Bachelor's Degree and HND in Medical Laboratory Sciences

INTRODUCTION

This program seeks to graduate world class competent and ethical professionals well equipped with the skills and knowledge required to gain entry into the Medical Laboratory Profession as Phlebotomist, Clinical Laboratory Assistants (Assistant Laboratory Technician), Medical Laboratory Technician or Technologist and Medical Laboratory Scientist.

Our Curriculum

The Curriculum is designed to train dynamic modern technologists and scientists. It represents a major step forward in the academic ladder approach to career development with an 'opt out' option at the end of each academic year. The program was drawn up taking into consideration the BMP system utilized by the University of Buea, Faculty of Health Sciences, Cameroon to allow a smooth transition from HND to Technology degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences

Graduates in Biochemistry, Microbiology, Chemistry and Zoology with Minor join the program in the second year and after completing two years, sit for the Cameroon Government HND exam in Medical Laboratory Sciences

Conversion from HND to Bachelors Degree

Our HND graduates are eligible to enroll for a conversion to Bachelors in Medical Laboratory Sciences at HIAMS in 12 months or apply for admission into the University of Texas Medical Branch, HND Graduate in Medical Laboratory Sciences from other institutions can join our program in the fourth year.

Minimum Entry Requirements

Two Advanced Level pass with one science subject excluding Religion for 3 years HND or 4 years Bachelors Degree

Bachelors degree in either Microbiology, Biochemistry or Zoology with an MLT Minor for 2 years HND or 3 years Bachelors Degree


Bachelors Degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences for 1 year HND in Medical Laboratory Technology

Opt Out Option

Students who to discontinue their studies at the end of each year graduate with the following certificate:

  • End of Year 1: Certificate of Completion in Phlebotom/ Microscopy
  • End of Year 2: Certificate of Completion in Clinical Laboratory Assisting
End of Year 3: With taking HND Exams: Certificate of Completion in Medical Laboratory Technology

 

Structure of Individual Courses of Study for Medical laboratory Programmes (HND & BMLS)

Year One First Semester.

Course Title CV Status L T P Total
College Algebra and Basic Statistics 6 C 40 20 0 60
Human Anatomy and Physiology I 6 C 50 10 0 60
Human Anatomy and Physiology II 6 C 50 10 0 60
General Chemistry 6 C 40 10 10 60
Physics for Health Sciences 6 C 40 20 0 60
General Microbiology 6 C 40 10 10 60
Medical Sociology and Psychology 3 C 20 10 0 30
Medical Anthropology 3 C 20 10 0 30
Computer Literacy 2 C 20 0 10 30
Entrepreneurship I  2 C  20  10  0 30
Personal Study 1           90
Totals 46   240 110 30 526

Year One Second Semester.

Course Title CV Status L T P Total
Introduction to Laboratory Medicine 6 C 40 10 10 60
Clinical Specimen Collection, Processing and Handling 6 C 40 10 10 60
Urine and Body Fluid Analysis 6 C 40 10 10 60
Stool and Urogenital Specimen Analysis 6 C 40 10 10 60
Ethics, Law and Professional Issues 4 C 30 10 0 40
Communication and Counseling in Clinical Setting 2 C 20 0 0 20
Functional English I 2 C 20 0 0 20
Entrepreneurship II 2 C 20 10 0 30
Clinical Perceptorship in Urine and Body Fluid Analysis 8 C 0 0 80 80
Clinical Perceptorship in Stool &  Urogenital Fluid Analysis  8 C  0  0  80 80
Clinical Perceptorship in Serology 8 C 0 0 80 80
Clinical Perceptorship in Sample Collection, Processing &  handling 8 C 0 0 80 80
Personal Study 2           90
Totals 64   240 60 360 724

 

Year Two First Semester

Course Title CV Status L T P Total
Medical Biochemistry 8 C 60 10 10 80
Laboratory Management and Quality Assurance 8 C 60 10 10 80
Bacteriology I 8 C 50 10 20 80
Medical Mycology and Parasitology 8 C 50 10 20 80
Clinical Perceptorship in Bacteriology 16 C 0 0 160 160
Clinical Perceptorship in Parasitology and Mycology 16 C 0 0 160 160
Personal Study 3           90
Totals 64   220 40 380 730

Year Two Second Semester

Course Title CV Status L T P Total
Haematology  and Coagulation I 8 C 60 10 10 80
Clinical Biochemistry I 7 C 40 10 20 70
Immunology and Blood Banking I 7 C 40 10 20 70
Bacteriology II 8 C 50 10 20 80
Functional French 2 C 20 0 0 20
Clinical Perceptorship in Immunology and Blood Banking 16 C 0 0 160 160
Clinical Perceptorship in Haematology and Coagulation 16 C 0 0 160 160
Personal Study 4           90
Totals 64   210 40 390 730
Year Three First Semester.

