Medical Laboratory Sciences
The Medical Laboratory Science programme is four-year bachelor’s degree that prepares students for exciting, challenging and dynamic careers in places such as hospital laboratories and clinics, forensic laboratories and industrial research laboratories. Professionals in this field are in high demand with excellent prospects for growth. Laboratory tests are extremely valuable and contribute up to 70% of all medical decisions made by healthcare providers. Medical Laboratory Scientists perform and/or supervise the testing of blood, urine, spinal fluid and other body specimens. The investigations are directly or indirectly related to the detection diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases. Likewise, they also assist the physicians with proper case management. This is done by applying knowledge of chemistry, mathematics and biology. The medical laboratory scientist uses both manual and automated techniques to provide such diagnostic data to physicians.
SPECIAL DEPARTMENTAL REGULATIONS
Prospective candidate (s) into the Medical Laboratory Sciences programme must fulfil the following entry requirements:
A pass grade of C or better in Mathematics, Physical Science (Chemistry), English, Biology, any other science subject (preferably; Physics) and any other 2 credits to make up six (6) Passes.
HEALTH CARE EQUIPMENT: The Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences requires that by end of 1st year Semester II students should have Hepatitis B vaccination up to date. All students must have their vaccination shot prior to beginning of their 2nd academic year.
LABORATORY DRESS CODE: Students of Medical laboratory sciences should be prepared for laboratory practical with appropriate laboratory attire including white laboratory coat, leg coverings (no skin exposed) and footwear (non-porous, closed-toe, rubber soled), fingernails must be kept trimmed and neat (long, artificial nails are unacceptable);
SCHEDULING AND ASSIGNMENT OF CLINICAL ROTATIONS
To be assigned to clinical rotations/practical at Level III Semester VI student must have
pass all the coursework offered from Level I to Level III Semester V.
The department’s dress code/standards of student conduct will be adhered to while on
clinical rotation and practicum. If students are dismissed from the clinical/practicum site
for any reason, including attendance issues or unprofessional/unethical behaviour, disci
plinary actions will result up to and including dismissal from the University.
The curriculum for the degree of Medical Laboratory Sciences consists of four years of learning spread over 8 semesters each of 15 weeks of lectures and 3 weeks of examinations, 1-week mid-term break and 1-week study break., resulting in a 20 week semester. A full module carries 12 credits and is offered at three (3) contact hours plus and may or may not include a 3 hours of practical per week for 15 weeks while a half-module carries 8 credits and is offered at two (2) contact hours per week for 15 weeks unless specified otherwise in the module.. In addition, the curriculum includes 28 weeks of experiential learning in the form of clinical attachment at Level 3. The total number of credits for the degree is 585.