Program Overview

The Associate Degree in Medical Laboratory Analysis program is an undergraduate program offered at KIC. The program aims at preparing knowledgeable, highly skilled graduates who are skilled in using up-to date instruments and biochemical, microscopic, molecular and immunological techniques to analyze blood, tissues and other medical specimens.

Students graduating from this program will be able to contribute to services in the medical laboratory sector in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the region and globally. Furthermore, graduates will be able to apply their knowledge and skills in medical laboratory practice to provide essential information about the presence, extent, or absence of disease to physicians and other health care professionals. In addition, students will gain technical skills as well as problem solving, data analysis, computer skills and good oral and written communication skills.

Upon completion of the Associate Degree in Medical Laboratory Analysis program, graduates will demonstrate relevant background and knowledge in the fields of Hematology, Transfusion Science, Clinical Chemistry, Microbiology and Histopathology.

Learning Outcomes

The program learning outcomes are designed to be consistent with the Bachelor level 5 as defined in the UAE's Qualification Framework. Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to:

A.     Knowledge and Understanding
  • PLO-01: Acquire and interpret knowledge to apply in the medical laboratory setting.
  • PLO-02: Demonstrate knowledge of current technological advances and evidence-based medical laboratory best practice.
  • PLO-03: Acquire knowledge of the principles and safety regulations of clinical laboratory instrumentation.
B.     Skills
  • PLO-04: Exhibit a range of technical skills to analyse clinical specimens, interpret test results, recognize and solve errors. Demonstrate ability to propose differential diagnoses in clinical cases.
  • PLO-05: Demonstrate skills in the use of standard and advanced medical laboratory instruments, information technology.
  • PLO-06: Demonstrate skills in producing appropriate documentation including reports of diagnostic results.
C.     Aspects of Competence
  • PLO-07: Effectively present concepts through oral and written communication skills in English and visually through illustrative and technical rendering. Investigate problems through systematic research and effectively disseminate findings.
  • PLO-8: Work effectively as an independent as well as a contributing team member respectful of cultural diversity and individual differences.
  • PLO-9: Establish safe working practices for self and others regarding equipment, handling of biological samples, reagent products, disposal of waste materials and relevant legislation.

Applied Learning

  • As a KIC graduate, you will stand out among others by accumulating hands-on experience throughout your 2 years program.
  • By completing designated hours of internship in cooperation with our several private and public hospitals as our partners for success, you will have the necessary skills to face real world challenges.

Career Opportunities

  • Private and public hospitals
  • National and regional testing laboratories
  • Biotechnology
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Chemical and cosmetic industries;
  • Local, state or federal health agencies and research and teaching institutions.
  • Students will be eligible pursue bachelor degrees in Medical Laboratory Sciences.

Admissions: Required Documents

  • Passing the interview with the KIC Admissions Committee.
  • Attested High Secondary School Certificate or its equivalent approved by the UAE Ministry of Education with a minimum grade of 60%.
  • A valid English Language Proficiency Certificate in one of the below certificates or its equivalent, at least as the following:
    • EmSAT : 1100
    • TOEFL ITP (Amideast) : 500
    • IELTS : 5

Other Requirments

  • 1 Personal photo
  • Copy of Valid Passport
  • Copy of Valid Visa (Non-Local)
  • Copy of Valid Emirates ID card
  • Health Fitness Certificate

Program Structure and Study Plan

Course Category Credits
General Education (GE) 7 Course (21Credit Hours)
Core Supporting Major (CSM) 4 Courses (12Credit Hours)
Medical Laboratory Analysis Major (MLAM) 11 Courses (36Credit Hours)
Total Credits  22 Courses/69 Credit Hours

Year 1 First Semester:

Course Code Course Title Pre- requisite CR.HRs Type
GEE101 General English TOEFL 500 / IELTS BAND 5

EmSAT ≥ 1100

3 GE
GEC 101 Computer Literacy   3 GE
GEG101 General Study Skills   3 GE
ADML 231 Clinical Laboratory Instrumentation   3 CSM
ADR 121 Medical Terminology   3 CSM
HBS110 Chemistry for Health Sciences   3 CSM
Total Credit Hours 18

Second Semester:

