DIPLOMA IN MEDICAL LABORATORY TECHNOLOGY

RATIONALE OF THE PROGRAMMES

The challenges posed by increase in medical laboratories without a corresponding rise in number of trained paramedical staff required training programs geared towards addressing this issue.

These programs will enable training of personnel who will understand the principles behind veterinary & medical Laboratory techniques for accurate disease diagnosis for effective animal management.

A laboratory as a place of work requires competent written work and office organization. There is also need to prepare these cadres of people for future training opportunities in these professions at levels of Diploma and beyond.

This course is intended to equip the trainees with knowledge, skills and attitudes to enable them to work as Medical Laboratory Technologists. 

Rationale 

The public has become more aware of their health needs hence increasing the demand for laboratory services, which also includes use of technology and techniques that were not available previously.  Therefore the course aims at providing health care professionals who will serve at class B Laboratory level at both the public and private sector. 

Programme Aim  

The course is intended to equip trainees with knowledge, skills and attitude that will enable them provide health services at Class B Laboratory level as Medical Laboratory Technologists.

Objectives

At the end of the course the trainee should be able to:

  • Understand the techniques applied in the medical laboratory
  • Practice safety precautions in a Medical Laboratory
  • Select, set up and operate laboratory equipment.
  • Carry out standard procedures to obtain quality results.
  • Interpret laboratory results
  • Carry out research.
  • Manage services and resources of a Medical Laboratory.
  • Participate in the multidisciplinary planning, implementation, coordination and evaluation of healthcare of the individual and community.
  • Contribute to the development of Science and Technology through creativity and application of acquired knowledge, skills and attitudes.
  • Demonstrate the ability to evaluate own performance
  • Plan continuing education for self and others.
  • Observe the professional code of conduct and ethics.

Contents

  

  • Biochemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Parasitology
  • Immunology
  • Haematology
  • Immuno-haematology
  • Cytology & Histology
  • Laboratory Management & Practice
  • Computer application
  • Project work

Recommended Candidates

  • Minimum KCSE mean aggregate of C
  • Minimum grades of English or Kiswahili C
  • Mathematics or physics C-
  • Chemistry or Biology C
  • Holders of certificate in Medical Laboratory sciences with two (2) years relevant experience.

Educational Tours

  • Moi Teaching & Referral Hospital
  • KEMRI
  • ICIPE
  • KETRI
  • ILRI
  • Provincial Hospitals

Achievement at the end of the course

The programme is continuously assessed with the Institute’s final exam and collaborated with the
Kenya Medical Laboratory Technicians and Technologists board.

Duration

The course is designed to have a duration of 3960 contact hours where 1930 hours spent on campus
and 1760 hours are spent on clinical placement.

Career Prospects

  • Medical laboratory technologists
  • Upward academic mobility to degree levels and beyond​