Program Overview

The Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Analysis degree 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 Medical Laboratory Analysis degree program, graduates will demonstrate relevant background and knowledge in the fields of Hematology, Transfusion Science, Clinical Chemistry, Microbiology, Histopathology and advanced Molecular Biology

After graduation, students are required to meet licensing procedures to practice as determined by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the region, globally and any other employer regulations.

Learning Outcomes

The program learning outcomes are designed to be consistent with the Bachelor level 7 as defined in the UAE's Qualification Framework. Upon completion of the program, the student will be able to:

Knowledge and Understanding

  • PLO 1 Acquire and interpret knowledge to apply in the medical laboratory setting.
  • PLO 2 Demonstrate knowledge of current technological advances and evidence based medical laboratory best practice.
  • PLO 3 Acquire knowledge of the principles and safety regulations of clinical laboratory instrumentation.

Skills

  • PLO 4 Exhibit a range of technical skills to analyze clinical specimens, interpret test results, recognize, and solve errors. Demonstrate ability to propose differential diagnoses in clinical cases.
  • PLO 5 Demonstrate skills in the use of standard and advanced medical laboratory instruments, information technology.
  • PLO 6 Demonstrate skills in producing appropriate documentation including reports of diagnostic results.

Aspects of Competence

  • PLO 7 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 4 years program.
  • By completing 400 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
  • Chemical And Cosmetic Industries
  • Local, State Or Federal Health Agencies and Research And Teaching Institutions
  • Students will be eligible pursue Masters and Doctoral degrees in Medical Laboratory Sciences.

Admissions: Required Documents

  • 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

Admissions: Required Documents

 

Course Category Credits
General Education (GE) 10 Courses (30 Credit Hours)
Core Supporting Major (CSM) 7 Courses (21 Credit Hours)
Medical Laboratory Analysis Major (MLAM) 23 Courses (81 Credit Hours)
Total Credits  40 Courses/132 Credit Hours
 

 

Year 1: Semester 1

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

EmSAT ≥ 1100

3 GE

 

GEC101 Computer Literacy   3 GE
GEG101 General Study Skills   3 GE
ADML231 Clinical Laboratory Instrumentation TOEFL 500 / IELTS BAND 5

EmSAT ≥ 1100

3 MLAM
ADR121 Medical Terminology TOEFL 500 / IELTS BAND 5

EmSAT ≥ 1100

3 CSM
HBS110 Chemistry for Health Sciences TOEFL 500 / IELTS BAND 5

EmSAT ≥ 1100

3 CSM
Total Credit Hours   18  

Year 1: Semester 2 

Course Code Course Title Pre-requisite CR. HRs Type
ARL100 (A)/ ARL 100 (NA) Communication skills in Arabic Language for Arabs/Non-Arabs   3 GE
GEI201 Fundamentals of Innovation and Entrepreneurship GEE101 3 GE
ADML122 Anatomy* ADR121 3 CSM
ADML121 Physiology* ADR121 3 CSM
ADML111 Biochemistry TOEFL 500 /

IELTS BAND 5

EmSAT ≥ 1100

3 MLAM
GEI102 Islamic Culture   3 GE
Total Credit Hours   18  

 Year 2: Semester 1

Course Code Course Title Prerequisite CR. HRs Type
HML201 Clinical Chemistry I ADML111 3 MLAM
BML473 Biostatistics TOEFL 500 /

IELTS BAND 5

EmSAT ≥ 1100

3 CSM
GER 202 Critical Thinking  GEE 101 3 GE
BML351 Medical Microbiology TOEFL 500 /

IELTS BAND 5

EmSAT ≥ 1100

3 MLAM
ADML233 Basic Hematology TOEFL 500 /

IELTS BAND 5

EmSAT ≥ 1100

3 MLAM
ADML234 Immunology TOEFL 500 /

IELTS BAND 5

EmSAT ≥ 1100

3 MLAM
Total Credit Hours   18  

Year 2: Semester 2

Course Code Course Title Prerequisite CR. HRs Type
HML205 Clinical Chemistry II HML201 3 MLAM
ADML241 Histology & Micro techniques TOEFL 500 /

IELTS BAND 5

EmSAT ≥ 1100

3 MLAM
ADML242 Diagnostic Hematology ADML233 3 MLAM
HML208 Transfusion Science ADML234 3 MLAM
GEU202 UAE Society   3  GE
GEC201 Multimedia Presentations   3    GE
Total Credit Hours   18  

