Introduction

The Medical Laboratory Sciences Program (MLS) was launched in 2010 with 242 graduates to date. Nationally, there is a high demand on Medical Laboratory specialists who are equipped with the necessary knowledge to perform a wide range of sample analysis disease discovery, and confirmatory diagnosis. Medical sciences are developing rapidly and require manpower that is highly skilled and proficient enough to fulfill their roles.

MLS Program: Vision

“To be the leading medical laboratory program in Saudi Arabia that fosters innovation in achieving educational and training excellence”

MLS Program: Mission

“To graduate Medical Laboratory Sciences specialists according to national and international educational standards, contributing to scientific research and community services.”

MLS Program: Goals

Goal 1: Commitment to teaching and learning excellence

Goal 2: Development of learning resources and facilities

Goal 3: Focus on student life and welfare

Goal 4: Leadership, governance and quality improvement

Goal 5: Strengthen postgraduate studies and scientific research

Goal 6: Commitment to community engagement

MLS Program: Core Values

Based on our Islamic and cultural values, we strive for:

  1. Professionalism
  2. Continuous quality improvement
  3. Student focus
  4. Ethics and social responsibilities
  5. Academic integrity
  6. Innovation

Graduates’ attributes

Graduates’ competencies

Professional knowledge
  • Describe the principles underlying all testing performed in the clinical laboratories, which include the pathological indications for conducting the required clinical test
  • Interpret a wide array of the clinical output values and explain the normal and abnormal results
  • Appraise any new technologies introduced in order to maximize their best practice according to current advances in the field
  • Apply theoretical understanding of quality assurance effectively; including precision and accuracy, as well as running calibration procedures and QC checks in all sections of the laboratory
  • Demonstrate continuing education as a function of growth and development to become professionally competent
Professional skills
  • Demonstrate full compliance with the bylaws and regulations of the organization
  • Demonstrate integrity, honesty and trustworthiness inside and outside the laboratory
  • Capable to perform a wide range of clinical routine tests according to the highest standards applied in the field, including analytical tests on body fluids, and other specimens safely, with the ability to report and interpret the results
  • Able to participate in the decision-making to introduce and implement new procedures including evaluation of the new instruments
  • Able to correlate clinical laboratory outcomes with the differential diagnosis
  • Ability to perform preventative and corrective maintenance of equipment in the laboratory, as well as demonstration of problem solving skills
  • Ability to demonstrate accountability and multitask in order to complete all required tasks efficiently, accurately while under pressure
Professional communication
  • Ability to demonstrate professional communication skills through oral presentation including teaching others, as well as writing skills to convey information and instructions
  • Ability to achieve the goals of the organization by working collaboratively as an effective team member or independently as required

Program Objectives and Outcomes

Specialization in medical laboratory field assists students to achieve the following:

  • Medical laboratory graduates are equipped with the knowledge that allows them to work in medical laboratory settings. Graduates will be skilled to complete all types of laboratory analysis required in different medical fields including: Microbiology, Blood Banks, Hematology, Clinical Chemistry, Immunology & Serology, as well as, Histopathology and Cytology.
  • Research is another promising opportunity for MLS graduates. This increases their scope and understanding of sub-specialty studies, which can then be utilized for either identification of target genes, drug discovery, or any other related medical development.
  • Academic services are another golden opportunity for those interested in voicing their skills by educating juniors in colleges and universities.

MLS Program Study Plan

  • It is 4 years academic program (8 semesters) to get the Bachelor degree in Laboratory Medical sciences, plus one year of clinical internship.
  • The Bachelor Degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences requires passing (126) credit hours, in addition to the mandatory year of clinical practice (internship).
  • The program’s teaching material is delivered in the English Language.
  • For equalization (transfer) of credit hours, the policies and regulation of college will be applied.