 

Course Title CV Status L T P Total
Histology and Cytology 8 C 60 10 10 80
Hematology  and Coagulation II 8 C 60 10 10 80
Clinical Biochemistry II 8 C 50 10 20 80
Immunology and Blood Banking II 8 C 50 10 20 80
Clinical Perceptorship in Clinical Chemistry 16 C 0 0 160 160
Clinical Perceptorship in Histology and Cytology 16 C 0 0 160 160
Personal Study 5           90
Totals 64   220 50 370 704

 

Year Three Second Semester.

 

Course Title CV Status L T P Total
Literature Research Project 32 C 20 300 0 320
Evaluation of Laboratory Methods 8 C 40 20 20 80
Molecular Diagnostic Methods 8 C 60 20 0 80
Integrated Clinical Laboratory  Case Studies 8 C 0 80 0 80
Pharmacology and Therapeutic Drug Monitoring 8 C 60 20 0 80
Personal Study 6           90
Totals 64   180 440 20 704

 

One Year Conversion from HND in Medical Laboratory Technology to BMLS

 

First Semester

Code Course Title CV Status L T P Total
MLS 4005 Good Laboratory Practice and Management 6 C 40 20 0 60
MLS 4007 Results Validation and Reporting 6 C 40 10 10 60
MLS 4011 Cases in Medical Laboratory Science 4 C 10 30 0 40
NUS 4013 Research Methodology 4 C 30 10 0 40
NUS 4015 Endocrine and Metabolic Function 4 C 30 0 10 40
NUS 4027 Diagnostic Bacteriology and  Virology 6 C 40 0 20 60
  Personal Study (90hours)            
  Totals 30   190 70 40 330



Second Semester

 

Code Course Title CV Status L T P Total
MLS 4002 Electrolytes, Acid Base  and Renal Function 6 C 40 10 10 60
MLS 4006 Diagnostic  Mycology and Parasitology 6 C 40 0 20 60
MLS 4012 Haematology And Blood Transfusion Science 4 C 30 0 10 40
NUS 4018 Advanced Medical Laboratory Techniques 6 C 40 0 20 60
MLS 4020 Data Analysis, Interpretation and Presentation 4 C 10 10 20 40
MLS 4030 Enzymology and Gastrointestinal Function 4 C 30 0 10 40
MLS 4008 Laboratory Research Project 12 C 0 0 120 120
  Personal Study (90 hours)            
  Totals 42   190 20 210 420



Semester I or Semester II

Code Course Title CV Status L T P Total
MLS4016 Internship 6 C 0 0 240 240
  Totals 6   0 0 240 240


C
= Compulsory L=Lecture T=Tutorial P=Practical S=Status

 

 

Contact

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Course Title: Human Anatomy and Physiology I

Course Code: BIO 1001

Course Aim: This course is an introduction to anatomy and physiology and assures no prior knowledge of the human body by student. It is directed to prepare students for health-related professions such medical laboratory technology.

 

Course Title: General Chemistry

Course Code: CHM 1000

Course Aim: This course is designed to enable students know some basic concepts and principles in chemistry that are useful in medical sciences.

 

Course Title: General Microbiology

Course Code: MCB 1000

Course Aim: This course is to aid the students to learn the basic microbiological concepts that apply to allied health professionals.

 

Course Title: College Algebra and Basic Statistics

Course Code: MAT 1000

Course Aim: To make students to be able to apply the four fundamental operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) and other operations like factoring, simplifying, graphing and substituting to solve problems involving some concepts in algebra.

 

Course Title: Introduction to Bio- Physics

Course Code: PHY 1000

Course Aim: This course aims in providing a sound basic knowledge and understanding of the Wave theory, Radioactivity, the Electromagnetic spectrum and their applications in health care delivery.

Course Title: Medical Anthropology

Course Code: ANT 1000

Course Aim: This course aims at acquainting students with how health folk’s beliefs and practices help to widen the notion of medicine. It will help medical students to study and understand the concept of health, illness and healing across the range of human societies and past experience.

 

Course Title: Medical Sociology and Psychology

Course Code: SOC 1000

Course Aim: This course is designed to introduce the students into the field of general and social psychology. Psychoanalytic, learning, cognitive, and sociocultural theories will be discussed in relation to the developing person throughout the lifespan.

 

Course Title: Introduction to Laboratory Medicine

Course Code: LAB 1000

Course Aim: This course is aimed at giving an understanding of the basic organization of the laboratory unit of the health sector, the major equipment, their uses and preventive maintenance of this equipment in the laboratory. It is equally designed to demonstrate basic management concepts required for a manual laboratory.

