Discipline Specific Simulation Spaces

Simulate a wide variety of medical procedures in one of Michener’s fully equipped discipline laboratories and discipline specific simulation spaces.

Choose between laboratory or class settings and access some of the most advanced health science technology on the continent! In addition to a fully equipped anatomy and physiology laboratory, computer facilities and microscopy labs, Michener is home to North America’s most advanced radiation therapy lab.

Hands-on experience is an essential part of the Medical Laboratory Science program, and Michener’s classrooms and laboratories are fully stocked with state-of-the-art equipment. Here’s a brief overview of the many fascinating discipline specific simulation spaces you’ll find on Michener’s tenth and fourteenth floors.

General Laboratory

Contains a variety of equipment which students use to perform laboratory exercises in Transfusion Science, Routine Clinical Chemistry, and Special Laboratory Procedures such as protein and immunofixation electrophoresis.

The Vitros 950 & 250 are general chemistry analyzers based on dry chemistry technology. Each instrument can perform over 100 different tests, including glucose, cholesterol and triglycerides (used in testing for diabetes and coronary heart disease, respectively). The Vitros 950 can perform up to 950 tests per hour!

In the Microbiology Laboratory, students perform laboratory exercises to process microorganisms including bacteria (such as staph and strep), yeasts, and intestinal parasites encountered in various body systems.

Instrumentation Laboratory

The instruments including the MAXM analyzer and ELECTRA 1400C, are also used by some Ontario hospitals and private laboratories. The MAXM analyzer performs automated, differential cell determinations on whole blood, which provides estimates of parameters such as WhiteBlood Cell count, Red Blood Cell count, Hemoglobin concentration, Platelet Count, Hematocrit and many others. These tests are commonly requested by physicians to assess the status of a patient.

The ELECTRA 1400C, which performs clotting and chromogenic assays such as Prothrombin Time (PT), Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time (APPTT) and Factor Assays. When a patient’s blood has a diminished or altered ability to form clots, these tests will have an ‘abnormal’ result.

Microscope Lab

Room 1436 is Michener’s state-of-the-art microscope lab. Digital images, microscopes connected to tv/video monitors and two double-headed microscopes, help students learn to identify cells and tissues at the microscopic level.

This microscope is connected to monitors situated throughout 1436.

The slides prepared in the microtomy lab and stained in 1403 are placed on the microscope, and the image is projected so all thestudents can see exactly what the instructor sees.

Microtomy Laboratory

In 1424, students gain hands-on experience preparing thin sections of tissue for microscopic evaluation.

A microtome is used to cut thin sections (approximately 4 microns) of tissue which have been embedded in paraffin (wax). The sections are then placed on a glass slide, stained, and coverslipped in preparation for viewing under a microscope.

Come to Michener’s Open House or take a Campus Tour to see this high tech equipment in person!