Courses

BIOL 111 - Biology I - Level1 – First Semester of the First Academic Year
CHEM 111 - Chemistry for Health Sciences - Level1 – First Semester of the First Academic Year
ENG 110 - English Language I - Level1 – First Semester of the First Academic Year
ISLS 101 - Islamic Studies I - Level1 – First Semester of the First Academic Year
MATH 111 - Mathematics - Level1 – First Semester of the First Academic Year
ARB 101 - Arabic Language I - Level2 – Second Semester of the First Academic Year
BIOL 122 - Biology II - Level2 – Second Semester of the First Academic Year
ENG 120 - English Language II - Level2 – Second Semester of the First Academic Year
ENG 130 - English Language & Medical Terminology I - Level2 – Second Semester of the First Academic Year
IHLS 111 - Introduction to Health Sciences - Level2 – Second Semester of the First Academic Year
ISLS 102 - Islamic Studies II - Level2 – Second Semester of the First Academic Year
PHYS 111 - General Physics - Level2 – Second Semester of the First Academic Year
ANT 211 - Principles of Human Anatomy - Level3 – First Semester of the Second Academic Year
ARB 102 - Arabic Language II - Level3 – First Semester of the Second Academic Year
BICH 211 - Biochemistry for Health Sciences I - Level3 – First Semester of the Second Academic Year
ENG 140 - English Language & Medical Terminology II - Level3 – First Semester of the Second Academic Year
ISLS 103 - Islamic Studies III - Level3 – First Semester of the Second Academic Year
PHSL 222 - Principles of Human Physiology - Level3 – First Semester of the Second Academic Year
BICH 222 - Biochemistry for Health Sciences II - Level4 – Second Semester of the Second Academic Year
COMP 110 - Introduction for Computer Technology - Level4 – Second Semester of the Second Academic Year
GEN 222 - Human Genetics - Level4 – Second Semester of the Second Academic Year
ISLS 104 - Islamic Studies IV - Level4 – Second Semester of the Second Academic Year
MIC 223 - Introduction to Microbiology - Level4 – Second Semester of the Second Academic Year
PSY 224 - Psychology - Level4 – Second Semester of the Second Academic Year
CLS 310 - Introduction to Clinical Laboratory Sciences - Level5 – First Semester of the Third Academic Year
CLS 311 - Clinical Biochemistry I - Level5 – First Semester of the Third Academic Year
CLS 312 - General Clinical Microbiology - Level5 – First Semester of the Third Academic Year
CLS 313 - Hematology & Haemostasis I - Level5 – First Semester of the Third Academic Year
CLS 314 - Principles of Histopathology & Cytopathology - Level5 – First Semester of the Third Academic Year
CLS 315 - Epidemiology, Biostatics & Quality Assurance - Level5 – First Semester of the Third Academic Year
CLS 318 - Electron Microscopy - Level6 – Second Semester of the Third Academic Year
CLS 320 - Pathophysiology - Level6 – Second Semester of the Third Academic Year
CLS 321 - Clinical Biochemistry II - Level6 – Second Semester of the Third Academic Year
CLS 322 - Clinical Bacteriology I - Level6 – Second Semester of the Third Academic Year
CLS 323 - Clinical Mycology - Level6 – Second Semester of the Third Academic Year
CLS 324 - Hematology & Hemostasis II - Level6 – Second Semester of the Third Academic Year
CLS 325 - Clinical Immunology & Serology - Level7 – First Semester of the Fourth Academic Year
CLS 326 - Clinical Parasitology - Level7 – First Semester of the Fourth Academic Year
CLS 411 - Clinical Biochemical Instrumentation & Methodology - Level7 – First Semester of the Fourth Academic Year
CLS 412 - Clinical Bacteriology II - Level7 – First Semester of the Fourth Academic Year
CLS 413 - Immuno-Hematology & Blood Bank I - Level7 – First Semester of the Fourth Academic Year
CLS 410 - Gene Technology & Molecular - Level8 – Second Semester of the Fourth Academic Year
CLS 414 - Clinical Virology - Level8 – Second Semester of the Fourth Academic Year
CLS 421 - Introduction to Laboratory Management - Level8 – Second Semester of the Fourth Academic Year
CLS 422 - Laboratory Practice & Leadership - Level8 – Second Semester of the Fourth Academic Year
CLS 423 - Immuno-Hematology & Blood Bank II - Level8 – Second Semester of the Fourth Academic Year
CLS 424 - Histopathology & Cytopathology - Level8 – Second Semester of the Fourth Academic Year
CLS 501 - MLS - Internship Year (Microbiology Rotation)

 

Admission Requirement for the Program

An applicant will register to the programs offered at FCMS when he/she meets the Admission and Registration requirements. An applicant must:

  • Be a high school graduate of the Scientific Section within the last 5 years.
  • Provide a high secondary school certificate with score of at least 80% or higher.
  • Provide an achievement test result with a score of 60% or higher.
  • Provide an abilities test result with a score of 65% or higher.
  • Not exceed 25 years old.
  • Payment of registration fee.
  • Should pass the college mini multiple interviews "MMI"

Transference

Students may transfer from one program to another program within FCMS and thus change their specialty. Transference within FCMS is performed per the following guidelines:

  • The applicant completes a transfer request form and submits it to the Academic Affairs Unit (AAU)
  • The AAU processes the request and sends it with the student’s transcript to the Program Director
  • The Program Director reviews and submits a report to the VDAA for review and recommendations
  • The VDAA reviews the report and related documents to ensure their agreement with FCMS policies and regulations and then forwards them to the FCMS Academic Affairs Committee for a decision
  • The decision of the Academic Affairs Committee is ratified by the College Council and the Dean of FCMS
  • The AAU notifies the student of the decision.