Course Code Course Title Pre- requisite CR.HRs Type
ARL 100 Communication Skills in Arabic Language GEE101 3 GE
GEI 201 Fundamentals of Innovation and Entrepreneurship   3 GE
ADML 122 Anatomy * ADR 121 3 CSM
ADML 121 Physiology * ADR 121 3 CSM
ADML 111 Biochemistry         HBS 110 3 MLAM
GEI 102 Islamic Culture   3 GE
Total Credit Hours 18
Total Credit Hours for Year 1 36

Year 2: Third semester:

Course Code Course Title Prerequisite CR.HRs Type
GEU202 UAE Society   3 GE
HML 201 Clinical Chemistry I ADML 111 3 MLAM
ADML 241 Histology & Micro techniques        ADML 122 3 MLAM
BML 351 Medical Microbiology   3 MLAM
ADML 233 Basic Hematology         ADML 121 3 MLAM
ADML 234 Immunology         ADML 121

ADML 122

Total Credit Hours 18

Fourth Semester:

Course Code Course Title Prerequisite CR.HRs Type
HML 205 Clinical Chemistry II HML 201 3 MLAM
ADML 242 Diagnostic Hematology ADML 233 3 MLAM
HML 208 Transfusion Science ADML 234 3 MLAM
HML 405 Clinical Practice All MLAM COURSES 6 MLAM
Total Credit Hours 15
Total Credit Hours for Year 2 33
Total credits for the Program 69


This course is designed to give the student a sound background in structure of human body as a whole. Anatomy is the most fundamental of all medical sciences. It provides the basic framework of terminology and vocabulary used in all descriptions and communications about the body. The course will describe the structure, composition, and functions of the organ systems of the human body and how the organ systems function and interrelate. The course will also describe how humans adapt through their anatomical design

Basic Hematology

This course is designed to introduce the theoretical and practical aspects of normal hematology and will include the normal composition of blood, collection, and storage of blood, hemopoiesis, morphology, structure, and function of red cells, white cells, and platelets. The course will provide students with knowledge and skills to perform a variety of lab tests and to know the different component of the blood.


In this course, students are introduced to the general principles of biochemistry while linking them back to the physiological conditions of an organism. There are several topics designed into this course, relationship of biochemistry to the physiology of an organism, relationship of bioenergetics to the physiological state, regulation of rates through the metabolic pathways, and relationship of enzyme structure to catalysis and regulation. Description of the chemistry underlying most of the metabolic reactions’ role of DNA, RNA, and protein synthesis in the observed physiologic state Role of DNA in inheritance and genetic manipulation and gene therapy Students will know the basic information related to the following terms: saccharides, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids. In addition, enzymes, and vitamins and how they work in the human body. Biochemistry also introduces essential information related to chemical combinations, biomaterials, classification, chemical structure, reactions and how the human body metabolizes such bio molecules.

Chemistry for Health Sciences

This course will introduce basic theoretical principles of modern chemistry, integrated with descriptive and practical aspects. Topics discussed include stoichiometry, atomic theory and the structure of matter, the Periodic Table, chemical bonding, kinetic molecular theory and the states of matter, gas laws, solutions, oxidation reduction, acid base systems, and thermochemistry. Emphasis is on both qualitative and quantitative aspects of chemistry Laboratory sessions are designed to complement and supplement theoretical concepts presented in lectures and to develop skills in laboratory technique, observation, and data analysis.

Clinical Lab Instrumentation

This course aims to introduce the practical applications of clinical laboratory instruments and introduces the students to the principles of instrumental methods of Analysis including visible and ultraviolet spectrophotometry, flame photometry, chromatography, electrophoresis, radiation counters and automated chemical analyzers. The student will be exposed to sophisticated analytical instruments to enhance laboratory skills and confidence of working in the medical laboratory.

Clinical Practice

Clinical Practice is an integral part of the Associate Degree in Medical Laboratory Analysis and is designed to provide graduating students with an opportunity to integrate and apply previously acquired knowledge and technical skills in clinical settings. Under the guidance of experienced Medical Laboratory Professionals and other qualified laboratory preceptors, students learn more about diagnostic test procedures, quality control methods and programs, and instrumentation in the pre-analytical, analytical, and post- analytical clinical laboratory. Students also gain an understanding of the roles and functions of the Medical Laboratory Professionals. The Clinical Practice program is conducted in an affiliated hospital laboratory, where students learn by participating in the workload of a supervising preceptor. The course gives students practical experience in effective communications to ensure accurate and appropriate information transfer. Finally, it helps students find employment by gaining experience they require to enter the world of medical laboratory.

