The Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Sciences is a 4-year professional degree which includes theoretical and practical training in various specialized laboratory disciplines. The training enables students to apply principles and techniques in the routine and specialized analysis of biological specimens and other samples. Students will be able to integrate laboratory tests and results with pathophysiological conditions and conduct supervised research based on sound scientific principles. The degree includes 18 months of practical work-based learning.
Overall, the programme aims to produce highly flexible and well-trained graduates who can adapt to a changing environment and comply with statutory requirements in relation to quality, ethics and safety. The qualification leads to registration with the Allied Health Professions Council of Namibia as a Medical Laboratory Scientist.
Candidates may be admitted to this programme if they meet the General Admission Requirements of NUST. In addition, candidates must have a combined minimum of 18 points in Physical Science, Mathematics and Biology at NSSC (H or O), provided that no symbol must be below C on Ordinary Level or 4 on higher level. For candidates seeking admission with NSSCO/NSSCAS, the requirements are 24 Points including a minimum B-symbol on NSSC(O) and D symbol on NSS(CAS) in Mathematics, Biology, Physics and Chemistry as well as a minimum D-symbol in English.
In addition to meeting the University’s minimum admission requirements as outlined in the general rules, candidates must have a total of 18 points on the evaluation scale for Physical Science, Mathematics and Biology, in a combination of symbols on NSSC Higher or Ordinary Level or both. No symbol for any one or more of the subjects may be lower than a “C” on Ordinary Level or a 4 on Higher Level. Candidates must further have obtained at least a “D” on Ordinary Level for English.
For candidates seeking admission with NSSCO/NSSCAS results, requirements are as follows: in addition to meeting the University’s minimum admission requirements as spelt out in the general rules, candidates must have a minimum of 24 points in Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and Physics on Ordinary Level or Advanced Subsidiary level (NSSCO/AS), provided that no symbol must be below a “B” on Ordinary Level or a “D” on Advanced Subsidiary Level. Candidates must further have obtained at least an “E” on Ordinary level in English.
Students who meet the above admission requirements will be subjected to a selection process using ranking of results for Biology, Physical Science or Physics and Chemistry and Mathematics.
Job opportunities include working at clinical laboratories, academia, food industry, water analysis, etc.