Laboratory Medicine

Program Overview

The Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology (LMP), in close collaboration with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN), is offering a two-year, full-time professional master’s graduate program (Master of Health Science degree) to educate clinical laboratory medicine scientists in one of two fields in Laboratory Medicine: Pathologists’ Assistant (PA) or Clinical Embryology (CE).


​Master of Health Science​

Program Description

The Master of Health Science (MHSc) in Laboratory Medicine is a two-year professional (coursework and practicum) master’s degree designed to educate and train highly skilled health laboratory scientists in one of two fields: Pathologists’ Assistant (PA) or Clinical Embryology (CE). The program imparts general core knowledge and skills and the specific basic and applied principles of anatomic pathology or of assisted reproductive technology (ART) required to work as laboratory scientists. These principles are the foundation upon which PAs or CEs develop fundamental applied and practical knowledge and skills to function as competent, high-quality clinical scientists. The nature of this graduate program equips trainees to apply their knowledge to complex decision making, to serious ethical issues, and to develop a strong sense of personal accountability and intellectual rigour and independence.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology's additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Admission is based on demonstrated exceptional scholarly achievement, using the following criteria:

    • ​​one-page statement summarizing how this program will contribute to the advancement of the applicant's professional goals, identifying their field of preference

    • curriculum vitae (CV)

    • two letters of reference, one of which should be familiar with the applicant’s scholarly activities.

  • Applicants must have an appropriate BSc degree from a recognized university, with an average of at least B+ in the last two years of study. Applicants must have a demonstrated interest in human biological and life sciences, preferably with a major or specialist program in the life sciences. These programs prepare students for the study of biomedical science, for fluency in biomedical terminology, and for critical evaluation of biomedical literature. Courses in human anatomy and physiology are desirable.

    • All potential students will be interviewed prior to final acceptance into the program. The initial selection of students will be based on a combination of their academic record, individual statement, and letters of reference. These students will be asked to participate in an interview with the program coordinator to determine the fit with the program and student’s goals.

  • Applicants who were educated outside Canada, whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English, must demonstrate proficiency in the English language through the successful completion of the following tests:

Program Requirements

Field: Clinical Embryology
  • Coursework. Students must successfully complete a total of 9.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • 4.0 FCEs taken by all students:

      • LMP 2000H Cell and Molecular Biology (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP 2001H Biomedical Research Methods (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP 2002H Clinical Laboratory Management (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP 2003H Biomedical Ethics (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP 2004H Biostatistics (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP 2005Y0 Capstone Project in Laboratory Medicine (1.0 FCE)

      • 0.5 elective FCE chosen from a course offered in LMP or any other graduate department, with approval of the field director.

    • 4.0 FCEs specific to this field:

      • LMP 2100H Advanced Reproductive Physiology and Pathology (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP 2102H Foundations in ART (Assisted Reproductive Technology) (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP 2103H Reproductive Genetics (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP 2104H Applied Methods in ART (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP 2105H Innovations in ART (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP 2106H Current Topics in Causes and Treatment of Infertility (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP 2107H Applied ART Laboratory Decision Making (0.5 FCE)

      • MSC 1008H Advanced Human Embryology and Teratology (0.5 FCE)

    • 1.5 FCEs of practicum courses

      • LMP 2108H CE Lab Simulation I (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP 2109H CE Lab Simulation II (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP 2110H ART Lab Rotations (0.5 FCE)

  • Students who fail a course will be offered remediation in the form of additional readings and assignments by the course director. If a student fails two courses or the offered remediation, they will be required to repeat the year.
Field: Pathologists' Assistant
  • Coursework. Students must successfully complete a total of 9.5 full-course equivalents (FCEs) as follows:

    • 4.0 FCEs taken by all students:

      • LMP 2000H Cell and Molecular Biology (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP 2001H Biomedical Research Methods (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP 2002H Clinical Laboratory Management (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP 2003H Biomedical Ethics (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP 2004H Biostatistics (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP 2005Y0 Capstone Project in Laboratory Medicine (1.0 FCE)

      • 0.5 elective FCE chosen from a course offered in LMP or any other graduate department, with approval of the field director.

    • 1.5 FCEs specific to this field:

      • LMP 2200H Basic Principles in Human Pathobiology and Pathophysiology (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP 2201H Anatomy and Pathology of Organ Systems (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP 2208H Biobanking for Research (0.5 FCE)

    • 4.0 FCEs of practicum courses

      • LMP 2202H Practicum in Surgical Pathology I (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP 2203H Practicum in Surgical Pathology II (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP 2204H Practicum in Surgical Pathology III (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP 2205H Practicum in Surgical Pathology IV (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP 2206H Practicum in Autopsy Pathology (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP 2207H Practicum in Forensic Pathology I (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP 2209H Practicum in Surgical Pathology V (0.5 FCE)

      • LMP 2210H Practicum in Surgical Pathology VI (0.5 FCE)

  • Students who fail a course will be offered remediation in the form of additional readings and assignments by the course director. If a student fails two courses or the offered remediation, they will be required to repeat the year.

Program Length

6 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S/F/W/S)

Time Limit

3 years full-time

0 Course that may continue over a program. The course is graded when completed.