DEPARTMENT OF MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE
The Faculty of Medical Laboratory Science of Madonna University was established as a department in the year 2000/2001 Academic Session with 21 students as its first intake under the pioneer headship of Prof. E.A. Nwokoro. This was sequel to the approval from the University Senate. The Department then was relocated to Elele Campus of the University.
Courses in Medical Laboratory Science are offered under seven disciplines: Chemical Pathology/Toxicology, Haematology/Blood Transfusion Science, Histopathology/Cytology, Medical Microbiology/Mycology, Immunology/Molecular Biology, Parasitology/Medical Entomology and Medical Virology. The programme is designed too to teach the students the central role laboratory investigation of components of biological fluids, blood, urine, cerebro-spinal fluid, secretions excretions, tissues or organs play in the diagnosis, management and prognosis of disease states. They are taught also to understand the workings of laboratory instruments and how to modify them where possible.
Duration of Programme
The Faculty of Medical Laboratory Science offers a four year degree and professional programme for candidates admitted by direct entry and a five year programme for candidates admitted by entrance. Successful completion of the programme will lead to the award of Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science degree and registration with the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria.
Philosophy, Objective & Scope
The Philosophy of the Faculty of Medical Laboratory Science, Madonna University takes its cue from the broad Philosophy of the College of Health Sciences in the country and that of the University. First the Faculty is one with the College of Health Sciences and that of the University in the belief that optimal Medical Laboratory Science education can be achieved in an institution of higher learning that provides a foundation for general education in the various sciences.
To this end the Faculty aims to provide sound scientific and professional basis for the production of Medical Laboratory Science personnel capable of working in any of the three levels of primary health services. The Faculty would provide such training as would equip Medical Laboratory Scientists render Medical Laboratory services. It will, too, produce Scientists who would satisfy internationally recognizable standard and who would undertake further training towards specialization. Finally the Faculty aims to produce Medical Laboratory Science personnel with sufficient management ability to play leadership role in health care delivery.
The objective of the Faculty, therefore, is to prepare students for a career in Medical Laboratory Science. To this end the programme aims at providing the students with a broad sound and professional foundation for the practice of Medical Laboratory Science in any part of Nigeria or indeed the world. The Medical Laboratory Scientist is expected to:
Perform effectively in clinical diagnostic services, research, and academic institutions and in quality assurance establishments.
Function independently or in collaboration with other members of the health team in the care of individuals and groups at all levels of health care.
Produce biological and diagnostic reagents as well as fabricate and maintain laboratory equipment.
Develop and produce Medical Laboratory Scientists that will be able to address a range of transferable skills of value in medical and non-medical employment.
Possess sufficient management ability to be able to play a leadership role in the training and practice of medical laboratory sciences.
The scope and the content of the programme is such that the Medical Laboratory graduates of this Faculty should be competent to practise in private or public institutions or undertake post-graduate training in any local or foreign institutions. The training prepares them also to be on their own and thus become employers of labour
Entrance (JME) Examination
In addition to the University minimum entry requirements, the entrance candidates are required to have credit level passes in English Language, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics in the West African School Certificate Examination or in the Senior Secondary School final examination or in the General certificate of education ordinary level examination. Credit level passes in the five papers in the National Certificate of Examination (NECO) are also acceptable. Credit level passes in any of the examinations shall not be in more than two sittings.
In addition to satisfying the above requirements candidates for direct entry admission must hold the General certificate in Education Advanced level certificate or the Principal level passes Certificate in the Higher School Certificate Examination in Chemistry, Physics or Biology or Zoology. Holders of University degree from recognized universities or the Higher National Diploma Certificate in Biochemistry, Microbiology or in any other related courses can also apply for direct entry admission. Holders of Medical Laboratory Technician Certificate with relevant O level papers or the National diploma in Science Laboratory with relevant 'O' level papers may also be accepted for direct admission.
Successful students in the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science degree examination are equipped to take up careers as Medical Laboratory Scientists, in teaching and specialist hospitals, government hospitals, primary health care centres, research centres, private establishments and even in quality control units of industries. They can become employers of labour, by establishing their own diagnostic/research laboratories or instrument maintenance/fabrication centres. The training equips them for postgraduate studies in any university in Nigeria or in the World.