B.S. Medical Laboratory Science | The American University of Iraq Sulaimani

B.S. Medical Laboratory Science


The primary mission of the AUIS Medical Laboratory Science Program (MLS) is to educate and equip students with the knowledge, critical thinking, scientific literacy, problem-solving and practical skills that are essential for a professional clinical oratory scientist. The program aims to train highly competent and socially responsible professionals who contribute to the improvement of public health and well being, as well as the development of the medical sciences practice and research in Iraq and the Middle Eastern region. Besides preparing students to perform and interpret laboratory results in various physical, chemical, and biological specialties, the AUIS MLS program emphasizes the principles of ethical and pluralistic practices in the medical fields.


The vision of the AUIS MLS program is to become a local and regional model in medical laboratory education and research. To accomplish this, AUIS will develop and implement a curriculum of international standards, establish modern state-of-the-art laboratory infrastructure, congregate faculty experts from around the world, adhere to national and international health and safety standards, seek international accreditation, and address public health problems of high relevance to Iraq and the Middle Eastern region.



The AUIS Medical Laboratory Science Program prepares students to perform medical laboratory tests reliably, and interpret and judge the validity of the results. 

After successful completion of the AUIS MLS Program, graduates will be able to:

  • Collect, prepare, store and transport human samples for analysis using appropriate preservation and handling methods.
  • Follow prescribed procedures, and with adequate orientation, perform routine testing in chemistry, microbiology, immunology, immunohematology, hematology, hemostasis, and molecular diagnostics.
  • Operate and calibrate clinical laboratory instruments or equipment after proper orientation.
  • Recognize and correct basic instrument malfunctions. Refer serious instrument problems to a senior laboratorian or a supervisor when necessary.
  • Prepare reagents or media from a prescribed procedure, including calculating necessary computations, using an analytical balance, and adjusting the pH if necessary.
  • Evaluate media, reagents, and standards according to established criteria.
  • Conduct established quality control procedures on analytical tests, equipment, reagents, media, and products; evaluate results of quality control and implement corrective action when indicated.
  • Establish basic quality control procedures, confidence limits, and normal ranges for new procedures or methods.
  • Perform comparison studies on new or existing procedures and report results according to conventional scientific formats.
  • Assess the reliability of laboratory results through correlation of data with common physiological conditions.
  • In prescribed instances indicate the need for additional laboratory tests for definitive diagnostic information.
  • Provide clinical orientation and supervision for students and new or less skilled laboratory personnel. Lecture or provide class demonstrations.
  • Practice established safety measures.
  • Inform superiors of activities including unusual patient data or results.
  • Recognize and act on the need for continuing education to maintain and grow in professional competencies.
  • Present effective in-service continuing education sessions when asked.
  • Apply managerial/supervisory skills for completion of projects as assigned.
  • Comply with applicable regulatory statutes.
  • Practice quality assurance and performance improvement techniques for optimum laboratory analysis.
  • Manage laboratory operations and human resources to ensure cost-effective, high-quality laboratory services.
  • Communicate effectively with members of the healthcare team, external relations, and patients.
  • Evaluate research and published studies to remain informed of new techniques and procedures.
  • Utilize information management systems to provide timely and accurate reporting of laboratory data.
  • Behave in a professional and ethical manner.
  • Maintain focus on the patient to provide quality laboratory services.