B.SC. MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE PROGRAMME

In the modern context medical laboratory sciences extends beyond that of a Medical Laboratory Technologist, and they are required to fulfill a variety of other roles such as those of Medical Laboratory Managers, Medical Researchers, Academics, Marketers in laboratory equipments and as technical experts in healthcare, pharmaceuticals, food manufactories etc., the medical laboratory technician, without the academic background is unable to avail themselves of these opportunities in the local and foreign job market. Acquiring a qualification of international standards and recognition will enable them to compete not only locally but also in the international job market. With the local economic growth and infrastructure development, it is expected that more pharmaceutical companies and manufactures will base their industries here creating ample job opportunities in the sectors mentioned above, for which the graduates are well geared for. The program strives to provide the maximum opportunities for knowledge and skills development of the undergraduates through a variety of teaching and learning activities and complementing assessment system.

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THE GRADUATE PROFILE

It is expected that a Medical Laboratory Science graduate will;

  • have the knowledge, skills and attitudes to provide Medical laboratory services to suit the needs of healthcare delivery in any setting,
  • be able to carry out and collaborate with other professionals in research,
  • be able to collaborate with industry and commercial sector effectively, and
  • undertake life long independent learning, career development and postgraduate study.
 
CURRICULUM

A Medical Laboratory Scientist is a professional who has immense opportunities in the local market as well as internationally. B.Sc. Medical Laboratory Science program strives to produce a competent medical laboratory technologist with practical knowledge and a broader perspective to collaborate with other professionals in practice and research . In order to achieve this, hands on practical exposure in all disciplines will be given to the students from 2nd year onwards. In course work experience related to a government hospital for 6 months will further enhance this ability. From the 2nd year students are given an extensive training period in a recognized laboratory attached to hospital (hospital-based training). Other aspects of training such as managerial skills, quality assurance and ethics and safety of practice is taught through experiential learning in a private /public sector laboratory setting.

 
TEACHING/LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT

The B.Sc. Medical Laboratory Science curriculum has adapted a vertical integration incorporating theoretical and practical aspects. The students are given the opportunity to acquire all skills in a laboratory setting, starting in the second year, which improves their level of confidence and the skills before they start their hospital training. These activities are supported by parallel lectures and tutorials. During the clinical appointments in the final year, the students are expected to submit a reflective portfolio based on their hospital work. Students frequently have the opportunity to meet and discuss with the staff the difficulties and problem they encounter during their learning activities. Students also carry out group research projects under supervision of academic staff from all departments giving them an opportunity learn the necessary skills for future personal development and continuing education, analytical skills and critical thinking skills.

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Teaching learning activities in cognitive domain in B.Sc. Medical Laboratory Science program comprises of lectures and group discussions are assessed through written assignments, MCQ and SEQ questions and viva voce examinations. Laboratory skills are first taught by practical demonstrations. They are then given the opportunity to perform hands-on practicals. These skills are assessed through practical/clinical examinations. Practical skills in basic and applied sciences such as Anatomy, Pharmacology, Microbiology & Parasitology and Pathology are assessed mainly by OSPE. Attitudes are shaped during the lectures, practical classes, and hospital training. The reflective writing used in the portfolios also adds on to this.

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