 Year 3: Semester 1

Course Code Course Title Prerequisite CR. HRs Type
HML309 Hematology: Coagulation and Hemostasis ADML242 3 MLAM
HML300 Diagnostic Microbiology I BML351 3 MLAM
HML301 Clinical Parasitology BML351 3 MLAM
BML481 Introduction to Pharmacology and Toxicology ADR 121 3 MLAM
HML303 Epidemiology ADR121 3 CSM
Total Credit Hours   15  

Year 3: Semester 2

Course Code Course Title Prerequisite CR. HRs Type
HML304 Urinalysis and Body Fluids ADML111 3 MLAM
BML122 Principles of Human Genetics ADML 121 3   MLAM
HBM205 Research Methodology for Health Sciences BML 473 3 HBM205
HML307 Diagnostic Microbiology II HML300 3 MLAM
HML308 Clinical Immunology & Serology ADML234 3 MLAM
Total Credit Hours   15  

Year 4: Semester 1

Course Code Course Title Prerequisite CR. HRs Type
HML400 Medical Virology BML351 3 MLAM
BML363 Pathology ADR121 3 CSM
GEP401 Preparation for Work GEE102 3 GE
HML403 Molecular Biology BML122 3 MLAM
HML404 Lab Management and Quality Assurance   3 MLAM
Total Credit Hours   15  

Year 4: Semester 2

Course Code Course Title Prerequisite CR. HRs Type
HML405 Clinical Practice All MLAM

COURSES

15

 

MLAM

 

Total Credit Hours   15  

 

Anatomy

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.

Biochemistry

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 reaction’s 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.

Biostatistics

This course aims to provide students the skills needed to analyze medical literature by understanding the fields of biostatistics such as data types, observational studies, inferential statistics, regression techniques, evaluating a cohort study and determinants of health. The course emphasizes on principles of statistical reasoning, underlying assumptions and hypotheses, and interpretation of results. Topics covered include descriptive statistics, graphical displays of data, introduction to probability, expectations and variance of random variables, confidence intervals and tests for means, differences of means, proportions, differences of proportions, chi-square tests for categorical variables, regression and multiple regressions and an introduction to analysis of variance. Statistical software will be used to supplement hand calculation. Perform inference on population means and proportions via sample data; statistical hypothesis testing and its application to group comparisons; issues of power and sample size in study designs; and random sample and other study types. While there are some formulae and computational elements to the course, the emphasis is on interpretation and concepts.

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 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

 Clinical Immunology and Serology

This course provides a foundation in the theoretical basis of clinical immunology and will give the student an understanding of the mechanisms of diagnostic tests, interpretation of results of immunological tests, and the clinical settings in which various tests are appropriate. The laboratory portion of this course will provide an opportunity for the student to perform directed exercises in clinical immunology. These exercises will teach basic techniques in clinical immunology, provide a practical link to the theoretical information presented in lecture, and show the diverse applications of basic immunological techniques.

Clinical Laboratory 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 Parasitology

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. Parasite’s life – cycles, infection, transmission, pathology, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and control of medically and economically important parasites are the main emphasis of this course. 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 Practice

Clinical Practice is an integral part of the program 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.

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.

Diagnostic Microbiology I

This course focuses on systemic pathogenic bacteria. This course provides students with theoretical and practical aspects of various groups of bacteria their classification, morphology, cultural characters, biochemical reactions, resistance, antigenic structure, virulence factors, pathogenicity, clinical features, laboratory diagnosis, treatment, and epidemiology. The principles of culture, identification and susceptibility testing are covered in depth using live cultures of various Gram positive and Gram-negative bacteria to encompass all areas of systematic bacteriology. Special focus is also given to antimicrobial chemotherapy which includes their classification based on bacterial anatomical targets, mechanism of action, resistance, and antibiotic susceptibility testing.

Diagnostic Microbiology II

This course is the study of microorganisms of medical importance in relationship to disease and diagnosis. This course also emphasizes identification of bacteria in patient specimens, specimen collection and antimicrobial susceptibility testing. The course will provide the conceptual basis for understanding pathogenic microorganisms and particularly address the fundamental mechanisms of their pathogenicity. The laboratory sessions cover techniques of identification of normal flora, pathogenic bacteria, including morphology, classification, and cultivation of bacteria.

