods for controlling microorganisms, and safe handling and proper management of contaminated material.
    140-231-DW    Clinical Biochemistry 1    2 - 2 - 2    60
    Teacher(s) for Winter 2009:    Syed Zia ul Hassan teaching section(s) 01 L1 L2
    Description:    This course covers techniques in clinical biochemical assays, using the appropriate analytical instruments and equipment to measure constituents of blood and biological fluids. Methods for determination of lipids, proteins, and enzymes are introduced and correlated with disease processes. Principles of sample and reagent preparation, automation, instrument preparation, use, and maintenance, calibration, quality control, and recording and interpretation of results are included.
    202-914-DW    Introductory Organic Chemistry    3 - 2 - 2    75

    Teacher(s) for Winter 2009:    Elisabeth Cadieux teaching section(s) 01 L1 L2
    Description:    The objective of this course is to introduce students to the identification of organic molecules. Methods of purification and separation of organic molecules are included. The functional groups are presented in terms of nomenclature, chemical bonds and Lewis structures, physical properties, and chemical reactions. This is related to future topics in biochemistry and histotechniques.
    General Education
    • 109-103-02    Health and Physical Education    1 - 1 - 1    30
    • 345-102-03    World Views    3 - 0 - 3    45
    • 603-102-04    Literary Genres    2 - 2 - 3    60
    • COMP 1    Complementary         

    Term 3
    Course Number     Course Name     C - L - H     Hrs
    140-302-DW    Immunology    2 - 3 - 2    75

    Description:    The focus of this course is techniques used in immunological analysis, including microscopy, cytometry (cell counting), agglutination, precipitation, ELISA techniques and immunoassays. Cells of the immune system are enumerated and identified, both by automated analysis and on stained smears. Techniques for identifying antigens and antibodies, antigen-antibody reactions, and variables affecting immunological reactions are covered.
    140-323-DW    Clinical Microbiology 1    2 - 3 - 2    75

    140-332-DW    Clinical Biochemistry 2    2 - 2 - 2    60

    Description:    Students develop their skills in the biochemistry laboratory, using analytical instruments for determination of hemoglobin, bilirubin, iron, liver function tests, blood gases, pH, electrolytes (including calcium and magnesium), and osmolality. Students explore biochemical diagnostic techniques, including preparing reagents and solutions, calibration, computer recording of data, understanding and managing interferences, operation and maintenance of equipment, and application of an effective quality control program.
    140-342-DW    Routine Hematology and Hemostasis    2 - 2 - 2    60
    Description:    In this course, students study analysis of blood specimens and other biological fluids in the hematology and hemostasis laboratories. Correct performance of cell counts is included, using both manual and automated methods, along with staining, microscopy, and other routine techniques. Students learn skills associated with manual and automated techniques used for detecting the components of blood coagulation (hemostasis) and associated disorders. Related bedside testing is also covered. Results are validated, recorded, reported, and monitored, and quality control standards are applied. Correct interpretation of normal and abnormal results plays an important role.
    210-914-DW    Applied Biochemical Techniques    1 - 2 - 2    45
    Description:    This course explores techniques for extracting, separating, and assaying carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins from biological samples. Students learn separation and differentiation of biomolecules using electrophoresis, gas chromatography, high-pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC), infrared spectrophotometry, and atomic absorption spectroscopy. Correct operation and maintenance of these instruments is included.
    General Education
    • 109-104-02    Physical Activity    0 - 2 - 1    30
    • 602-B__-03    French: Bloc B    2 - 1 - 3    45
    • 603-103-04    Literary Themes    2 - 2 - 3    60

    Term 4
    Course Number     Course Name     C - L - H     Hrs
    101-916-DW    Introductory Molecular Biology    2 - 1 - 2    45

    Teacher(s) for Winter 2009:    Tonia De Bellis teaching section(s) 01 L1 L2
    Description:    The objective of this course is to introduce students to basic molecular genetics and present the principles of extraction, hybridization, and characterization of DNA from biological samples and cells. Students also become familiar with chemicals and apparatus used for amplification of DNA using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR).
    140-424-DW    Clinical Microbiology 2    1 - 3 - 2    60

