BI301205 - Biomedical laboratory technology - internship in hospital laboratories


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Practical examination
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Practical examination 100/100

Course content

The internship period will provide students with training in routines for maintenance, troubleshooting, quality control and quality assurance in hospital laboratories. With a focus on analysis quality, pre- and post-analytical factors, instrumentation, methods and response reporting, work routines and procedures at the laboratory. Students will receive training in dealing with IT, automation and large amounts of data through participation in daily laboratory routines. Including laboratory information systems, middleware solutions and management systems for analytical instruments.

At the same time get to know their future professional role and develop an understanding of the importance of interprofessional collaboration. Students are responsible for their own learning, and students must engage in study activities on new premises. In addition to the laboratory technical skills, students will practice and further develop encounters with patients under supervision. It is important that students reflect on, evaluate and discuss professional practice as a biomedical laboratory scientist and become familiar with their future professional role. The internship is central to the students' socialization to the profession.

The course includes supervised practice within the laboratory specialties medical biochemistry, transfusion medicine, hematology, medical microbiology and pathology. Here, they can follow samples through the laboratories, both in terms of systems for requisitioning -and test answer response systems, but also make use of the knowledge they have about the correct treatment of human biological material.

Learning outcome

Knowledge - the student;

  • has knowledge of the function of medical laboratories in the health service and can discuss the professional role of the medical laboratory scientist
  • understands the importance of working with colleagues and other professions in the hospital
  • has knowledge of the laboratories' hygiene and infection regulations, and can follow these
  • has knowledge of methods for quality assurance, and is familiar with the laboratories' use of quality controls
  • has knowledge on how to use the laboratories' procedures and manuals
  • has knowledge of the laboratory IT-and automationsystems
  • has acquired further knowledge on quality assurance in laboratory activities, this includes method evaluation, method adaptation and sources of error and instrument maintenance
  • has knowledge of daily routines in medical biochemistry, microbiology, pathology, transfusion medicine and about how the sample is processed in the laboratory
  • know about the use of biobanks

Skills - the student;

  • can transfer theoretical knowledge to practical skills
  • can make use of their communication skills and ethical guidelines in the interaction with patients and colleagues
  • has developed skills related to preanalytical variables, phlebotomy and the patient meeting
  • has acquired the skills necessary to carry out the individual analysis methods
  • has developed an understanding of the importance of collaboration with colleagues and other professions

Competence - the student;

  • can transfer theoretical knowledge to knowledge in the field of practice
  • acquires a general understanding of the main principles for analysis methods, assessment of analysis results and reporting routines
  • can perform laboratory technical procedures
  • acquire competence to interpret and communicate correct test answers both in writing, orally and on time

Learning methods and activities

Pedagocial methods: Supervised clinical practice for 9 weeks.

Mandatory assignments: Approved compulsory work.

Compulsory internship (max.10% absence).

If necessary the student group may be split into two, with alternating clinical practice (first and second half of the semester).

Compulsory assignments

  • Mandatory written assignments associated with the practice.

Further on evaluation

The internship period is evaluated through conversations between the student, the supervisor and a teacher. In the event of a failed internship period, all or part of the internship must be completed again in the next internship period.

There will be mandatory written assignments associated with the practice.

Previous relevant work experience can be approved as part of the course upon application to the Department.

The course is assessed to "approved/not approved" with focus on achiving the learning outcome: active partisipation during the internship, understanding and having an overview of the work tasks that is carried out and show initiativ to discuss and reflect your own practical work. Presence and professional suitability is also a part of the assessment.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Biomedical Laboratory Science - Engineering (BBIOING)

Required previous knowledge

Passed 120 credits before entering the internship in medical laboratories. Its possible to apply for exception to the University NTNU Ålesund.

Passed exams in HBIOA1006, HBIOA2005, HBIOA2003, HBIOA2002, HBIOA2001, HBIOA2008.

Passed compulsory requirements in HBIOA3001, HBIOA3002, HBIOA3003 and HBIOA3004, from 3. year

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Third-year courses, level III


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Ålesund

Subject area(s)
  • Medical Laboratory Technology


Examination arrangement: Practical examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Spring ORD Practical examination 100/100 2024-04-05
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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