 

Course Title: Clinical Specimen Collection, Processing and Handling

Course Code: MLT 1002

Course Aim: This course is designed to teach students the role of the laboratory in proper specimen collection and handling of specimens, standard protocols for collection, handling and processing of specimens for transport or receipt in to or from the laboratory.

Course Title: Urine and Body Fluid Analysis

Course Code: MLT 1004

Course Aim: The aim of this course is to provide basic knowledge on the composition of urine and other body fluids, their deviations from normal that can occur with these fluids and how they can be analyzed macroscopically and microscopically in the laboratory to assist in diagnosis as a means of confirming or evaluating an abnormal physiochemical finding which is clinically useful.

 

Course Title: Stool and Urogenital Specimen Analysis

Course Code: MLT 1006

Course Aim: This course aims at describing the different methods used for analyzing stool and urogenital samples for identification and quantification of parasites that can be observed in them.

 

Course Title: Ethics, Law and Professional Issues

Course Code: HSC 1000

Course Aim: To enable students know about ethics, law and professional issues

 

Course Title: Communication and Counselling in Clinical Setting

Course Code: HSC 1002

Course Aim: The aim of this course is to explore the nature of human communication and the role of the lab technologist in maintaining effective communication

 

Course Title: Introduction toMedical Biochemistry

Course Code: MLT 2001

Course Aim: This course will cover the main analytes of interest in clinical chemistry from simple ionic species to proteins, hormones and drugs, normal biochemistry and physiology, an outline of laboratory techniques to measure the analytes and the clinical relevance of the laboratory results.

 

Course Title: Laboratory Management and Quality Assurance

Course Code: LAB 2003

Course Aim: to enable students get basic information about laboratory management and quality assurance.

 

Course Title: Bacteriology I

Course Code: MLT 2005

Course Aim: This course is designed to outline the different types of bacterial pathogens that can be isolated from different body specimens, the different methods that can be used to identify theses pathogens and to a lesser extent antimicrobial therapy

 

Course Title: Medical Mycology and Parasitology

Course Code: MLT 2007

Course Aim: This course deals with the classification of medically important parasites and fungi, their characteristic features, mode of life, clinical manifestations, laboratory examination and identification of these parasites/fungi and the different methods of preventing and controlling parasitic and fungi infections.

 

Course Title: Haematology and Coagulation I

Course Code: MLT 2002

Course Aim: This course is designed to give students the basis for understanding the normal hematopoietic system, peripheral blood and bone marrow morphology, the coagulation process with the different blood clotting factors and simple manual techniques used such as complete blood cell counts, differential counts and erythrocyte sedimentation rate. 

 

Course Title: Clinical Biochemistry I

Course Code: MLT 2004

 Course Aim: This course will cover the main analytes of interest in clinical chemistry from simple ionic species to proteins, hormones and drugs, normal biochemistry and physiology.

 

Course Title: Immunology and Blood Banking I

Course Code: MLT 2006

Course Aim: This course is designed to provide basic information on the immune system, how the blood transfusion service is organized, legal issues in blood transfusion practice and blood transfusion practice.

 

Course Title: Bacteriology II

Course Code: MLT 2008

Course Aim: This course is designed to provide   clinically relevant information about the identity, antimicrobial susceptibility and significance of microorganisms isolated from a given specimen while providing information on how to prevent the spread of infection.

 

Course Title: Histology and Cytology

Course Code: MLT 3001

Course Aim: This course is designed to give an understanding of the nature of cells of the body, tissues and their functions, processing and examination of tissues and cells in histopathology.

Course Title: Haematolgy and Coagulation II

Course Code: MLT 3003

Course Aim: This course is designed to give an understanding of the disorders associated with blood cells, bleeding and coagulation disorders and the mechanisms involved. Laboratory evaluation of the type and extend of these disorders will also be described.

 

Course Title: Clinical Biochemistry II

Course Code: MLT 3005

Course Aim: This is designed to provide and understanding of pathophysiological mechanisms in association with recognition of erroneous analytical data to enable students understand the reason for ordering test and be able to determine whether the test ordered are appropriate for the analyte in question.

 

Course Title: Immunology and Blood Banking II

Course Code: MLT 3007

Course Aim: This course is designed to provide students with knowledge on the evolution of the immune system, development of the immune system and also how the immune system provides immunity against microorganisms. It will also provide basic knowledge on the evolution of blood transfusion and advanced processes involved in transfusion

 

Course Title: Literature Research Project

Course Code: RES 3000

Course Aim: This Course is designed to enable student’s carry out research in any chosen health related issue of their choice or any health issue that will be assigned to them by the school authorities. Before carrying out this research the students must have attended the research proposal development workshop that will enable them acquire skills in carrying out the research.