    140-433-DW    Clinical Biochemistry 3    2 - 2 - 2    60

    Teacher(s) for Winter 2009:    Paraskevi Siandris teaching section(s) 01 L1 L2
    Description:    Students continue to develop expertise in performing biochemical and immunological assays and precise measurement of clinically-significant biochemical constituents of biological fluids. Non-protein nitrogenous compounds, kidney function tests, urinalysis, vitamins, hormones, tumor markers, toxic substances, and therapeutic drug monitoring are included. Emphasis is placed on correct interpretation and reporting of normal and abnormal results.
    140-443-DW    Special Hematology    2 - 2 - 2    60
    Teacher(s) for Winter 2009:    Christiane Di biasio teaching section(s) 01 L1 L2
    Description:    This course deals with analysis of samples obtained from patients with hematological disorders, including anemias and leukemias. Students continue to use appropriate instruments and analytical methods used for the 114 diagnosis of hematological diseases. Emphasis is placed on correct interpretation and follow-up of normal and abnormal results, and the precise correlation of results with clinical information.
    140-444-DW    Procurement Stage    1 - 2 - 0    45

    140-452-DW    Transfusion Science Practices 1    2 - 2 - 2    60

    Teacher(s) for Winter 2009:    Karen Gabriele teaching section(s) 01 L1 L2
    Description:    The focus of this course is for students to learn how to process samples involved in blood transfusions. Topics include immunological principles in antigen-antibody reactions, blood group systems, antibody identification techniques, and routine pre-transfusion and compatibility testing and problem-solving. Students adhere to rigorous standards of data processing and record-keeping, interpretation and reporting of results, and quality control in the transfusion service laboratory.
    General Education
    • 109-105-02    Active Living    1 - 1 - 1    30
    • 345-BXH-03    Applied Themes in Humanities    3 - 0 - 3    45
    • 603-BXE-04    Applied Themes in English    2 - 2 - 2    60

    Term 5
    Course Number     Course Name     C - L - H     Hrs
    140-504-DW    Core Laboratory    4 - 4 - 3    120

    140-512-DW    Histopathological Techniques    3 - 3 - 3    90

    140-553-DW    Transfusion Science Practices 2    0 - 3 - 2    45

    Description:    Students continue to develop expertise in transfusion practices by learning to manage blood inventories and to prepare blood and blood products for transfusions. Solutions to problems related to transfusions, such as ABO discrepancies, transfusion reactions, hemolytic disease of the newborn, and autoimmune hemolytic anemias, are explored. Students learn to correlate laboratory results with patients’ clinical information.
    140-560-DW    Seminar    3 - 0 - 1    45

    Term 6
    Course Number     Course Name     C - L - H     Hrs
    140-614-DW    Histology/Molecular Biology Stage    1 - 6 - 1    105

    140-615-DW    Pharmacology    3 - 0 - 3    45

    Teacher(s) for Winter 2009:    Paraskevi Siandris teaching section(s) 01
    Description:    This course prepares biomedical laboratory technologists to respond to new responsibilities which are the result of changes in the Code des professional du Québec. Biomedical laboratory technologists are now able to administer medications and other substances in the context of performing certain types of laboratory analyses. This course provides students with a foundation for understanding principles of absorption, transformation and elimination of medications, as well as interactions and toxic effects. Students will learn how to intervene in the case of an adverse reaction following the administration of a medication or other substance. This course is web-based. All materials, assignments and discussions are given through the internet.
    140-624-DW    Clinical Microbiology Stage    1 - 11 - 1    180
    Teacher(s) for Winter 2009:    Sonia Gioseffini teaching section(s) 01
    Penny Smith teaching section(s) 01
    140-635-DW    Clinical Biochemistry Stage    1 - 11 - 1    180
    140-645-DW    Hematology/Hemostasis Stage    1 - 7 - 1    120

    140-654-DW    Transfusion Science Stage    1 - 6 - 1    105

    Teacher(s) for Winter 2009:    Camille Mohabir teaching section(s) 01

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