Clinical Chemistry I

This course is designed to introduce the student to diagnosis and monitoring of disease using plasma, serum, urine, and other body fluids. Student will gain knowledge and skills in 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, carbohydrate disorders, lipids and lipoprotein abnormalities, enzymes, blood gases and electrolytes

Clinical Chemistry II

This course is designed to introduce the student 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 such as cardiac function, kidney function, liver function, hormonal abnormalities, pancreatic function, and gastrointestinal disorders

Diagnostic Hematology

This course is designed to provide the student with knowledge and practical skills used for differential diagnosis of erythrocyte and leukocyte disorders. Erythrocyte disorders include anemias, hemoglobinopathies, and metabolic anemias. Leukocyte disorders include benign leukocyte disorders, chronic and acute leukemias, proliferative disorders and MDS. Laboratory morphology and additional tests used in the diagnosis of these disorders plays an integral role in this course as well as the correlation of clinical and laboratory data.

Histology & Micro techniques

This course is designed to introduce the students to concepts of histology related to the cells and tissue , arrangements of the human body, It deal with the study of the micro anatomical structure and function of the body’s major organs of the epithelial; connective; muscular and nervous tissues; structural and functional relationships between cells and tissues in organs; comparative histology of the circulatory; nervous; digestive; integumentary; respiratory; excretory; reproductive; endocrine and sensory systems , laboratory exercises will include the study of prepared slides and of micro techniques; practice on standard methods of microscopic slide preparation.


This course is designed to introduce the student to the fundamentals of this specialized branch of laboratory medicine. It involves the study of the process of immunity, theory, and practice of a wide variety of procedures used in the laboratory. The components of the Innate and Adaptive immunity are discussed and how they interact in recognizing foreign molecules to defend the body against invading microorganisms. Practical aspects of antigen and antibody interactions are investigated.

Medical Microbiology         

This course focuses on the foundation on the basic principles of medical microbiology. The course is designed to provide medical laboratory analysis students with adequate knowledge about microbes, diseases, ways of transmission of infections and infection control measurements. The course involves identification of the role of saprophytes, normal commensal flora, and pathogenic microbes. The course elaborates the tools and methods for the study of microbes, microbial structure and function, virulence factors. Microbial genetics and its importance in the virulence of microbes are also dealt in the course. The basic immune defense mechanism of the host is also considered in this course. Students in practical sessions will experience preparation of bacterial culture media, sterilization and antiseptic techniques and an antibiotic sensitivity test.

Medical Terminology

This course introduces prefixes, suffixes, and word roots used in the language of medicine. Topics include medical vocabulary and the terms that relate to the anatomy, physiology, pathological conditions, and treatment of selected systems. Upon completion, students should be able to define medical terms and abbreviation related to selected body systems and their pathological disorders.


This course is designed to provide the students with the knowledge of the functions and mechanisms of various parts and organs of the human body. In addition, the course introduces the students to the integrity of the body systems to recognize the physiological changes that occur within the human body and how the body systems work. Students cover the topics of body mechanism, basic chemistry, function of the human body such as, cells and tissues, skin and body membranes, skeletal system, muscular system, nervous system with special senses, and the function of endocrine system, circulatory system with blood, body defenses, respiratory system, digestive system including body metabolism, urinary system, and a unit on human body reproduction.


Transfusion Science

This course introduces the students to the history of blood transfusion and discovery of blood group systems. Inheritance and clinical significance of major blood group systems and their applications in transfusion medicine is discussed together with the techniques of antibody detection and antigen typing. Emphasis is also placed on blood bank techniques including blood grouping, antigen typing, and Anti-human globulin testing. Donor selection and processing, blood component preparation, storage and expiry and indications for use are discussed. Adverse effects of blood transfusion are discussed as well as the pathophysiology and management of Hemolytic Disease of the Newborn (HDNB) and Auto Immune Hemolytic Anemia (AIHA). Laboratory exercises include grouping and matching techniques, antibody detection and identification, and other procedures associated with blood bank practice.


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