 

Course Title: Evaluation of Laboratory Methods

Course Code: LAB 3000

Course Aim: This course is aimed at equipping students with basic knowledge involved in the qualitative and quantitative evaluation of laboratory methods

 

Course Title: Molecular Diagnostic Methods

Course Code: MLT 3000

Course Aim: This course will focus primarily on basic concepts and insights in understanding   cytogenetics, techniques used for detection of specific genetic sequences and their RNA products, molecular cloning and determination of their overall structure and sequence and the clinical applications of these techniques in disease conditions.

 

Course Title: Integrated Clinical Laboratory Case Studies

Course Code: LAB 3002

Course Aim: This course introduces students to the various disciplines that comprise the medical laboratory and stresses the importance of approaching diagnostic testing in an interdisciplinary manner.

 

Course Title: Pharmacology and Therapeutic Drug Monitoring

Course Code: PHA 3000

Course Aim: This course is designed to provide knowledge on the basic principles in pharmacology, different groups of drugs, their mode of action and their effects on different body systems and also to describe the role of the clinical laboratory in drug toxicity

 

Course Title: Good Laboratory Practice and Management

Course Code: MLS 4005

Course Aim: To help students carry out good laboratory practice and management.

Course Title: Research Methodology

Course Code: MLS 4013

Course Aim: Aimed at exposing students to knowledge of medical research and statistics

 

Course Title: Cases in Clinical Laboratory Sciences

Course Code: MLS4011

Course Aim: Facilitate the understanding of clinical conditions in relation to clinical laboratory, as regards disease, diagnosis and findings.

 

Course Title: Endocrine and Metabolic Function

Course Code: MLS 4015

Course Aim: To provide knowledge of hormone types and gland pathology, functions and measurements of related analytes

 

Course Title: Diagnostic Bacteriology and Virology

Course Code: MLS 4027

Course Aim: Current techniques used in the laboratory diagnosis of infectious disease; isolation and identification of bacteria; antimicrobial susceptibility testing and virology methodology.

 

Course Title: Electrolytes, Acid Base and Renal Function

Course Code: MLS 4002

Course Aim: Aimed at providing knowledge to understand principles of acid/base balance, electrolytes and renal function

 

Course Title: Diagnostic Mycology and Parasitology

Course Code: MLS 4006

Course Aim: This course provides knowledge for the morphology, physiology, life cycles, and epidemiology of parasites with emphasis on human pathogenic parasites and diagnosis. The course is also aimed to equip students with knowledge on mycoses, their diagnostic methodology and result   interpretation.

 

Course Code: MLS4012

Course Title: Haematology and Blood Transfusion Science 

Course Aim: to expose students to the various practices and clinical conditions in transfusion and to equip students with knowledge on the various haematologic and coagulation disorders

 

Course Title: Advanced Medical Laboratory Techniques

Course Code: MLS 4018

Course Aim: The aim of this course is to introduce the student to the concept of modern, automated and advanced techniques in Medical laboratory Sciences

 

Course Title:  Data Analysis, Interpretation and Presentation

Course Code: MLS 4020

Course Aim: This course is of paramount importance for Health Science Students who are interested in medical or public health research. It enables students understand the principles of statistical data analysis, interpretation and logical presentation of research findings.

 

Course Title: Enzymology and Gastrointestinal Function

Course Code: MLS 4030

Course Aim: this course aims to enable students understand the role of enzymes in diagnosis. It also provides knowledge of the GIT disorders and their related diagnostic techniques.

 

Course Title: Laboratory Research Project

Course Code: MLS 4008

Course Aim: To allow students carry out a laboratory research project on a selected research topics with respect to the institute’s research policy.

STUDENTS PLACEMENT PLAN

 

 

Clinical Rotation Schedules

Year 1

Phlebotomy, Urinalysis, Stool and Urogenital specimen, Serology

Phlebotomy, routine urinalysis, stool analysis, urogenital specimen analysis, serology and communication in the laboratory

8 weeks

Year 2

Medical Microbiology

 

Medical Microbiology & Parasitology

8 Weeks

Immunology and Blood Banking

Blood typing, crossmatch and antibody testing

8 weeks

Hematology

Clinical hematology &  coagulation

8 weeks

Year 3

Clinical Biochemistry

Clinical Biochemistry. 

8 weeks

Histopathology and Cytology

Histopathology and Cytology

8 weeks

Year 4

*Specialty Area/Research

Area of interest for research

8 weeks