American University of Beirut

Practical Rotations in the Medical Laboratory Sciences Program

​​​​​​MLS students are guided throughout laboratory rotations as part of their study program, learning and exercising laboratory professional discipline and safety rules. Demonstrations are offered by lab technologists in each of the following stations:


Covers the characteristics of bacteria of medical importance with concentration on the diseases they cause, pathogenesis, mode of transmission, control and methods for isolation and identification.​​

​Blood B​​ank

Explores the procedures involved in providing safe blood transfusion, including typing donors and patients for the ABO and Rh(D) blood groups, crossmatching, and serological tests on donors blood to detect irregular antibodies and infectious agents.​

​Clinica​​l Chemistry

Where students are exposed to all phases of the testing process, from pre-analytical to results reporting, including routine and special chemistry analytes. Students are also trained to perform tests manually and through automated analyzers.


Teaches the performing of a complete karyotype procedure from blood samples involving cell structure, harvesting, slide preparation banding and analysis.


Where students learn the pathophysiology of hematological disorders together with a practical approach towards the better understanding of different types of anemias, as well as malignant and non-malignant hematological disorders.

​Molecul​ar Diagnostic

Where students are exposed to the multiple advances in molecular biology, allowing for new understandings of disease mechanisms at the molecular and genetic level.

​Parasitolog​​y & Urinalysis

Where students learn of the spectrum of parasites found in stool, their differential characteristics, and laboratory methods used for their detection. Students also learn the microscopic and biochemical investigation of urine specimens and other fluids, including semen analysis and examination.​​


Devoted to the investigation of the structural and functional changes in cells, tissues, and organs that underlie disease, and divided into General Pathology (concerned with basic reactions to abnormal stimuli underlying all diseases) and Systemic Pathology (examining specific responses to defined stimuli). 


Covers Diagnostic Immunology (or Serodiagnosis) as one of the means available for clinical microbiology diagnosis of infectious diseases. Other laboratory diagnostic means explored in Serology involve documenting the presence of etiologic agents in clinical specimens.

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