Epidemiology 

This course is designed to introduce the student to the principles and concepts of epidemiology including the definition, background, and the history of epidemiology, and describe different uses and applications of epidemiology. The course focuses on an epidemiological approach to defining and measuring the occurrence of health-related states in populations, identifying the modifiable environmental factors and encourages the application of epidemiology to the prevention of disease and the promotion of health, evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of health care, describe the common causes of death, disease and disability in the community and diseases prevention and control.

Hematology: Coagulation and Hemostasis

This course describes the mechanisms of normal hemostasis and the roles and interactions of the blood vessels, platelets, coagulation, and fibrinolytic systems. The inherited and acquired disorders of hemostasis will be studied and students will carry out the practical tasks needed to differentiate and diagnose these disorders. The causes and clinical effects of thrombosis will be discussed. Students will carry out the appropriate laboratory tests involved in the diagnosis and treatment of these disorders.

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.

Immunology

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.

Introduction to Pharmacology & Toxicology

This course is designed as an introduction to pharmacology and toxicology deals with pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, clinical/therapeutic uses and toxicology of drugs, Pharmacology is broadly defined as the effect of drugs and chemicals on living organisms. Toxicology is closely related to pharmacology and is the study of the poisonous effects of drugs and chemicals on living organisms. It gives specific information concerning cardiopulmonary, vascular, central, and peripheral nervous system, and antimicrobial drug classifications as well as common examples in each category. With each classification of drugs covered, their mode of action, their clinical effects and side effects will be emphasized.

Laboratory Management and Quality Assurance

This is an integrated course of both laboratory management and quality assurance in the medical laboratory. 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.

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.

Medical Virology 

The course introduces the basic principles of virology including definitions, structure, nomenclature, classifications, modes of viral infection, viral diseases, and viral vaccines. Also, the course designed to introduce student to the major classes of viruses and their replication mechanisms, to examine virus-host interactions, and to discuss the public health aspects of virus infections, as well as major systemic diseases cause by various viruses. The practical part of the course will provide students with fundamental virology laboratory techniques.

Molecular Biology

The course introduces some of the current techniques in molecular biology, with a focus on analysis of nucleic acids: Polymerase chain reaction (PCR), gel electrophoresis and blotting techniques (Northern, Southern), real-time PCR, microarrays (DNA chips), recombinant DNA technology (cloning of DNA fragments), DNA sequencing and methods to study gene function. Manipulation and analysis of gene expression in prokaryotic systems, through eukaryotic tools will be briefly described. Students become familiar with common laboratory methods used in various fields in molecular biology, and gain an understanding of the objectives, applicability and limitations underlying each of these methods.

Pathology

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 immune system, digestive, respiratory and cardiovascular system are studied.

Physiology

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.

Principles of Human Genetics

This course is designed to introduce the student to the study of biological inheritance in humans, the history, and principles of heredity at the molecular and cellular level and the transmission and expression of genetic information. The course enables an improved understanding of genetics topics and their influence on modern life such as the structure of DNA and RNA, gene expression, gene organization, gene regulation and gene transfer. Current issues such as recombinant DNA technology, human heritable diseases and population genetics are included. The course provides a foundation for studies in human biology and related fields regarding the principles of inheritance, structure and function of genetic material, prokaryotic and eukaryotic genes and finally the impact of genetics on population dynamics and evolution.

 

Research Methodology for Health Sciences

This is an introduction to research methodology course to provide a comprehensive introduction to research methodology, including its theoretical foundation, fundamental protocols, and evidence-based practice (EBP). The course offers a practical approach to the identification, organization, and critique of such evidence. Also, in this course, students learn about research methodologies, which include pure and applied research, and interactive process of research writing. The distinction between quantitative, qualitative, and mixed method approaches is emphasized in this course. The course also teaches students how to review literature and to write a research proposal.

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.

Urinalysis & Body Fluids

This course is intended to provide the student with a foundation for performing urine and body fluid analysis. The anatomy and physiology of the renal system, urine formation, chemical analysis of urine and the microscopic examination of urinary sediment will be introduced. Urinary and metabolic diseases as they relate to urinalysis findings will be discussed. An introduction to body fluids and their clinical significance will be examined.

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